Written on February 24, 2011 – 7:45 pm | by Cameron Hussey
A classic R&B/pop concert featuring former “American Idol” contestants David Hernandez, Michael Sarver, Gina Glocksen & Lakisha Jones
Where: St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., 718-442-2900; StGeorgeTheatre.com.
When: March 5. Master class at 5:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
How much: $55 VIP tickets include master class, concert tickets are $45, $35, $25 at the box office & Ticketmaster.com.
Enter to win: Want free tickets to the “American Idol” master class at the St. George Theatre? Call 718-816-8380 and leave us a musical message: Sing us a snippet of your favorite song, leave your name and your phone number. The AWE team will listen to each voicemail, do our own “Idol” judging, and call back two lucky winners! STATEN ISLAND, NY — David Hernandez, the svelte-but-big-voiced 12th place finalist from the seventh season of “American Idol,” has some advice — advice that no one ever really gave him — for aspiring young singers.
“When I first started performing, I thought you always had to run around stage to keep people’s attention,” says the 27-year-old Las Angeles resident. “But your performance can be much stronger and more compelling if you stand in one place. Some of the best performances I’ve seen on ‘Idol’ were ones where the singer barely moved, and commanded people’s attention with stillness.”
Hernandez and three other “Idol” stars—Michael Sarver, Gina Glocksen, and Lakisha Jones — will bring nuggets of wisdom like that one when they visit Staten Island for a performance and a master class March 5 at the St. George Theatre.
As singers who made it through many of the cuts in their respective seasons, country singing Sarver, chick rocker Glocksen, and R&B powerhouse Jones all had the chance to hear plenty of “advice” from Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul.
And it might surprise you who they miss on the current season, which features judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
“I miss Simon — he and I hit it off from the very beginning,” says Jones, 31, who lives across the street from Hernandez in Los Angeles. “When I first sang on the big stage, he told the other 23 contestants they could go home. He’d never said that to anyone else.”
Jones is likely the most qualified to perform the concert on March 5, titled “Celebrate Motown,” which will feature everything from songs by Diana Ross to the Jackson Five. Growing up in Flint Michigan, not far from Motown Records’ home base of Detroit, she was weaned on the legendary label’s catalogue.
“I grew up on Motown,” says Jones, who came in fourth on the sixth season of “Idol.” “My mom, my grandmother, we all listened to it. At our family reunions, we had talent shows, and I can remember my mother and my aunt as The Supremes, dancing around and shakin’ it.”
Jones says there’s always one big question she hears when she and her fellow singers do a master class: “How is life on ‘Idol’?”
“Once you get past that, you have people asking you about your own technique, how you save your voice,” says Jones. “Or if they’re aspiring performers, sometimes they ask about how to get into the business and protect yourself in the industry.”
Sometimes the master class will include letting singers in the audience come up to perform on stage — other times people will bring in music and ask the performers to sing it. Jones says the classes are always a lot of fun, because they allow a relaxed atmosphere for aspiring and seasoned performers to trade open secrets of the business.
Example: Don’t expect to skyrocket into show business after this one class, or stow away on the “Idol” tour bus.
Hernandez and Jones both said that one of the biggest things you learn from making it anywhere on “American Idol” is that show business isn’t for the faint of heart.
But they both love what they do.
“I don’t want to make it sound easy, because it’s not,” says Hernandez, who is currently working on a full-length studio album and trying to break into the movie business as a “double-threat”performer. “There are a lot of fake people in this business, who say they want to get coffee, want to do lunch, and then they don’t return your calls. Sure, it’s not wrestling alligators for a living, but it takes a lot of hard work and patience. But if you reach a certain point, and you can just go out on stage and perform and do well, it’s pretty fantastic.”
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