AJ Raggs is a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist with a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He has a special flair for bringing his love of music to the audience, and the audience to the music. AJ sings pop, jazz, classical, oldies, Rock & Roll and just plain feel good music - Whether that be upbeat and lively or a beautiful ballad. He also performs with a band, including piano, bass, guitar, synthesizer and drums. AJ is 22 years old, with an old soul, that caters his music to the audience at hand. Performances outside of the 50 mile range may require additional fees.
Price Range: Contact for rates
What to Expect
I cater to the specific audience you have. Since I perform multiple genres - everything from Opera to Mainstream Pop - I can create individualized set lists for each event. I usually bring my keyboard and/or my guitar, and I accompany myself. If given ample notice, I perform with a full band, including piano, guitar, drums and bass.
If you come to one of my performances, I guarantee that you will have a wonderful time. I take my job ver seriously and always do my best to make sure that every audience member is enjoying themselves. After all, that's what music is for!
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, AJ Raggs - Angelo Ragghianti - has been performing for almost 11 years. From the time he was 8 years old, AJ was cultured with some of the greatest music of all time. Since then, he dreamed of becoming a professional singer, and so far, those dreams are beginning to take shape. AJ performs year-round as a cantor in his local church, at weddings, restaurants, retirement living homes, and church festivals in the Pittsburgh area. Recently, he was given an opportunity to work with Rick Purcell. This new mentorship led to many new performance opportunities including two annual cotillion balls - The Medallion Ball at the Wyndham Hotel and The Cinderella Ball at the William Penn Omni Hotel (2016 - present) - with the Rick Purcell Big Band. AJ has also sung at the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox alongside semi-famous Pittsburgh Rocker Norman Nardini. In May of 2017, AJ performed at Carnegie Mellon's Honorary Degree Recipient Reception at the home of Subra Suresh, the current President of CMU. With a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, Angelo is studying voice under Baritone Daniel Teadt. Currently, he is recording his first original EP album. He has been a member of the CMU Originals, an award winning all male a cappella group that placed 2nd in the world in the 2016 Inter-Collegiate Championship of A Cappella. AJ's YouTube Channel has over 49,000 views and more than 200 subscribers. There, AJ posts a new cover song every week, though the project is currently on a brief hiatus. AJ started this initiative in the summer of 2015 in an effort to gain a larger fan base. At Carnegie Mellon, AJ was an active member in Scotch and Soda Theatre, the student run premiere theatre group on campus. Recently, he performed there as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Musical. He has also been seen in Die Fledermaus as Alfred and as Pane in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto on the CMU Opera Stage. AJ has been a student at the Afro American Music Institute (AAMI) in Homewood, PA for almost eight years. There he studies Jazz piano under Howard Alexander III, and Jazz voice under Dr. James Johnson II. Check back soon for upcoming performances!
AJ attended the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) as a vocal major. There, he studied voice under Mark Spondike and was a member of the CAPA Concert, Jazz and Chamber Choirs there. As a vocal student, AJ participated in both the required Opera Workshop productions, and the All School Musical extra-curricular for all four years. His roles in these productions included Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore; The Letterbox in Griffelkin; Mr. Bumble in Oliver! and Usnavi de la Vega in In the Heights. For his role in In the Heights, AJ won the Gene Kelly Award - Best Actor 2013. He then moved on to New York as a nominee in the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmy's). While at CAPA, AJ received an award for Outstanding Vocal Student 2013, and also received the Superintendent's Excellence For All Award for Pittsburgh CAPA Class of 2013. In 2014, AJ was the winner of the familylinks Just Jazz II: Brass and Steel Up and Comer Contest, of which the prize was performing during the cocktail hour of that fundraising event next to some notable Jazz musicians: Lisa Ferraro, Houston Person, Benny Benack III, Roger Humphries, Eric Susoeff, Tony Depaolis, Max Leake, Tom Wendt, and Dwayne Dolphin.
Additional Booking Notes
I have my own personal microphone and one large PA Speaker. This is good for a small-medium sized crowd. I also have a guitar and an electric keyboard that I can connect to this speaker, but I always prefer to use a real piano. I can fit into small corners, large stages and anywhere in between. If you want me to come with a full band, we will need to rent more sound equipment for the event, which will be added into the fee.
Past Booked Events
|January 28, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Die Fledermaus @ Carnegie Mellon University|
|January 26, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Die Fledermaus @ Carnegie Mellon University|
Please contact me for possible set lists.
Influences & Inspiration
Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Michael Jackson, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti, Lawrence Brownlee, Freddie Mercury, Tori Kelly, Steve Perry, Sia, One Direction, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Ruth B, Sam Smith, Alicia Keys, Andy Grammer, Adele, Billy Joel, Charlier Puth, Bruce Springsteen, Donny Hathaway, Jennifer Holliday, David Archuleta, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, The Beatles, Whitney Houston,
Water - Bottled, or in a Glass
Outlet for Sound Equipment
(With full band) Access to Multiple Outlets for Sound Equipment
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