"Satchmo Lives Again!" I've found so much joy in making unforgettable, musical memories over the past three decades at various events. Recently, I've been observing the reactions of audiences whenever I sang Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". A conglomeration of sentimental tears and ecstatic cheers never failed to erupt from the audience both during and after the performance. So with the help of my friend and mentor, THOMAS J. DAWSON, JR. of the COMMODORES, we've re-created and timestamped this "wonderful" masterpiece written by GEORGE DAVID WEISS, GEORGE DOUGLAS, BOB THIELE in a contemporary recording that I would love to share with you and your guests, live.
Utterly fantastic. My wife was in tears and told me it was the best Valentine's Day gift she ever received. So professional, so compassionate and so great. I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience. my wife's birthday is this summer and we just found who will be the entertainer for the event! Thanks very much!!
Response from Louis Armstrong Impersonator:
I'm speechless and so humbled by this review. It was my very first singing telegram and I wanted it to be just perfect for this amazing lady. Looking forward to this summer 😊
I had the pleasure of booking Louis for a special surprise birthday singing telegram for my sister. I had never booked any talent like this before so I really had no idea how this plan was going to turn out. I live in Wichita KS. and could not make it to Colorado Springs to celebrate with my sister. Louis made this plan and process very easy! It was 💯 magical! He made the entire Starbucks stand still in time! Louis was amazing, he adapted not only to the surrounding noise, but interjected my name and heart into the delivery of his beautiful song as well!!!… WOW! Goosebumps!
Louis will not disappointed!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!!!
Response from Louis Armstrong Impersonator:
Wow!!! Thank you so much Melissa for not just your kind words but the opportunity to be apart of this precious milestone for your sister. Such a warm reception from not just your sister and friends at her table but the whole restaurant. I'll savor both the smile and tears on Melanie's face for a long time.
What to Expect
A middle-aged black gentleman, dressed in a suit or tuxedo, with a smile that illuminates any room, sitting at a grand piano with a microphone, singing some of your classic songs of yesteryear and creating a warm, nostalgic atmosphere reminding of a simpler time.
John Redmon was born at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA to Cynthia Mae Redmon and Lee Arnel Redmon on May 8, 1975. He was born a fraternal twin to Esther Redmon.
Around age 3, mother, Cynthia recognized that young Redmon was drawn to music. Cynthia Redmon recounts: "Every time I turned on the radio and music would play, John would run to a piece of furniture and started banging on it like he was playing the piano. I said to myself, Lord, that boy wants to play!"
Mother, Cynthia Redmon, was an accomplished pianist that found joy playing for various church services and became young Redmon's first piano teacher. "John was about 5 years old, and I would sit on the piano bench at church and sit him next to me. I would play a song with both hands on the piano, and John would play the melody of the song with one finger" states Ms. Redmon.
Ms. Redmon continues. "We couldn't afford professional piano lessons for John until he was around 9 years old, so up to that point, I had to teach him everything I knew."
Age 9, John took his first piano lesson at Golden Gate Academy, a private, Christian school where Redmon, his twin sister Esther and elder sister Mary attended for twelve years. His piano teachers from ages 9-12 were in fact the school's music teachers. His piano teachers were Janice McRae (White), Bronwynn Watkins (Crutchfield) and Raymond Davis. Music mentors later included Teri L. Simmons and the late John Bowen.
By age 12, Redmon developed another passion...writing music. Recognizing this new desire, Redmon was not only being strongly encouraged by his mother and his piano instructors to play proficiently both by ear and sight, but also to compose his own original music.
Age 18, Redmon decided to not just compose but house his original works within his own independent record label. He named the company "Reaching Records". The motto and mission of the label was to 'reach and touch hearts around the world.' For the next twenty years, Redmon produced and released multiple projects on this label that gained national attention and recognition, including: "A Woman's Journey" (featuring Grammy Nominees Brenda Nicholas and Vickie Winans), "John Redmon & Friends: Faith, Love and Unity, Vol 1." (featuring BeBe and CeCe Winans, Daniel Winans, Phil and Brenda Nicholas and Grammy Award winner Patti Labelle), "S'Agapo" (his first full R&B project), and his most notable and biggest selling single to date, "Thank You Lord (Story of the Shunamite Woman)".
When Redmon is not recording and touring with his music around the country, he is found directing the Children's Community Choir of Colorado, providing private piano lessons in schools and homes, scoring music, and enjoying being Minister of Music at Fresh Start Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, CO. In his down time, Redmon finds joy driving for both Lyft and Uber taxi services. He calls these adventures "Church on Wheels".
Redmon lives to bring inspirational messages found in both word and song wherever he goes. He testifies and believes that his latter days are going to be greater than his past.
1987 Abide in Him (Composition) - 1st Place Trinity Chambers Songwriting Competition (Berkeley, CA)
1994 I'm a Miracle (Composition) - Hollywood Song Jubilee Silver Award
1996 I'm a Miracle - Performed on Paramount's Maury Povich Show by Patricia Daniels (AKA Peebah)
1999 Recipient of Golden Flame Award for Recording Excellence (Oakland, CA)
2001 A Woman's Journey Album - Editor's Pick on GospelSinging.com
2002 Appears on AVON's compilation CD: Praise + Worship: 50 Songs of Inspiration
2009 John Redmon & Friends: Faith Love & Unity, Vol 1. - Nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards
2011 Te-Amo (Composition) - Semi-finalist in the R&B/Hip-Hop category for the Unsigned Only International Music Competition
2016 John Redmon performs The Star Spangled Banner at the Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)
2016 Gigmasters Best of 2016 Award Recipient
2017 Gigmasters Best of 2016 Award Recipient
Additional Booking Notes
Piano (Grand or Upright) Tuned
Sound System that has CD capabilities
Past Booked Events
|February 28, 2018 • 10:00am - 10:15am||Birthday Party|
|February 14, 2018 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm||Personal Occasion|
The following is a very abbreviated list of songs in a typical set:
God Bless the USA
God Bless America
The Star Spangled Banner
My Country Tis of Thee
I Have Nothing
From a Distance
Canon in D
Here Comes the Bride
Wind Beneath My Wings
You Are So Beautiful
What a Wonderful World
Head Over Feet
The Greatest Love of All
Til There Was You
Just a Closer Walk With Me
Abide With Me
Going Up Yonder
Twill Be Sweet
Someday (Beams of Heaven)
It Is Well (With My Soul)
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
To God Be the Glory (Hymn)
How Great Thou Art (Hymn)
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Hymn)
Because He Lives (Hymn)
I Am A Friend of God (CCM)
How Great Is Our God (CCM)
Here I Am To Worship (CCM)
Shine Jesus Shine (CCM)
Thank You Lord (Gospel)
Take Me Back (Gospel)
Soon and Very Soon (Gospel)
If It Had Not Been (Gospel)
We've Come This Far By Faith (Gospel)
He Touched Me (Southern Gospel)
There's Something About That Name (Southern Gospel)
This Little Light of Mine (Spiritual)
Were You There? (Spiritual)
Give Me Jesus (Spiritual)
If You're Happy and You Know It
Influences & Inspiration
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Thomas Dawson Jr.
Phil & Brenda Nicholas
Piano or Keyboard