"She has a voice that is a true gift to all of us."
Vanessa Carr is a world-class entertainer, noted for her dynamic musical performances. As a singer and dancer recognized for her emotional interpretations, humorous renditions, captivating story-telling, and genuine connection to audiences, Vanessa sparks joy in the hearts of her listeners. Her ever-growing repertoire includes a diverse variety of genres: Broadway show tunes to rock n’ roll, music of The Great American Songbook to Opera, international favorites and soulful standards. Her influences include Liza Minelli, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Linda Eder, and Linda Ronstadt.
Specializing in singing the Star Spangled Banner, Vanessa is an award-winning performer who you may have seen kick off Detroit Lions and Tigers games with her rendition of the National Anthem. Among her many performances, Vanessa was also a member of the Detroit Pistons House Band and other accomplished and rising Metro Detroit bands - one of which opened for the Jacksons at Detroit Music Weekend. She has shared the stage with Twinkie Clark of The Clark Sisters, as well as Motown's own Martha Reeves. Vanessa has worked alongside Italian Tenor, Aaron Caruso (of the Sicilian Tenors) and Dino Valle (of the Bellini Opera Theatre). She relishes in her Italian heritage and finds great joy taking the stage at Italian festivals and various Italian venues throughout the area. Vanessa has been featured as the opening act in the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom for Las Vegas Showman, Frankie Scinta. You may also find Vanessa performing during the holiday season at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn. Other notable performances include starring as Fantine in Les Misérables, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and entertaining on the Detroit Free Press Marathon course. In 2022, Vanessa launched her non-profit: Joie de V - Helping Friends In Need. Joie de V is a charity that was created to take Vanessa's passion for performance and use it to help deserving charities. No matter the event, Vanessa’s audiences are charmed as they are taken on an emotional journey by this astounding powerhouse performer.
Vanessa Carr is such a talented artist. I have had the pleasure of working with her in a few bands here in Michigan and she is one of the most professional vocalists. She is also a wonderful person and is a team player with a very positive and hard working attitude. I’m looking forward to seeing great things in her music career future.
-Kern Brantley, Musical Director