Listen Up!

Jewish Vocal Band

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About Listen Up!

Listen Up! delivers warmth and sheer knock-your-socks-off vocal power through a love of Judaism and Israel. Freddie Feldman, Shayna Elliott, Eli Taylor, and Steve Singer bring considerable talents as a professional ensemble—with a confident, easy manner during performances that wins the hearts (and ears) of audiences of all ages. With multi-generational wit and humor, Tzioni sensibilities, and an impressive artistic palette drawn from diverse Jewish musical traditions, Listen Up! leaves no audience unaffected by their performance.

The Chicago Tribune writes, "What comes across in every moment of their performance is an adoration for singing — turning melodies and harmonies on their heads to come up with something unique and full of freshness and appeal. When redefining musical rules, it helps to be good — and Listen Up! is very good, lacking nothing in imagination and the ability to sell their vision of a song.”

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Meet the Band

Steve Singer

Steve Singer

Baritone/Bass/Percussion

After every show, one young audience member invariably approaches the stage and asks Steve Singer, “How do you make all those sounds?” Steve pauses for a moment, smiles and replies, “I had way too much time by myself as a child.” Indeed, part of the difficulty in describing what LU! is resides in explaining what Musical Director and vocalist Steve Singer does in performance and in the studio. Steve is a baritone who would rather deliver stand-up than sit down (and be quiet). An aspiring Latin Jazz pianist who doesn’t play the piano. See a pattern?

Steve provides leadership not only to Listen Up! but also as the Creative Director of Music Programs at Continuum Theater, Chicago’s home to the Jewish performing arts.

All told, Steve’s creative energies have found a welcoming 20+ year home in this uncommon vocal band. His quirky arrangements and never-take-yourself-too-seriously perspective have helped to define LU!. With founding member (and power-alto) Rebecca (Klein) Singer, Steve has found the only woman in the world that would tolerate hismishigas — and a mother to his 3 children.

Shayna Elliott

Shayna Elliott

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Shayna Elliott joined Listen Up! in early 2014 as a female lead vocalist. Singing has been a passion for Shayna since childhood, where she sang as a member of her Skokie, Illinois high school’s state-champion vocal jazz ensemble. Shayna was actively involved with NCSY and spent many Shabbat afternoons singing zemirot and composing new melodies to traditional texts.

Taking a gap year in Israel, Shayna used her voice while attending Michlelet Esther’s women’s seminary. During her second year in Jerusalem, she helped to form a women’s singing group Neve Yerushalim – arranging music for the ensemble.

After returning the US, Shayna attended Harrington College of Design and graduated with a BFA in Interior Design. She is currently lead designer at Allenby & Grove and lives in Skokie with her husband and children.

Freddie Feldman

Freddie Feldman

Tenor/Bass

Freddie has been immersed in the world of a cappella for over twenty years. He got his start with his high school group, The Coppertones. He started the college group, Five O’Clock Shadow at Northwestern University. After graduation, he toured nationally with his professional a cappella group, VOCOMOTION. After the group split up, Freddie opened VOCOMOTION Studios.

He has produced over 100 a cappella albums at VOCOMOTION, winning several Best Of College Acappella (BOCA) Awards and Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards (CARA). He served an album reviewer for the Recorded Acappella Review Board (RARB), reviewing over 40 albums for the online publication. He is the creator of The Thumper, the world’s only throat microphone designed specifically for vocal percussion.

Freddie toured as the frontman of the hard-rock band Gaskit for four years. He is a two-time winner of Songs Inspired By Literature Songwriting Competition (SIBL). Gaskit opened for national acts Godsmack, Tantric, Drowning Pool, SOiL, and Dark New Day. Gaskit did a world-record national tour in 2004, playing in 50 states in 50 days. Their single “Peel This Away” featured on television show Jake 2.0 on UPN Network.

Freddie holds both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

Eli Nathan Taylor

Eli Nathan Taylor

Tenor

Eli Taylor found his way to Listen Up! through mutual friends, proving — once again — how small the world can be. He had been searching for an opportunity to combine his passion for music with his love for Judaism and found a home in LU!

Eli first discovered his love for performing when he received his first substantial role as lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age 16. From then on he looked for every opportunity that would allow him to sing. Eli attended a non-musical degree program at The Theatre School at DePaul University, but still managed to find opportunities to perform. He even attended a few rehearsals for the school’s gospel choir.

When he is not creating with LU!, Eli works as a freelance producer and director. He serves as the coordinator for the Association for Jewish Theatre where he has helped produce three international conferences. Eli also serves on the board for ShPIeL; Performing Identity and has done several workshops in collaboration with the Lookingglass Theatre. Production Credits include: Date Me and Sound Of Silence (Directed by Noemi Schlosser). Eli has also spent time both in America and Israel working on his own infusion of the sacred and secular through movement delving into how the language of movement can be used to express religious and spiritual identity. Eli received a BFA in TheatreArts from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Eli's soulful voice adds a warmness to the groups sound and he is thrilled to work with such an amazing and talented group of people.

Upcoming Performances

Jewish Federation of Madison Kickoff Event

Madison, WI
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Sept 11, 2016
Sunday

The Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago (BJE)

Highland Park, IL
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
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Nov 6, 2016
Sunday

Temple Beth Israel

Skokie, IL
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Feb 25, 2017
Saturday

Testimonials

"Working with Listen Up! was a delight. They were willing to think out-of-the-box in finding ways to engage all ages. They were fun, friendly, and easily approachable. The tunes were memorable enough that it gave the opportunity for new fans to sing along. I would love to work with them in the future."
- Elizabeth Singer, Temple Judea- Fort Myers, FL


"We had Listen Up! for our Yom Ha Atzma'ut celebration. They were easy to work with, sounded great, and were enjoyed by a diverse crowd."
- Rabbi Hannah Greenstein, Milwaukee Jewish Federation


"Hiring Listen Up! to perform at our synagogue for our spring fundraiser was a success, and the performers were a joy to spend the day with! Our audience enjoyed the afternoon concert and left wanting more! Listen Up! spent the morning singing with a few of our children’s groups prior to the concert and had our Hazzan join them on stage! What a DELIGHT!"
- Amy Cytron, Adath Jeshurun Congregation- Minnetonka, MN


"When I first heard Listen Up!, I actually couldn't believe it! I am here in America, but feels as I am back home, in Israel. The songs and the group's the beautiful voices made me very emotional. Magic moments that you all have to experience!"
- Lior Kakon, American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation


"We are very pleased with the wonderful energy Listen Up! brought to our camp Zimriya performance. The yiddishkeit and terrific interaction with kids and adults of all ages added a special excitement to the evening. We recommend their work enthusiastically."
- Lori Stark, Ramah Day Camp- Wheeling, IL

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New Music Video: Say Shabbat Shalom / Geronimo

We’re happy to announce the release of our latest music video: Say Shabbat Shalom/Geronimo. It was shot in the beautiful sanctuary of the Chicago Loop Synagogue by Sean Strimple and Walk On Media. We had such a blast shooting this video, we hope you enjoy it. Warning: We have found that everyone who has seen the video gets the song stuck in their heads for hours at a time. You have been warned!!


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Listen Up! is an a cappella Jewish vocal band based in Skokie, Illinois USA.

For Booking:

Kolot Management - Aliya Cheskis-Cotel
Office: (212) 877-6870
Cell: (917) 880-1715

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