With "Returning Legends", TAKII fans are given more of a reason to rejoice when some of their favorite musicians, industry professionals, & celebs from past seasons of TAKII come back for yet another round of celebratory excellence! It's no secret that "star power" seems to be a heavily-respected component to many other like-minded events & conventions, compelling con-goers to attend just because their favorite personality will be "there". When it comes to TAKII, however, that energy works in reverse & reciprocal order, with guests & performers desiring to attend additional seasons of our festival just as much as our frenzied fans want to see them there once more! Thanks to the following "Returning Legends" for TAKII 23 ~Gotta Catch 'Em All!~, we'll be able to celebrate this iconic season in true "extreme" style unlike any other festival/con around:
D-chan is a Japanese-mixed male & professional Japanese/Korean vocal musician born on the 1st day of spring, March 20th, 1985. He has been singing since he was a lil boy, with his 1st recording being when he was in kindergarten at Manoa Elementary School in Havertown, PA, singing "10 Little Indians" ^_^. Since then, D-chan has moved on to become a major member of all the top vocal groups his academic career had to offer, which he has also been successful in as an adult. Among other milestones in his young vocal career, D-chan sang on the opening day of The Kimmel Center Of The Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA, won various district & region-wide vocal festivals, & aided his vocal groups to gain top honors in vocal adjudications up & down the East Coast. He is also the 1 of the youngest-entering members ever of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus & their auditioned group, Brotherly Love (both of which he had been a member of from 2003 - 2012). D-chan also has various singles & 2 demo albums ("Watashi Wa...." & "Ai no Chikara") to his credit, all of which are available for purchase at PDNMZ Shoppe X-Perience. As of 2017, D-chan will have performed multiple times on NBC's "10 Show @ 11am" (as a part of Brotherly Love) in Philadelphia, PA, at T-Mode 2008 in Arlington, VA, the GALA 2008 Festival in Miami, FL, & many other venues & events in multiple capacities, including the innovatively-extreme TAKII World Tour.
Further underscoring his commitment to causes greater than his own self interest, D-chan announced at the conclusion of TAKII 14 ~New Year's Evolution~ on December 29th, 2012 that he would be running for Upper Darby School Board to the cheers & adoration of TAKII fans in attendance & worldwide (in a bid to become Upper Darby, PA's youngest & 1st openly gay School Board member on a platform that includes LGBT youth tolerance & anti-bullying). After putting his political aspirations on hold, in 2015, D-chan would go on to become a twice-credentialed Certified Recovery Specialist (working with youth & families living with addiction-related challenges, in honor of his late brother (Allen) & father (John) that he had lost, within a week of each other, the year before). Making a lasting influential impression on people around the world, D-chan's emotive 23rd season guest performance at TAKII is sure to touch you: mind, body, & soul.
Governed by the motto of "Changing the name of the game", Sing Sing Revolution (name inspired by 1 of the best games of all time: DDR) is a New Jersey-based, multi-lingual group of vocal talent fueled by the wonders of pop culture & animation. First formed by SSR’s passionate group director, Angele Joubert-Johnson, this emerging sensation is eager to make their unique mark in the music world. A singer with the Glory Gospel Singers, Angele has used her experience as her muse to create what is now a far more musically eclectic assemblage that tastefully dabbles in the genres of Rock, Gospel, Pop, Ballad, Metal, & even Rap. In addition to English, these talented vocalists sing in Japanese, German, Latin, & Russian.
Whether their powerful arrangements are infused with sci-fi, cartoons, or video games, SSR is on a mission to creatively depict people’s most cherished memories in a truly 1-of-a-kind manner. What really sets them apart is their captivating harmonies that bring each & every arrangement to life. Both bold & tirelessly driven, Sing Sing Revolution aspires to travel across the globe so they can spread the universal language of music to as many people as possible. Sing Sing Revolution's 1st performance EVER was at TAKII 22, so it is only fitting that they return for a bangin' performance at TAKII 23 ~Gotta Catch 'Em All!~!