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Under the Streetlamp harmoniously blends the diverse talents of Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. Together the group has filmed two PBS Specials, recorded...

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Under the Streetlamp harmoniously blends the diverse talents of Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. Together the group has filmed two PBS Specials, recorded three albums, performed to packed houses throughout the U.S., and appeared as musical guests on TV’s “Access Hollywood” and “Extra.” The four first met while performing in “Jersey Boys,” during which time they also performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Primetime Emmys,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”


MICHAEL CUNIO, when not touring with Under The Streetlamp, can be found performing at the "wonderfully eccentric" New York supper club Duane Park, where he hosts "The Plume Revue." He also performs regularly with members of vintage jazz quintet The Candy Shop Boys. Prior to Streetlamp, Cunio appeared as Tommy DeVito of the Four Seasons in the Chicago run of “Jersey Boys” and was co‐founder and lead singer of hard rock band Reckless Place, with whom he wrote and released "innocence is no excuse..." and "Six Shooter," both available on iTunes. Visit MichaelCunio.com and follow him on Twitter/Instagram @Cunio4. 

Musical Influences:
My most formative musical influence would definitely be my years performing with the Northwest Boychoir, under the artistic direction of Joe Crnko. There I learned discipline, work ethic and most importantly, how to sing in tune. In no uncertain terms Joe gave me the keys to my career. Without that foundation there's no way I'd be making living through music today.


Favorite Streetlamp Experience:
Not to brag, but we did get paid to spend a weekend in Maui awhile back. That didn't suck ;)


Favorite Song to Perform:
“It's a Man's Man's Man's World.”


MICHAEL INGERSOLL is a Dayton, Ohio‐born artist whose grounded musical style exudes the sincerity, warmth and generosity of the Rockabilly/Rhythm and Blues greats. Before rocking the American Radio Songbook classics, Michael worked as an actor on stage and screen. The multitalented musician and actor has a diverse array of critically acclaimed and award‐nominated Chicago and regional theater credits, from “Frost/Nixon” to “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline;” from “Beauty & the Beast” to Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” He made his film debut in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” and enjoyed a three year run as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in “Jersey Boys,” originating the role for the first national tour. Michael is passionate about community service and is a dedicated artist advocate. He holds a
BFA in Acting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; as well as a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. For more information, visit www.michaelingersoll.com.


Musical Influences:
I developed my love of music on my grandfather’s knee at the piano in the parlor. My grandpa Roy Francis was a jazz musician back in the 60s during the art form’s heyday, He toured with some of the greats like Dave Brubeck. Unfortunately, he gave it up to support his family and became a welder at General Motors. He had a way about him when he performed. It was heartfelt, but still distinctly masculine. He is truly my biggest influence and inspiration. =

Favorite Song to Perform:
For me, it’s all about the story within the song. Great artists like Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash were masters at distilling a story down to its essence and telling that story through a song that resonated with depth and character. That’s why it’s so much fun for me to sing their music and why artists like them still have a prominent place in pop culture today.


CHRISTOPHER KALE JONES has been acting professionally since he was a student at Northwestern University, including with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre. Chris’s big break came in 2006, when he was cast in Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli for the first national tour. Other career highlights include Mercury in “Olympus On My Mind” (Bristol Riverside Theatre), for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination, and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Ford’s Theatre, D.C.), opposite his wife, Jenna Coker‐Jones. When not performing with Under The Streetlamp, he spends as much time as he can with Jenna and their awesome dog, Fender. He is thankful to God for all the blessings in his life. www.christopherkalejones.com.


Musical Influences:
I grew up in a relatively conservative family so there was a lot of Christian and talk radio. But there was a lot of Broadway, too – Annie, Camelot …. My mom, though, also liked Motown … Diana Ross. The song I remember the most, the one she’d clean the house to, was the Kiki Dee Band, “I’ve Got the Music in Me.” I don’t know if there was any foreshadowing, but look what I do now!


Favorite Streetlamp Experience:
There have been a bunch! As a group, my favorite experience was when we did a New Year’s Eve show at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois. It was fun to be the emcee to usher in the New Year for a couple thousand people. We did the whole count down and then saw everyone kiss. Afterwards, we had a party with the fans. It capped off our tour so it was a lot of fun knowing we got to then go home and celebrate with our own families.
I have a personal favorite, too. I’m a huge fan of stand‐up comedy. It is pretty much all I listen to in my car. We do a lot of bantering in the show. Once a person came up to me after the show and said, “Your comedic timing is incredible.” It is something we really work at. But it was such an unexpected and endearing comment.


Favorite Song to Perform:
You know it’s funny. After you’ve performed a lot, you get excited about the new stuff. Going into the holiday season, it’s Ave Maria.
During our regular tour, it’s a group of songs – “Soul Medley.” It goes back to our Motown roots and we all get a song in it. When we started, we were doing fairly straight covers. When we truly became a band, this was one of the first things that we really made our own. We gave it new harmonies, while honoring the originals. Now, it is very specifically “ours.”


SHONN WILEY is the consummate song and dance man and a gifted choreographer. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award‐winning revival of “42nd Street.” He was then asked to star in a groundbreaking production of “42nd Street” in Moscow, making Shonn the first American actor to perform in an English speaking musical in Russia. Shonn later returned to the Broadway stage in “Dracula the Musical,” during which time he also made his television debut on “Guiding Light.” He received a Lucille Lortel Award as well as a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography for “My Vaudeville Man” and was featured in the Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys” as Bob Gaudio. Additional highlights include his debut as the title character in “Candide” at New York City Opera, costarring opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Stairway to Paradise for City Center “Encores!” and performing “Sweeney Todd” for Steven Sondheim. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. www.shonnwiley.com.


Musical Influences:
A love for the golden age of movie musicals is something that my dad and I shared. My dad was a tap dancer so we’d watch them and then break them down together. Gene Kelley. Fred Astaire. Frank Sinatra. Steve Lawrence. Sammy Davis, Jr. – especially Sammy Davis, Jr. I admire his ability to cross over between being contemporary and performing the standards embraced by older audience. Those guys were not only movie stars, but major recording artists. They were superstars. They could do it all.


Favorite Streetlamp Moment: 

Meeting our fans at the end of each show blows my mind, particularly the veterans. I do a tribute in the show to my dad and our country. Hearing how much this means to the vets after the show is really touching. That’s been the greatest. 

Favorite Song to Perform:
I love doing “Cry” since I really get to ham it up and I love putting my tap shoes on for “When You’re Smiling.” But honestly, I also like sitting at the table and watching everyone shine in their own way.