Stan Sykes - Entertainer
STAN SYKES BIO STAN SYKES was born in Chicago, Illinois. When he was very young Stan’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he began to cultivate his musical talents. At the tender age of twelve Stan entered a local musical competition for young performers. He delivered a dynamic performance that resulted in him winning the Young St. Louis Talent Fair. This launched the beginning of a long and rewarding professional career. Throughout his childhood and teen years Stan relentlessly pursued his musical interests and continued to work toward improving his talents. While attending Sumner High School he was president of the prestigious Sumner Accappella Choir under the direction of the legendary Kenneth Brown Billups. He then attended Harris Stowe State College where he joined the choir and was later appointed student conductor. He also served as a student music teacher under the direction of Doris Jones Wilson. As a student musical instructor, Stan was charged with helping other young people develop their musical talents. While attending Harris Stowe, Stan began to develop his talents on a national scope. He traveled to Florida, where his talents won him a gold medal in the 1979 Florida World Musical Festival. Stan completed his college education at Webster University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music. After completing his secondary education, Stan's interest and commitment to the field of music heightened to new levels. He performed with the MCA Records Development ACT STEPPIN OUT, where he served as lead vocalist, and bass guitar player. In 1993 Stan traveled to New York where he had the pleasure of working on his debut album (CD) with the famed John Adams Company. In 1995, Stan's musical performances began to take an international scope. He went on a tour of Japan traveling to cities such as Nagoya, Yokkaichi and Fukuoka. While in Fukuoka he co-delivered a New Years celebration performance with one of Japans most respected musician, Greg Glover. The balance of Stans Japan tour was spent starring at the Toei Hotel in the city of Yokkaichi as the main event performer. Subsequent to his tour of Japan, the Norwegian Cruise line employed Stan where he has been performing for the past fourteen years. Stan began his employment with Norwegian as a lounge performer where he was named musician of the month numerous times. His talents earned him several advancement opportunities with Norwegian. In 1999 he performed as the opening act on the Norwegian Winds Welcome Aboard Show. In March of 2000, Stan delivered a series of cabaret shows for Norwegian where his talents earned rave reviews. In January of 2005 Tom Versen of Blue Sky Production's hired Stan Sykes to do jingles for The Bebe Wynans Nationally syndicated radio show. In january 2006 Stan wrote the jingle for the Donny McClurkin radio show for Blue Sky Productions. In 2010 Stan stretched out even more, as he took his talents to the Phoenix Arizona area. Stan works at both Casino Arizona locations The Talking Stick Resort and Casino, as well as Casino Arizona, both in Scottsdale, Arizona where he still works in between cruise ship contracts. Over several decades, Stan's love of music, his perseverance and commitment to improving his talent and skills had helped him develop into a multi-talented performer, songwriter and record producer. His recording Scrapbook, delivers a poignant display of Stan's riveting five octave voice and creative song writing skills. Keep an eye out for Stan’s soon to be released cd “Just Stan”. This dynamic album is a must have for the music collection of music lover everywhere!