“All I Have To Do Is Dream”
“Just A Gigolo”
Reckless In Vegas’ Toast and Jam is a docuseries infused with music, food, A-List Celebrities and Influencers filmed in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. The show offers a true behind the scenes look at Las Vegas with candid conversations about life, love, food, music, early Vegas stories, and spirituality. RIV T&J features live Vintage Vegas music with a contemporary rock & roll spin, celebrity guest entertainers, local and worldwide celebrity chefs, and world famous artists. Hosted by the over-the-top and charismatic Michael Shapiro, creator and frontman of the music group Reckless In Vegas. His Co-host and wife, JoLae Brandt-Shapiro will not only melt your heart, she’ll also knock everyone’s socks off with her quick whit, moral backbone, mid-west kindness, and undeniable beauty. The show is fueled by passion and inspiration, prompted by the Shapiro family’s authenticity, as well as their knack and ability for bringing it ALL out…of EVERYONE!
All of the music performed live on the show pays homage to the early 50’s and 60’s Vegas Golden Era Lounge Acts. With, of course, a very fresh and original Reckless In Vegas rock & roll spin. All arrangements have been reinvented, reinvigorated, and masterfully produced. Arrangements by Dan Shea and Reckless In Vegas.
The Shapiro family’s roots run deep in Las Vegas, beginning with his grandfather, Barney Shapiro, who moved to Vegas in 1955. He was part owner of The Royal Nevada Hotel and Casino. His early Las Vegas connections have continued to be a part of the family’s close relationships to the movers and shakers of Sin City, an integral piece of producing this show.
WITH EXCITING CELEBRITY LAS VEGAS RESIDENCIES, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Think about it….
Sting, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Gwen Stefani, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Earth Wind and Fire, Billy Idol, Pit Bull, Chicago, Santana, Pink, Jewel, and so many more.
Las Vegas, the city of unlimited possibilities!!
The predominate benefit to filming and being based in Las Vegas, beyond the obvious 24/7 excitement, is the constant influx of world renowned artists performing short-mid term residencies. This provides tremendous opportunity in casting celebrities as well as restaurant chefs. There’s more than likely no end, to Las Vegas attracting A-List stars, thus providing rich content for numerous episodes and multiple seasons.
CELEBRITY GUESTS AND RESTAURANTS ALREADY FILMED:
Taj Mahal + Bootlegger/Lorraine Hunt-Bono & Dennis Bono
Wyland + Hank’s Southern Kitchen
The Bronx Wanderers + Casa Di Amore/Chef Juan & Owner Mike Campagno
Reckless In Vegas + Chef Bobby
UPCOMING EPISODE LOCAL CELEBRITY GUESTS:
Bill Medley + Michael’s Gourmet Room
Pia Zadora + Piero’s Restaurant
Gordie Brown + The Golden Steer
Frankie Scinta + Chicago Joes
Chris Phillips + Battista’s
Murray Sawchuck + Marche Bacchus
Clint Holmes & Kelly Clinton Holmes + Nora’s
Earl Turner + Giada’s
Michael Shapiro was born in San Jose, CA but was raised in Las Vegas, NV. In 2000 he moved to Portland, OR, followed by a move to San Rafael, CA in 2006. As of April 2015, he’s back living in Las Vegas fronting the Band/Show, Reckless In Vegas.
Music has been a constant throughout his entire life. He picked up his first guitar at age 13 and trained hard in guitar, vocals, piano and trumpet and attuned his ear to classical opera as well as rock. A chance encounter with a family friend struck the right cord and paved Shapiro’s way into music.
At age 16, he had the opportunity to jam with Bruce Springsteen. The rocker’s energetic marathon performances spurred Shapiro to develop a taste for a raucous stage presence. After stints in various cover bands in his teens, Shapiro formed the band Trip, released 3 albums and toured. Being part of the VH1 Rock Across America Tour, Trip opened for artists such as Edwin McCain, Duncan Sheik, The Romantics, and Cheap Trick. It was during an ill-fated gig in 2003 while out on tour opening for Great White when a tragic fire struck, that moved Shapiro to deeply reflect on life’s vagaries and whims. This experience inspired a prolific writing period. In 2006, he recorded and released his first solo album. The first single off the album, “Hope”, received a warm radio welcome earning it’s way to the number 3 most added song in the US at 1100 spins per week. This success landed Michael on a National tour opening for the multi-platinum selling band Live.
In 2008, after moving to the SF Bay Area, Michael formed Reckless In Vegas. Releasing their first album with multi-platinum Producer Dan Shea(Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Santana, Jessica Simpson, Tom Jones/Paul Anka), followed by a second album in 2011 with Producer Sylvia Massy(Undertow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Johnny Cash, System of a Down). Returning to Producer Dan Shea in 2013 with a Vegas concept album and show, Reckless In Vegas released their third album featuring original, modern rock arrangements of classic vintage Las Vegas songs from artist such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frankie Valli, Sonny & Cher, Sammy Davis Jr., and more. In April 2017 he joined the cast of The World’s Greatest Rock Show at The Stratosphere performing as Bruce Springsteen.
“At the age of 36 I found myself in the painful grip of 23 years of drug, alcohol, love, and sex addiction, but was gifted with a moment of clarity. A crystal clear turning point realizing if I continued on that path, I would die. I wanted to live and for the 5th time in 6 years, I reached out for help, this time with complete surrender. I became desperate enough to become wholeheartedly open minded, willing, and honest about my situation, as if my life depended on it, because it did. I am grateful every moment, to truly be in recovery. My relationship with my higher power and my sobriety will always be my number one priority.”
Currently Michael is thoroughly enjoying life in Las Vegas with his wife, JoLae, and their furry feathered family, dogs Shappy and Melvin Harvey, and 5 chickens, Barbara Q, Nugget, Big Mama, Bertha, and BM, while refocusing his energies on RIV and their new TV Reality series Reckless In Vegas’ Toast and Jam.
Shapiro has toured all over the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and has done it all CLEAN AND SOBER!
Originally from Oklahoma, JoLae Brandt graduated from Oklahoma City University’s dance program. Before moving to Las Vegas, she joined Carnival Entertainment where she had the opportunity to travel the world while performing in various production shows on Carnival Cruise lines. She has since moved to Las Vegas, and has enjoyed having the opportunity to work as both a model and dancer with various production companies and agencies. JoLae has been seen on the Billboard Music Awards stage alongside Chris Brown and Pitbull, dancing beside Guns N Roses at Coachella, as well as in the country band LOCASH’s “Ring on Every Finger” music video. She has been a part of a generous list of shows on and off the Las Vegas strip, gracing the stage alongside many talented entertainers such as Dennis Bono, Matt Goss, Reckless in Vegas, and Kelly Clinton-Holmes.
Lenny Shapiro was born in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in Burlingame and San Mateo, CA., about 30 miles south of San Francisco, where he spent the majority of his time going to rock concerts at Bill Graham’s Filmore West Auditorium , Winterland, Avalon Ballroom and Berkley Community Theatre. He remembers seeing The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Grateful Dead, The Who, Joe Cocker, Eagles, Stones, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, U2 and the list goes on and on. He remembers his very first concert when he was 14 going to see the Beatles at the Cow Palace in South San Francisco in 1964. Tickets were only $5.00.
While growing up in the Bay Area, he found himself quite frequently flying down to Las Vegas to visit his father. His mother brought him to Vegas in 1958 for his first visit when a round trip plane ticket cost less then $50.00. He stayed at the Royal Nevada Hotel, a Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip that his father, Barney was part owner of. This site later became the Stardust. He remembers as a kid between the ages of 13 & 18 going to all the “Vegas Shows”, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Redd Foxx, Barbara Streisand, Elvis, just to name a few. He used to take Michael’s mother, Kathy, to see Frank Sinatra (first row & comped) at the Sands Hotel when they were still in high school. An impressive experience to say the least. After a couple of years of college back in the Bay Area, he headed down to Las Vegas which he previously had done on most school and summer vacations starting at the age of about 14, to learn his father’s business at United Coin Machine Co., a coin operated gaming machine route company that operated cash payout pinball, slot machine and various other “novelty games” such as Keno, Big 6, Dice and 21 way ahead of video poker machines. Lenny was always torn between doing something in the music business or pursuing his 2nd love – gaming in Vegas. Eventually fulfilling both dreams at once by opening up two video poker sports bars in Las Vegas called “O’Aces Bar & Grill”, and managing Michael’s music career. So then there was “Reckless in Vegas”.
Reckless In Vegas, the power trio fronted by Michael Shapiro on vocals/guitar and featuring Ryan Low on drums/vocals, Chris Nichols on bass/vocals feature edgy, modern yet heartfelt renditions of songs by 1960’s Las Vegas golden era acts such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and more. Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.
RIV debuted in Las Vegas in October 2014 with a five weekend residency at The Downtown Grand. They have since performed a three month residency at Caesars Palace, sold out four shows at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, and have performed many one-off concerts all around Las Vegas, including several Boyd Group Properties and Station Casino Properties. Touted as one of the best new, unique and desired shows in Las Vegas, they are considering several offers from Vegas properties to call their new home. More to come….you can bet the house on it!
Shappy Shapiro, our noble Labrador Retriever was born June 17th 2016 and Melvin Harvey, our mischievous Cocker Spaniel, and Shappy’s brother from another mother, was born one week later, on June 23rd 2016.
Melvin Harvey Shapiro and Shappy Shapiro are definitely known and treated as the children of Michael and JoLae. These two family fur balls bring nothing but pure love and joy into the Shapiro Casa, and somehow find themselves in the middle of all the RIV T&J excitement. These two are transcended teachers of boundless affection, unconditional love, and the essence of forgiveness. Melvin Harvey enjoys walks, spa days, and absolutes loves watching TV, especially when he’s the one on the screen!
Shappy, literally the hugger of the family, thoroughly enjoys his afternoon naps, and to put it simply, he lives for food!
Vin Adinolfi, a.k.a. Vin A, was born in NYC in 1988. His father, Vin Adinolfi Jr., was a record executive/producer for Lifesong Records for 30+ years and produced many notable artists such as Jim Croce, The Partridge Family and Dion, to name a few. The label’s bosses came in one day and said they had been bought out by Sony, so his father was out of work and had nowhere to turn. Why does Vin A’s story start here you ask? Since the age of 7, Vin had been learning to play piano and guitar by ear. When his father lost his job, Vin was 14 years old and was asked by him to start a band with his younger brother, Nick (who started playing drums at age 6). The band would be a retrospective of his father’s career and they would perform songs his dad had either produced, sung back up on, or worked with over the years. The band they formed would forever be known as “The Bronx Wanderers.”
The Bronx Wanderers started touring all over the NY tri-state area playing small clubs and catering halls. After two years of performing and amassing a small, loyal following, the band started playing 200-255 shows a year across the country. First, they were getting asked to open oldies shows for renowned artists such as Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Tony Orlando, The Turtles, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Gary Puckett, and more. After a few years of hard work and honing their craft, they were headlining those same oldies shows along with major festivals, casinos and PACs across the country.
At this same time, Vin was studying to get a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management at Stockton University in New Jersey. Vin had to tour on the weekends to help support his family and career and attend college during the week for 4 years. He graduated with honors in 2010. In his senior year, he and his brother had won a battle of the bands contest and got the opportunity to open for “Brand New” at his college in front of 5,000 screaming peers and fans. It was only his second solo gig, the first being the contest. By the age of 27, Vin had produced 5 full-length studio albums (Bronx Wanderers and Vin A albums) under his then newly-created record label, Whichway Records. He plays 6+ instruments including guitar, piano, drums, bass, banjo, violin, and even the 3 and 4 string cigar box slide guitar (all taught by ear).
Vin A currently lives in Las Vegas and The Bronx Wanderers have secured a residency with Caesar’s Entertainment since 2016. They’ve been performing at Bally’s 7 nights a week in the Windows Showroom (which they share with Wayne Newton), they’ve won 4 Best Of Las Vegas awards, a 5-Star Yelp award, a Top Ten Trip Advisor award (#8 out of 184 shows in Las Vegas), and still manage to have time to perform for charitable organizations such as Win Win Charity, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Neurofibrosis, and multiple veteran’s associations.
With Bronx Wanderers raging on 7 nights/week, how Vin still finds time to pursue a solo career is baffling, but he does. In 2018, Vin won another contest by submitting his original material to 96.3 KKLZ and got voted to open for Bon Jovi at T-Mobile Arena to perform his originals in front of 18,000+ people. He also headlined the Motley Brews Downtown Brewfest performing for 3,000 people in October. He’s a regular performer at the prominent “Composer’s Showcase” which features original artists once a month at the Smith Center (Las Vegas’ version of Lincoln Center.)
Between The Bronx Wanderers and his solo accomplishments, Vin has sung the national anthem at Madison Square Garden for the NY Rangers along with the NBA summer league in Las Vegas at Thomas and Mack Center, has filled in for Frankie Valli in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, has sold over 50,000 records, and continues to make hundreds of thousands of people smile each year with his family act and personal music. Vin A is a performer for the ages for ALL ages and his talent is only overshadowed by his humble nature.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, it was Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Dion Dimucci who set Yo’ Vinny on the path to becoming a musician. It was also with Dion’s help that he came to work for Terry Cashman & Tommy West. Cashman & West are best known for producing all of Jim Croce’s hit records. While working for Cashman & West, he was also able to work with Dion on the albums Return Of The Wanderer & Fire In The Night. Still with Cashman, West and their partner Phil Kurnit to this day, he produces records for Winthrop Records, Metrostar Records, American Originals Records and Lifesong Records.
It was Hollywood actor, director and writer, Chazz Palminteri, who is also from the same Bronx neighborhood, who told Yo’ Vinny to take the kids and start a musical group. It was under Chazz’s guidance that they decided to name the group The Bronx Wanderers.
Corinna Harney- Jones is well known for her past modeling endeavors. She was the youngest Playmate of the Year on record when she graced the cover of Playboy Magazine and was crowned 1992 Playmate of the Year.
Corinna is no stranger to the spotlight and started modeling and performing from the time she had her first dance recital at the age of three. She appeared in her first national commercial in the fourth grade with Dick Van Patten, a well known actor in his day.
Corinna loves the art and craft of acting and storytelling. She produced and stared in the film “Pitcher and the Pin Up” which won awards and is now streaming on Amazon and was also seen on Netflix.
Her latest film producing effort is a dramedy that brings awareness to Aspergers- which is on the Autism Spectrum. Corinna is so happy to shed awareness and light on this syndrome that effects so many.
Corinna believes the world needs more laughter, and that this might be the cure for so much that ails us. She has been exploring comedy and stand up and has Produced a show/scavenger hunt/walking tour/pub crawl called Alibi The Show That Isn’t A Show- featuring some of the best comedians and improv artists in Vegas. Winning the 2018 Trip Advisor Excellence Award.
Most recently she is playing the character Lonnie, the brains and backbone of the Game Wardens Office in a TV series pilot called Wreck Reation that is very much Reno 911 meets The Office.
Corinna loves writing, story-telling, singing, and exploring different art mediums. She also spends her free time volunteering at Child Haven and Shade Tree.
Over 40 years ago, marine life artist Wyland exploded on the scene with his rich, majestic murals of marine life. The timing couldn’t have been better – the environmental movement was in full swing and ocean-themed art was in high demand. Today, the art is as vibrant as ever and the message of showcasing the beauty of nature is even stronger. But Wyland’s mission has expanded in entirely new ways. With new art, a new emphasis on families and education, and a broader view of our relationship to the beauty of our entire blue planet – from our oceans, lakes, and rivers, to our streams and wetlands.
Wyland has inspired millions of people worldwide about marine life conservation thanks to his life-sized paintings and images ranging from the sides of sports arenas and cruise ships to installations at the U.S. National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Wyland’s mission of engaging people through nature-themed art and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle has touched hearts and minds, and led to strategic alliances with the United States Olympic Team, United Nation Environment Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Toyota, and Walt Disney Studios, to name a few.
Large-scale, inspiring public artworks, beautiful art galleries, and award-winning community service projects. In a career spanning more than four decades, Wyland’s art and commitment to conservation has made him one of the most influential artists of the 21st Century, with artwork in museums, corporate collections, and private homes in more than one hundred countries.
Since 1993, the non-profit Wyland Foundation has set the standard for environmental outreach, using art, science, and community events to inspire children and families around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands. With traveling science exhibits, national art programs, and innovative outreach events, the foundation helps people everywhere to be more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.
In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.
“I’ve been performing for over 50 years, and to be recognized for the road I’ve traveled means the world to me, says Mahal, who during the show performed “Statesboro Blues” – which he first recorded on his eponymous 1968 debut album – on dobro with a band that included Cooder and Don Was. “I could not have done this without the audience that has been so supportive of me throughout my musical journey. It was a fantastic night and I was thrilled to be there and celebrated among such other outstanding American musical treasures like Jackson Browne and Flaco Jimenez, whose music and talent I am a fan of. It certainly represented a diversity of musical styles and culture. That’s what I’m talking about essay help!”
The night at the legendary Ryman Auditorium capped another extraordinary year for Mahal, which began with a performance at the Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta and included playing on the entire Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas album; performing as part of the Bonnaroo Superjam on a bill featuring Derek Trucks with Chaka Khan, Eric Krasno from Soulive, renowned R&B/blues session drummer James Gadson, David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Susan Tedeschi; and playing and recording with Van Morrison in Dublin.
Since the release of 2008’s Maestro, his most recent studio recording which received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Mahal has been busier than ever touring and recording at a whirlwind pace with old friends and fellow musical sojourners. In 2010, after being nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the Blues Foundation, he joined Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night studio band The Roots as a special musical guest on the Rolling Stones classic “Shine a Light.” He also opened in Lake Tahoe for Bob Dylan. One of the highlights of the following year as performing a special opening solo set for Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center; Mahal also performed several songs with his two fellow legends. The concert was recorded and released as a CD and CD/DVD entitled “Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues – Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center.”
After starting 2012 producing and performing (vocals, guitar and banjo) on Vusi Mahlasela’s live album Say Africa, Mahal joined the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix tour for a three week run that included performances by everyone from Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa and Robby Krieger to Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb’ Mo’ and Living Colour. Energized anew after the Sony Legacy release of two collections celebrating the riches and rarities of his musical legacy – the two disc set The Hidden Treasures of Mahal Mahal 1967-1973, featuring a full live 1970 concert from Royal Albert Hall, and The Complete Columbia Albums Collection box set, featuring all of his LPs from 1968-1976 – the bluesman enjoyed a wildly productive 2013.
That spring found Mahal singing and playing harmonica on “Further Down the Road” from Clapton’s Old Sock album, and performing as a featured guest at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at MSG (NYC) where over 30 of the world’s greatest guitarists played sidemen to each other over two nights. Mahal jammed with The Allman Brothers Band featuring David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos and in a special unplugged acoustic set with Keb’ Mo’.
That June marked the release of the all-star soundtrack album to “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a supernatural blues n’ roots musical featuring music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T-Bone Burnett. Mahal appeared on “Home Again” with Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, in addition to “Tear This Cabin Down” and “What Kind of Man Am I.” He later performed on “Vicksburg Blues” on actor/recording artist Hugh Laurie’s album Didn’t It Rain and a new rendition of his song “Winding Down” on the Sammy Hagar & Friends recording. He capped the year with “An Evening with Taj Mahal” at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Mahal’s career has been full of and defined by colorful twists and turns, unexpected whimsical ventures and a commitment to a muse that has long preferred freewheeling innovation to conformity. So there’s always the challenge of finding the right words and phrases to capture just what he’s meant to American music over the past half century. Miles Mellough, who wrote the stark and honest, no holds barred liner notes for The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, captures the complexities perfectly on several posts he penned on his blog Birds with Broken Wings after the box set came out.
“Here’s the thing, plain and simple,” he writes. “Taj Mahal has always been a conundrum; a man who is capable of mirroring many things to many people, and the reason why is because he’s an enigma — an alchemist and a contrarian…Through his music he’s been a dirt farmer, a man of gentry, and a Mississippi riverboat gambler. He’s played the role of the pious country preacher of old South camp meetings to a chain gang prisoner breaking rocks in the hot, midday sun. He’s been a hard-boiled harp player with a gold tooth and process blowing gritty on the South side of Chicago to a West Indies fishing boat captain sipping Banana Daiquiri’s with a St. Kitts woman…Like the blues tree with its many roots, Mahal has become the sum of many parts. But if you were to strip him of the elements that have come to define him publicly, you’d no doubt find that beneath it all he’s really just a simple man with a harp, a steel guitar, and a banjo in his rucksack; a man making music with a whole hell of a lot of heart and soul.”
Gacovino & More Multimedia Production Services was founded by Richard Gacovino in 2014. His goal was to create a fun and engaging production studio featuring local insights on the Las Vegas lifestyle, community, gaming, events, entertainment, sports & more.
An award winning Las Vegas videographer and with over 23 years experience in the Las Vegas media industry, Richard brings his inside knowledge and contacts, famous as well as up-and-coming talent, and endless energy to the forefront of a dynamic live streaming studio and social media platform. Several of his productions can be viewed on various Las Vegas Television outlets. Richard says “Reckless In Vegas’ Toast & Jam” will deliver a positive and memorable experience to audiences and fans who have an interest in Las Vegas, music, arts, food, shopping & entertainment.
Daniel Martin Shea was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass and drums. He toured with Mariah Carey for several years as keyboardist and has also appeared in numerous television performances and videos, including three Grammy shows, with Carey, Celine Dion, Santana, Jessica Simpson, Boyz II Men, and more. After working on a number of high-profile records, Shea was approached by Sony Records CEO Tommy Mottola and signed to both production and publishing deals. He soon began working closely with Motolla and producer Cory Rooney on projects including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Mended and Jessica Simpson I Think I’m in Love with You. Shea has also collaborated with other top producers including David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, Rodney Jerkins, and Keith Thomas. Mostly Afanasieff, he has collaborated with him as a staff producer from 1991 to 1999.
Shea has been successful in several genres besides pop and R&B. He has produced records for country artists including Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Colin Raye and Rissi Palmer (Palmer’s song, “Country Girl”, co-written with Shea, marks the first time an African-American female has been on Billboard’s Hot Country chart in over twenty years.)
He was also an instrumental part of the “Latin Explosion” in popular music with his production on records by Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Thalía.
As part of the Reckless In Vegas team, he has created 31 Modern Rock, Vintage Vegas music arrangements and will tailor fit new arrangements for upcoming Celebrity Guests.
J.J. Pouwer is President and Founder of The Silverberg Company, a production company of content for all platforms.
Prior starting his own company he worked for over 15 years as Executive Producer at Endemol Shine where he was responsible for more than a 1,000 hours of unscripted television shows. He started his career working on big variety shows but as demand for other types of shows were rising, he has produced game shows, music award shows, entertainment news shows, talk shows, life-style shows and reality shows, all very successful and scoring high ratings in their time slot.
Recently he produced for his wife singer Giada Valenti a stunning music special entitled From Venice With Love, which aired on PBS television all over the country.
J.J. Pouwer is a graduate of the Dutch Film & TV Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
VIDEO CREDITS: Michael Shapiro, JoLae Brandt-Shapiro, Lenny Shapiro, Laura Lucas, Kaylyn Shapiro, Dallas, Chris Nichols, Roni Meron, Chef Bobby, Mike Benigno, Kim Wood, Lily Arce, Vin A., Elizabeth Jane Hunt, Gret Menzies-Gonzales, Mark Riddick, Taj Mahal, Tara Shapiro, Corinna Harney-Jones, Wyland, Ross Hatty, Vinny Adinolfi, Jack Roth, Ty Simmons, Mike Campagno, Chef Juan.
CREW:Richard Gacovino, Neb Solomon, Brad Boyer, Casey Lomax, Michael Gilmartin, Chris Angua, Thanos Panagiotaros, Bruce Helmprobst, Mario Rivas, Kimberly Egan, Eric Brugger