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He makes a sudden turn of the head and you gasp. It's eerie - he is Frank Sinatra as he was fifty years ago. This is the often-repeated comment you hear about this singer. Rick Sonata, born to Italian parents, grew up listening to Sinatra. It's not just his stage presence, his cocky swagger, the phrasing of his songs or his resemblance to Sinatra ... Rick has vocal talent, a feel for the music and the personal magnetism necessary for a headline performer.

He has appeared on the nightclub circuit for more that fifteen years. In 2003, Rick won "The World Tribute Artist Championship" in Fort Erie, Ontario and is thrilled to be the first to win this championship. In 2001, "Legends in Concert" producer John Stuart saw a video of Rick and promptly flew him to Las Vegas where he was hired as the Crooner for his production in Atlantic City, Branson Missouri and Myrtle Beach. Rick brought his incredible vocal range and charisma to the stage, performing as Sinatra for thirty six weeks. Rick's uncanny resemblance to Sinatra, his incredible vocal range, and high-energy charisma, has led to performances in Canada, United States and Italy tour 2000 where the European media called him "The Voice". Australia tour 2001 and 2002.

Traveling throughout the country and world with his seven to sixteen piece orchestra in such hot spots as Reno, Atlantic City, New York New York Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and many other cities in Canada. Rick has also headlined many corporate and fundraising events such as NHL Awards, Bombardier, The Keg Steakhouse, Daffodil Ball, Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation and many others, bringing the Big Bad swing back to the days of the Sands.

When off stage Rick enjoys gourmet Italian cooking and spending quality time with his family.

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Rick Sonata

Winner of the 2004 World Champion Tribute Artist of the Year Award, Rick Sonata has amazing stage presence suggesting the young Frank Sinatra.

"Canada's finest dance big band. A perfect blend of age and youth, energy and experience. The Best in the City!"

~ Toronto Life Magazine
  "If you had an expectation of a Big Band Sound, the Starlight Orchestra far exceeds what you could ever imagine, they are fabulous!"

~ Lynn Frenette,
Fundraising Chairperson,
Hospice Dufferin's 2nd Annual