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NJ Vocalist Working On New Projects During Coronavirus Lockdown

Published March 21, 2020 by Maryanne

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Stephen Fuller, of Newark, New Jersey, longs to see his kids and grandchildren who live in New York City, but that’s not an option. Neither is performing live shows.

Fuller has been a working musician, both solo and with a group for most of his adult life. With the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, all his gigs have been canceled. Nevertheless he is keeping himself busy organizing his taxes and preparing for a Lionel Richie tribute show. “It’s a perfect sound,” he said. “It’s going to be really good. He [Richie] did a lot of ballads and I love ballads. They really resonate with me.”

Growing up in Newark, Fuller was inspired by his neighbors who were into music. “They all took piano lessons,” he said. “The daughter ended up being a concert violinist.” But what really planted the seed was an eighth grade teacher who told him he had a nice voice.

Fuller attended Arts High School in Newark. Famous names who attended the school include: Melba Moore, Sarah Vaughn, and Savion Glover. While still in high school, Fuller worked in a professional choir, which paid for his voice and piano lessons. He received a scholarship to study at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey where he learned about singing and conducting with a choir.

He then went on to Colgate University, a liberal arts college, in Hamilton, New York. He joined the band Colgate 13 as lead vocalist. They traveled around the country, and the Virgin Islands. “I was so glad to get into that group,” he said. “They are friends for life.”

Colgate had concerts featuring Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. Fuller had the opportunity to be the opening act for both artists. He continued to travel to England with Colgate 13 and ended up meeting Roberta Flack by taking a wrong turn in trying to find a bathroom!

Then Fuller married his first wife and moved outside of Kansas City, Missouri. He continued his music, singing for a band at a hotel. He also had his own group, The Stephen Fuller Quartet. And he sang the National Anthem for the NBA team. Fuller also recorded with a couple of songwriters. “We did original material,” he said. “Some was pretty good. I’m sorry it didn’t go anywhere.”

During his time in Kansas City, Fuller had two sons. When he returned to New Jersey, he joined some more bands including The Ted Klum Trio, and Vince Seneri in Platinum II.

An opportunity to perform in Japan came up, but Fuller had his family, and a day job at AT&T, which had him traveling the USA. Fuller continued to work full time and tried to sing in the evening, though his first wife didn’t like the idea of him singing.

For the next 25 years, he stopped doing music professionally. Instead, he sang at family events like weddings, and funerals. Then he got into real estate and was “so miserable.” For his health and sanity, Fuller left that business and returned to where his heart was — music.

Fuller divorced his first wife but said, “I got two great sons out of the deal.” Neither followed in Fuller’s steps as a musician. “They are smart,” he said, then chuckled. “They are both in finance.”

He met his second wife in the choir at his church. “We just hit it off,” he said. “Her daughter said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if Mr. Fuller dated Mommy?'” Fuller beams when speaking of his wife, who is very supportive of him, and his music. “We go out of our way to do nice things for each other,” he said.

In 2012, Fuller joined Jazz Vocal Collective, which is a group of jazz singers supporting each other. Fuller currently works both solo, and with his band Armani, which was formed in 2016.

“We’ve got some good things coming up this year,” Fuller said, “We’ve done big shows and big shows are coming up, including a bunch of Nat King Cole Christmas shows.” The King Cole Show was originally part of a project created by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta called “The Learn & Listen Series,” which was presented in New Jersey libraries. Christiano-Mistretta would give a talk on the artist, followed by live music performed by Stephen Fuller. The Christiano-Mistretta/Fuller team also included Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra in the series.

Fuller looks forward to debuting his Lionel Richie tribute and some new things for jazz projects. And learning new songs to perform in the nursing homes and libraries. “I have a lot of new things that’s gonna make me better at the end of all this,” he said, regarding the corona epidemic. “I feel we’ll be okay, and we’re going to get through this too.”

For more information on Stephen Fuller, visit his website at: https://www.fullersounds.com/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

 

The History of Motown

Published February 11, 2018 by Maryanne

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From left: Audience member, Librarian Kassundra Miller, Stephen Fuller, and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Saturday, February 10, 2018, Pear Tree Enterprises presented “The History of Motown” featuring music by Stephen Fuller.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gave a 45 minute talk on Berry Gordy’s Motown artists, followed by live music from Stephen Fuller (https://www.fullersounds.com/).

The audience sang along and danced to artists like The Temptations and Michael Jackson.

To see when the next program is visit Pear Tree Enterprises at https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

To book this program for your school, library, or senior group, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

 

 

The Life & Music of Nat King Cole at Cliffside Park Library

Published May 7, 2017 by Maryanne

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Maryanne Christiano Mistretta, of Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) and Stephen Fuller (http://www.fullersounds.com/) proudly presented “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” at the Cliffside Park Library, Cliffside Park, New Jersey, on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

“Learn and Listen: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” is a one-hour presentation, with Maryanne sharing the biography of prominent jazz legend, followed by a half hour of live music with the expressive, soul-stirring vocalist, Stephen Fuller as Nat King Cole! (http://www.fullersounds.com/)

Songs included: “Unforgettable,” “LOVE,” “Mona Lisa,” and much more.

This presentation is available to libraries, senior centers, assisted living facilities, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

For rates and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 908-276-1514 during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

We look forward to sharing with you an “unforgettable” performance!

Another Full House at Finale of “Learn & Listen Series”

Published July 28, 2016 by Maryanne

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Stephen Fuller and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Pear Tree Enterprises (http://www.peartreeenterprises.com/) concluded the “Learn & Listen” series at the Caldwell Public Library with “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” featuring Stephen Fuller (http://www.fullersounds.com/).

The program is one-hour long. Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents a half hour biography on the life of Nat King Cole, followed by live music performed by Stephen Fuller.

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Last night was another full house with a waiting list! Songs included: “The Christmas Song,” “More,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Unforgettable.”

Thanks so much to Fran Larkey of the Caldwell Library for having this series every week for the entire month of July!

We even made the front page of the Caldwell News!

To have this program at your library, senior center, JCC, rotary club, etc., contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

 

“Learn & Listen: Frank Sinatra” Starring Stephen Fuller

Published July 14, 2016 by Maryanne

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Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) was thrilled to present “The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” featuring Stephen Fuller (http://www.fullersounds.com/) at the Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

It was a full house, with a waiting list!

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presented a half hour biography on Hoboken’s famous entertainer, followed by live music from Stephen Fuller. Songs included “New York, New York,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “My Way.”

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Stephen Fuller

Thanks so much to Fran Larkey of Caldwell Library for hosting this program!

And thanks to Su Mead of the upcoming Eerie Art Cafe, Bloomfield, for coming out to support. The Eerie Art Cafe will be featuring programs such as this!

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Sue Mead of the upcoming “Eerie Art cafe” and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

To book this program in your library, senior center, JCC, or rotary clubpr, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist and author. Her first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” is available on Amazon in paperback editon only: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

 

Amani (Peace)

Published July 11, 2016 by Maryanne

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Meet Amani!

Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations.

The core group includes veteran musicians: Marty Eigen: sax and flute; Fred Fischer: keyboards; and Stephen Fuller:vocals. In addition, Amani has a pool of talented musicians that can be added as needed.

Amani performs hits from a variety of genres including The Great American Songbook, Gospel, R&B, jazz, Bossa nova, and Broadway. The extensive repertoire can be tailored into a program that will make your event a joy for all who are lucky enough to have the experience of hearing the group.

Their repertoire includes the following favorites:

Fly Me to the Moon – F. Sinatra
Kansas City – W. Harrison
Fields of Gold – Sting
Volcano – J. Buffet
Stand By Me – B. E. King
Can’t Help Falling in Love – E. Presley
Old Man River – Show Boat
Waiting in Vain – B. Marley
AMANI is available* to perform at libraries, festivals, art centers, weddings, corporate events, bar and bat mitzvahs, restaurants, clubs, senior facilities, house parties, and all special occasions.
*Where wheelchair accessibility is available.
For pricing and availability contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at 908-276-1514

“History of Motown Music” Presentation at Bridgewater Library

Published May 19, 2015 by Maryanne

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Last night I presented “History of Motown Music” at the Bridgewater Library (one of many times I’ve presented there!) This presentation is a 40-minute bio, followed by 20 minutes live Motown music.

I was honored to work with Stephen Fuller (who actually was a warm-up act to Motown Recording artist, Stevie Wonder). Stephen Fuller brought the house down! Check out his website at: http://www.fullersounds.com/

Stephen Fuller works with me on two other presentations in the “Learn and Listen Series” — “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” and “The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra.”

For more presentations that are available for libraries, assisted living facilities, senior groups, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers and more, please visit my website “about” section: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/about/

For bookings, pricing and availability, email Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” (Learn and Listen Library Series)

Published May 11, 2015 by Maryanne

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Maryanne Christiano Mistretta, of Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) is proud to present the third of the new “Learn and Listen” series, available to libraries, senior centers, assisted living facilities, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

“Learn and Listen: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” is a one-hour presentation, with Maryanne sharing the biography of prominent jazz legend, followed by a half hour of live music with the expressive, soul-stirring vocalist, Stephen Fuller as Nat King Cole! (http://www.fullersounds.com/)

For rates and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 908-276-1514 during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

We look forward to sharing with you an “unforgettable” performance!