Miles Bell RIP

Miles Bell RIP
Miles Bell, a longtime Nashville based artist manager whose clients included many popular comedians, singers, entertainers and bands from a multitude of genres, died on March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61.

Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, the beloved talent agent represented a wide variety of successful clients from all facets of the entertainment industry: comedians (T. “Bubba” Bechtol, Lonnie Shore), magicians (Harry Blackstone, Jr.), songwriters/recording artists (Sandy Kastel), singer/comedians (Sandy Hackett) and bands from every genre from country (The Moffatts) to pop/R&B (4 The Cause), rock and Christian. Bell also represented the worldwide touring revue band The Blues Other Brothers and popular country music parodist Cledus T. Judd.

“Miles was an unusual person,” Bechtol says. “He had the one thing that a manager needs to have to be at the top of their game in today’s entertainment world. He took great pleasure in other peoples success. That is hard to find in today’s world. He was not selfish, totally into making comedians stars and did just that with a few big names today. I will miss him, both as a manager and a friend.”

Hackett, who is also an actor and producer, says, “I’m deeply saddened at the loss of a friend who was also a business associate for many years. I’m sorry to lose him and especially sorry for his children to lose their father so young in life. He was a good soul.”

Longtime friend and fellow entertainment manager Bernard Porter, whose clients include country star Joe Diffie, adds, “Miles Bell was a godly man, with integrity and strong values. He was a mentor and a friend. I will greatly miss him.”

Kastel, a renowned Las Vegas based songwriter and recording artist, says, “Miles had the funniest sayings, but I always understood him, eventually. He had strong opinions and he was brutally honest because, as he said, ‘If I don't tell you, who will?’ I loved his honesty and he made me feel special. That was his way. I can picture him doing the same thing with his huge roster of clients back in the 80’s and 90’s, when he was booking groups 24/7. I believe he could see into the heart of an artist and dig out the potential hidden inside.

“He has been an inspiration to me,” she adds, “and I felt blessed to get the benefit of his advice; but he was more than a manager to me, he was a mentor and a good friend, and I feel his spirit will live on in those whose lives he touched, like mine. He will be missed.”

As President and CEO of Williams Bell & Associates from 1992 to 2000, Bell managed 36 artists, including a sculptor, a painter, an illusionist in addition to a more traditional slate of comics, singers and bands. He acted as Executive Director for 30 music videos, four of which won Video of the Year (two from CMT, two from Much Music).

In addition to negotiating all film, TV, recording, agency, publishing, sponsorship, endorsement and public appearance contracts for his artists, Bell supervised the selection of songs and the recordings of 10 albums which have collectively sold over 40 million units and achieved gold and/or platinum status in over 30 countries.

View original article on AntiMusic.com .

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Cledus T. Judd, Bechtol manager Miles Bell dies
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – Miles Bell, a longtime Nashville based artist manager whose clients included T. Bubba Bechtol and Cledus T. Judd, died on March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61.
Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, the talent agent represented a wide variety of clients from all facets of the entertainment industry, including magicians, songwriters, and bands from various genres, such as country (The Moffatts).

"Miles was an unusual person," Bechtol said. "He had the one thing that a manager needs to have to be at the top of their game in today's entertainment world. He took great pleasure in other peoples success. That is hard to find in today's world. He was not selfish, totally into making comedians stars and did just that with a few big names today. I will miss him, both as a manager and a friend."

Born and raised in Clarksburg, West Va., Bell grew up in a musical household. His mother Winifred served as choir director both in the local high school and the family church. His father Bud played various reed instruments and had a big band called Bud Bell and the Buddies.

He was president and chief financial officer of Limeliters International from 1979 to 1991; Limeliters International became the largest purveyor of live entertainment to hotels and casinos in the United States, boasting a client list that included Don McLean, Janice Ian, Kool & The Gang, Mickey Gilley, The Commodores and Menudo.

As President and CEO of Miles Bell & Associates since 1991, the graduate of the University of West Virginia consulted with hotels, casinos and cruise lines with procurement of talent for entertainment, offering production shows, special events, name attractions and lounge acts. From 1985 to 1997, Bell was also President and CEO of Worldwide Entertainment Services, the largest DJ service in the United States.

He also was president and chief executive officer of Williams Bell & Associates from 1992 to 2000, Bell managed 36 artists, including a sculptor, a painter, an illusionist in addition to a more traditional slate of comics, singers and bands. He acted as Executive Director for 30 music videos, 4 of which won Video of the Year (2 from CMT, 2 from Much Music).

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations in Bell's name go to MusiCares.

View original article on CountryStandardTime.com .

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Manager Miles Bell dies at 61
Clients included comedians, magicians, bands
Artist manager Miles Bell, whose clients included comedians, singers, entertainers and bands, died March 19 of kidney failure in Nashville. He was 61. Over the course of 30 years, Bell repped clients including comedians T. "Bubba" Bechtol and Lonnie Shore, magician Harry Blackstone, Jr., recording artist Sandy Kastel, singer/comedian Sandy Hackett and bands including The Moffatts, 4 The Cause, The Blues Other Brothers and country music parodist Cledus T. Judd.

Bell was born and raised in Clarksburg, W.V. and graduated West Virginia U.

In addition to managing artists and supervising recordings, he booked talent for hotels, casinos and cruise lines, and was president of the largest DJ service in the U.S. for several years.

Donations may be made to MusiCares, www.grammy.com/MusiCares .

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We Lost A Friend Today

Miles Bell took me under his wing when I came to Nashville.  We met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.  He asked me to send him one of my tapes as he took a puff on his cigarette, grinned and said, "I don't know if I can help, but if you send me your tape, I can promise you this.  I'll be honest with you."
 
Two weeks later, he called me and said to me in his unique way, "Well, little lady, I think, if I can put you with the right people, I might, and I repeat, I might be able to get you where you need to go".  I had come to Nashville to focus on my songwriting, but he knew my background performing onstage in Las Vegas, so he wanted to find a producer who would showcase me.
 
We were having lunch one day at the Tin Roof before one of our meetings when he placed the salt shaker in the middle of the table and said, "What do you see?  A salt shaker? On the outside this may look like a regular salt shaker, but it's what's on the inside that's counts."  He laughed and said, "You are like this salt shaker.  If we can figure out what's on the inside and package it, we can put it out there for the world to see.  Then we just sit back and wait."  Wait for what? I asked.  He said, "We don't know what the world is going to see until we start getting calls."
 
Then he introduced me to Dan Posthuma, who became my producer for 'This Time Around'.  Dan suggested showcasing my voice by singing a tribute to the great classics and the legends who made them famous. We recorded in Nashville at Blackbird, Darkhorse and the Sound Kitchen with the Nashville Strings and Brass and in Las Vegas with Bobby Darin's conductor, Bob Rozario and my father, saxophonist, Dick Kastel.
 
During the recording sessions, Miles would bring his friends and colleagues by the studio.  He was so like a proud father.  This was his baby.  He loved this project.  His favorite song was 'Over the Rainbow' and 'My Funny Valentine'. 
 
Miles had the funniest sayings, but I always understood him, eventually.  He had strong opinions and he was brutally honest because, as he said, "If I don't tell you, who will?" 
 
I loved his honesty and he made me feel special.  That was his way.  I can picture him doing the same thing with his huge roster of clients back in the 80's and 90's, when he was booking groups 24/7.  I believe he could see into the heart of an artist and dig out the potential hidden inside. 
 
He has been an inspiration to me and I felt blessed to get the benefit of his advice; but he was more than a manager to me, he was a mentor and a good friend, and I feel his spirit will live on in those whose lives he touched, like mine.  He will be missed.

-Sandy

Jazzscene Magazine

George Fendel, Jazzscene Magazine
This CD is quite a production, with a Nashville area big band, and a bevy of strings on some numbers. Kastel is well suited as a big band singer, in fact I’d say she’s more that than a jazz singer per se.

Suncoast Performance w/Pete Barbutti

LAS VEGAS BASED RECORDING ARTIST SET TO DAZZLE HER HOMETOWN WITH “A TRIBUTE TO LAS VEGAS FEATURING RECORDING ARTIST SANDY KASTEL AND SPECIAL GUEST STAR PETE BARBUTTI” AT THE SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO OCTOBER 24

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The Special Charity Event For Children’s Miracle Network
Which Will Include A Silent Auction
Is On The Eve Of  Vegas’ Highly Anticipated
NHRA Drag Race Weekend Featuring
Five Time World Champion Racer David Rampy
 
Happily responding to overwhelming demand from her fans, beloved Las Vegas singer and entertainer Sandy Kastel makes her first hometown appearance since the recent release of her standards-studded debut album This Time Around on Wednesday, October 24 at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.
 
The beautifully costumed and choreographed musical spectacular, officially named “A TRIBUTE TO LAS VEGAS featuring recording artist SANDY KASTEL and special guest star PETE BARBUTTI” will include the singer's performances of classic songs that truly define the city. Among these are “Fever,” “Beyond The Sea,” “All Of Me,” “Over The Rainbow” and “Danke Schoen.” Earlier this year, Kastel’s rendition of the Bobby Darin classic “Beyond The Sea” reached #14 on FMQB’s AC40 chart.
 
Kastel, a former Miss Nevada, will be performing with a 14-piece big band conducted by Bobby Rozario, famed for his work with Darin, Peggy Lee, Tony Orlando and Vic Damone, and will feature dancers choreographed by Angelo Moio, onetime dancer with Ann Margret and Juliet Prowse and one of the few choreographers sanctioned by Michael Bennett’s estate to set the original choreography for “A Chorus Line”
 
Joining Kastel for this very special event will be the legendary comedian Pete Barbutti, who is well known for his numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 70’s and 80s and opening for such legendary stars as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. Among his better-known routines “Cordeen School,” about an accordion teacher who sells a lot of accordions, but whose students never seem to learn much, and a number of piano-based gags such as “tuning the piano stool,” and using the business end of a plumber’s helper, stuck to the side of the piano, as a cigar holder.
 
Kastel’s 8 p.m. performance is the centerpiece of an exciting evening that will raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, the alliance of premier hospitals for children. Proceeds from the pre-show silent auction will be earmarked for the network, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The items up for auction will include jewelry, artwork, sports memorabilia, dinners for 2 at local restaurants plus much more.
 
On the morning of the day of her show, Kastel and Rampy will be making a special visit to St. Rose Dominican Hospital to bring the spirit of the show and the races to the children who are receiving much needed treatment due to the endeavors of Children's Miracle Network.
 
The Wednesday night event is on the eve of Las Vegas’ highly anticipated NHRA Championship Drag Racing Event, which begins on Thursday, October 25 at the The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and continues through Sunday, October 28. Kastel and her label, Silk & Satin Records, are proud sponsors of five-time NHRA drag race champion David Rampy, who may appear as a special auctioneer during the intermission of Kastel’s show. Rampy’s five wins this year have upped his total to 67, making him among the top ten “winningest” drag racers in the world.
 
Kastel, who debuted the material from This Time Around on Labor Day Weekend at the Franklin Jazz Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, can’t wait to entertain the folks back home in Las Vegas and do it for a cause that has been dear to her heart for a long time. “I’m looking forward to performing songs for the audience that pay tribute to these Legends", she says. "It’s great to tie everything together that I’ve been working on these past two years.  This show is another way to celebrate the release of my cd, visit the children in the hospitals, raise money for a great charity and enjoy a weekend of great racing.”
 
Tickets for Kastel’s show are available from $14.95. The Suncoast Hotel and Casino is located at 9090 Alta Drive in Las Vegas.  For Showroom tickets and information call 702-636-7075 or Toll Free 1-877-636-7111. The Box Office is open daily 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
 
WHAT: A TRIBUTE TO LAS VEGAS featuring recording artist SANDY KASTEL and special guest star PETE BARBUTTI
 
WHERE: The Suncoast Hotel and Casino at 9090 Alta Drive in Las Vegas
 
WHEN: October 24th @ 8 p.m
 
DETAILS: Tickets for Kastel’s show are available from $14.95-$24.95.For Showroom tickets and information call 702-636-7075 or Toll Free 1-877-636-7111. The Box Office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

O's Place Jazz Newsletter

Sandy Kastel    This Time Around
By D. Oscar Groomes 

O's Notes: Sandy has a pleasing stage like voice with a soft, gentle innocent character. The program is 15 popular classics including "Fever", "Beyond The Sea", "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine". The differentiating factor here is a full orchestra including strings and background singers behind her for 13 of the tracks! The music is powerful and dynamic while Sandy is crisp and clear in front. Kastel's presentation is ripe for primetime American entertainment.

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Suncoast Hotel and Casino

SANDY KASTEL
HOSTS MEET & GREET FOR CHILDRENS MIRACLE NETWORK AND
MAKES HER FIRST LAS VEGAS CONCERT APPEARANCE AT
THE SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO

October 24 was a typically action packed day for Las Vegas based singer Sandy Kastel, who participated in two major events for Childrens Miracle Network, the alliance of premier hospitals for children. In the morning, the recording artist and NHRA five-time division champion David Rampy hosted their second Meet & Greet of 2007 for CMN at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. Rampy brought along two of his racecars and his trailer, lettered-up, for the children to enjoy, just as he did the last time they visited in April. The two also signed photos and posters and gave away sample CDs of Kastels new album This Time Around.

In the evening, she starred in A Tribute to Las Vegas with Recording Artist Sandy Kastel and Legendary Comedian Pete Barbutti at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. The beautifully costumed and choreographed musical spectacular included the singers performances of classic songs that truly define the city. Among these were Fever, Beyond The Sea, All Of Me, Over The Rainbow and Danke Schoen.

After a rousing introduction by Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous Icon (and Las Vegas resident) Robin Leachwho also educated the audience about CMN--Kastel, a former Miss Nevada, performed with a 14-piece big band conducted by Bobby Rozario, famed for his work with Darin, Tony Orlando and Vic Damone. The show also featured dancers choreographed by Angelo Moio, a onetime dancer with Ann Margret and Juliet Prowse.

The evening was a success for both the Children's Miracle Network and Kastel as there wasn't an empty seat in the showroom. Many stayed after the show to meet and get their cds signed by Kastel. The most asked question of the evening from her fans was, 'When will you be performing here again?"

The singers performance was the centerpiece of an exciting evening that raised money for CMN. Proceeds from the pre-show silent auction will go directly to the network. The approximately 20 items up for auction included jewelry, artwork and sports memorabilia. Items won in the auction included a Randall Cunningham autographed football, Foto-facial Treatment with Dr. Taylor, Epicuran Skin Care Products from esthetician Miki Ho-Tack, Body Training with Cobette Harper, Massage & Facial from Nannette Fader, Chair Massage Series from Chair Massage of Southern Nevada, Pilates Series from Taylor Made Pilates, Jewelry from Alter's Gem & Jewelry, Changes Day Spa Gift Certificate, Joy Perfume from Margie Gerrard of Vegas Rocks with Meg, dinners for two from Bella Luna, Bertolini's, Tuscany Grill, Two Night stay at Marriott Residence Inn, Personal Assistant Services with Time 4 You, Two Night Stay and dinner at Primo's from the Suncoast Hotel & Casino and artwork by local artists, Tanja Nikolic, Terry Ritter and Paula Thompson.

Suncoast with Robin Leach
PHOTO CAPTION: (L TO R) Sandy Kastel with Robin Leach

Suncoast
PHOTO CAPTION: (L TO R) Debbie Walsh- Childrens Miracle Network Director,St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Las Vegas ; Sandy Kastel ; Joe Lake - Co-Founder Children's MiracleNetwork ; Julie Kellogg - St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation

Sandy Kastel at Suncoast
PHOTO CAPTION: Sandy Kastel


CMN with David Rampy

PHOTO CAPTION: (L To R)Mark Mostar, Child Life Specialist, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals ;Sandy Kastel ; David Rampy ; Julie Kellogg - St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation
 

Sandy at Suncoast - Order Tix Online

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SANDY KASTEL FORMER MISS NEVADA SET TO DAZZLE HER HOMETOWN WITH “THIS TIME AROUND, ‘A TRIBUTE TO LAS VEGAS’ BENEFITTING CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK” AT SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO OCTOBER 24
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The Special Event, Which Will Include A Pre-Show
Cocktail Party With A Silent Auction, Is On The Eve Of
Vegas’ Highly Anticipated NHRA Drag Race Weekend
Featuring Five Time World Champion Racer David Rampy
 
Happily responding to overwhelming demand from her fans, beloved Las Vegas singer and entertainer Sandy Kastel makes her first hometown appearance since the recent release of her standards-studded debut album This Time Around on Wednesday, October 24 at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.
 
The beautifully costumed and choreographed musical spectacular, officially named “This Time Around, ‘A Tribute To Las Vegas’ Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network,” will include the singer’s performances of classic songs that truly define the city. Among these are “Fever,” “Beyond The Sea,” “All Of Me,” “Over The Rainbow” and “Danke Schoen.” Earlier this year, Kastel’s rendition of the Bobby Darin classic “Beyond The Sea” reached #14 on FMQB’s AC40 chart.
 
Kastel, the former Miss Nevada, who has been described as a modern day Ann Margret with comparisons ranging from Judy Garland to Barbra Striesand enjoys the elements of production shows to entertain her audiences. Kastel will be accompanied by a 14-piece big band conducted by Bob Rozario and joined by dancers choreographed by Angelo Moio.  Rozario has arranged and conducted for Bobby Darin, Vic Damone, Peggy Lee and Tony Orlando. Moio, one of only a few choreographers sanctioned by Michael Bennett’s estate to set the original choreography for “A Chorus Line” has worked as a dancer and line captain for the Siegfried and Roy Show, served as dance captain and assistant choreographer for “Legends in Concert” and danced with Juliet Prowse and Ann-Margret.
 
The singer’s 8 p.m. performance is the centerpiece of an exciting evening that will raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, the alliance of premier hospitals for children. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be earmarked for the network, as will all of the proceeds from the pre-show silent auction, which begins at 7:30 p.m. as part of a special cocktail reception. Items up for auction will include jewelry, artwork and sports memorabilia.
 
The Wednesday night event is on the eve of Las Vegas’ highly anticipated NHRA Championship Drag Racing Event, which begins on Thursday, October 25 at the Summerlin Expressway and continues through Sunday, October 28. Kastel and her label, Silk & Satin Records, are proud sponsors of five-time NHRA drag race champion David Rampy, who may appear as a special auctioneer during the intermission of Kastel’s show.
 
Rampy’s five wins this year have upped his total to 68, making him among the top ten “winningest” drag racers in the world.
 
Kastel, who debuted the material from This Time Around on Labor Day Weekend at the Franklin Jazz Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, can’t wait to entertain the folks back home in Las Vegas and do it for a cause that has been dear to her heart for a long time. “I’m looking forward to presenting this ‘Tribute to Las Vegas’ in time to kick off the NHRA race here in Las Vegas with David Rampy, who helps us raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network every time he drives down the track.  It’s great to be able to tie it all together for a great cause.”
 
WHO: Sandy Kastel
 
WHAT: This Time Around, ‘A Tribute To Las Vegas’ Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network'
 
WHEN: Wednesday October 24th, 2007. @ 8 p.m
 
WHERE: The Suncoast Hotel and Casino is located at 9090 Alta Drive at Rampart off the Summerlin Expressway in Las Vegas.
 
DETAILS: Tickets for Kastel’s show are available from $14.95-$24.95.For Showroom tickets and information call 702-636-7075 or Toll Free 1-877-636-7111. The Box Office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Happy Valentine's Day

The year is just flying by....already it is Valentine's Day and January has come and gone. So much has happened since my show at the Suncoast with the holidays being a bustle of friends and family joining us to celebrate. Then the New Year and we welcomed in 2008 looking forward to all the promises of excitement, new projects, a more concerted effort towards being more conscious of what foods we put into our bodies and exercising our muscles so that we stay in shape! Whew!

Busy? I'll say, but in a good way. I cleaned out a lot of closets and I don't just mean literally. There are many things that needed to go so that I can make way for the new. And that is what I did. It was just cold enough outside to keep me in and off my bicycle, unfortunately, so I really had to try and stay motivated to get on the treadmill or go to dance classes. Then I was hit by that very unusual 'flu' that went around the country. Even though it was not totally debilitating, it slowed my energy down enough to keep me inside working on those 'closets'. So, what may have not been the best thing turned into a constructive project.

There were two trade shows I worked, both for bookings, one in Las Vegas in November and the other in San Diego in January. They were very productive. I met many wonderful artists and promoters from around the country and look forward to seeing the results of them.

Then we headed to Nashville so that I could get back with a few songwriters and finish up the songs we started at the end of the year. The weather is colder than in Las Vegas, but it did warm up for us. After spending a week there we drove up to Indianapolis to visit my husband's family. We are back in Nashville now only for the next few days before we head down to Florida for warmer weather and write with more songwriters.

One of my plans for this year is to delve more deeply into my writing, exploring my varied interests in musical styles including pop, jazz, country, rhythm & blues, broadway and swing to see if I can develop my own style which includes a mix of high energy, up-tempo songs and power ballads.

Above all, on this Valentine's Day, and throughout the year, I wish everyone a year filled with treasures, life lived with exuberance and happiness shared with others and quality time with family and friends.

Best Wishes for 2008

Sandy

Robin Leach's Luxe Life

As seen on Robin Leach’s Vegas Luxe Life Blog, October 25 2007
SANDY’S SONG TRIBUTE DAZZLES FOR CHILDRENS’ CHARITY

It’s a long busy day for former Miss Nevada, singer Sandy Kastel–but she’s pumped for the ride because it’s all to benefit her favorite Children’s Miracle Network charity.

This morning, hometown Sandy, described as a modern-day Ann-Margaret, and best-friend, five-time world champion racer David Rampy will visit our St. Rose Dominican Hospital where many children are receiving much needed treatment thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network. Then tonight I’ll join Sandy and comedian Pete Barbutti as guest host of a special tribute concert she’ll star in up at the Suncoast hotel and casino. Sandy will sing from her new standards debut, This Time Around backed by a 14-piece big-band orchestra and a dance troupe. During the intermission, David, who with 68 race wins is now in the Top 10 drag-racers in the world, will be special auctioneer of jewelry, artwork and race memorabilia to raise even more funds for the kids. Tomorrow, Sandy will be cheering on her David Rampy-sponsored team for the fourday NHRA Championship Drag Racing Event on the Summerlin Expressway that continues through Sunday.

PageantCast News Desk

Sandy Kastel, Former Miss Nevada & Miss America Talent Winner’s Debut Album 'This Time Around' to Be Released July 10th

CD Features Renditions of Classics Originally Recorded by Legends Such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bobby Darin

Things always heat up in July and the same can be said for Las Vegas’ own Sandy Kastel
(www.sandykastel.com). Her debut album This Time Around is set for release on July 10th (via
Morada Distribution, 1-800-376-2700). The album features her renditions of standard classics
originally recorded by such legends as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Peggy Lee,
Johnny Mathis, Dinah Washington, Celine Dion and Judy Garland.

Kastel is making waves across the country and cyberspace with her smoky rendition of “Beyond The
Sea” which has been lighting up the FMQB Adult Contemporary radio Chart. The song recently hit
#14 on the chart. “Beyond The Sea” is the first single from Kastel’s debut album This Time Around.