Colleen Raye

Colleen

Colleen Raye is an accomplished singer, actress and entertainer. A native of Wisconsin, Colleen began her singing career at age 15 performing in her brother's band, "The Tradewinds". One of 7 children, Colleen is from a very music-oriented family and she carried on the tradition by going to college and majoring in music. While in college she performed in musicals, operettas, concert choirs, jazz bands, madrigals and vocal jazz groups. At the age of 19, Colleen performed with the Lovell Ives Jazz Quintet in Green Bay where she met Peter Polzak, an accomplished jazz pianist, and established herself as a jazz vocalist. After winning the "Horace Heidt Jr." talent contest in St. Paul, MN, at 19, Colleen began performing with the "Donnie Sanders Show", a nationally touring night club act. Soon after, Colleen met Steve Grimm, a former "New Christy Minstral" and international performer. They combined their talents to create "The Steve Grimm and Colleen Raye Show", a successful night club show band. During the eighteen years they were together, they were highly acclaimed. Not only a professional relationship - Colleen and Steve married and had 4 children. All of them are successful musicians in their own rights, Trey ZehrGrimm, Jennifer Grimm, Reed Grimm, and Sophia Grimm. The children performed with Steve and Colleen on special occasions at first and then more regularly until the couple separated. Colleen developed a stage show of Patsy Cline music and several other formats, and  forged her own music career not only as a vocalist but also a vocal and performance coach, producer and composer. Colleen has traveled the country performing on stages ranging from the Tropicana in Atlantic City and Las Vegas to the Oklahoma and North Dakota State Fairs. Colleen created and produced a series of "GIRL SINGERS" shows, including“ The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade”, "Sirens of The 60s", "Girl Singers Christmas Show" and "The Belting Babes of Broadway," along with her "Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline,"  "An Evening At The Cabaret" and recently a new show, "Sinatra and Company - Music From The Pat pack Era." Colleen has a natural freshness, outstanding rich alto voice, energy and charisma and a great sense of humor. Unusually versatile, Colleen captivates audiences with ease no matter what the genre.

 

Below is a list of clubs and corporate events Colleen has performed in:

Club and Theater Performances

Ames Center, Burnsville, MN

Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen SD

Allied Concert Services - 40 City Tour  Girl Singers Hit Parade

Bloomington Center For The Arts/Schneider Theater, MN

Allied Concert Services - 18 City Tour - Sirens of the 60s

Allied Concert Tour - An Evening At The Cabaret

Top Hat Theatre, Ulen, MN

Hastings Concert Association, MN

Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls, MN

Hutchinson Event Center, Hutchinson, MN

Historic Temple Theatre, Viroqua, WI

Rosemary Clausen Center Performing Arts. Holstein, IA

Steele County Free Fair

Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing, MN

Midwest Country, Sandstone, MN

Marion Ross Center, Albert Lea, MN

Maplewood Performing Arts Center, Maplewood, Mn

Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI 

Pipestone Performing Arts, Pipestone, MN

Lady Luck Casino, Marquette, IA

Pierce County Fair, Ellsworth, WI

River Falls Education Foundation, River Falls WI

Ellsworth Great Schools Foundation, Ellsworth, WI

Tropicana, Las Vegas

Isle of Capri Casinos 

St. Francis Fundraiser Ellsworth, Wi

Davenport's, Chicago, IL

Mystic Lake Casino, MN
Caesars A.C.
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Chula Vista Resort, WI
Tulsa State Fair
St. Croix Casino, WI
Lyric Arts Theater, MN  
North Dakota State Fair
Vino In The Valley, WI
Baldwin Center For the Performing Arts, WI
TourCo Bus Tours
Heartland Bus Tours
Log House Pioneer Days, MN
Treasure Island Casino Stage Door Players, WI
UW LaCrosse Vocal Jazz Fest
Drake Hotel, Chicago
St. James Hotel, MN
Bay Mills Casino, MI
Royal River Casino, SD
Downtowner Woodfire Grill, MN
The Dakota, MPLS
Rossi's, MPLS
Fortune Bay Casino, MN
Little Log House Antique Show, MN
Medina Entertainment Center, MN
TJ Maxwell's, MN  
Orpheum Theater, IL
Paddy Ryan's, WI 
Riversides, WI
 

Corporate and Private Functions

Thrivent

Ceridian/Control Data Retirees

H.O.P.E.

Chrysler 
A.C. Masterlock 
Pepsi America 
Honeywell
3M
Ford Motor Company
Petroleum Marketers
AFSME
Health East
MN Independent Bankers
Rowdy Redhat Rumble
SSG Corp.
Wisconsin Special Olympics Minnesota
Special Olympics
Red Wing Shoe Associated
Anesthesiologists
Niro
Norex
Junior Achievement Jaycees
Ellsworth and Prescott Chambers
Ellsworth Creamery
Western WI Bankers Association
Trinity Catholic School
1st National Bank
Red Wing Manufacturers Assoc.
Hastings Hospital
Wayzata Book Club
Jewish Community Center, MN 

Television and Radio

Midwest Country RFD TV

Kare 11  Minneapolis, Mn

Voces e" Carol  Puerto Rico

"America Swings" with Horace Heidt LA
Showcase MN, KARE 11
A.M. Philadelphia Good Company - Minneapolis
Joe Franklin- New York
WJON - Bob Hughes/St. Cloud, MN S
pectrum West, WPR
KWNG -Tom Hughes/Red Wing, MN
A.M. Las Vegas
P.M. Magazine - Pa "Rainee After Dark",
Nashville Songwriter's Showcase, MN

Colleen Raye is also a successful jingle and song writer. Her credits include...
Wisconsin Special Olympic Theme "Touch the Sky"
A New Country Musical "HeartSongs"
Atlantic City Theme Song "Atlantic City, It's All Here"
Tulsa State Fair Theme "Good Times Again"
St. Paul "Winter Carnival Waltz"
"The Girl Singer" from The Gril Singers of the Hit Parade

Debbie O'Keefe - Vocals

Debbie

 

Debbie is a resident of Hudson, WI.. As a 13-year-old she had the opportunity to travel with her sister, Colleen, performing at various venues throughout the United States. Debbie is also in The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade and The Girl Singers Christmas Show, Sirens of the 60s and The Belting Babes of Broadway.Debbie is a guest soloist with The Sheldon Brass Band
In Red Wing, MN and The Century Big Band in St. Paul, MN.  She is the female vocalist for the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra and  with Tim Patrick’s Blue Eyes Band. To find out more about Debbie check www.DebbieOkeefe.com

Tim Patrick - Vocals (Sinatra & Company)

Tim
Tim Patrick, a Twin Cities native, was given the title of “ world-class vocalist” by Andy Williams' long time pianist, Joanne Grauer and has won critical acclaim by winning the Rising Star Award for Best Jazz Singer in North America,and being listed alongside Frank Sinatra in the book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide".  Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band perform all over the Midwest for festivals, theaters, corporate events, private parties, and weddings just to name a few. www.TimPatrickMusic.com

Norton Lawellin - Musical Director/Keyboard

Norton

 

Touring the U.S. and Canada with a musical celebration of our nation’s bicentennial, Norton shared the stage with headliners such as Jerry 
Lewis, Bobby Goldsboro, Roy Clark and Buck Owens, Ray Stevens, and Kate Smith.  Following those tours, Norton relocated to the Twin Cities  area.  In 1982, he launched Track Record Studios, a recording and music production facility.  His piano and vocal stylings are in demand for corporate special events and as support for local celebrities.  In  2003, he was called as contemporary worship coordinator for his church.

Katie Gearty - Vocals

Katie 

 

Katie Gearty performs in the Minneapolis music scene singing in venues such as The Dakota and Hell's Kitchen or lending her voice to other Minneapolis musicians such as The Vital Organ Trio, The Modd Squad, Bruce Henry, Synergy, The Wolverine's, Tanner Taylor, Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs, as well with Mick Sterling and The Irresistibles..  Katie has also been in theatrical productions of  "They Write the Songs,” "Blue: Songs on the Indigo Side". And in Collide Theatre Productions in Minneapolis. In between singing and keeping up with her 8 year old Beatriz she also enjoys studio singing, voice over work and vocal coaching.

Sophie Grimm - Vocals

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SOPHIE GRIMM is a Chicago-based vocalist and actor, originally hailing from Wisconsin with her family, Colleen Raye, Trey, Jennifer, and Reed Grimm. Playing in Chicago houses, including Marriott Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane, and Broadway In Chicago, she continues working mostly on the musical theatre stage, while singing throughout the area with THE MATT REED BAND, as well as in religious settings, and of course, continues to sing with her family for GIRL SINGERS OF THE HIT PARADE and other shows for which she can return. Teaching, healing, and assisting are also passions to Sophie, and enjoys making each of them a part of daily life. You can keep up with her at www.SophieGrimm.com

Jennifer Grimm - Vocals

 

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Jennifer grew up traveling and singing her way across the country with her family’s variety act for the first 13 years of her life, and continued performing with her mother, Colleen Raye, in various venues including the Mall of America and Mystic Lake Casino. While earning her degree in mathematics from Augsburg College and singing with their Gospel Praise group, Jennifer kept on performing with 10-piece funk bands and in various cabaret and theater venues. Jennifer then ventured into her solo career, appearing on stages in New York City, Europe and the Caribbean and locally with such personalities as Garrison Keillor and Debbie Duncan.  With radio and recording success in the local area and overseas, Jennifer continues to base herself in the Twin Cities with her  2 little girls. Her latest CD “After Noon” and her holiday album, “A Christmas with Family and Friends,” can be found on her site www.JenniferGrimm.com.

Reed Grimm - Vocals/Percussion

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Reed is a multi-faceted performer.  Reed is an Ellsworth,Wi.native  As a child, Reed performed with his parents across the country, starting at  age 2. In high school he was in several bands and school musicals. including the lead roll as Rhett in Footloose. Reed graduated from UW LaCrosse and has performed widely in the region, especially with his band, Shoeless Revolution. Recently Reed has performed over seas for our troops in Kuwait and Qatar.  Reed is also involved with Massive Amounts of Good, a program to bring attention to nonprofit causes and organizations. 

Doug Rohde - Keyboards/Keyboard Bass

 

Doug

Doug has 30 years experience playing classical, jazz, rock, calypso, reggae and blues piano and keyboards.  Current and recent projects include The Auto Body Experience, a 7-piece original rock band led by guitarist Scott Yoho, Hair and The Rocky Horror Show with Candid Theater Company, The Fleetwood Mac Attack, Steeling Dan, The Metro Mix, Power of Ten,  The St. Croix Jazz Orchestra,  the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network.  Doug also teaches piano at Center for Performing Arts in  South Minneapolis and an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and theMusic Teachers National Association.