Colleen Raye

Colleen Raye

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 
A.C. Masterlock 
Pepsi America 
Ford Motor Company 
Petroleum Marketers 
Health East 
MN Independent Bankers 
Rowdy Redhat Rumble 
SSG Corp. 
Wisconsin Special Olympics Minnesota 
Special Olympics 
Red Wing Shoe Associated 
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  
Spectrum 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 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 also appears in other Collen Raye Productions shows including “The Girl Singers of The Hit Parade,” “The Sirens of The 60s,” “The Girl Singers Christmas Show” and “Broadway’s Best.” 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 sings with Tim Patrick’s Blue Eyes Band. To nd out more about Debbie check

Bobby Vandell

Bobby has been awarded Minnesota Music Award’s for best drummer and his TC Jammers have been awarded multiple Minnesota Music Awards for best band. He has been inducted into the Midwest Rock and Country Hall Of Fame a record 9 times with 9 separate bands. 

Bobby has been awarded a total of 5 Gold/Platinum records. They include the 1980 Polygram release “Lipps Inc.” (Gold and platinum), where he played drums on the World wide hit “Funkytown,” Alexander O’Neal’s “Fake” and “All True Man” records, as well as the A & M release “Jesse Johnson’s Revue.” 

As of 2019, Bobby is busy producing projects with internationally known keyboardist, producer, and Fleetwood Mac member, Ricky Peterson, touring with new artist and star of NBC’s “The Voice”, Jeremiah Richey, along with members of The Doobie Brothers, Donald Fagan, and Peter Frampton’s bands, Playing drums and singing with “Abracadabra” along with current and past members of The Steve Miller Band, and performing as the featured artist in his own production, “Sing Me Back Home ... The Definitive Merle Haggard Tribute.” Bobby is also an on air host at KBEM 88.5 FM in the twin Cities where he is featured on as many as four shows a week. He also continues to freelance with multiple groups as a drummer and vocalist.

Wayne Luchau

WAYNE LUCHAU grew up in the small Midwestern town of Ada, Minnesota. While attending Minnesota State University-Moorhead he passed the audition to be on The Ted Mack talent show, which had a weekly viewing audience of fteen million. He appeared on the nationally televised show three times, once from New York, once from Chicago and once from Los Angeles. After that success Wayne has had numerous other achievements, including providing vocals on a Jacqueline Smith movie and an ABC After School Special. After a successful career in teaching and business he has returned to his rst love, singing. Wayne is the embodiment of the 50’s and 60’s era of music and his shows pay tribute to those artists that were the impetus to his music career. During the show he literally seems to channel the spirit of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney and many other fabulous vocalists from that great era. As a testament to his wonderful talent he was inducted into The North Dakota Rock and Country Hall of Fame in 2012.

Bed Baldridge

BEN BALDRIDGE (guitar) began singing and playing the guitar age 9, inspired by his parent’s love of music. He also plays bass, drums and piano and enjoys his job as a music instructor in the Twin Cities. Ben graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York with a BM in Guitar Performance. He performs as a classical guitar soloist at many special events and has worked in duos with several musicians. Ben has sang, played guitar and bass with several bands in the Twin Cities area and has been featured on 5 albums of original music. He was grateful to work with The Shadows Band Tribute and A Hard Day’s Night. Ben enjoys music from many genres, from Bach to Jazz to The Beatles.