Both Denise and John have extensive musical backgrounds. Denise is from the Wellington area and has sung in many popular bands over the years including Phoenix and Sound FX. She also has a background in musical theatre and acting (plus you may have noticed her in a number of recent television adverts and the odd
TV series, several films and movies ie The Hobbit). John hails originally from Newcastle on Tyne in the UK where he played in a number of bands, before moving to central Africa where he became involved in musical theatre, producing, performing and orchestrating many of the popular hit musicals such as JC Superstar, Grease, Godspell etc.
In 1997 Denise and John started performing together as Raw Silk. Over the past years they have attracted a following of supporters who love their energy and wide variety of popular hits. The band specialises in music to Dance to, from the fifties right up to present day classic hits. They feature ever popular classic rock n roll, and a variety of well known music, covering many of the great singers and bands from the past 5 decades. Unlike all-male or all-female line ups, Raw Silk’s combination of male & female voices (and harmonies) allows them to turn their hands to almost any popular song. Also their repertoire of over 350 songs, means there’s something for everyone.
A small selection of artists Raw Silk covers are:
Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, ABBA, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees, Dragon, Cher, Neil Diamond, Chuck Berry, Everly Brothers, Elvis, The Beatles, The Searchers, Credence Clear Water Revival, Shania Twain, Tina Turner and many others! If sufficient prior notice is given, we will even endeavour to play any “special” song for you, in the event that it isn’t already on our list.
Also for a different kind of sound, music from hit shows such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions, Les Miserable etc, if the mood requires. If asked for a particular style we will happily prepare. The songs of Vera Lyn have been been requested in the past for a particular performance for which we had no trouble in accommodating.
Raw Silk uses quality sound equipment, sequenced backing, stage lights and background music during their short breaks.
The band plays at clubs, hotels, private and corporate functions.