Formed in the summer of 2009, THE STRANGER has amassed an impressive list of clientele, high profile events, festivals and concerts that would rival many national acts. With all members residing in the Charlotte, NC area, The Stranger is a musical powerhouse recognized as one of the most entertaining live bands in the business.
BILLY JOEL is one of the world’s most beloved musical artists of the past 100 years. So naturally, paying tribute to that level of talent and doing it justice is something special…
The Stranger IS the most authentic tribute to this celebrated icon. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this band brings together an authentic replication of Billy’s timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special.
Out front on piano & lead vocals is founder & front man Mike Santoro. Born and raised in Levittown NY . Like Joel himself, Mike resembles, sounds, entertains and has the stage presence of Billy Joel in his prime. With an unparalleled band of musicians that hums like a well oiled machine, the result is a show that is not to be missed.
From his radio hits to classic b-sides, sprinkled with great songs from similar artists such as Elton John, Paul Macartney and others, it’s everything you’ll ever want in an evening out of great music. Available for corporate events,festivals, casinos, private affairs, and select venues.
The Stranger is also available as an Elton John/Billy Joel “Face-2-Face” show featuring pianist/vocalist Ronnie Smith, resident entertainer at the famous Bobby McKeys in Washington D.C. This knock-out show features up to 3 1/2 hrs of the best of both artists, full costumes, lights, visual arts, the WORKS! Available for theaters, festivals, casinos, private functions, etc.
In the words of Billy Joel himself to Mike after they met and talked together, “Thank you for keeping my music alive”.
From the heart, thank YOU Billy Joel for sharing your music with the world.