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Talent, professionalism and sheer musical prowess.


Essential has fast become one of Melbourne's leading top cover bands. Fronted by vocal sensations Michelle Fornito and Suresh Kandasamy, this stellar six-piece band have performed at venues and events including Studio 3 and the Paladium at Crown, Channel 9's Carols by Candlelight, various AFL functions and award nights, Etihad Stadium, Moonee Valley and Flemington Racecourses, Federation Square, The Royal Melbourne Show... to name just a few! 2011 also saw both Michelle and Suresh perform live on Australia's Got Talent backing the winner of the show, Jack Vidgen.

Essential's tight musicianship, collection of classic party crowd favorites and infectious stage presence ensures every captivating performance gets audiences up on their feet, transforming ordinary functions and events into nights to remember.

Their repertoire covers musical luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince; as well as classics from the Beatles, Elvis and the Grease megamix; to the pop hits of today from Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. Suresh also brings to the stage his ne-yo smooth sounds with digital vocal processor effects, to re-create the sounds of Usher, Chris Brown and the current pop R&B tunes. Their vast repertoire crosses and combines many musical eras, genres and tastes, so that every show promises to bring with it an exciting, fun-filled party atmosphere.

Essential are a very talented group and played a great mix of music that suited the varied ages groups. They were also extremely professional in changing their schedule to fit us when we started running behind schedule. Scania Australia Pty Ltd

Both Russell and Essential were great! Lovely people and they coped with the short play times really well. I would definitely recommend them and use them again on course.

Moonee Valley Race Club

We have had nothing but positive feedback on the performance of Essential at our event on Saturday night at the Park Hyatt. We will never get away with using a DJ at these events in the future thanks to Essential! They were fantastic. Mich and Suresh have amazing voices. They were a pleasure to deal with right from the very beginning. The selection of music was ideal for our audience. We've never had so many of our guests still dancing at the end of the night.

Mitsubishi Electric

Thank you so much for all your help along the way organising Essential to play at our inaugural Year 12 Valedictory dinner at Etihad Stadium; it was a huge success with no less than 500 people taking to the dance floor for the first dance and I don't think the numbers dropped for the rest of the night and with the requests for 'more' at the end of the night showed we could not get enough of the band!

Methodist Ladies College (MLC)

For all my meticulous planning and endless hours of preparation, the success of my event really came down to one decision - choosing Essential. From the beginning their friendly and mature manner meant that they were a pleasure to deal with. On the night, their amazing talent had the dance floor full from the very first song. Their interaction with the crowd and professionalism made my event the success that it was and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for future corporate or personal functions.

Deloitte Accounting
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