The Singing Waiters are based in Melbourne Australia and have been wowing audiences since 1990 around Australia and overseas.
The group was formed by Matthew Barker, a member of Australia’s most successful Acapella group “THE PHONES”, who toured Australia throughout the 80’s performing to Prime Ministers, Queen Elizabeth and people from all walks of life. The Phones appeared on more tv shows than any other musical act at that time, were the most successful schools touring act since Little River Band and were the first Australian musical act to be asked to tour Russia.. but enough of The Phones, lets talk about The Singing waiters.
After leaving The Phones, Matthew and his wife Tarina (who was a musical comedy performer and fashion model) decided to form their own group and recruited singers from other Acapella groups and musical theatre backgrounds.
Not only did they want the performers to be able to sing, but also to be able to ad-lib, be comical and have the ability to work around the room up close and personal with guests as very lousy waiters.
The idea was to create a scenario where guests would be fooled into thinking that the waiters were either on work experience or were just very bad waiters.
The idea was then to suddenly burst into song and watch the reaction of the guests as they realize that thankfully the waiters were much better singers than waiters.
Starting out working at small functions at private homes and reception centres, the act gained momentum and many agents started booking the group.
Before long the group was performing for functions of up to 500 people at venues like The Palladium Ballroom at Crown and other major hotels around Australia and New Zealand.
Many line-up changes have occurred since 1990 with singers moving on to other professional shows like Le Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
Tarina and Matthew are still active members of the singing waiters and Michael Macri and bass man Sig Anderson have been with the group since 2000 and Samantha Greenwood joining in 2007.
The Singing waiters work brilliantly with small groups of 10 – 100 and sing acoustically. Or work just as well with groups of 100 – 500 singing on stage with a full sound system