Jay White (impersonator)

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Jay Albert White (born in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian impersonator performing concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a singer, musician, actor and performer.

Career[edit]

White's career as a Neil Diamond tribute artist began in 1983 in the Salute to the Superstars show at the now-defunct Mr. F's Beef & Bourbon in Sterling Heights, Michigan.[1] He had performed at the club for five years when a mutual friend sent word to Legends in Concert producer John Stuart in Las Vegas, NV.

White was offered a seven-week gig at a Reno casino, and it went so well he packed up and moved in 1989 to Vegas, where he did Diamond duty — 50 weeks a year for nine years — in "Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino.[2] Jay would become the longest running act at Legends, performing in the hotel for almost nine years. White also was the first person to ever perform with Legends as a "living" legend (a musician still alive). After Legends in Concert, Jay went on to play corporate functions, cruises, and venues as a solo performer with a live band.

Jay left performing as a solo act at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas after a successful 8-year run (2000 shows). Performing as a solo tribute headliner in one venue, Jay's was the longest running act of its kind in the U.S.[3]

In 2008, Jay appeared as Neil Diamond in the Ron Howard-directed movie Frost/Nixon (film).[4][5] In 2011, he appeared as Noah Kaminsky in the independent movie Beautiful Noise.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jay is also an accomplished hockey goaltender. He has been playing goal since he was eight years old. His dream was to make it to the NHL one day; the farthest he took his hockey career was a pair of preseason games with the IHL Kalamazoo Wings.[7] White has also played as a backup goaltender for the IHL's now-defunct Las Vegas Thunder, and the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers and Florida Everblades.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hotts, Mitch. "Jay White brings Neil Diamond show to Andiamo Showroom". Macomb Daily. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ Brown, Joe. "Diamond songs sung true". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved Aug 19, 2008.
  3. ^ "Jay White official home page".
  4. ^ "Frost/Nixon IMDB page". IMDB.
  5. ^ Fink, Jerry (21 December 2007). "Neil Diamond becomes him" (PDF). Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Beautiful Noise (2011) on IMDB". IMDB.
  7. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (2013-10-30). "ECHL Las Vegas backup goalie is Neil Diamond impersonator; yes, he'll sing 'Sweet Caroline' for you". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  8. ^ Aug, Matt. "A (Neil) Diamond on the Rink". Adult Hockey. Retrieved 2 May 2014.

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