About the Artists (Continued)
Daijah Simmons is the daughter of DeWayne and Deborah Simmons. She is a 10th grade student at LaGrange Senior High School and a member of the LaGrange "Gatorettes", Daijah has been dancing with Elite Dance Line for seven years. Her goals are to graduate from high school and attend a performing arts college or university to major in Dance Choreography.
Verlin "Pecoe" Chretien
Verlin "Pecoe" Chretien, is an entertainer in every sense of the word. When he's on the stage he delivers an excitingly first class show. Verlin grew up with a musical family. He is the fifth sibling of fourteen. The majority of the family either sings or dances, and does it very well. As very young children they were exposed to music and dance. Just like his father (Peter Chretien), Verlin loved to sing. Music was instilled from both sides of his parental families. His mother (Olena Chretien) grew up in Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Verlin's fraternal grandfather played the guitar and fiddle. During his high school years at W.O. Boston, Verlin sang with the group the "Repititions". After graduating from W.O. Boston, the group moved to Los Angeles to further their singing careers. After several years of performing and traveling throughout California and in Las Vegas, Verlin decided to move back home. He never missed a beat. He continued to perform and still does today. His first choice of music that he loves to sing is Gospel music. Verlin is called on many occasions to sing. He is a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Gospel Choir. Although he loves to sing Gospel music, he also loves to sing Jazz and Blues.
Michael Kittling raised in Alexandria, LA., jazz career started at the age of eleven. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Music and an Associates Degree in Electronic Technology from McNeese State University, Mike began performing locally with the Garden District Jazz Quintet, Tony Dupuis and Infinity and other R&B groups. His discography includes a CD released in 1999 with pianist Chester Daigle called "Cardinal Principles". Currently as a solo musician, he continues to enhance his love for music by performing jazz and gospel throughout the LA. and TX. area. Employed with Citgo, Mike's time off is spent entertaining and recording music and spending time with his wife Phyllis, his two daughters Haleah and Mya, and his mother.