About the Stars

holiday concert, Escondido, CA, Inland North County

We are proud to announce that the Stars for the

25th Silver Anniversary

Carols by Candlelight 2014

americalogoAmerica is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and the late Dan Peek. The original trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America achieved significant popularity in the 1970s, and was famous for the trio’s close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound. This popularity was confirmed by a string of hit albums and singles, many of which found airplay on pop stations.

The band came together shortly after the members’ graduation from high school, and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records followed. Their debut, a 1971 self-titled album, produced the transatlantic hits “A Horse with No Name” and “I Need You“. Homecoming (1972) produced the single “Ventura Highway“, and preceded Hat Trick (1973).  1974’s Holiday featured the hits “Tin Man” and “Lonely People“, and 1975’s Hearts generated the number one single “Sister Golden Hair“, alongside “Daisy Jane“. History: America’s Greatest Hits, a compilation of singles, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia.

America has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Juice NewtonJuice Newton

Judy Kay “Juice” Newton is an American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories, as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards. She has several Gold and Platinum records to her credit, including Juice, Quiet Lies and her first Greatest Hits album. During the 1980s, Newton charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard Country, AC, and Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the No. 1 position.

Berkley Hart Selis TwangBerkley Hart Selis Twang

The punctuation-free new San Diego super-group Berkley Hart Selis Twang does not include “Sweet Harmony” in its repertoire. But the title of that classic 1973 song by Smokey Robinson captures the essence of the group.  Eve Selis and Marc “Twang” Intravia are returning to Carols by Candlelight this year as part of this fantastic group who has recently released their new album.

“Definitely,” said Eve Selis. “It’s so much fun to sing in harmony with people that you respect as musicians and as songwriters. And, then, finding different (vocal) parts and doing different takes on things, and discovering it as a group. It’s really, really fun.”

Just how much fun is readily apparent on “BHST, the enchanting debut album by Selis and singer-guitarists Jeff Berkley, Calman Hart and Marc “Twang” Intravia. Selis and Intravia are longtime musical partners in her band, which was launched here in 1981. Berkley (who doubles on percussion) and Hart have worked together as a duo for several decades. All four are past San Diego Music Awards-winners.

Mary James

Holding 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Award nominations in the Female Vocalist and Music Evangelist categories, Mary James, is a 7-time ICM Female Vocalist Nominee, winning the award in 2010.  Her highly acclaimed songs are born out of her personal journey, all  written to give hope and encouragement to audiences everywhere.   In July of 2013, her latest project “Strong,” Produced by ACM Winner Jamie O’Neal was released and features a duet with Jamie O’Neal and special guests The Roys.  Other titles include; “At His Feet,” “Beautiful Savior,” “Truth Cries Out,” “Little Things” and an upcoming project titled “This Christmas” due for release in December 2013.

Mary’s original work serves as a loudspeaker for her faith, its message, and as a true testament to her God-given voice.

Steve Vaus

Steve has won a Grammy Award, Emmy Awards, worked with major music stars, created music for tv shows, movies, sports teams, the America’s Cup, the Olympics and the Navy Blue Angels.  He performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the White House, and hundreds of venues from coast to coast.  In 1992, Vaus charted at number 68 on Hot Country Songs with “We Must Take America Back”.  In 2012 he released his first Gospel CD titled “Faith, Family, Revival”.

Steve also records under the name of Buck Howdy, and is known for his children recordings. Best of all, he is Founder of this beloved “Carols by Candlelight”, a 25 year San Diego tradition!

Anna Vaus

Anna Vaus makes her fifth appearance at Carols by Candlelight.  Anna is a senior at Poway High School.  Her original songs have won raves from Nashville music industry executives.  She currently appears in a national commercial for the ELLEN show.  She will attend Belmont University beginning fall 2014.


Don’t wait to get your tickets – especially if you want VIP seats with the artist Meet & Greet – this is the time of year sales start to pick up and tickets tend to sell out quickly! 

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