About the Stars

Special Guest Headliner
for Friday, December 13th Only

Jose Feliciano

FELICIANO: A Name That is Synonymous with MUSIC

It is synonymous with an international presence that has influenced popular music for more than two generations. It is synonymous with a presence that has bridged musical styles in a way that has never been equaled.  Jose Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry.

Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as “The Greatest Living Guitarist.” He’s been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; he has won nineteen Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Jose Feliciano’s musical career has been immortalized with a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and New York City has honored him by re-naming Public School 155 in East Harlem, “The Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School.” The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, an ancient and prestigious Papal Order of the Church has knighted him and he’s received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, for his musical, as well as humanitarian contributions to the world.

Guitar Player Magazine has awarded him “Best Pop Guitarist,” placing him in their “Gallery of the Greats,” and he’s been voted both Best Jazz and Best Rock Guitarist in the Playboy Magazine reader’s poll, as well. In 1996, Jose was selected to receive Billboard Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Some of Feliciano’s major record releases include, “Amor Gitano,” “Light My Fire,” “Feliz Navidad” (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010), “Chico And The Man,” “Che Sara,” “Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar?” “Rain,” “La Copa Rota,”  ‘The Sound of Vienna” and “Affirmation” – to name but a few.  Jose was also the first artist to publicly stylize the American National Anthem and, after years of controversy, is now regarded as THE patriotic pioneer of artistic interpretation and his rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is included in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Being constantly in demand, Jose has performed for and with some of the most important people on Earth. He enjoys playing with many of the top symphonic orchestras including the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He appears on major television shows worldwide; having done a number of his own specials and his music has been featured on television, in films and on the stage.

Born blind in Lares, Puerto Rico, and Jose came to New York as a child, and launched his meteoric career in Greenwich Village. 50 years later, he continues to feel humble with all the successes he has had and remarkably, insists that he has just started to share his talents with the world.

Jose will be our special guest headliner for the Friday December 13th show only.

Special Guest Headliner
for Saturday, December 14th Only

Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus’ latest CD Available at Buffets, Inc. Restaurants. Proceeds to benefit Military families.

It isn’t every day that a person receives a letter of support from his hero, but it happened to Billy Ray Cyrus. It was June 1992, and the singer, songwriter, and guitarist had just struck it big with his debut album, the eventual 9x-platinum-selling No. 1 Some Gave All, fueled by the best-selling but critically drubbed single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart.

Amid dodging slings and arrows from the press, Cyrus received a letter of support from Johnny Cash, who wrote: “Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis’, the good outweighs the bad. Let ‘em have it. I’m in your corner.”

Some Gave All ( held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist). Perhaps Cash recognized a kindred rebel spirit in the Southern-born Cyrus, who went on to enjoy a 20-year-career in the spotlight during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits. The Kentucky native has come a long way since spending Saturday nights at his Papaw Casto’s house by the railroad tracks listening to him play fiddle while his mother played piano and his father played guitar. “We’d sing old standards like (Won’t You Come Home) Bill Bailey’ and bluegrass, Southern gospel kind of stuff,” Cyrus says of his childhood. “The night would turn over into Sunday morning and I’d go to my other grandfather’s church. He was a Pentecostal preacher, and my dad would call me up to sing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot‘ with his gospel group the Crownsmen Quartet. That music is in my blood, and that’s what I wanted to capture on his new album Change My Mind.

Change My Mind, Cyrus’ thirteenth studio album, is a stellar collection of ten songs that hearken back to Cyrus’ roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel, and country music. “I’m not country because I’ve had success on the country charts,” he says. “I’m not country because somebody said I was. I’m country because I’m Billy Ray Cyrus from Flatwoods, Kentucky, and I grew up listening to country music and bluegrass music and outlaw music and southern rock, and hard-ass rock and roll. I’m a little bit of all of that stuff.”

Now, fresh off the 20-year anniversary of Some Gave All, Cyrus is ready to unleash the album of his life, Change My Mind, which has made him recall some valuable advice that his friend, rock and roll pioneer Carl Perkins, gave him back in the day. “Carl said, ‘Hoss, just do what you do. Make your music, don’t be following anyone who says you have to sound like everyone else. That’s the main thing: Be original.’ Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash told me the same thing. All these years and all this turbulence later, I’m glad I listened.”


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 24 year San Diego tradition!


 Stephen Bishop

At the age of thirteen, Stephen Bishop found himself at a crossroads. A clarinetist with hopes of becoming a History teacher, he was forever changed  after watching the Beatles one night on “The Ed Sullivan Show”.   He convinced his brother to buy him an electric guitar. He bought a “Mel Bay” chordbook and began to learn to play guitar and make up chords as well, writing his first song, ”Surf’s Turf”,  a pathetic sounding instrumental. He formed a band called, “The Weeds” and began to play at local fraternity parties incorporating his own original songs with various songs from The Top 40.   Through a good friend, Art Garfunkel heard some of his new songs and recorded two of them on his Gold recording, “Breakaway”.

He started playing around town singing his songs in person for artists like Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and Michelle Phillips.   Shortly thereafter, he was signed to ABC Records who released his first album, “Careless”.   His two hits from that album were ”Save It For a Rainy Day” and “On and On”.   Soon the album went gold, as well as his next album, Bish.

He sang the hit theme, “It Might Be You”,  from the movie “Tootsie”.  As well as writing and/or singing 13 other films including, “Animal House” and “Separate Lives” from “White Nights”.   His songs have been sung by artists such as: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad and Pavarotti.

Stephen has been nominated for a two Grammys and an Oscar nomination for his song “Separate Lives”.  His last CD was entitled “Blue Guitars”.   His newest album is an acoustic guitar and vocal solo album called “YARDWORK” .   MCA recently released a hit compilation in the Millennium series that is currently out in the stores.


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.


Eve Selis

As winner of 7 San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative, Eve Selis is no stranger to Roots music. Her newest CD “Family Tree” features 14 sturdy tracks drawn from the dark, rich soil of American music. Selis isn’t just a “singer” – she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock’n’roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path.



Anna Vaus

Anna Vaus makes her fourth 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.


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