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 About PRAYER!

The story of Prayer begins over 25 years ago, when Joe teamed up with bassist Bob . Joe and Bob shared a mutual admiration and respect for the music of The Beatles and the melodic rock and roll of the 60s and 70s. From that point, the band's musical palette has been ever-expanding to include the most popular songs from every era and multiple genres as well as the best current music with an ear toward audience recognition and danceability.

Joe and his long time partner and collaborator, keyboardist Keith form the heart and soul of Prayer and possess a sincere respect for all of the music they perform. Their mission and standard is to recreate and emulate each individual artist and particular song while maintaining the spontaneity and excitement that a live performance demands.

It is that ideal that Prayer has built their reputation on and will continue to deliver.


Our gimmick has always been no gimmick - just the music, performed authentically and true to the original artists, with a high energy presentation. All of our 8 band members have impressive resumes, and we can add more musicians (horn players, percussionists, etc.) or any performer you wish to suit your individual needs and taste.



Born in Brooklyn, from the time he was a young boy Joe has been hooked on music. He vividly remembers being glued to the TV set watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and knowing what he wanted to do with his life. Playing in bands since he was in his early teens, music has always been his sole occupation. Highlights from Joe's career include singing the National Anthem at Shea Stadium (NY Mets), Nassau Coliseum (NY Islanders), and Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox). While playing with Prayer he also played on the same bill with Aerosmith, The Ramones, and The Dixie Dregs, among other nationally known artists. His proudest musical moment's was in the early 1990's when he fulfilled a lifelong dream by playing two nights at Madison Square Garden in Billy Joel's band for the Walden Woods Benefit Concerts (also on the bill were Don Henley and Sting).

Joe has the unique talent to sing many diverse styles of music and convey the particular emotions of each genre. His guitar playing is equally versatile with influences including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.


Jennifer has been an integral part of Prayer since her introduction into the band in 2000. She is an accomplished artist and is the lead female vocalist of the platinum selling nationally acclaimed group, TSO.

Jennifer has toured all over the US and North America, playing to sold out crowds in Madison Square Garden and other arenas of that caliber. She has recorded on many record labels including Lava/Atlantic Records, Sanctuary and Jellybean Recordings. Most recently she was included on TSO's latest album, which quickly went gold, and is on its way of being certified platinum.

She has made TV and radio appearances across the US and Canada, including Good Morning America and Regis and Kelly.


Aside from being a master keyboardist, Keith is the key band member in Prayer.

Keith is the band's orchestrator and musical arranger and provides pitch perfect harmonies.

Classically trained but with a rock & roll sensibility and attitude Keith also possesses a unique and versatile singing voice and is featured on some of the bands' lead vocals as well. Keith has honed his craft with an experienced background that not many musicians can claim.


Dawnette has been a featured vocalist with Prayer for the past 4 years and adds a soulful R&B element to our already versatile sound. During the week Dawnette is an arobic dance instructor at the "Ballys Fitness" chain on Long Island which helps explain her high energy stage performance, reminiscent of a youthful Tina Turner. She knows how to keep a crowd moving and motivated.


 Joey is the newest addition to the Prayer Family Tree. He has taken over the thrown of Drummer/Vocals. Joe has the back-beat and the back-ups which Prayer has been looking for.

Born and raised in Long Island, Joey has been tapping it out since he was 3 years old. Ever since he heard 'Bang A Gong' on the radio, he knew he wanted to make music his life.

He's been in the music scene since 1987. In the late 90's Joey's original project Garlic released 2 records and supported major acts including Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Stryper, and did a North American Tour with Europe in May 2005.

Since 2000 Joey has been involved in many Omni Pop and Tribute bands including 6MDB, Bad Medicine, Rocket Man & LTZ. Between Prayer dates look for Joey at your local bar and grill playing Acoustic and singing Solo.


We are happy to welcome Teddy back into Prayer. Following a stint with Big Shot Long Island's #1 Billy Joel tribute band, Teddy is back where his unique talents will be utilized to the fullest.

In addition to his high clear tenor singing voice and fluent, melodic bass guitar playing Teddy is also adept at drums, keyboards and guitar. Teddy has recorded and toured with many national acts including Ronnie James Dio, Great White and the Billy Joel broadway smash "Movin' Out".

Teddy and Prayer look forward to long term success the second time around!


Prayer employs the finest horn players in the business from Long Island and the Manhattan area. They have performed with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Tower Of Power, Hall & Oates, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, U2 and Frank Sinatra. Each player contributes to the Prayer Master Horn Book, a book of letter-perfect arrangements, and they are all master soloists. Our brass section can be expanded from two to five players. A horn section adds class, soul and excitement to any affair.

Sam (trumpet) holds degrees in Studio Music and Jazz (University of Miami) and Music Education (CW Post). Sam has played in Orquesta Immensidad, Randy & The Rainbows, Main Event and Prime Time. Sam is also a NYRA bugler, bugling to start races at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks.

Marino (Saxophone/Woodwinds) has a Masters in Jazz Commercial Music (composition/arranging) from Five Towns College and a duel Bachelors Degree in Music Education/performance with a Jazz Studies minor form The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Marino has played in numerous big bands in the north east and recently shared the stage with such artists including James Brown, Whitney Houston, and Yes. As well as being an active performer, Marino is a music educator in Long Island.

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