Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2005
John Bertrand is an authority on the Karaoke trend, which he has been following with fanatical fascination since 1983. “I’ve seen it evolve from a niche thing at smoky bars and bowling alleys, to a popular party activity in the average living room, as well as wedding receptions, fundraisers and especially holiday parties. In fact, I’ve heard many stories on how karaoke has been a great ice breaker for awkward family or company holiday parties.”
Karaoke used to be more of a professional trade, but the karaoke music and equipment has dropped in price so much that it is very affordable for anyone to become a KJs or karaoke disc jockey. “Our karaoke music system is our biggest seller, “said Bertrand. “It’s a combination DVD and CDG player that hooks up to your TV. It’s a great buy at our holiday special price of only [$99 and it comes with a microphone and free CDG].” http://www.expresskaraoke.com/store/product.asp?dept%5Fid=7&pf%5Fid=dvg380kThe other hot seller is the [VocoPro Duet] http://www.expresskaraoke.com/store/product.asp?dept%5Fid=8&pf%5Fid=DUET. “The quality is great, it has the video component and it also records,” said Bertrand. The CDG format includes the background music with graphics and onscreen text prompts, visible when displayed on a karaoke player with screen or hooked up to a TV.
With over 22 years experience, two San Diego shops and an online store, eXpressKaraoke has established a reputation as one of the largest selection of karaoke CDGs. They offer over 75,000 karaoke songs from 75 different manufacturers. This includes over 1,900 Christmas CDs. “Our two biggest selling CDGs is a [40-song Christmas collection and a 100-song holiday compilation],” says John Bertrand. http://www.expresskaraoke.com/store/search.asp?t=bcd&cdid=TTXFP15http://www.expresskaraoke.com/store/search.asp?t=bcd&cdid=ESP462.
Popular holiday music comes in all styles. For the more traditional music listener, there are the Christmas tunes of Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley or Perry Como. The country music lovers will find Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Alabama holiday songs special. Christmas comedy is also evident with Jeff Foxworthy and Weird Al Yankovich songs. And the more contemporary, pop artists like Mariah Carey, Madonna and 50 Cent are available as well.
Karaoke, which began in Japan, literally means empty orchestra. Karaoke music traditionally has only background music with the vocals provided by the singer, who holds a microphone and follows the lyrics displayed on a screen. Karaoke reached worldwide popularity around 1990. Although it started as a fad, it has continued to grow in popularity. Since the prices have come down for karaoke music and karaoke systems and the availability has risen, it’s become more popular for holiday gifts and parties.
Professionals known as KJs (karaoke jockeys) buy karaoke CDGs and professional karaoke equipment from eXpress Karaoke on a regular basis. Most KJs invite singers to bring their own CDGs. KJs and the more experienced karaoke singers have their favorite labels. Each manufacturer tries to recreate the original performance, however, some are better quality than others.
Throughout the rest of the year, karaoke music and karaoke equipment are steady sellers for parties of all kinds. Karaoke singers enjoy entertaining at birthday parties, weddings, bridal parties, Thanksgiving and other special events. Many people invest in the karaoke equipment and save money on paying a professional performer for their celebration, while others buy the CDs and systems just for fun. The amateur vocalists enjoy making fools out of themselves in front of friends and family. Whatever the allure, everyone loves to be on stage and have their three minutes of fame.
“Karaoke is more than just music. What we offer are priceless memory-making moments that anyone can afford,” notes John Bertrand, owner of eXpressKaraoke. “We take care of our customers in every way possible,” said Bertrand. So whether for Christmas gifts or holiday entertaining, karaoke equipment and Christmas CDGs will be topping the charts. For an interactive party with family and friends, consider adding karaoke. For more information on eXpressKaraoke’s music and equipment visit http://www.eXpressKaraoke.com or visit our stores in San Diego, California area.
Bertrand can make for an excellent source for stories pertaining to Christmas music, pop music, and also for stories relating to the Karaoke trend. To arrange an interview, please call Brooke Schumacher at 619.994.5037.
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