Jessica B and the Royalties are made up of veteran musicians Jessica Borgnis, Dave Vergato, and Dave Yelverton. Combined, this trio brings more than seventy-five years of performance experience.
Jessica Borgnis leads the group with sultry vocals and keys. Her music career began as a child and has carried her into her thirties. She has played for royalty, won national awards, composed music for hit TV shows, and has studied performance and composition under such greats as Bert Ligon, Bill Hanna, Larry Shackley, Scott Bullman, and Jamey Aebersold. Her voice has been likened to Etta James, Nina Simone, and other jazz greats.
Dave Yelverton comes to the Royalties as a drummer with the rhythm of a machine. His elegance and presence on stage capture the essence of each song as he plays. Dave is a veteran touring drummer and can be found playing almost every night of the week.
Dave Vergato has been called Charlotte's best-kept secret. An unassuming type, he stands tall behind his upright bass as he solos and carries the bottom half of the music with his unique interpretations. Also a veteran musician, Dave is a full-time band director and lover of all things jazz.
Combined, Jessica B and the Royalties have been described as the next big thing in the jazz world. Their sound is powerful, yet not overbearing. Their set list is unique, and their interpretations of such songs as 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and Besame Mucho will leave guests asking for more. In fact, every party this group has ever played has asked them to stay an extra hour or two - just to keep the guests happy. They are the perfect addition to your upscale event or party.
Jessica Borgnis (vocals, piano),
Dave Vergato (upright bass),
Dave Yelverton (drums)