David & Stephanie, Performing On Cruise Ships, Their First Contract, The Joy of Cruising Podcast, 9/4
On this first of two episodes of The Joy of Cruising Podcast, I am delighted to welcome David & Stephanie, a married couple that performs as an intimate musical duo—David plays the guitar and sings, and Stephanie sings. In October of 2022, David & Stephanie attained their longtime goal of their first contract as cruise ship performers. They were assigned to Carnival Elation. David is the creator of David Paige Music and is one of the hardest working independent artists in the business. Hailed as a truly gifted entertainer, the Chicago rock singer delivers a seamless blend of pop and rock with a 90’s twist. He was a finalist on VH1’s “Make a Band Famous”, has appeared on national TV, and has toured the United States from LA to New York – headlining venues like House of Blues in Chicago, The Mint in LA, and Bowery Electric in New York. He performs with his original band, The David Paige Band; an 80s and 90s cover band called The Student Body; and as David & Stephanie.
Stephanie is a classically trained vocalist with an impressive career, beginning with her first paid gigs at the age of eight. She eventually followed that passion out to New York to study musical theater at AMDA and worked as an actor and singer, with credits including an off-broadway musical, Mademoiselle Modiste. After college in Miami, Stephanie moved to chicago, where she has been performing consistently! She sings in a No Doubt tribute band called Don't Speak, and she sings and plays keyboards in the student body, the David Paige band, and of course sings in David & Stephanie.
Carnival Elation is the oldest, smallest ship in the Carnival fleet. Don’t take that as a slight however; near the end of their contract, Carnival Elation’s Hotel Manager informed the crew the Carnival Elation was selected as number one in guest satisfaction across the entire Carnival fleet. David & Stephanie loved that contract on Carnival Elation. But in the follow-up episode, OMG, wait until you hear where their next contract took them!
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