” Young yet classic, modern yet retro; Winston’s Crew Collective is the embodiment of sonic renaissance ” ~ Dannis Winston
Dannis Winston came to New York City in 2004 with intentions of attending Julliard to study Classical Voice. This departure from his gospel, reggae and pop musical roots allowed him to immerse himself in the extensive study of classical scores, while encouraging a developing voracious appetite for Opera. As he spent more time in the city, the budding young composer’s musical palette broadened exponentially causing him to expand his study across genres.
By the tender age of 19, he found himself touring internationally singing background for iconic acts the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, The O’jay’s and Diana Krall. All of his vastly diverse performance experiences up until that point led him to embark on a quest to develop a genre-bending orchestral collective that would allow him to combine all of the styles of music that he loved. With this vision in mind, he set his sights on the event industry and spent the next few years honing his skills as a vocalist, MC and bandleader, working with the best of the best.
In 2012 he decided to formally bring his vision to fruition and enlisted a cross section of his most talented peers who were all sought-after, young professional musicians in their own right. “It was really important to me that the people I brought on board knew the importance of ALL genres of music. Each artist brings everything they know and love to the group to make it that much more of an experience” said Winston…..And with that, Winston’s Crew Collective was born.
From that point on, Winston’s Crew Collective began it’s meteoric journey as musical trailblazers in the event industry. Their extensive musical repertoire includes rock, synth-pop, jazz, classical, r&b, hip-hop, reggae and edm. Not to mention, their uncanny ability to create custom musical experiences to cater to a clients every whim. Within only 2 years they have already worked with a who’s who of event and music industry elite including but not limited to :Marcy Blum, Preston Bailey, David Tutera, FloRida, Sean Kingston, Melanie Fiona and many more!
2015 promises to be even brighter as the Crew expands into new markets nationally and internationally. Always on the pulse of NOW, they continue to evolve as the premier, innovative “big band” in the business.