MADONNA TRIBUTE BIOGRAPHY / FAQs
Chris America Is a multi-award winning Madonna Tribute Artist and Professional Actor, portraying one of the most influential, glamorous, controversial and dynamic media stars of the twenty first century.
Chris' portrayal is so convincingly authentic in likeness, character, stature, vocals, dance, and performance style that she has delighted multitudes of audiences world wide. Most recently recently she was hired to perform for Madonna's signature costume Designer Jean Paul Gautier's Fashion Expo and headlined Madonnathon 2012 in New York City amongst 26 established acts. Chris has worked many high caliber events some include doubling as 'Madonna' at the MCI Center during the 'Drowned World Tour', "Confessions" and "Hard Candy" tours for guest VIPs, The Verizon Center in the Live Nation Lounge and Headlined Sergeant Shriver's 75th Birthday Bash in Washington DC, She was hired as the actual facial model for the mold of Madonna’s figurine at The Hollywood Wax Museum in Hollywood, California. Has modeled some of Madonna's personal costumes... Madonna herself has commented on Chris as “a good representation”. Professionally reliable; Chris has employment with over 50 top Talent agencies nationwide.
Background, Appearances & Clients:
Chris was chosen as the opening Headlining Act for the 2008 Madonnathon - in honor of Madonna's 50th birthday celebration at BB Kings in NYC and recently the Madonnathon 2012 & 2013 Brooklyn Bowl. Chris began her career in early 1984 as the Original Madonna Impersonator in thr Tribute Industry to earn national name recognition and Madonna's International fan community. Often mistaken for Madonna Chris has been chased through Airports and pursued by paparazzi. Chris America has performed as Madonna for private and corporate events working with actual celebrities like Kathy Griffin, Foreigner, Jay Leno, Frank Sinatra, Super Bowl Champ LeRoy Butler of the Green Bay Packers, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joan Rivers, for Clinton's & GW Bush's Inaugurations and the premiere of Evita also touring with acclaimed Legends in Concert. Chris has performed for The White House, Madison Square Garden, the President of Sirious Radio, Detriot Piston's half -time Entertainment, The Kennedy Center, performing for Troops at Guantanimo Bay, Cuba and Amadeus, has even been requested by Sharon Osbourne to perform at Ozzie’s Birthday Bash. She has headlined New Years Eve several times in Washington DC for Pros in the City and most recently in Asia New Years Eve 2012 for an audience of over 20,000. Chris Performed at ABC for Studio Executives along Ryan Seacrest for Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve in 2013. Chris has also appeared nationwide for numerous nightclub engagements. Chris has worked numerous exclusive events for Corporate and Private venues. Engagements have included overseas Japan, Korea, Singapore, Bejing, China, Budapest, Hungary, Europe, Carribean and more...
Expert Discussion Panel:
Chris participated in a live discussion panel with several guests who share a personal history with Madonna to include Madonna's original Dancer Erica Bell (as seen in her) "Lucky Star" debut video, Madonna's brother Martin Ciccone, Unauthorized Biographer Christopher Anderson, Steven Lewiki - who cast Madonna in her first film "A Certain Sacrifice" , And Madonna's former boyfriend when she lived in NYC prior to her first album debut.
Chris America’s extensive background in Television, Film, Radio, and Voice-over work includes appearances on; All major Talk Shows, News Channels, The Discovery Channel, MTV, CNN, Sirius Radio, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show”, advancing to the Semi-finals in ABC’s “The Next Best Thing”, the only Madonna look alike chosen to appear on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”, and starring in a Documentary about Madonna on the A&E Network. Currently she is filming a year long documentary - "Just About Famous" featuring 5 artists who have obtained longevity and excellence in the Tribute industry to be released in theaters and Netfilx in 2013.
Campaigns & Photography:
Chris America has appeared in numerous international media and print campaigns in magazines, on billboards and packaging, been shot by the famous fashion photographer & pioneer Francesco Scavullo, and worked with renowned stylist John Frieda. Chris has been featured in; The New York Times and Daily News, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and on the full cover of Esquire Magazine December issue eliciting the third highest response to date in their history. Was selected to represent "Madonna" in "Ladies Home Journal" national Look Alike contest with over 4,000 entries.
Chris America has won many awards in her industry as voted in Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada at the Celebrity Impersonators Conventions, by International Agents and Peers to include "Best Celebrity Recreation", "Best Costuming" and "Pop Rock and Roll Artist".
Chris America is proud of Madonna’s humanitarian efforts and donates her own time and talents to work with children and charities including: The Children's Miracle Network, Make A Wish Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the United States Girl Scouts Association. Another strong passion of Chris' is animal advocacy.
Holding the exact physical stature as Madonna Chris hires a full time personal trainer and seamstress to maintain Madonna's athletic physique and latest looks with an extensive custom made wardrobe encompassing all of Madonna's signature costumes from the Early 80's to today’s Current looks. Most recently she has completed the Superbowl wardrobe and the MDNA TOUR theme.
Even after reaching American Icon status and inspiring millions world-wide, Madonna is still a morph in progress. Her intrigue continues to captivate and inspire, challenging Chris America to evolve right along with her. Chris states, “I suppose this is what has held my interest in the work I do for so long. She is mysterious and familiar all at once - Forever a phenomenon and a joy to celebrate for a tribute artist like myself”. Her ultimate goal as a Tribute Artist is to ensure her audiences have a great time and to enjoy the "Madonna Experience" up close and personal.
You can visit her web site at ChrisAmerica.com
TALENT DESCRIPTION, PRICING, BOOKING INFORMATION & FAQs
Will travel up to 3000 miles
Comedian, Costumed Characters, Dancer, Impersonator, Impressionist, Marilyn Monroe Impersonator, Singing Telegram, Stilt Walker
Anniversaries, Awards Nights, Bachelorette Parties, Banquets, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Casinos, Celebrations, Christenings, Christmas Parties, Clubs, Community Events, Conventions, Corporate Functions, Country Clubs, Cruise Ships, Dinner Dances, Festivals, Fund Raisers, Funerals, Graduation Parties, Grand Openings, Hotels, Jingles, Movie Soundtracks, Picnic, Private Parties, Proms, Resorts, Restaurants, Reunions, Showers, Sorority Function, Studio Session, Sweet 16,TV Soundtracks, Voice-over, Weddings, Wakes
Pricing is relative to Venue, Location, Duration and Season of Event - Contact 703-585-6072 for details.
Madonna, 70'S music (KC & The Sunshine Band Fan!), Rock-n-Roll, Country, Pop
AUDIO & VIDEO SAMPLES
Jump - Real Player Video
Holiday - Real Player Video
Material Girl - Real Player Video
Breathless - Real Player Video
Express Yourself - Real Player Video
Hanky Panky - Real Player Video ...New videos of Chris America are on the way! Stay Tuned!!!
CHRIS AMERICA IS THE MOST REALISTIC MADONNA IMPERSONATOR IN THE INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE! Madonna herself calling Chris America's work a "Good Representation"... The only Madonna Look-Alike to ever appear on the OPRAH show; Her most recent credentials include THE WHITE HOUSE, SIRIOUS RADIO, JAY LENO, CNN, a featured talent in the Celebrity Impersonator documentary books FAME US and COPY CATS; dedicated to the top impersonation acts in the nation and an A&E Network Documentary about Madonna on the A&E in 2007. Currently she is filming the Documentary "Almost Famous" for release in 2012 about the Tribute Industry.
Chris America's portrayal is so CONVINCINGLY AUTHENTIC as Madonna, in likeness, character, stature, LIVE vocals, dance and performance style, that she has secured and maintained a respected reputation as a proven tribute-artist in the Look-Alike Community. Her shows have taken her nationally and world-wide.
Chris PERFORMS & SINGS LIVE, does Photo-op, Walk Arounds, Meet&Greet, and Promotional Events. She vigorously maintains Madonna's athletic physique to include a full-time personal trainer. Having extensive entertainment experience as a Tribute Artist SPECIALIZING AS MADONNA, Chris actually doubled as 'Madonna' at the MCI Center during the 'Drowned World Tour' for guest VIPs.
* Most photographs of Chris posted are current and true to likeness *
Chris has maintained a long-term relationship with top Talent / Entertainment Agencies Nationwide, She is often hired as a UNIVERSAL MADONNA ACT for many of their best clients.
Chris has all of Madonna's signature style costumes from the Early 80's through Current: HIGH CALIBER, INDUSTRY AWARD-WINNING COSTUMES are custom-made, regal and authentic-looking.
**Highly recommended for Fortune 500 events and all Media**
Chris most notibly was featured on the December ESQUIRE MAGAZINE (cover )issue which received the third highest response to date in their history. She has done all aspects of media to include an extensive background in Television, Film, Radio, Madonna Voice-over work & more... Additional credits include selection exclusively as Madonna's look-alike subject for renown pioneer fashion photographer FRANCESCO SCAVULLO; The Madonna subject for Celebrity Hair Empire King & Stylist JOHN FRIEDA; and the facial model used as the actual mold for the face of Madonna and her figurine at The Hollywood Wax Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
A POSTIVE MADONNA PERSONA and HIGH CALIBER LIKENESS makes Chris the perfect choice for all ages, venues, cultural and Special events - Working as often as a dozen National events per month.
FYI: CHRIS SPECIALIZES AS 'MADONNA' and also does MARILYN MONROE's character as well.
MARILYN GIGS - Chris has JFK's 'Happy Birthday MR. PRESIDENT' routine and gown, The Hot Pink 'Diamond's are a Girl's Best Friend' gown, 'How to Marry a Millionaire' Red Gown and The 'Seven Year Itch' white dress.
CEO OF SIRIUS RADIO / OCT 2006
HUNDREDS OF CLIENTS!!!:
HERE ARE JUST A FEW BELOW!!!
THE WHITE HOUSE, Madison Square Garden, Sergeant & Eunice Kennedy Shriver's 75th Birthday Washington DC, Best Buddies, Xerox, Hard Rock Cafe, BB KINGS NYC, The White House - Washington DC, Sony, Washingtonian Magazine, USA Today, MTV, The Verizon Center, Baltimore/Washington Airport, Maury Povich Show, OPRAH, Ladie's Home Journal, Ritz Carlton, MCI Center, Kennedy Center, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, Montel Williams Show, Joan Rivers Show,Hollywood Wax Museum, MOCA Museum, Planet Hollywood, Jenny Jones Show, Sally Jesse Raphael, Splash, Mayflower Hotel, Marriot Corp, Marine Rock n Roll Marathon, Baltimore Harbour,Remaxx,Macy's, Washington Post, Maxim Magazine, Radar Magazine, Baltimore Business Journal, Skirt, Bio Skin Care, MAC cosmetics, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL - GREATEST AMERICANS, RAYTHEON, AMADEUS, Prudential, Greatest American Campaign, AmTrust, TEAM-AT-WORK, GEMINI INDUSTRIES,KISS & FLY NIGHT CLUB, SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, KARAMBA NIGHT CLUB, Macy's, Four Season's Hotel, DETROIT PISTONS NBA HALFTIME ENTERTAIMENT @ THE PALACE, many more to be reposted soon...
GENERAL PRICING INFORMATION:
Please go to the BOOK CHRIS NOW tab for inquiries on the top left column second down..
JAN 2007: DEC 22, 06
THE INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION (QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS) WAS RECENTLY LOST DURING A ROUTINE PAGE UPDATE. IT DESCRIBED & ANSWERED MOST COMMON QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO MY ACT AND PRICING. CLIENTS FOUND THE INFORMATION VERY HELPFUL AND THOROUGH. THIS SECTION OF IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING THE PROCESS OF REPOSTING & REVISION. IT WILL BE IN QUESTION AND ANSWER FORMAT WHEN IT IS COMPLETED OVER TIME.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I am base din the DC / TRI-STATE area however I am available to travel anywhere in the United States or abroad.
DO YOU DO FUND-RAISERS AND CHARITY EVENTS?
Causes that are near and dear to my heart may recieve special rate consideration whether it be adjusted charges or a donation back to the charity should they hire me. Causes may be considered with proper documentation.
DO YOU HAVE BACK-UP DANCERS?
Back-up dancers are available at an additonal cost or you may supply your own at the location of your event.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED IN SECURING CHRIS AMERICA FOR AN EVENT?
Should you decide to hire me for your event you will need to fill out a short questionnaire that will help with contract preparations. A 50% deposit is required to secure your date. If you require more time to decide, the date may be tentatively held for you whereas you will get first consideration should another request come in for that same time.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OR NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPTMENT FOR YOUR SHOWS?
I carry a thorough performance Rider that may be supplied upon request... A good microphone and sound system is crucial for the success of my appearance should I also be performing. A DJ typically has sufficient equipment to handle that. Should you need a sound system locally, a portable music and sound system is avaiable for an additonal cost. Also, I require that you are able to provide a secure and adequate room / storage area for my personal belongings during my appearance.
HOW DO YOU COMPARE TO OTHER MADONNA IMPERSONATORS AND CELEBRITY LOOK A LIKES?
I am an established talent in the Professional Tribute Industry and my work is highly regarded amongst my peers. I also carry strong name recognition in the Madonna Fan community. Generally speaking, each talent has their own unique way of interpreting their character. Having our own strengths and weaknesses in areas that we excel in or are known for. The good ones remain gainfully employed on a regular basis thus have longevity, good credentials and a track record. My credentials/client list are accurate and not embellished or exagerrated. I believe you will find my work to be high caliber and professional. Please visit my "Letters" section for cient reviews...
MY MAIN GOAL WHEN WORKING ANY EVENT IS TO ENTERTAIN AND MAKE SURE YOUR GUESTS HAVE A GREAT TIME! The appearance is not so much about me as it is your guests having a terrific & memorable experience. I am especially excellent for certain venues, many being corporate functions, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs etc... I am not a good candidate for long-term programs that require more than 2 or 3 weeks duration - as I do not desire to be away from my home base 3 months etc. at a time.
DO YOU SING LIVE?
Yes. I have my own customized backing tracks or I can sing live with a band. Like Madonna, I will sometime choose to double track or use a sweetener to enhance and deliver a fuller bodied sound for some songs and depending on the physicality of the songs I am performing. You will find that my voice is strong and authentic to Madonna's and that it is me you are hearing.
I'M JUST FACT-FINDING - IS THAT OKAY?
You are welcome to ask any questions without any mutual obligations or expectations. I understand that you may be in the early stages of deciding which talent would be right to hire for your event and you want to make sure you are comfortable with your choices and decisions.
IS YOUR ACT TASTEFUL?
My impersonation of Madonna is always tasteful and it is also tailored to the type of event and audience/guests that will be attending. My goal is to please you and to enhance your event - I will be sure to discuss your expectations for the event with you so that I may meet them as best I can.
DO YOU PERFORM OVERSEAS?
I am available for overseas events. Because of the extended travel time involved etc. Should I be hired outside of the USA, be prepared to pay a subtantially higher rate as it must be cost-effective for me. I do have a current passport.
You also must have an American Embassy in your country for me to consider performing there.
News Article Frederick Post
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By Ron Cassie
Photo by Courtesy Photo - Chris America, who impersonates Madonna, is seen here in many of her ever changing costumes. This is one in a series of articles that looks at the quirky and unusual moments in life and this week asks the question — what’s it like ... impersonating Madonna?
In the early '80s, Chris America, then an 18-year-old aspiring actress trying to land dinner theater roles in Washington, took a part-time job doing singing telegrams for a local talent agency. Until, that is, her boss called a staff meeting and informed everyone that the agency was moving in a new direction. "He said, look-a-likes and impersonators were the new trend," she recounted. "He asked who was interested. I said, 'I am, but I have no idea who I look like.'
"He told me I looked like this new girl Madonna on MTV. I didn't know who she was -- I had to leave and do some research to find out."
Nearly a decade later, she's in Washington with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria and Sargent Schriver for a Best Buddies charity banquet, and when she's called out to perform, so many people believe she's the real Madonna that they rush the stage, which begins to collapse. It takes 15 police officers to get her through a side door and down an elevator to an underground garage.
"It was extreme and scary... I had no control over my limbs and I saw how dangerous large crowds can get. I realized what real celebrities must go through" she said.
As the Material Girl hit it big, so did Christina America, who grew up in Northern Virginia where she's also lived for the past seven years. She's performed all over the metro area, across the U.S. and internationally. Mostly it's been hard work and fun. However, in the early days when strange men started showing up in her front yard and odd mail began arriving, she realized she needed a stage name (using her middle name America), even if Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie did not.
She's matched the Queen of Pop costume change for costume change, appearing on Oprah, the Tonight Show and the cover of Esquire. Seven years younger than the original, she's had her own surreal 28-year career, recalling an upstate New York gig where she was hired to perform for 1,000 guests, including Frank Sinatra, at a "well-connected" Italian-American wedding.
"I didn't even realize it until after I was done performing," she said. "They had hired 16 backup dancers for my act and one of the girls asked me in the dressing room if I'd noticed the machine guns hidden under the suit coats of these huge men apparently guarding the entrances of all the ballroom doors. It had not occured to me what they were there for and I had to look to see for myself."
Today, she has 50 different pairs of shoes and boots, 200 wigs, and enough accessories and rhinestones to sink the gondola Madonna sung from in the infamous "Like a Virgin" video. She's got it down from the vagabond Lucky Star days, to the platinum Material Girl, the spiritual, Like a Prayer chick, the Blonde Ambition business suit and "vogue' thing, right through the regal Evita, clubbing cowgirl and British equestrian manifestation. "Oh yeah, Dick Tracy's in there, too."
At 5-foot-4 and 116 pounds, she hits the gym five days a week, mixing free weights, cardio and yoga to maintain measurements like the real Madonna - 32C-26-34, who turns 55 this summer. "I have a friend in Florida, Betty Atchison, who impersonates Cher, and she got me hooked on Bikram Yoga. She is incredibly fit and we both have work at staying in shape because our particular characters are impossibly fit. We have no choice but to meet certain image standards for our job" she said.
Bill Shade, CEO of Shade Construction in Maryland, hired America for a Christmas party and said she was, "the splitting image, it's unbelievable actually."
Anu Mitra of Potomac, hired America for her husband's 50th birthday and wrote she'd "enthusiastically recommend her to friends and colleagues."
Nic Groshons, a Washington choreographer, said she's fantastic and had her perform at his 30th birthday bash.
For her part, America calls Madonna a great artist and a great impersonator, crediting her for re-interpreting characters and images from the past, i.e. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Davis, Evita Peron and making them her own.
With a new Madonnna video coming soon, the recent Super Bowl appearance, The MDNA Tour and now Madonna's new "Secret Project", it's already shaping up to be a big booking year for America.
And although she got her Madonna-like looks from her Greek-Ameican family, she didn't initially get their approval. "They didn't want me to be an entertainer, they wanted me to have a conventional profession" she said. "When I started in this profession, Madonna was mainly being portrayed as racy in the media and my father was convinced I was doing bachelor parties. He finally got it when he witnessed my show for the first time at Sargent Shriver's 75th birthday and saw how much fun everyone was having."
Actually, her very first Madonna gig was in 1984. She was hired by the best friend of a 13 year old girl, as a birthday surprise. Chris arrived to a house with only four guests attending, the young girl's suburban parents being two of them.
"I came to the front door in Madonna's signature costume at the time, the Lucky Star look with a big bow in my frosted hair... the parents opened the door looking very skeptical and not too happy. I initially thought they did not approve of Madonna but I was wrong" said America.
"I brought balloons, sang (Lucky Star)and interactively involved them in two other numbers (Dress You Up and Material Girl)dressing them up in accessories and we danced around, just the three of us and they were having the best time! I looked over mid-show at mom and Dad and they were crying. I was perplexed but I carried on. As I left, the Mother handed me a $100 tip. She then told me their 16-year-old daughter had committed suicide three months earlier and that they were worried about their youngest. She said it was the first time her daughter had smiled since their loss and that it gave them hope that things would be okay."
"My first job really truly had the most impact on me and it made me realize that what I do carries a real purpose. Our job as an impersonator is much more than showing up looking like someone. We facilitate interaction with guests and it takes a lot of preparation to meet their expectations of not only the character we portray but what we bring to the table at an event. There are all kinds of reasons guests want us there".
America's rates reflect the investment in her craft and preparation; in addition to her fee, transport and hotel are required for out of state travel. She has done bar and bat mitzahs, local anniversaries and corporate functions in Gaithersburg and Ocean City. Last fall, a wedding in Hungary and a couple of night club performances in Ecuador.
"It's not like it's easy work," she said, explaining she doesn't have anyone impersonating Madonna's hairstylists, make-up artists and wardrobe professionals. It's expensive to be in this profession and overwhelmingly involved to do it right. We have to dedicate a lot of time, money, physicality etc... There are only a handful of us who specialize in what we do and who we portray".
She's taken voice and dance lessons over the years; even had a gap drilled into her smile to closer resemble Madonna. She checks up on the latest gossip and learned alittle about Kabbalah and Guy Ritchie along the way. "So, I can make a funny quip," she said. "Fans expect me to know every latest thing."
Two of her other strange --but rewarding -- gigs have been memorial services. "Two wakes, in San Francisco and New York," she said. "Both gay men. Each of their partners told me the person who passed away had really been passionate about Madonna and loved her while they were alive. It was a little weird, yet it helped people remember this person."
She said that given her relatively minor brushes with celebrity, she appreciates her end of the look-a-like business. "The best part is seeing people have fun and forget about all their problems for a while," America said. She's also admitted she's given thought to her unusual destiny.
"I have wondered what my life would have been like had Madonna not taken off the way she did or had I had not resembled her. This profession kind of chose me and I would never have guessed I would still be doing it over half of my life. But I realize I have had some wonderful opportunities to travel, meet people and leave them with fond memories of their special ocassion. I've learned to be open to the opportunities that come your way.
"Back then, who would have thought Madonna would be around this long?"