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Opening Act

The Smooth Jazz Cruise is excited to be offering this fun competition where you, the guest, have the chance to perform with our resident band for your fellow guests in our talent show. The first two rounds will be judged by the audience, and the final round is judged by the very artists you have been watching on stage for the week.  The winner will open both shows in the Celebrity Theater on the last night of the cruise, where they will be joined by some of the featured artists to perform their winning song. Nowhere else in the world do you have the opportunity to perform for the incredible musicians and for over 2,000 fans of smooth jazz music.

You can start practicing now, as our Song Choice List is available for you to choose from with downloadable sheet music and track files. Please note the following rules:

  1. All guests will register on the ship at a time and date to be advised.
  2. Guests who choose to play solo (with no band) or with a track can select the song of their choice including originals. If the guest wishes to perform with our house band, they can either choose a song from the Song Choice List provided below OR they can submit two choices of cover songs to no later than Dec. 1, 2021. The Band will then advise which of the two songs would be chosen to perform in the elimination rounds.
  3. Each song can be performed for no more than three (3) minutes
  4. With the exception of drums and keyboards, each Guest must furnish his own instrument
  5. There will be two (2) elimination rounds followed by one (1) finale round, each performed on different days
  6. Judging for the first two rounds will be based on audience reaction and the band members professional opinion.  The final round will be judged by some of the Artists on the ship.
  7. Opening Act 2Profanity and/or vulgarity on stage will not be tolerated and any contestant violating this rule will be immediately disqualified from the contest.
  8. All contestants grant Entertainment Cruise Productions the irrevocable right to record their performance and to use, adapt, reproduce, distribute, broadcast, and exhibit their performance in perpetuity in any and all media, manners and platforms, without the payment of compensation.

Dedicated Set List

    1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    2. All of Me –Download lyrics | Download Charts
    3. At Last – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    4. Blue Bossa – Instrumental | Download Charts
    5. Chain of Fools – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    6. Chicago Song – Instrumental | Download Charts
    7. Dock of the Bay – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    8. Feel Like Makin Love – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    9. For the Love of You – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    10. Georgia – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    11. Harlem Nocturne – Instrumental version | Download Charts
    12. I Can’t Make You Love Me – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    13. I Will Survive – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    14. Kansas City – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    15. Let’s Stay Together – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    16. Love & Happiness – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    17. Maputo – Instrumental | Download Charts
    18. Masquerade – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    19. Moondance – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    20. Mr. Magic – Grover Washington Instrumental Version | Download Charts
    21. Mustang Sally – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    22. On Broadway – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    23. One in a Million – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    24. Rappers Delight – Download lyrics | Download Charts
    25. Respect – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    26. Sara Smile – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    27. St. Thomas – Instrumental | Download Charts
    28. Stand By Me – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    29. Stormy Monday – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    30. Summertime – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    31. Superstitious – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    32. What’s Going On – Download Lyrics | Download Charts
    33. You Send Me – Download Lyrics | Download Charts