One of the most popular and versatile entertainers in Las Vegas is the award-winning Wes Winters.
With extensive vocal, stage and piano abilities, his list of credits include television, radio, live theater, composing and producing to name a few. Winters was inspired to play piano upon seeing the famous pianist Liberace on television at the age of 5. It was at this young age when Wes actively began listening to recordings of Liberace and became a self-taught pianist playing "by ear". With an innate talent possessed by very few, Winters has achieved a virtuoso standing, both vocal and instrumental, around the world among his show business contemporaries.
Wes has appeared in many of the most noted Las Vegas venues. He conceived, wrote, produced and starred in "A Musical Tribute to Liberace" at the world-renowned Liberace Museum, followed by a Las Vegas Strip engagement at Planet Hollywood in 2008. "I enjoyed a great run at the Liberace Museum," said Winters of his successful four year eight month engagement at the museum. His success led to the museum naming its venue during the run "The Wes Winters Showroom". Winters is not an impersonator or look-a-like, but a "sound-a-like the moment his fingers hit the keys" according to several reviewers. His tribute show captured the spirit, enthusiasm and the legendary showmanship that made Liberace an icon to millions of people throughout the world.
A Kansas native Winters moved to Las Vegas in 2003 and won the Liberace Play-A-Like Competition the same year. Because of his showmanship and expert ability, the judges said they knew within the first minute of his performance they had their winner.
Winters was just 5 years old when he saw the famed pianist on a CBS Sunday night television special that was filmed in Las Vegas. "I had never seen anyone like Liberace before whose fingers moved so fast," recalls Winters, who comes from an extremely musical immediate and extended family. "I was mesmerized by his skill." Upon seeing the show, he found a Liberace record and started playing along with the recording, practicing four to seven hours a day for the next seven years.
Since the late 1980's Winters has performed numerous variations of his acclaimed one-man show and nightclub act, "Wes Winters Live". Playing to sold-out audiences for years, Winters' abilities have been compared to some of the great entertainers and show business legends in rave reviews.
With the ability to go from Jerry Lee Lewis to Barry Manilow, Big Band to Country, Andrew Lloyd Webber to Rachmaninoff, and most points in between, Winters has attained a very large and loyal following. This extreme range of abilities leads to numerous concert tour dates and private, corporate and convention performances not only in Las Vegas but throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America.
With an extensive background in musical theater, Winters has been entertaining professionally for more than 21 years. He has fans around the world, his own production company 88 Key Productions, and six solo recordings. Currently available are Piano Favorites ('05) and Send Down an Angel('01), with original music and lyrics by Wes. Other recordings include Wes Winters Live, Wes Winters Christmas, Light The Lights and Curtain Up.
"Wes Winters' future is bright - go catch him on the way up the ladder to stardom. You'll be able to say, "I knew him when!" Dr. Steven Toy, music editor and critic Variety