THRILLING FANS SINCE 2004
Since 2004, hundreds of thousands of fans have witnessed the excitement of Who's Bad Music productions on stages around the world.
Dedicated to recreating authentic live experiences, Who's Bad was originally founded by Vamsi Tadepalli in 2003 as a tribute to Michael Jackson's musical legacy. Now, as an umbrella organization, Who's Bad Music boasts a stable of three shows: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, 20/20: The Evolution of Pop, and Who's That Girl, a celebration of the greatest divas in music history.
Each individual show is designed and constructed through unparalleled study of the artists' original performances, and infused with new energy, so that they can be brought to life for fans by some of the finest entertainment professionals on the planet.
From Motown to MTV and CDs to mp3s, the musical landscape has changed dramatically over the last half century. Who's Bad Music draws from the most iconic stars and smash hits spanning generations to embody the expression "Seeing is Believing."
Innovation is the key element in the DNA of Who's Bad Music, dedicated to putting on the baddest shows on the planet.
MEET THE TEAM
As the producer and founder of Who's Bad Music, Vamsi Tadepalli invests all of his musical pursuits with a confluence of creativity, professionalism and versatility.
Tadepalli is the first American-born member of his family. His parents, scientists by trade, placed a high value on the arts and on music in particular. Accordingly, he was exposed to Indian Classical Music and Dance from his earliest years. Although it wouldn’t be until high school that Tadepalli would study sitar, his early exposure to Indian Classical Music had a broader impact: its emphasis on improvisation undoubtedly contributed to Tadepalli's affinity for jazz, America's improvised classical music.
Tadepalli studied jazz at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving both academic and music scholarships and majoring in Jazz Performance. He also studied with outstanding altoist Justin Robinson and sought out the expertise of legendary bebop guru and exponent Barry Harris, participating in Harris’ workshop at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has shared the stage with Harris, Slide Hampton, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, and Jamey Aebersold, and has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Smoke Jazz Club in NYC.
In 2003, Tadepalli founded Who’s Bad, a group dedicated exclusively to performing the music of pop icon Michael Jackson. As manager, arranger, saxophonist, keyboardist and choreographer of the group from 2003 until 2011, Tadepalli has had the opportunity to employ his full range of skills, performing saxophone and dance routines at 100+ shows per year worldwide. At the end of 2011 he came off the road and continues to manage the band residing in Los Angeles.
James Times III was born and raised in sunny Miami, FL and has always been a student of the art of music, dance and general entertainment. The core of his musical abilities began at Miami Springs Senior High School with his involvement in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Choir, Music Theory and Music History throughout high school.
After graduating and being accepted into Florida International University’s School of Music, James also became a member of Drum Corps International’s Phantom Regiment and Bluecoats from 2007-2009. It was the Drum Corps activity that shaped James into the person and perfectionist that he has become today.
A die-hard fan of Michael Jackson knowingly since the age of 3, James didn’t realize his unique gift of dance until August of 2009, the year of MJ’s passing. James’ dream of performing as MJ on stage became a reality when he made an email inquiry to MJ LIVE and was accepted to perform with them in Las Vegas in 2015. His time performing with MJ LIVE served as the ultimate preparation for joining the ranks of Who’s Bad.
Like Michael, James is a self taught and innate dancer. It has been said by most people that James captures effortlessly the mannerisms, uniqueness, and deep soulful dancing of Michael Jackson. That is the result of the countless hours of studying MJ’s every hand, foot, finger, head, upper and lower body placement and angle in each song/performance, along with his natural similarity to Michael Jackson’s height, weight, and body type. An absolute true perfectionist, James has set a strict standard and motto for himself and that is, simply, “If it’s not the way Michael did it, it’s not right”. James has never had the great honor of meeting Michael himself, but through his music and dance it becomes clear that the two souls are connected when James takes the stage as Michael Jackson, A.K.A. ”Light”.
Taalib York Singer, dancer, and well-known songwriter, started singing and dancing at the young age of 7, mimicking his lifetime idol Michael Jackson. He began developing his voice, singing in Arabic and English, also mastering the art of dance. By the time Taalib graduated high school he began working in the music industry, writing and recording his own music and singing hooks for hip hop artists and backgrounds for various musician. In addition to singing,
Taalib also choreographs dance routines professionally, leading award winning dance teams. But when it comes down to it, actions speak louder than words. You'll watch Taalib perform, seeing the influence Michael Jackson has had and you’ll agree: the similarities between the two are simply amazing.
As one of the original members of Who's Bad since its founding, Taalib brings a wealth of experience and know-how to the stage.
Jenny Kidd is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter. As a seasoned session singer and live performer, she was selected to perform on the, Live! With Kelly show and has been heard singing on the Disney Channel’s, Sofia the First and Tangled. Some of Jenny’s most memorable moments are recording at Capitol Records and performing at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards with Live It Up Productions. You can regularly find her entertaining at the Disneyland Resort and performing with many differing live cover bands and production companies. She hopes to release her second original studio album, following her first EP “SunKissed”, soon! Catch her on stage with our newest production, Who's That Girl!
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, there is no shortage of flavor for MOELLE. A talented and versatile singer, songwriter, and dancer who’s stage presence is undeniable, MOELLE is the modern day pop star. Growing up singing and dancing, she took to the female powerhouses of her teen years such as Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga studying their unparalleled vocal abilities simultaneously coupled with high energy choreography and stage production.
After high school, MOELLE moved to Nashville, TN where she officially began to work professionally as a performer. From dancing in the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, to touring as a lead background vocalist with Darius Rucker and Kid Rock, to being featured in a National commercial for Match.com, there is simply no one box you can put her in. The now Los Angeles based artist has spent years of her career contributing to other artists’ projects and is now officially taking centerstage to bring her own story to the world. On her upcoming project set to debut early next year, MOELLE weaves her jazz and R&B influences effortlessly with her pop cadences and melodies paired with hard hitting 808s that’ll keep you moving. See her live in action with Who's That Girl!
Drusell De Vose who also goes by his dance/stage name “SiD” (which stands for Switch iDance) is a professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Teacher. Specializing in the areas of HipHop, Contemporary HipHop, and Street Jazz. Stepping out on faith SiD moved away from home to become better and to train harder. Outside of training and dancing with “Live In Color” a professional dance company based in Miami Florida, SiDs growth has led him to some really great adventures. Performing with artists like Justina Valentine (NEW Jersey), Karena Clarke (Miami), Touring all over the map with Who's Bad and has also performed on the reality show The First Family Of HipHop behind Lea Robinson (Sugarhill Gang in New York) on Bravo Television. SiD also ventured off into acting, where he landed a role in the independent film Last Love Lost, directed by Jahmar Hill, of which he also choreographed.
SiD has toured and performed in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Colorado, Philadelphia, Canada, China and Switzerland just to name a few. During his growth period he became part of a Family/Organization named “Rhythm City” out of Bronx, NYC. His passion, drive and energy is completely experienced in each class he teaches, as he pushes dancers to experience a new and different level within theirselves. SiDs motto is "Greatness within can only be achieved when you have someone great helping you to see how great you are capable of becoming."
His hard work and training gives him the ability to always share something new, different and challenging in all of his classes. SiDs main goal is to inspire those to bring to life the person they dream to be or have dreamed of becoming,
and to believe in themselves.
Aaron McCoy Jr. (saxophone), graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, with a BA in Music performance and production and a concentration in Alto Saxophone. Aaron is the Music Director at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church in Franklinton, NC. He has been a woodwind instructor at South East Raleigh High School, Knightdale High School in Raleigh, NC and he was also the announcer and student instructor for Platinum Sound Marching Band. While at Shaw University Aaron was a member of the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band, where he became the Pep Band Director. After graduation Aaron recruited for the Jazz Ensemble for the University.
Aaron was born in Norfolk, Virginia. His early schooling was in Virginia Beach, VA, where he fell in love with music and most notable, the saxophone. His craft was enhanced during his high school years at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, VA under the direction of Mr. Elston Fitzgerald.
Aaron has performed with such artists as Psychodelic Soul, Liquid Pleasure and his own band Mixed Water Band which was the house band for Zydeco Downtown owned by the two time Super Bowl star Antwan Harris. Other groups include Soul Blues Singer Lacey, The O’jays’s, The Foreign Exchange, Peabo Bryson, The North Carolina Symphony. He'a also shared the stage with Yolanda Adams, recording artist Coco McMillan, Gerald Hinton, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Joey Holloway Project, Donald Lawrence, LeeAnne Faine, Shirley Caesar, Melvin Williams, and others.
Marty Taylor, based out of NC, is one of the top go to audio engineers in the country. With over twenty years of experience, Marty is a two-time Grammy nominated engineer who mixes front of house and monitors. He also is a live recording and studio mixing engineer. His ability to paint artists own unique sound and properly present it to their fan base has him in high demand.
Marty has been working with Who's Bad Music since 2012 and leads a team of engineers who are easy to work with and help bring our vision to life. His favorite Micheal Jackson song is Heartbreak Hotel.
Justin Caminero is a dancer born in the Bronx, NY, from the Dominican Republic. He did small training in community groups bringing him to his first mentor, Randy Luna, who taught him
elements of hip hop, street jazz, and performance. With the skills attained he moved under Alonzo Williams, who further shaped Justin into the professional dancer he is now, beginning
with training in his team (Rhythm City). His first professional experiences came from becoming a dancer for Domo, a pop/hip hop singer/performer, performing in several events including
festivals, award ceremonies, music videos, and parades from New York to China. Justin further expanded in his dance career, requested for music videos by YouTube figure Cessa La Princessa, and granted the opportunity to dance with Justina Valentine’s (Wild N’Out star) in music video for “Voicemail.”
Alongside his growing work with artists, he participated in several dance competitions with Rhythm City from New York, to DC, to Switzerland, also partaking in many dance showcases, reaching the Madison Square Garden stage. Most recently, his work has allowed him to become a part of a successful Michael Jackson Tribute group called “Who’s Bad.” Aside from Justin’s growing performance experience, he also teaches hip hop in different studios to several ages, aiming to instill into his students not only the training, but the love he obtains for dance. To Justin, it’s important for his students to understand that they cannot grow or become better if there is no present drive or passion for anything they partake in. His biggest
goal for his students is to become successful doing what they love and he tries to be a living example of that to become an inspiration for others.
Archie Logan started his life as a musician at the tender age of 8 years old. His uncle saw the gift God had instilled in him and helped Archie nurture this gift in the church, but soon after Archie began to venture out to play different styles of music.
Archie Logan is known as a hard hitting pocket drummer whose smoking grooves raise the level of excitement in any musical situation. “Archie is a bass player’s best friend, because he locks it in and stays there”; as quoted by bass player extraordinaire Chip Shearin. He is a true work horse and strives to be the best he can be as a musician and businessman.
Archie has shared the stage with many of the industry’s top artists, gospel and secular alike. This list includes the incomparable Roberta Flack, Morris Day and the Time, Vikki Winans, Jennifer Hudson, Charlie Wilson, Karen Clarke Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Smoky Norful, Avant, Mario, Marvin Sapp, Rev Timothy Wright, Naughty By Nature, Malcolm Jamaal Warner and his band Milestone, Yahzarah (aka Purple St. James), independent R&B artists Dirty Sol and the list goes on and on. He also had the opportunity to play the Republican National committee Party with speaker George W. Bush Jr., the 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama, 2 Super Bowls, in addition to many arenas and theatres.
Archie is on a continual journey to spread great music across the world while bringing an unrivaled level of excitement to the stage. Archie lives and quotes these rules: “In this acquisition of wisdom the first is silence, the second is listening, the third is memory, the fourth is practice a lot, and the fifth is teaching.” With that being said, he is a musician’s drummer and his goal is to keep making the grooves feel good.
Archie proudly endorses Sabian Cymbals.