Band Bios

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Sandra James

Vocalist

Sandra James is a premier vocalist that hails from Northern California.   Sandra received formal training as a kid that helped develop her natural mezzo-soprano tone.  Sandra used that training to help develop her chops early on, performing at multiple venues throughout high school before honing her skills with various cover bands.  Through many performances with those bands, Sandra noticed a lot of requests for Heart and Pat Benatar cover songs, which ultimately led her to create her own tribute bands for those respective artists.  

     Heart to Heart Tribute Band, featuring Sandra as Ann Wilson, takes you on a musical journey through the glory days of Heart, covering iconic songs such as Crazy On You, Barracuda, Magic Man, Alone, These Dreams, Never, and many others.  Meanwhile, Sandra’s other tribute band, Crimes of Passion featuring Sandra as Pat Benatar, runs through various hit songs by the legendary singer such as Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love is a Battlefield, We Belong, amongst others.   Both Heart to Heart Tribute Band and Crimes of Passion have had successful runs performing worldwide at many venues such as House of Blues, Lake Arrowhead, Fox Theater, Station Casinos, Canyon Club, Norwegian Cruise Lines.  As well, Sandra has been featured on AXS TV as one of the best cover acts in the world, helping garner even more brand recognition. 

      Sandra expresses a humility and connection with her fans that belies typical artists and is described by many as an absolute sweetheart.  Sandra’s fans have complimented her repeatedly on her uncanny vocal resemblance to both Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar, as well as her style and stage presence.   Now that Sandra is residing in Las Vegas, she is looking for opportunities to utilize that style and stage presence to recreate the same magic and passion that led those bands to being the legends that they are today.

Michael Angelo Vattima

The Drummer

I was born just outside Philadelphia in Stratford, NJ. I grew up in Washington Township NJ.  All I ever wanted to do was play drums. Everything I did in and out of school was music.  Some of my early influences were: Rush, YES, Motown, Genesis, and Phil Collins.  Later on, I really got into Hip-Hop and R&B. I love playing “in the pocket” you can play as many notes as you like but the pocket is where it’s at!  Just ask Ricky Lawson! Now don’t get me wrong, chops and technique are equally important.  Anyone that can utilize both of these tools musically would prove to be proficient in his or her craft! That said….I love the pocket.  So in 1990, I set out to play with everyone I could.  Along the way, I found myself in many inspirational situations and some not so inspiring.  I have learned from all!  I have played a few high-profile gigs like: Anita Sarawak in Malaysia, RCA recording artist Kristine W, Sparxx, Lorenzo Antonio, and Sunny Turner to name a few.  The past few years have been spent close to home working with a variety of talent as well as cutting tracks in my house studio.

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