Come and sing-a-long with those fun loving UpBeats from Wilinkin Land, as they take you on an interactive journey through the magical land of music. Meet Jeremiah, Tyler, Lucy Q and the entire crew in this fun sing-a-long designed for the whole family to enjoy. It's a performance filled with singing, dancing, puppetry with a high energy live band, RJ and The imagiNATION. It's going to be truly Music and Mayhem for the whole family to enjoy.
Blunt, Nice, Humorous.
Jeremiah is the first official character of the UpBeats. His spontaneous personality and unique voice makes Jeremiah one of the most recognizable faces of the Upbeats. He Debuted for the first time in 2002 where his first stage role was as a pastor of a church who worshiped sneakers. His humorous lyrics and natural presence has always been compared to the alter ego of RJ Temple himself. Jeremiah paved the way for the over 50 characters now developed for the Upbeats.
Soulful, Funky, Funny.
You can't walk anywhere in Wilinkin Land without running into Funky Frog. He's a deep voice frog from Frogondola, a land of singing, instrument playing frogs and toads. His theme song, "Funky Frog and The Ribbits" has been a popular song by kids around the world and to this day parents are becoming weary of that song being in rotation on long car rides. He debuted in " The Joey Charisma Show" in 2006 alongside his best friend Rudy Rock. A series is in progress highlighting Funky Frog and his band The Ribbits.
Smooth, Suave, Songster.
Rudy Rock is a popular performer and vocalist in Wilinkin Land. His smooth melodies and passive humor makes him an admirable UpBeat. He debut in " The Joey Charisma Show" back in 2006 and has been a fan favorite ever since.
Sweet, Sensitive, Strong.
Emilia is a normal, fun and out going person who loves to let her imagination take her places throughout the day. She gets picked on by her friends a lot for being different, yet she's confident in herself and what she stands for.
Energetic, Talented, Unforgettable.
Tyler debuted for the first time in 2006. He is the first of many animatronic characters. He's fun, a great dancer, health awareness strategist and much more
Creator, Music Director, Puppeteer@rjtemple
RJ Temple is the mastermind and creator behind the UpBeats and The Wilinkin Land Characters. Having a love for The Muppets as a child while learning music at a young age, RJ's imagination is a total reflection in the shows of The UpBeats.
He's a graduate from Georgia Southern University with a BA in Music, along with a Masters Certification from Berklee College of Music. His credentials displays a melting pot of opportunity, from being the lead singer of The upcoming band RJ and The imagiNATION to an award winning composer and sound designer for various video games and interactive media. He's been trained in puppetry by Disney and Jim Henson Company. His favorite character is Jeremiah because it's not only his first character he ever developed, but a humorous replica of his personality.
Growing up with a love for music since a young age, Sandra has played the clarinet, violin and piano during her earlier school years. She attended AASU** with a degree in Theater and Video Production and currently works as an Editor and Video Producer. Sandra started doing puppetry with RJ as a college student in the Upbeats Puppet Ministry and loved it enough to continue for over six years now. Her favorite puppet is Emilia* because "she's smart, cares about others, and doesn't let challenges get her down!"
Yoo its Mikey here, your music fanatic! Mostly everything I know about music I learned from RJ. He's truly been a blessing to my life and anyone that really knows him and his music can attest to that. I'm new to the music business and will be a featured producer on RJ and The imagiNATION's upcoming album releases. As a puppeteer, I've been working with the upbeats over a decade and the original voice of Zingo in RJ and The UpBeats. The UpBeats has been my passion since I was in the 3rd grade. When the skit "El Magnifico" in 2005 debuted, that's when puppetry really caught my attention. My favorite character is Jeremiah. He cracks me up the most and I enjoy seeing him lift the hearts of many. He has become one of the center pieces of The UpBeats.
Puppeteer, B. Vocals
Philiseah Bell is a Savannah native who has been singing since the age of two and dancing since the age of five. Philiseah has played lead roles in such musicals as; Once on this Island, Aida, High School Musical , and Fiddler On the Roof. In her spare time she enjoys writing songs, playing the piano, acting and modeling. Currently Philiseah is a Freshman at Savannah State University with plans to transfer to Howard University in the fall as a Musical Theatre major. This is Philiseah's first year with puppetry and her favorite character is Rudy Rock because he is so cool and smooth with his voice and piano skills:)
Ralph (RB, Draga-Trak) Boston is a natural born musician from the Savannah, Ga area. He began playing his primary instrument, percussion, at the age of two and has been playing ever since.
He graduated from SCAD University with a BA in Sound Design. He is now producing for various artist locally and globally. Not only is he apart of the Rj and ImagiNATION band, but he is working under his own production company, R-BOSTO Productions.
Ralph said, " I've been doing puppetry about 5-6 years now. It's like the next thing to being at Disney World. Also, in the weirdest way, it inspires me to keep dreaming. To ask for my favorite puppet is kind of hard because it's between two. My favorites are Rudy Rock and Lou. I love Lou because of the fact that he can seem clueless but little does everyone know he has a lot of insight. He's the meaning of "Don't judge a book by it's cover" in my eyes. Then Rudy Rock!! I love the fact that he is smooth suave and cool all in personality, but very edgy in style. Then let's not talk about the music! His music is a depiction of who he is, edgy but suave... and my can that guy sing!"
Puppeteer, B. Vocals
Tenisha Clarke began her singing career alongside Travis Greene in Warner Robins, GA. She sang background with Travis and Lost Identity up until graduating from high school, and relocating to Savannah to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studies fashion marketing and vocal performance. She is now a background vocalist for RJ & the Imagination. Her favorite upbeat character is Funky Frog, mainly for the soulful sound of his voice.
Corey Jackson has been working with the Upbeats for a little over five years now. He has played several characters in different shows. His favorite character is Tyler. Tyler is a animatronic costume puppet that is very animated and loves music. He's known for expressing himself through singing, dancing or playing various instruments. Corey loves working with the upbeats because it allows the kid left inside to come out and encourage other kids to have fun. It also allows him to hide within a puppet to do crazy things to make others laugh.
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Monica Temple (Event Coordinator)
Chelsea Wilkerson (Stage Manager)
Travis Winbush ( Media Specialist)
Savannah Country Day School
The imagiNATION Workshop
Music Machine Studios
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