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SHALINI VARGHESE w/ Cecy Santana and Mark Madsen

  • Uncommon Ground (Edgewater) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Born in the deserts of California, Shalini Varghese captivates her audience with sweet vocals and riveting melodies coming straight from her soul. Her versatility in musical genres span from jazz and R&B to folk and classical, with vocal sensibilities of Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and Aaliyah. 

Shalini demonstrated an aptitude for singing and musical performance at a young age, mimicking Paul Young, Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner. She delivered her first live, onstage performance as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ at the age of seven and since then, she has honed her skills and performed in venues both in the States and Internationally. She placed first in a vocal competition for her rendition of "On my Own," from the musical Les Miserable and was a finalist in a National Broadway competition called "Wanna Be in Rent." Shalini was also granted the great honor of singing the National Anthem and Whitney Houston’s, "Greatest Love" at a charity event in front of dignitaries, Secretary of State, Colin Powell, Congresswoman, Mary Bono, and former President, George Bush, when she was just in high school. In 2016, she performed the National Anthem for a WNBA game at the Staples Center. 

During her residence in Los Angeles, Shalini has become an in-demand performing artist. She has lit up the stage at hot venues all over LA and Hollywood, including the Key Club, Cinespace, House of Blues, and Sofitel. She has also appeared on radio shows around the world. 

Along with being a live performer, Shalini is a seasoned recording artist and songwriter and can sing in different languages. She also loves to experiment with new styles of music like electronic dance music (EDM), house, and positive world. One of her more recent collaborative projects is with producer and co-writer, Savvy. In this imminent EP, you will hear fresh beats with a throwback R&B and hip-hop vibe that will be sure to make you groove. Her latest release with Savvy is called, “What it Means to Be,” a song meant to inspire those to be connected to one another and live in a more peaceful and loving way.


Hailing from Sao Paulo, Cecy Santana grew up in a musical family headed by her father, legendary Afro-Brazilian trumpeter Carlos Santana. As a young musical prodigy, Cecy excelled in flute and voice, and often performed in various church concerts and ministries. Since her arrival in the United States, Cecy Santana has worked in many musical genres such as house, dance, jam band, Brazilian Popular Music, traditional Brazilian music, and R&B.  Her music has been featured in various conventions such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami, as well as in commercials and other forms of advertisements.  As a performer, she has guest appeared with bands such as the New Orleans powerhouse Galactic, and has opened up for mainstream recording artists such as Fantasia Barrino, Carl Thomas,  Roy Ayers, Musiq Soulchild, and Lil Wayne.  The newest rising star from THE BEAUTIFUL LAND is invading America with her sultry vocals, sexy moves, hypnotizing rhythms, and intoxicating beauty. Based in the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago, Cecy Santana uses the power of her voice and dance to bring audiences into a world of celebration, exuberance and purpose.  


A lifelong performer, Mark Madsen has appeared as a singer, musician, and entertainer all across the United States. From rock to pop, to blues, to swing, his performances are truly products of the Chicago melting pot.

Mark began his professional performing career at the age of nine, with a pop trio The Precisions. Four years later he began working three nights a week in a suburban Chicago nightclub, with his father’s group, The Bob Madsen Quartet. While drumming and singing in his father’s band, he spent four years playing guitar and vocalizing in one of the premier high school bands in the United States. The Notre Dame High School Meledons under the direction of noted music educator Rev. George Wiskirchen. He attended DePaul University’s School of Music while continuing his performing career. After leaving college, he spent the next six years playing in local and nationally based acts, including Spike Jones Jr. And his Band-Aids. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he played drums and sang with the legendary Chicago violinist Johnny Frigo and the Country Hit Men.

During the 80’s, he continued writing, performing, and recording with a project titled Alias Madman, an electronic pop band exploring the MIDI explosion of the 1980’s. The band performed concerts utilizing synchronous live music and video computer systems. Mark continues to write and develop this aspect of his talents as well. His benefit performances have been appreciated for more than ten years. In addition to his live appearances, he often provides a musical voice for advertising.