Host/Singer Brian Nolf, from Cadillac, Michigan, is a Grammy-nominated singer, musician and entertainer who has performed on stages from Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center to the White House, on late-night network television shows, and hundreds of times on the Grand Ole Opry. He performed for six years as a member of Marty Stuart’s band the Fabulous Superlatives, and performed live or on recordings with country music icons including Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Merle Haggard, Travis Tritt and John Rich. Brian went on to play in the staff band for NBC’s Nashville Star, then on the General Jackson Showboat and in Pigeon Forge before coming to Branson to host the new show Country On The Lake.
Ali Lynn Antonetz
Alyssa "Ali Lynn" Antonetz has been singing and performing since her parents gave her a “Mr. Karaoke” machine at age 3. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she sang in church, in school choirs and musicals before beginning her music career singing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. While she performs music from R&B to a cappella, she most enjoys country and pop/rock. With several vocal awards and performances at sporting events on her resume, she is pursuing her passion for country music as a performer in the Showboat Branson Belle’s Country On The Lake.
Santino Tomasetti comes to Branson after performing for the past three years in musical theater in Los Angeles. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he developed a love for music and entertaining at an early age and never stopped. He attended a performing arts college and worked as an actor, singer, songwriter, musician and dancer in concert venues from New York to the West Coast. He most enjoys connecting with the audience. “Music is a gift that can change someone's day entirely,” Santino says. “We have an ability to transport people from the remedial day-to-day into a party. And who doesn't love a good party?”
Growing up in a musical home in Lubbock, Texas, Kelsie Watts has been performing since she was 2 years old, and has traveled the country pursuing a career as a pop/rock performer. She performed at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, then relocated to Nashville where she studied music at Belmont University. After competing on Season 15 of American Idol, she recorded a single with songwriter/producer Isaac Hasson, followed by collaborations with other industry leaders. She performs regularly with the NashVegas All Star Band. Dedicated to making music her life, she hopes to inspire others through the music that she creates.
Originally from Plano, Texas, Kelly White is celebrating her 10th year with the Silver Dollar Attractions, having performed in three previous Showboat Branson Belle productions, as a Saloon Girl and singer at Silver Dollar City, and in the Showboat’s Princess & Pirate Cruises. Singing since childhood, she performed in her first musical – along with her dad - at the age of 9, and loves musical collaboration and harmony. “I love ensemble singing because it gives you the opportunity to create something you simply cannot accomplish on your own,” Kelly says. “This show in particular is spilling over with crazy-talented solo artists, yet for me, the most impactful moments are those where we work as a unit to produce one sound.”
Brendan Young, from Birmingham, AL, is a Nashville recording artist who has been singing and playing music for nearly two decades. He started playing guitar and singing with his brother early on, and knew by high school that he wanted to make music his career. While country music is his favorite genre, he adds a variety of music influences to his live performances, crooning Elvis, rocking Bon Jovi, and adding a little of everything from classic rock to pop. He spends his extra time as a singer/songwriter, and has released two EPs of original music.
Meet The Band Of Country On The Lake
Band leader and pianist Ricki Holmes, from Nottingham, England, is a screenwriter/director and music arranger with over 30 years’ experience performing, producing and writing for films and shows worldwide. He has arranged music for clients from the Walt Disney Corporation to the Boston Pops. This is Ricki’s third year on the Showboat Branson Belle.
Guitar player Grant Moody grew up in Branson, knowing from the age of 5 that he wanted to be a musician and entertainer. At age 15 he landed his first job with Roy Rogers Jr. and since has worked with many shows including: Clay Cooper’s Country Express, The Pierce Arrow Show, Legends In Concert, The Brett Family and Branson's Famous Baldknobbers, as well as his own band, Eastern Heights.
Fiddle player Dean Church has been an entertainer in Branson for the past 32 years. Hailing from Pine Bluff, AR, Dean has played with some of the greats in show business, including Andy Williams, Ray Price, and other country legends, as well as traveling with his own show. Most recently, he has been a featured performer on the Showboat Branson Belle.
Drummer Brian Duvall, from White Plains, KY, has played drums since the age of 3. He traveled the world as a member of the Christian rock band Johnny Q Public before coming to the Showboat Branson Belle 13 years ago. He is known throughout the drumming community for his vintage Ludwig drum collection.
Bass player Austin Wilson grew up in Branson, just a block away from the famed 76 Country Boulevard. While in his early teens, he taught himself to play upright and electric bass, trombone and tuba, and became known for his bass playing while at Missouri State University. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, Joan Rivers, Dudu Fisher, The Lennon Brothers and Million Dollar Quartet.