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Key Points
  • Essential is a 6-piece band is fronted by vocal sensations Michelle Fornito and Suresh Kandasamy.
  • Their performances include Channel 9’s Carols by Candlelight, various AFL functions and Award Nights, Etihad Stadium, Moonee Valley and Flemington Racecourse, Federation Square and The Royal Melbourne Show.
  • Their song list includes music by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince; as well as classics from the Beatles, Elvis and the Grease megamix; to the pop hits of today from Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Usher, Chris Brown and the current pop R&B tunes.
  • Essential's talent, professionalism and sheer musical prowess transforms ordinary functions and events into nights to remember.
Topics
  • Covers band
  • Singers and musicians
  • Entertainment
Testimonials
For all my meticulous planning and endless hours of preparation, the success of my event really came down to one decision – choosing Essential. From the beginning their friendly and mature manner meant that they were a pleasure to deal with. On the night, their amazing talent had the dance floor full from the very first song. Their interaction with the crowd and professionalism made my event the success that it was and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for future corporate or personal functions.
Deloitte Accounting
 
Thank you so much for all your help along the way organising Essential to play at our inaugural Year 12 Valedictory dinner at Etihad Stadium, it was a huge success with no less than 500 people taking to the dance floor for the first dance and I don't think the numbers dropped for the rest of the night and with the requests for "more" at the end of the night showed we could not get enough of the Band.
MLC Girls’ College
 
Essential were great, unfortunately we were running late and weren’t able to utilize them as much as we would have liked but would certainly use them again.
Best & Fairest Ball
Western Bulldogs
 
Hi Mich & Suresh, Aran & Alex, We have had nothing but positive feedback on the performance of Essential at our event on Saturday night at the Park Hyatt.  We will never get away with using a DJ at these events in the future thanks to Essential!  They were fantastic.  Mich and Suresh have amazing voices.  They were a pleasure to deal with right from the very beginning.  The selection of music was ideal for our audience.  We've never had so many of our guests still dancing at the end of the night. If you would like any further details, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Event Manager
Mitsubishi Electric NSW
 
Both Russell and Essential were great! Lovely people and they coped with the short play times really well. I would definitely recommend them and use them again on course.”
Moonee Valley Race Club
 
We honestly cannot express how happy we were with Michelle and Essential as our wedding band, they were absolutely AMAZING! Friendly, energetic and fun, they made every effort to ensure everything went as best as it possibly could, and so many of our guests commented on how fantastic they were and asked where we had found such a great band. One of the memories we will have forever is looking around the room after the bridal waltz during the first set and seeing every table in the room empty. Literally EVERYONE was up on the floor dancing, it felt incredible! The music they played suited all of our guests and was a great mix of classics and top 40, it was just sensational. They played a huge part in making our wedding “the best wedding people had ever been to” as we were told by many J. Please pass on our biggest Thanks to the band as they truly helped make our wedding night better than we could have ever imagined!
Mel & Clint Mills
Newlyweds
 
Thanks for your email, I would’ve emailed you anyway to tell you that Michelle and Essential were fantastic. From the very beginning we felt things were in very good hands, Michelle contacted us the week leading up to the Wedding and put our minds at ease. The night was a total hit! The band sounded amazing and their vocal range was brilliant. I have only been back a few days (from the honeymoon) but everyone I have spoken to about the wedding has commented on how good Essential were. We were totally pleased with the guys and they made every effort to keep the dance floor alive!!! It was great! Thank you.
Andrew and Laura
Newlyweds
 
On be half of myself and the soldiers of the Army Logistic Soldiers Club, Thank you for your performance on Friday Night the 30th of July. Your attendance at the function contributed to the atmosphere of the club. I hope you enjoyed your night at the Lowerson Club.
Latchford Barracks Army Logistic Soldiers Club
 
Their selection of music was more than appropriate and another test was, did a cross section of ages get up and dance - yes. They were good!! Very professional and, as an ex director of Melbourne youth music - good muso's that appeared to know their stuff.
Assoc Management Services
 
As I arrived a little later than expected on Saturday night I did not get the chance to speak to the band before the function commenced. Please thank them and congratulate them for me as they were great. All the feedback I have had so far has been very positive, and you only had to look at the venue on Saturday night to see that 80% of the people were up dancing and filling the dance floor. 
Senior IT Systems Administrator
ANL Container Line Pty Limited
 
Both The New Musicmen and Essential were fantastic.  The feedback from everyone attending has been excellent.  The Musicmen incorporated some of our staff members into their performance which was extremely well received. Essential are a very talented group and played a great mix of music that suited the varied ages groups.  They were also extremely professional in changing their schedule to fit us when we started running behind schedule. I also appreciate the advise and assistance given by all at Bandshop in helping make our Christmas party a complete success. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Executive Assistant
Scania Australia Pty Lt
 
We were extremely happy with the band and would definitely look into to using them again!  Thanks so much.
Caulfield Race Club
 
Hi Michelle! Just wanted to say thanks so much for being part of our special day/evening! You guys were AMAZING!!!! Wish you could have played longer..!!  Everyone was so pleased with the band, everyone got dancing straight away, we were loving it!!! Please tell the rest of the band thanks and you guys were awesome!!!  I would recommend you guys to friends for the future who will eventually get married! Thanks again, hope you enjoyed your night ?
Cariz & Joel 
Newlyweds