The Latin Side in Ken Arlen Orchestra

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By: Nikoleta Morales

Michael Lynch and Cristina Sanchez are two main singers from the infamous Chicago Ken Arlen Orchestra. This band features six world-class singers, two band leaders, and a group of some of the top musicians in the city, playing classics as well as some of the most recent hits, including released hits like “Fireball” by Pitbull “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars or “Blame” by Calvin Harris.

Lynch has been with the orchestra for a few years now. Equally comfortable singing in English and Spanish, Lynch displayed his bilingual talent as he sang and danced with Christina Aguilera on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” during his Season 5 blind audition. His biggest dream is to break through in the Hispanic music market. Despite his Irish background, his biggest music interest is in the Latin music since he has a huge Latin based followers. “It’s always fun to sing in Spanish,” he said in his interview with Lawndale News. Lynch sang at this year’s auto show’s Hispanic Day on Feb. 20. “I plan on doing Spanish music and it’s good to have the support and to show how much I care about singing in Spanish. The fans don’t care that I am American,” he said.

Cristina Sanchez is a Ken Arlen Orchestra veteran and has returned to the team with her trailblazing R&B sound. Sanchez is a Chicago-based recording artist and a two-time winner of New York’s legendary “Night at the Apollo Theatre.” Sanchez’s favorite styles are Soul, Latin and R&B/Pop. Her debut single, “Free,” stayed on the Billboard R&B Singles and R&B Singles Sales Charts for seven weeks. Cristina toured for four years as a back up singer for R. Kelly’s world tour, and she also sung with Frayne and Bobby Lewis and Heather Headley. “I want to be in touch with the Latin side more and sing some more Latin songs. Music is my life and always will be part of my life,” she said in an interview with Lawndale News.

Winner of the BizBash Entertainment “Act of the Year” and voted by Chicago Magazine as the “Top Choice” for a wedding band in the city, the Ken Arlen Orchestra is known for its unique style, energizing stage presence and extensive musical repertoire. The band performs at wedding ceremonies, Presidential Inaugural Balls, celebrity parties, Bollywood-inspired extravaganzas and unforgettable gala celebrations. For more information, visit:

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