Jimmy Buffett meets Gloria Estefan - that's how fans describe Latitude's combination of well-crafted lyrics, contagious melodies, and great vocals.
The pair met as songwriters in Nashville, TN, and discovered the unique chemistry that led to love -- and Latitude. They've been making "beautiful music" together ever since!
Here's their story:
Tom Becker (guitar/vocals) - The guitar playing half of Latitude is no stranger to music! As a member of the "New Christy Minstrels", the group that launched the careers of John Denver and Kenny Rogers, Tom toured the world, demonstrating his unique brand of music and homespun humor. After leaving the "Christies", Tom went on to a solo career whose highlights include opening for such artists as Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles.
Tom says, "The biggest thrill as a part of Latitude is looking out in the audience and seeing our friends singing along to our original songs. It's the best feeling in the world to be a part of something that brings people together and has them leaving feeling better than when they came in."
Michelle Becker (keyboard/vocals) - Chances are you've seen the keyboard playing half of Latitude before! She has opened for Motown's Coasters, Drifters, and Platters. Country music fans may have seen her performing with Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Louise Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Larry Gatlin, or as a performer on the Grand Old Opry. She has opened for comedian Bill Cosby, has appeared in several tv commercials and music videos, and her voice can be heard on a variety of radio jingles.
Michelle says, "Being a part of Latitude is the most fun I've ever had! Our shows are more like a social event, a get together of all of our friends. The amazing thing is, the circle of friends just keeps GROWING!
Since making their home in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1996, Latitude performs mainly throughout the Southeast, but their music has taken them west to Hawaii, south to the Caribbean, to an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies! They are the first Carolina Beach Music act to EVER perform in Switzerland.
With three CD's of original music and averaging 200 shows per year, you can never be sure where these two will turn up next, but you can be sure it will be a PARTY!