Live Like An Acrobat Podcast Ep.52 - Mad Apple By Cirque Du Soleil with Musical Director Xharlie Black

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MadApple Is A Living and Breathing Organism of Music ” Xharlie Black: Live Like An Acrobat Ep.52

On this episode of the Live Like An Acrobat Podcast celebrating Black Music Month, host Shenea Stiletto interviews Xharlie Black, the current musical director, vocal director, and frontman of Cirque du Soleil’s newest original production “Mad Apple” in Las Vegas at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. Xharlie Black is also a producer, composer, and songwriter for the new big record label known as BMG. Coming from a long line of musical talent, Xharlie Black inherited his velvety voice from his great uncle Nat King Cole, and much like his father Edward Cole, who was the musical director for Natalie Cole, Xharlie Black toured the world as co-musical director and drummer for the legendary Nas. He has worked with other greats such as Robert Glasper and Ms. Lauryn Hill, and helped bring musical sensation Alina Baraz to the masses.

Shenea Stiletto
Acrobat, Podcaster, Circus Artist, Handstand Instructor -United States
Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production.
Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.

Shenea Stiletto

Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production. Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.