The Sparklettes are Mary Panacci, Donna O’Connor and Kathleen Eyman. While each enjoys a successful solo career, these three singers came together for the first time in 2007 to sing back-up vocals for Brian Roman as The Romanettes.The girls soon discovered that their distinctive vocal sound was attracting an audience of their own. In June of 2009 they made their debut as The Sparklettes at the Old Mill’s Big Band Night with Anthony Terpstra and The Starlight Orchestra. Since that performance, in addition to numerous corporate and private engagements, they have starred in Swingin’ & Singin’ at the Vaughan City Playhouse, the Miss Toronto Tourism pageant, Home for the Holidays in Markham and The Winter Garden Theatre with Colin Hunter.
Kathleen has sung and danced her way across Canada, the USA and Europe. With Royal Conservatory training and roots in musical theatre she has appeared in numerous productions including South Pacific, Carousel, Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera and recently, A Royal Affair.
As leader of her band Hostage, Donna has shared the stage with Cummings & Bachman, James Brown, Hall & Oates, Patti LaBelle, Glen Campbell and 3 Dog Night. Donna currently works as a freelance concert and recording artist in Toronto.
Mary, or Mariella to her many Italian fans, is in high demand performing and recording jingles, jazz and back-up vocals for producers such as Daniel Lanois. In 2000 Mary wrote “Let’s Celebrate” which was chosen as Mississauga’s millennium song.
Banner Photo by Kim Crete.