15 contestants from the U.S., England and United Kingdom compete for Best Sinatra Singer in hometown of Frank Sinatra
Houston-area resident, Rickey Davis, a medical industry professional who recently sang at Super Bowl Live 2017 in Houston, was selected to compete in the 11th Annual Sinatra Idol Contest.
Held in Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, the free event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at Frank Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive between 4th & 5th streets.
Presented by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, the event will be hosted by show host Gary Simpson and Hoboken Cultural Affairs Director Geri Fallo, and will feature 15 Sinatra music lovers in a vocal showdown to prove who possesses the most authentic “Sinatra” sound.
Davis, who is African American, has admired the vocal style of Sinatra since curiosity prompted him to purchase a Sinatra CD years ago and is honored to have been chosen to compete in the annual contest.
“My aim is to present Sinatra’s great music to today’s generation of all ages,” said Davis.
Judges will rate contestants on a scale of one to five with an overall possible score of 25.
This year, the line-up of judges will include Bob Foster, director of the Hoboken Historical Museum; Swingadelic Big Band Leader Dave Post; Apple Music Consultant and Curator Will Friedwald, a music writer for the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair; Long-time Sinatra fan and trumpet player, Joe DellAquila; and Joyce Flinn, owner of the Elysian Cafe and Schnackenberg’s Luncheonette.
This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
For more information about the show or to see a complete list of competitors, visit
Houston-area man chosen to compete in Frank Sinatra Idol Contest