“What’s in your soul is in your soul.” Whitney Houston
When female impersonator Carl Max walks into a room as Whitney Houston, you are transported back in time. With his style and grace, he brings Whitney alive again. During his performance, hearing her powerful yet angelic voice, reminds you of what she was to many of us.
Out In Jersey writer Cora Berke sat down with Carl to talk about his career and his passion for what he does. He began performing in Atlantic City over 20 years ago in the Rendezvous Lounge. The iconic drag queen Sandy Beach saw him and said Carl would be perfect as Diana Ross singing Billie Holiday. After performing as Diana Ross, Carl went on to perform in La Cage aux Faux at Bailey’s in Atlantic City, skyrocketing his career.
I was instructed to dial a 213 area code at 11 am, input my access code, and I would be connected to the conference call. Christopher Marchant was joined by Mark Cortale, Well Strung's producer/ manager/ co-writer, to speak with me. Three of the quartet members were not available I was told. I asked if it really was early in Los Angeles. It was explained to me that they weren't anywhere near area code 213, which is Los Angeles, so it wasn't 8 am. Rather, the quartet had just performed the previous evening in Provincetown, their final show of their run.