Talent, professionalism and sheer musical prowess.


Essential has fast become one of Melbourne’s leading top cover bands. Fronted by vocal sensations Michelle Fornito and Suresh Kandasamy, this stellar six-piece band have performed at venues and events including Studio 3 and the Paladium at Crown, Channel 9’s Carols by Candlelight, various AFL functions and award nights, Etihad Stadium, Moonee Valley and Flemington Racecourses, Federation Square, The Royal Melbourne Show… to name just a few! 2011 also saw both Michelle and Suresh perform live on Australia’s Got Talent backing the winner of the show, Jack Vidgen.

Essential’s tight musicianship, collection of classic party crowd favorites and infectious stage presence ensures every captivating performance gets audiences up on their feet, transforming ordinary functions and events into nights to remember.

Their repertoire covers musical luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince; as well as classics from the Beatles, Elvis and the Grease megamix; to the pop hits of today from Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. Suresh also brings to the stage his ne-yo smooth sounds with digital vocal processor effects, to re-create the sounds of Usher, Chris Brown and the current pop R&B tunes. Their vast repertoire crosses and combines many musical eras, genres and tastes, so that every show promises to bring with it an exciting, fun-filled party atmosphere.