Do People Still Send Singing Telegrams?
October 31, 2013, 2:37 pm
By: Dan Mitchinson
Jeff Silverman started his singing telegram business in the Portland area six years ago as a way to impress his wife.
"I hired a singing quartet, to serenade my wife. And I was like "'Is there anything cooler than this?'" And that got Jeff thinking. "The quartet was cool, but I thought 'Isn't there someone rocking this that could come in and smoke things up?'"
That gave Jeff, an aspiring musician an idea. And that idea morphed into Rockstar Singing Telegrams. Jeff says he has two 'personas,' a rock star and a crooner, similar to Frank Sinatra. Both are popular with clients, but he really enjoys rocking out to the sounds of and Bon Jovi and Brett Michaels.
Silverman performs at offices, retirement homes and birthday parties. But he's also surprised a celebrity or two.
"I had the opportunity to sing for KESHA a couple of years ago at her hotel room. She was kicking off her Portland tour, and her road manager hired me to go to her hotel and knock on her door and I got to rock KESHA's world" Silverman says laughing.
But as much as he'd like to turn this into a full time job, right now it's something he has to do part time, when he's not editing videos.
Singing telegrams have been around since the 1930's but Western Union got out of the business in the mid 1970's. Silverman says while they may not be as popular as they once were, people still manage to track him down when they want a different kind of gift for Valentine's day, a birthday or to surprise an office co-worker.
Not everyone's in a great mood (when I show up to an office, or as a surprise), but they are when I leave.
Find out more at rockstarsingingtelegrams.com