Cool Freddie e
Cool Freddie E (aka: Fred Elliff) has had a lifelong love affair with music and performing. Growing up in South Texas, he was heavily influenced by the sounds of various music genres, including early Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Classic Country, Pop, Easy Listening, Motown, and the Blues. Over the years, raising a family took center stage, and he performed only on a limited basis. Finally, with his children grown and off to college, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream, and went about searching for performers that shared his love for the music that made lasting memories in people’s lives. God truly blessed him by placing Jenna Burns, Kevin Weishaar , and Jo Vonna Hill in his life, and Cool Freddie E & The Crew was born. All members of the group are incredibly talented vocalists, and bring a diversity to their shows that is unmatched by any other vocal group. Their shows include Oldies, Classic Rock, Country, Top 40, Pop, Blues, Motown, Jazz, and Easy Listening favorites that offer something for everyone in their audience.
Freddie and his wife Becky make their home in Tomball, Texas, where he can spend his free time with his 4 children and 8 grandchildren. He knows that he is a fortunate man. Cool Freddie E & The Crew are truly blessed with wonderful friends and fans. He is getting to live his dream of “Keepin’ The Music Alive Forever”. It doesn’t get any better than that.
In addition to being a multi-talented singer, actress, songwriter, and public speaker, Jenna is a true Texan. Born and raised in San Antonio, her lifelong love of music and musical theater has allowed her to thrill audiences with leading roles in Carousel, Showboat, Oklahoma, and The Sound Of Music, along with numerous character roles throughout the years. Jenna is also in demand as a background vocalist and has performed in numerous shows with renown local and national artists .
After becoming friends with Cool Freddie E, Jenna joined the group in October 2009. Cool Freddie E says, “From the moment Jenna stepped on stage with us at our first public show, I knew we had found the heart of our group. Jenna is not just a incredibly talented singer, she is a consummate performer. No matter what type of song she performs, Jenna captivates each member of the audience and makes them feel as if she is singing the song just for them. ”
Jenna passed on her love of music and performing to her children Krista and Aaron, who are outstanding vocalists in their own right. Krista performs in our annual Christmas Show, and Aaron, a student at the University of Alabama, joins the Crew when school is not in session, and adds a whole new dimension to our shows. Jenna and her husband, Dan, will soon be making their new home in the Austin, Texas area, which will allow them to be closer to their daughter, Krista, and her family.
Raised in the small northwest Kansas town of Colby as the second oldest of seven children, Kevin developed a love for music in grade school, and sang in choirs and musicals throughout high school, where he was selected to sing with the Kansas All-State Choir as a senior. He continued to sing with choirs and mixed groups throughout his college career at Kansas State University. Since college, Kevin has performed with various church groups, for numerous weddings, and at various special events.
In 2008, Cool Freddie E asked Kevin to join him in this musical adventure, and Cool Freddie E & The Crew was born. Freddie says, “Kevin is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. He is truly and "old soul" and performs some of the most beautiful Pop and Easy Listening music ever written and makes it his own. In addition, his versatility as a vocalist is just incredible, since he is equally comfortable performing Classic Rock, Country, Top 40, and Pop favorites. Kevin is Cool reborn!”
Kevin and his wife, Susie, reside in Spring, Texas. They have two beautiful daughters, Kirsten and Paige.
Jo vonna hill
Born in Sapullpa, Oklahoma, and raised in Galena Park, Texas, Jo Vonna's love affair with music and performing began with her first performance in church at the age of five. Her earliest musical memories are of her mother, Delores, always filling their home with music from the big console stereo in the living room. In High School, she expanded her love of music by playing the alto saxophone in the marching and stage bands., while continuing to sing in various musicals, beauty pageants, and choirs. Later in life, while raising her four children and running businesses, she sang in the Cypress Creek Community Chorale, started a church band, and served as Minister of Contemporary Worship for eleven years. Jo Vonna has a true love and heart for the elderly, and performs with the Refreshed Band and the Tap Happy Dancers for various Seniors groups and at nursing homes.
Cool Freddie E met Jo Vonna in December 2016 while she was performing at a Christmas Show for Seniors with the Tap Happy Dancers. After hearing her perform and visiting with her about her love of music and singing, he asked her to join Cool Freddie E & The Crew as a guest performer at their Main Street Crossing Show in March 2017. After seeing how she connected with the audience and how much they loved her performance that night, he asked her to join Cool Freddie E & The Crew. Freddie says, "Jo Vonna has brought a whole new dimension to Cool Freddie E & The Crew. Her incredible voice, creativity, versatility, and musical spirit have taken the Cool Freddie E & The Crew to a whole new level. She is a perfect fit."
Jo Vonna and her husband, Marty, along with two of their sons, live in Spring, Texas. In her professional life, she is a Senior Human Resources Professional at Pagel, Davis, & Hill, P.C. She travels often to Austrailia, where two of her children and her grandchildren live. Family, music, and travel fill her life with passion and joy.