He lives in Lakewood, but the stage is his second home. He’s been performing for almost fifteen years, touring the world, lighting up concerts, playing and singing his heart out to the tune of cheering fans. You know him as a performer extraordinaire. To his patients in the OR, he’s that nice, empathetic RN who hums as he works.
And to his bandmates, he’s Shua, the life and soul of Harmonics.
It’s been quite a journey for the young father of four. He started off as the “kid who sings well”, jumping onto stage at the behest of professional singers, pumping up family simchahs, singing for ill children, and other “just because” performing. Then the gigs started pouring in, and he was traveling the world, hired for simchahs, davening for Yamim Noraim, and still lighting up the dark world of sick children with his singing.
He toured Europe alongside Rav Paysach Krohn, lending a moving musical interlude to the emotional trips. He performed at Shabbos celebrations, Yom Tov and Chol Hamoed events and concerts, sang for multiple organizations for cholim, and performed for special and ill children.
Shua performed with many big names including Avraham Fried, MBD and others. When Avraham Fried canceled a performance at Camp HASC, Shua ably filled in, putting on an inspiring performance.
The composer of hundreds of songs, Shua has continued his musical exploits by embarking on a project to produce his first debut solo album titled Lo Lihityaeish. The album was a smashing hit and sold thousands worldwide. His songs have received high praise from some of the best known Jewish music composers and arrangers, including Yossi Green and Yisroel Lamm.
Today, he’s decided to channel his talents and passion for song and music into his acoustic band. The band is managed by Moshe Antelis, a world class renowned guitarist and bassist, in his own right, who also joins Shua on guitar.
“Harmonics is the only one of its kind; a Jewish contemporary acoustic band,” Kessin explains. The band’s sound is classic and heartfelt, a mixture of kumzits and soul. All members of the band, sing backup vocals as well, adding a beautiful harmonious sound to the performances.
Kessin himself plays several instruments, the harmonica being only one of them! The other band members play guitar, violin, bass, and percussion / drums.
The most noteworthy attribute the band possesses, besides for their unbridled talent, is their ability to read a room and connect with it. They know when to play softly on the side, when to pump up the music, and when to get a crowd on its feet.
Their music is versatile and fluid, appealing to any and everyone. This is undoubtedly attributed to Shua’s natural charisma, his ability to connect with a room of people, to make lifelong friends within minutes, and to leave everyone feeling uplifted and inspired through song. “Kind of like a modern day Shlomo Carlebach”, a fan jokes.
And like Carlebach, the band uses music more for passion than profit. Each one has a profession, a day job, but at night — or whenever they’re jamming — they meld into their own little Harmonics Family.
They don’t only play Kessin originals, they love to take an old classic or a new hit and put a little extra oomph into the sound. Their viral music video, Shir Lamaalot, was originally composed by the talented Yosef Karduner. But Shua had fun putting his own touches on the song, turning something already wonderful into his own creation.
The group travels together, singing, performing, and filling hearts with the sound of music. The band also gears their sound to match your needs: be it a litvishe bar mitzvah, a chassidishe sheva brachos, or a sephardic bat mitzvah — you order, they deliver.