2017 Recipient of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award in Entertainment


Diva Montell


I, as a Chicago area vocalist, have spent my entire life as an entertainer. VERSATILITY best describes me as a vocalist. From Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, all the way to Ann Wilson, as a trained opera singer I have not decided what I love more... so I do it all.

I have had the good fortune to hire Diva on countless occasions, her contributions to my productions have always taken the presentation to an extremely high level. I am an owner of a Vaudevillian theatre in Chicago as well as a producer of over two-hundred corporate and cultural events annually nation-wide and I am sincere when I say Diva Montell is at the top of my list of “go-to” entertainers. - Ron Onesti

Because of my versatility, I have had the opportunity to share the stage with:

KC & The Sunshine Band: I sang Disco/Dance selections as an Opener for KC & The Sunshine Band at Arcada Theatre.

The Jersey Boys: I shared the stage with The Jersey Boys in Milwaukee, WI

The Bronx Wanderers: I have shared the stage in Hoboken, NJ with The Bronx Wanderers and many other concert performances aside this popular New York Band.

Michael Bolton: I opened for Michael Bolton’s 2013 Christmas Show at Arcada/Chicago 

The Legendary Drifters: I sang Motown and Disco favorites while sharing the stage with The Legendary Drifters.

IL Volo: At The Chicago Theatre, For Operatic Trio Sensation, IL Volo, I was able to sing beautiful Operatic Arias as well as two originals, written especially for me by composer Scott Popelka: Voodoo and When Sorry’s Not Enough from my debut’ original album “The Way” by the band Diva’s Crossing.

lL Volo was fantastico” - The Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL Posted 10/02/2011 on Ticketmaster: “Il Volo’s vocal talents were far beyond what I originally bargained for. It was like having Mario Lanza {Piero], Michael Buble {Gianlucca}, and Jimmy Roselli {Ignazio}, all in the same venue. Their showmanship and coordination further added to a perfect vocal performance. Their opening act, Diva Montell, far exceeded what an opening act would do and she deserves her own venue and main event, as the Midwest’s best female vocalist. - GaryMarc1
 With Ron Onesti, President/CEO - Onesti Entertainment Corp, Historic Arcada Theatre

With Ron Onesti, President/CEO - Onesti Entertainment Corp, Historic Arcada Theatre

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 With Producer / Hubby Michael Labno and Michael Bolton

With Producer / Hubby Michael Labno and Michael Bolton

 With The Legendary Drifters

With The Legendary Drifters