NED MILLS – Musical Director/Arranger/Pianist/Backup Vocals/”Richard Carpenter”
A versatile pianist, singer, and entertainer, LIONARDO (born in Charleston, South Carolina as Ned Leon Mills) began playing piano at the age of four. He's entertained audiences in more than twenty countries and on three continents. After receiving his Bachelor of Music cum laude in Jazz Arranging at North Texas State University, Lionardo moved back to his native North Carolina and performed regularly throughout the Southeast. Lionardo has opened for many national acts, including Bobby McFerrin, Don Rickles, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.
He has served as musical conductor and arranger for The Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show, the Ink Spots, and The Shirelles. His arrangements have been performed by the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, The Miss North Carolina Pageant, and in Pizazz starring Debby Boone. He has also performed as pianist for the Rockettes and in Legends In Concert. In 2003, Lionardo performed "Rhapsody In Blue" at the Liberace Museum on Liberace's famous mirrored piano. His film and TV credits include appearances in Matlock (ABC), Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (Lifetime TV), and the George Lucas film Radioland Murders. He was the piano coach for Halle Berry and Eric Thal in Oprah Winfrey's production of The Wedding (ABC). Now a resident of Las Vegas, Lionardo performs and serves as musical director for many corporate events at every major casino, including the MGM Grand, The Venetian and Mandalay Bay. In 2000, Lionardo was voted "Most Likely to Exemplify the Spirit of Las Vegas" by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.