"Essential" has fast become one of Melbourne's top leading cover bands. Available from an acoustic duo, up to a full 9 piece band, it is fronted by vocal sensations, Mish Fornito and Ricky Muscat.

As one of Melbourne’s most sought after female vocalists, Mish has performed for numerous weddings, companies and events; including Flemington Racecourse’ Melbourne Cup, the Grand Prix, ANZA Ball in Singapore, AFL Best & Fairest Balls, including 2016 Premiers Western Bulldogs Grand Final official after-party and Family Day, ANZ, NAB, the Royal Melbourne Show and many more. At some of these events, Mish has also shared the stage with Australia’s iconic singers Diesel, Russell Morris and Samantha Jade, and MC-comedian Hamish Blake.


2017 also saw Mish record the vocals for the official Western Bulldogs AFL Women’s team theme song, ‘Daughters of the West’.

With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Ricky made it to the Top 5 in Australian Idol 2006, with the love and support of the Australian public. He has since then gone on to perform in both the original and live cover

bands, recently supporting Darryl Braithwaite, Marcia Hines, Ashanti, 112,

Fat Joe and Maxi Priest.


Essential's tight musicianship, talent, professionalism, collection of classic party crowd favorites and infectious stage presence ensures every captivating performance gets audiences up on their feet, transforming ordinary functions and events into nights to remember. 

Playing a slick mix of soul, dance, pop, party favourites and rock’n’roll, their repertoire covers such musical luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince; as well as classics from the Beatles, Elvis and the Grease megamix; to the pop hits of today from Justin Beiber, Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.


Their vast repertoire crosses and combines many musical eras, genres and tastes, and catering to any crowd, so that every show promises to bring with it an exciting, fun-filled party atmosphere.

Essential band can be booked as a 6 piece, which includes Mish, Ricky, guitar, bass, keys and drums. Additional instruments such as horns and percussion can also be added for that extra big band sound!

You can download our Songlist here: