2016 VIP'S & SPONSORS
Vocal Sport VIP's are talent scouts, competition judges and prize sponsors and are some of the most prominent professionals in the music and entertainment industry!
CVX Live & Bored Shorts TV
CVX Live (Creator Viewer Experience Live) is an event designed to bring online media creators and their fans together. It was held for the first time in Orem, Utah on August 7 to 8, 2015. Originally conceived by Brett, John, Dave and Randy Roberts, along with friend Richard Sharrah of the Bored Shorts TV YouTube channel, the convention is Utah's first YouTube event, gathering thousands of online YouTube creators and fans together in one place. One of the creators, Brett Roberts, described it as "...a very unique opportunity to bring YouTube to life." Click here to learn more!
McKay Crockett is an award-winning producer, arranger, and highly sought-after performance coach. Under McKay's influence as a gifted clinician and director, his clients have appeared on every major television network in the U.S., and have toured stages on nearly every continent of the world. McKay appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off with the internationally acclaimed group Vocal Point, sharing the stage with artists like Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men). He now serves as faculty at Brigham Young University where he directs Vocal Point and oversees the production of their albums and music videos. McKay also is the Creative Director for Breakaway Productions, a media/production company creating music and content for artists around the world. McKay's arrangements and original music have been published by Sony/Epic Records, Shadow Mountain Records, BYU Records and more. McKay has a Bachelor's Degree in Media Music Studies from Brigham Young University, and continues to write, arrange, and produce music for artists everywhere.
Bart Olson is the Music Director of Shadow Mountain Records based in Salt Lake City [Shadow Mountain Records and Highway Records are record labels of Desert Book]. Bart has been performing professionally for over 20 years. Early in his career he was signed to Capitol Records and toured all over the US performing for audiences ranging from a few hundred to 40,000. He has won top awards from international jazz festivals. He is also a sought after studio drummer and has performed on recordings for hundreds of songwriters and bands, as well as Disney, Epic Games, and Hollywood movie soundtracks. Under Bart’s direction, Vocal Sport winner Madilyn Paige released her self-titled EP with Highway Records. Her original single "Irreplaceable" is available for free download on soundcloud.com/madilynpaigemusic.
Nik Day is a singer and producer and works for the LDS Church as a product developer. He oversees the annual Mutual Theme album, which he writes with LDS youth. Many of his songs are also featured on recent EFY albums. Nik recently released his new album titled Miracle with Shadow Mountain Records and is a presenter for Deseret Book's nationwide Time Out For Women events. Nik has a degree in Media Music from Brigham Young University and has written for local groups such as Hudson Lights, Beyond 5 and The Strike. Music has always been a part of Nik's life experiences. He recorded his first album, Interesting Shade of Blue, named for the jazz and blues influences of his own unique writing style. Nik’s YouTube channel features music videos that have received up to half a million views each.
Debra Bonner is the Master Vocal Coach and Managing Director for One Voice International which trains those who are interested in discovering their “true voice.” This unparalleled program teaches individuals to sing naturally while liberating them from self-limiting behavior and negative emotions that are keeping them from their potential. Debra has been an associate to two of the most celebrated vocal pedagogues of the twentieth century, Richard Miller for nine years and Seth Riggs for over fifteen years. She holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. Debra’s studios have trained Grammy and Tony Award Winners. She was the Vocal Coach for World Peace One, an organization of super stars dedicated to promoting world peace. Debra sang and recorded as Guest Soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and has been featured on gospel, jazz and classical recordings. She has performed extensively worldwide. Debra and One Voice International are seeking great talent for the purpose of developing outstanding singers and voice teachers.
Dan Williams is the owner and operator of Motif in Motion, a video production company specializing in commercials, music videos, aerial cinematography and photography. Dan has filmed six music videos for DreamWorks TV and has produced videos for prominent singers including Kenz Hall and Madilyn Paige who were contestants on American Idol and The Voice. He's filmed for Radio Disney’s Aaliyah Rose with videos receiving millions of views. Dan has worked on commercial endeavors with local artists including Alex Boye, Stuart Edge and Tiffany Alvord. He recently shot the BTS for an IMAX documentary with Robert Redford. Dan’s aerial cinematography work includes a music video for Shadow Mountain Records' artist Calee Reed and a short Star Wars-influenced film, "Emergence," currently at film festivals across the country. Vocal Sport hired Dan for a Christmas music video, Jesus is Alive, and say his strengths lie in his professional equipment, a sharp eye for aesthetics, his easy-going personality and fair prices. Call Dan for your project!
Melissa Cannon Robertson
Melissa Cannon Robertson is the Owner and Talent Agent of Epic Talent, based in Springville with an office in Salt Lake City. Melissa began as a Talent at the age of 17 in the Utah Market. She has worked as a Scout, Agent, Booker, modeling instructor and business owner. She also worked in the California Market for a few years but her love for Utah brought her back home. She knows that Utah is an amazing market for finding and developing talented Actors, Singers and Models. She has been involved in what she calls "her passion" for the last 16 years. Melissa loves to help book local talent in Utah, Los Angeles and internationally. She helps brand and support all her talent and loves to see them succeed. Melissa also loves spending time with her 4 daughters in Mapleton, Utah.
David Devaney is a music producer, songwriter, audio engineer, artist and proud owner of Audio West Recording Studio and Music Venue located in Orem, UT. Audio West has been a premier studio and event center in Utah for several years specializing in music production, audio recordings, voice overs, live events & rehearsals. David has had the opportunity to work with several notable clients including Robert Redford, Skylar Grey, Alex Boye, Donnie & Marie, Disney, Dreamworks, Olivia Newton John, Debbie Gibson, Snoop Dogg, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons & many more. David was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Cal State Fullerton University & The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He has had over 10 years experience in the music business. For more information please visit www.audiowestmusic.com.
Steve Koplin is the Media Director of ReMix Vocal Academy, the Assistant Director of the Covey Center Vocal Program, a professional musician, film director, and graphic designer. Steve has performed on stages all over the country in different groups and bands. He is currently attending UVU where he is finishing his bachelor's degree in Commercial Music, and recently co-founded UVU's first all-male a cappella group, VoiceLine, of which he is both a member and the Director. Steve is passionate about the performing arts as well as the visual arts. He is responsible for filming and editing the creative new ReMix commercials (highlighting Remix participants) that can be seen at Vocal Sport and the ReMix website and Facebook. Steve is honored and excited to be involved with Vocal Sport again this year.
Eric Thayne is a filmmaker, music producer and founder of CELADORA, a production agency specializing in cinema-quality corporate films and music videos. Celadora Studios, a state-of-the-art recording studio in Provo, UT, has catered to musicians from all over the world. Eric has produced music and videos that have been featured in some of largest online news sources in the world, including Mashable, BuzzFeed, The Today Show, MTV, Cosmopolitan, and more. His creations have been viewed over 50 million times in the last year. Eric has been playing music and making films ever since he was young. As a side-project, he also regularly features talented artists on his own YouTube channel, EricThayneMusic. Eric has a strong passion for good entertainment and loves to motivate others to pursue their passions.
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