Musicians and Performers
Bella Tschida is 14 years-old and currently studies at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. She has been singing since she was a little girl and also plays the guitar and ukulele. In addition to her love of music, she also enjoys painting and drawing. In her free time she hangs out with friends and she especially appreciates all that her family does for her!
Katie Mills is a freshman at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. She has been singing since the 3rd grade and had many opportunities to showcase her talents in musicals. Outside of school, she enjoys playing the piano, drawing, and spending time with her dog Millie. Katie would like to thank her family for being so supportive and encouraging!
Adair Conlin is 17 years old and a senior at Simley High School. She has been playing the guitar for four years and enjoys both rhythm and lead guitar. In addition to playing guitar, Adair enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.
Sandy and Kevin Kalisch have been married for 32 years and have been playing music with their kids - Hannah (29), Sam (26), Alex (23), and Ella (21) - since 2001. In April of that year, the family was inspired to start their own band after visiting Silver Dollar city in Branson, Missouri. After purchasing the necessary instruments - guitar, banjo, violins, a piano, and a hammer dulcimer kit - the Kalisch's began practicing regularly and later entered the Jordan County Fair talent contest. They ended up winning 3rd place and went on to compete at the State Fair. They have played at many different venues over the years, including churches, weddings, and bluegrass festivals. In 2008 they had the opportunity to record their first CD, "Last Best Place."
Julienne Xiaaj is a young dancer and performer, proficient in modern lyrical ballet, tap and jazz, as well as musical theater, hip hop and pointe. She also performs as a gymnast and contortionist. She has performed at the Dance Spectacular Nationals, Applause International Talent Competition, and Shift Effect.
With poetic lyrics and soulful pop, Savannah Brennan is planning a breakthrough in 2017 with her debut EP, "Nothing to Prove." The playful and pensive singer-songwriter hails from Plymouth, Minnesota, which is just a stone's throw from the Midwest music Mecca of Minneapolis (Prince, The Replacements). Savannah's array of inspirations and influences - from Alicia Keys to Adele and Jojo - are captured on her new EP, which is available on ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers.
Richard Montgomery grew up in Gary, Indiana and comes from a large family of musicians and vocalists. He started singing R&B in the late 80s and won several different awards for vocals from the Indiana State Music Association. In 1989 he recorded his first single with his group Sincerity, titled "Just Because It's Hard." Between 1989 and 1995 their group worked with 3 different managers to record their first album. Richard ended up moving on from the group in '95 and headed to Minnesota where he joined another singing group; however, it was in 1997 that Richard transitioned from singing R&B to singing Gospel. At that time he became the youth choir director of New Life Community church and then later formed an adult choir - where he became the praise and worship leader at the church. Richard has traveled throughout Minnesota sharing the gospel through the gift of music and has goals of someday recording his own gospel CD.
LMNOP is made up of 5 funky Minneapolis musicians who blend together to make you love the Minneapolis sound even more than you do now. Chazz is the mastermind behind the project and is the lead singer/drummer. PAIGE is on the drums and does lead/backup vocals. Jimmi B is the guitar guru and lead vocalist and does backup vocals. The one and only BASS DRE does lead & backup vocals. BRIAN is the genius on the keys/piano. You wanna dance? You wanna reminisce? You wanna sing along? It's easy with these guys: LMNOP Band!
As a talented singer/songwriter, Sheila Raye Charles has found her voice in acoustic jazz and R & B with lyrics that deliver the personal journey of her own life and her relationship with her legendary father, Ray Charles. At age 19, with great courage, she defied her father's wishes and pursued music. Demonstrating her commitment and her talent, her father actually brought her and her band into his studio and personally produced several songs. Today, Charles is called upon to provide skin tingling renditions of her father's best known songs from America the Beautiful to Hit The Road Jack to Georgia from jazz festivals to embassy parties to clubs and places of worship.