SELECT MASTER ARTISTS IN VOICE
Angela Brown | Internationally known opera star Angela Brown received rave reviews for her debut at the Metropolitan Opera. She has received standing ovations on some of the most celebrated stages in the world, including Carnegie Hall, National Opera of Paris, Teatro La Fenice and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has released numerous recordings, including Opera...from a Sistah's Point of View, in which she dispels the myths of opera with humor and charm in an effort to make opera more accessible.
Desmond Child | For nearly three decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music’s most successful creative forces. His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Child’s career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut: from Bon Jovi & Aerosmith to Ricky Martin; from KISS to Kelly Clarkson; and from Cher to Alice Cooper. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and cofounded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
N'Dea Davenport | The soulful voice of vocalist, songwriter and producer N’Dea Davenport first emerged in 1991 when she became the front woman for the British funk band the Brand New Heavies. Featuring international hits “Never Stop,” “Dream Come True” and “Stay this Way,” the band’s self-titled 1992 debut album brought acid jazz to pop’s mainstream. In 1995, at the height of the Heavies’ commercial success, Davenport resigned and headed back to the U.S., where she worked to build her solo career, collaborating with artists including Mos Def, Madonna and David Lanois, and releasing her self-titled debut album in 1998. Davenport reunited with the Brand New Heavies in 2006, and is currently working on a project called Cellectrixx, an electronic and acoustic duo that she conceived with producer Katsuya Everywhere.
Plácido Domingo | Tenor, Pianist, and Conductor. World-renowned, multifaceted artist, recognized as one of the most influential singing actors. He made his debut at the New York City Opera in 1965 and has since won 11 Grammy Awards, and performed around the world. He has been awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement.
Denyce Graves | 1981 YoungArts winner in Voice | Identified as "an operatic superstar of the 21st century" by USA Today, Denyce Graves has performed in the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She is particularly well known for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila, with performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence. She is on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.
Josh Groban | 1999 YoungArts winner in Theater | Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (25 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature film Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as on NBC’s The Office and CBS’ The Crazy Ones, and in 2011 completed a sold-out world tour. As part of a recent HBO YoungArts special Josh Groban: Sing Your Song: A YoungArts MasterClass, Groban guided three YoungArts alumni on a musical journey that included writing, recording and performing a song born out of their collaboration. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.
La Tanya Hall | La Tanya Hall has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Steely Dan, Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald, Quincy Jones, Rob Thomas, Michael Feinstein, Patti Labelle, Harry Belafonte and Aretha Franklin. She has also appeared as a solo artist in her own right with the American Composers Orchestra, The Denver Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.
| 2002 YoungArts winner in Voice | Sony Music recording artist Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” In addition to penning and performing her own material, Hill has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Michael Jackson. Hers is one of the stories told in the acclaimed film 20 Feet From Stardom
. Hill was a contestant on season four of The Voice
. She contributed backing vocals to YoungArts alumnus Josh Groban’s latest album and opened for Groban on his most recent tour. She also performed at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.
| 1988 YoungArts winner in Voice | Bass-Baritone Eric Owens has an extensive operatic and concert career including performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Royal Opera, Convent Garden, Paris Opera, and with the English National Opera. In addition to popular and critical acclaim, awards include the Marian Anderson Award and first prize in the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition.
| A six-time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument. Spanning over 20 years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band’s 9 CDs have consistently topped the US jazz charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek
’s Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world including a 2011 Grammy nomination for the Band’s collaborative arranging. She has headlined in recent years at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. An active educator, she taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and is currently the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, CA.
| 2003 YoungArts winner in Voice | A Grammy nominated recording artist, Chris Young is also a dynamic live performer, an international ambassador for country music, and a talented singer-songwriter with six number one singles, four albums, and plenty of Grammy, ACM, and CMA nominations. He’s been named a top tour opener by Entertainment Weekly
and has shared the stage with such icons as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts. Chris Young’s latest album A.M.
has already yielded his Gold certified, sixth chart-topper “Who I Am With You.”
YoungArts would also like to thank our extraordinary group of 2015-2016 discipline coordinators, national reviewers and selection panelists in the Voice discipline: Ryan Amador, April Bender, Gema Corredera, Dee Daniels, Carl DuPont, Jason Ferrante, Alex Forbes, Megan Gillespie, La Tanya Hall, Dan Mackenzie, Wendy Pedersen, Kunya Rowley, Chris Sampson, Mary Wilson and Nicole Yarling.