Singers' Night

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

Singers' Night features voice students performing in a range of genres.

Liz Longley is a seventh semester student studying voice and majoring in songwriting. Within the past six months, Longley has won recognition in four major songwriting competitions in the folk/acoustic scene: new folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Fest; emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest; cowinner of Mountain Stage New Song Contest and grand prize winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriter Showcase.

Nicole Boggs is a professional music major from Denver, Colorado focusing on songwriting, performance, and contemporary writing and production. She has shared the stage with artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Josh Groban, Dianne Reeves, and Don Lewis, and has extensive studio experience with artists and producers including David Fair, Ryan Chrys, Justin Peacock, and Berklee alumnus Fernando Curiel.

Dewin Hernandez is a fourth semester student and a music education and music business/management major and vocalist/songwriter who fuses his love of jazz, soul, merengue, and salsa to create a unique sound that is completely his own. A previous Five-Week Singers Showcase participant, Hernandez was awarded the Youth of the Year award by Lawrence Community Works and a Spotlight award at the North Shore Music Theatre.

Caroline Allen is a first semester student from Shelby, North Carolina, who has been singing competitively since the age of 12. She won first place three years in a row at Carolinas' Star Systems Showcase in Charleston, South Carolina, and sang the national anthem for the Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Checkers, and Budweiser Summer Shootout at Lowes Motor Speedway. She has also worked with Brian Greene, a producer for Disney and a Christian label in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been been a demo vocalist for John Deboard and Rick Bowels. 

Joelle has been a contestant and finalist on a variety of shows including Showtime at the Apollo (2001), Star Search (2002), America's Most Talented Kid (2004), and season six of American Idol, where she was a Top 40 finalist. At age 11 Joelle performed "Georgia On My Mind" for the late Ray Charles at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival, and she is a regular national anthem performer for professional sports teams in California and in Boston, where she recently sang for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Nick Hakim was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Growing up he was surrounded by many different styles of music such as classic rock, soul, hip-hop, funk, punk rock, reggae, and Latin music. His mother is from Chile and his father is from Peru. Hakim started getting interested in music when he was 16. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, D'angelo, Erykah Badu, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Toot and the Maytals, and many more. 

Edwin Sims is a seventh semester voice principal and songwriting major from Pflugerville Texas, who one day aspires to be a well respected songwriter in many genres from country and pop to Christian and r&b.

Dana Lauren is a jazz vocalist from Hartford, Connecticut, who's Dana Lauren Sextet was one of four groups chosen last summer to receive a full scholarship to the Aspen JAS Academy led by bassist Christian McBride. She performed with Arturo Sandoval at Sculler's in Boston, Birdland in New York, the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and is scheduled to appear with him at the Blue Note in New York in January. Sandoval also produced and is featured on her current CD, Stairway to the Stars.

Shea Rose, a Boston native and fifth semester professional music major, has been described as the female Lenny Kravitz meets Lauryn Hill, and was recently nominated for the 2010 New England Urban Music Awards in the r&b female category.  Shea performed at the BPC last fall as the opener for Berklee's Women in Rock concert, and was featured on Berklee's Heavy Rotation Records' Dorm Sessions 6 CD. She also collaborated with Cindy Blackman on a six-song EP, and she was called to open the 2009 New England Urban Music Awards.

Lillie Grace Tinsley is a first semester vocalist from Upper Marlboro, Maryland where she majored in classical piano in the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Suitland High School. Tinsley has performed at many different venues both nationally and internationally including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Other high-profile gigs include the swearing-in ceremony of Washington, D.C.'s police chief, Cathy Lanier, and performing "God Bless America" at the Washington Nationals Baseball game in 2007, as well as several Presidential inaugural events in 2008.

Sophia Pizzulo is a 19 year-old vocal performance major from Los Angeles, California. In addition to her work here at Berklee, she plays with her band Sister Kin with classmate Sveta Bout; has appeared as a member of the chorus on the 2007 feature film Hairspray soundtrack; was featured on a track for the hip-hop artist Metaphor from New Jersey, released on the Northeastern record label, Greenline Records; and landed a part on three episodes of the new television series 90210, singing and dancing in a high school musical production of Spring Awakening.

Sidharth (Sid) Sriram is a third semester MP&E and vocal performance double major, with an interest in r&b/soul and jazz vocal music. He is also a professional performer of carnatic (South Indian classical) vocal music who has multiple songwriting competitions in and outside of Berklee.