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Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. Over 100 vocalists audition each year for the chance to earn a spot on the stage, and this year 15 made it through to the second round. At their callback auditions, audience members were invited to vote for their choices and the top 9 performed. The results were weighed alongside the choices of the four judges, faculty members Livingston Taylor, Ken Zambello, Donna McElroy and celebrity guest judge Debra Byrd. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, rock, r&b, jazz, blues, and folk tunes. These pieces will be followed by selections paying tribute to Carole King.
Carole King is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who has written over two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. In 2000, she was named the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99, because she wrote and cowrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King has recorded 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. In 2009, Carole King was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. She holds the female record for the longest an album has remained on the charts and the longest an album has held the No.1 position, both for Tapestry.
Students featured in this year's Singers Showcase:
Molly Brown is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She is in her fifth semester at Berklee as professional music major. She plays both piano and guitar and hopes to move to Nashville, TN upon graduation to pursue a solo career.
Marilyn Wright is a fourth semester student from Cleveland, OH majoring in music business/management. She intends to travel the world, fulfilling her dream of being a gospel recording artist. She doesn't just want to sing—she wants to touch the hearts of her listeners while spreading the message of hope to others.
Su Jin Lee has been singing for 11 years now, focusing primarily on rock. She is a music production and engineering major.
Samantha Schultz is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She began singing at the age of three, and has developed a unique, organic pop-folk sound, which appeals to audiences of all ages. She is currently in her junior year as a professional music major and is attending Berklee on the Gary Slaight Family Presidential Scholarship.
Adam Henry is a music therapy major as well as a singer-songwriter. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and drums.
Torrence Nelson was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently in his last year at Berklee, studying professional music with a focus in music education. After Berklee, he wants to teach and continue to perform.
Natalia Sulca, 19, is originally from Miami, Florida. She is a third-semester Berklee student who plans to major in both voice and piano performance. She has been playing since she was 4 and singing since she was 11.
Also performing are Elisa Lomazzo and Hannah Juliano.
Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.