GRAND MARSHAL - Johnny Damon
A Major League Baseball star for 18 seasons, Johnny Damon was one of the most outstanding, respected and durable players in MLB. After winning the 2004 World Series with the Boston Red Sox and achieving legendary superstar status in New England, Johnny signed with the New York Yankees in 2006. In 2009, he won a World Series with the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth, to be the only full-time, everyday players to achieve World Series rings with both the Red Sox and Yankees.
A leader by example, Johnny is well-liked and highly-respected in the baseball community and spends a lot of time doing charity endeavors through his Johnny Damon Foundation. He lives his life to the fullest with his wife, Michelle, and eight children in Central Florida, where he has lived since he was six.
Alyssa Raghu is an American singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida, of Guyanese/Indian and Mexican heritage who recently took her talents to the stage for American Idol, Season 1 ABC. Often compared to Ariana Grande, Adele, and Christina Aguilera, Alyssa Raghu favors Pop Music but is flexible in her repertoire. She has been singing her entire life and knew when she was 11 years old that she wanted to pursue music as a career. When she turned 15, she began training with a vocal coach to focus on her goals. Alyssa also plays the guitar and writes her own music. She is currently staying very active performing at various shows and events around the country. Alyssa is also heavily involved in her musical theatre program in high school and aspires to pursue a career in acting as well.
Aside from school and her music interests, Alyssa Raghu also does philanthropic work, especially for organizations that help women and children prosper. She performs at fundraisers for Military Veterans and the Save Abee Foundation, which helps the children of Guyana gain access to books and educational tools. Alyssa also performs at charity events benefiting the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Alyssa Raghu was recently appointed as chair of the Global Citizen Committee for the World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC), which promotes cultural awareness through the arts and food, knowledge and charity. She is also the first youth to be selected for the International Cultural Exchange Program by WHCC and foreign embassies. Alyssa plans to continue to grow as an artist and use her platform to create positive change for everyone. She truly believes music can bring us all closer together.
Florida Native, Charly Reynolds, is an 19 year old singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida who recently moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her dream of being a country music artist. She has stolen the hearts of her hometown, beginning with her local performances at venues including Stardust Coffee and Digital Video, Friendly Confines, Night of Joy at Walt Disney World, Johnny’s Fillin’ Station and the Lake Eola Band Shell. Charly released her first single on iTunes, Underneath the Stars, on Dec. 30, 2015, the same day, stories about her performance at Disney's Night of Joy were released in One Country and Taste of Country Magazine. Later, Charly released her next three singles in 2016, Stupid Love Song, Need You By My Side and Get Over Yourself. In 2017, Charly released her 11 song debut album, Kickin’ Up Dust, on iTunes, May 19, 2017. She had her first release concert that night at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. It was a huge success as approximately 500 people showed supporting her, along with strangers passing by who stopped to watch the concert. She sold more than half of her Kickin’ Up Dust merchandise that she personally designed. The concert was sponsored by Auto Nation Cure Bowl, GreenGrass4Me, Chloe Lane Boutique and Douglas Crank. After working tirelessly for 6 months, Charly released her sophomore EP, Kissed Us Goodbye, April 14, 2018. The album takes listeners on a journey through Charly’s experiences of love, heartbreak, and the importance of family. Charly worked with Tavie Basarich, (writer) owner of Winter Park Music Academy, Toby Waters, her former PE coach (writer) and Brooks Paschal (producer) on this EP. Charly held another release concert at the Walt Disney Amphitheater and it was also a huge success. She sold her merchandise, took meet & greet pictures with fans and shared her love for music through her songs. Despite the lights at the Amphitheater not coming on, her father, Jim Reynolds, saved the evening by shining his truck headlights on her, the show must go on!
Jo Dee Messina
Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life. Jumpstarting her career, Jo Dee’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine No. 1 hits, sixteen Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. As Jo Dee’s résumé grew, she proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs.
With a decorated past in the rearview mirror and endless dreams and an open road of possibility before her, this relatable woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, speaker, author, and incredibly gifted singer-songwriter has only just begun. Fueled by faith, belief, and love, Jo Dee pours her heart and soul into everybody she meets and everything she touches, which is perhaps why Jo Dee Messina is such a timeless name in the music industry.
Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin
Nia Franklin was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and lived in the state through graduate school. She earned an undergraduate degree in music composition from East Carolina University, and a master’s in music composition from The University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. Shortly after, Nia was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at New York’s Lincoln Center Education and made the move to New York City.
During Nia’s college junior year, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she became his stem cell donor. This turn of events led Nia to the Miss America Organization. “I had to find a way to pay for myself to go to school and so I entered this competition and this organization, and it became much more than just the scholarship money for me, it was also about the mentorship, leadership and sisterhood you find in this program.” Nia was crowned Miss Five Boroughs at the age of 23, and then went on to win Miss New York 2018. And was awarded the job of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018.
Nia has been a teacher and music mentor, and has written over 100 songs, including one she began performing at age five. (The lyrics begin: “Love, love, love, love, love is the only thing that matters to me…”). For the Miss America 2019 competition, Franklin sang “Quando m’en Vo'” from Puccini’s La Boheme and wowed audiences and judges alike.
Throughout her year as Miss America, Nia will be working on her social impact initiative ADVOCATING FOR THE ARTS. Nia speaks with students, school administrators, and teachers about the importance of arts education and why it is so vital to a well-rounded education.
MICHAEL CAMPION stars on the hit Netflix series, FULLER HOUSE in the role of Jackson Fuller, the teen son of CJ Tanner played by Candace Cameron-Bure. This reboot of the uber-popular series Fuller House is now in production for season four.
Michael previously starred opposite William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Tom Arnold in the feature film CHRISTMAS TRADE. This busy teen is also one of the stars of ROBO-DOG and the soon to be released ROBO- DOG UNLEASHED where he worked alongside Jonathan Silverman, Patrick Muldoon and Olivia d’Abo. Another early credit was a starring role in the feature film FINDING EDEN.
A veteran of dozens of television commercials and short films, Michael also has a love of the theater. He has appeared in stage productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ, ANNIE and THE LITTLE MERMAID, just to name a few.
When he isn’t working professionally, he enjoys water sports, video games, performing magic tricks and like a typical teenager, hanging out with friends. When not in Los Angeles, Michael lives in Florida with his parents where he is always eager to visit the many theme parks Florida has to offer.
Michael Campion is definitely a budding young Hollywood actor to watch!
Life can be hard, and people can be messy, but Jesus can take that busted equation and make it shine.
That's the message of Treasure, the debut album from powerhouse vocalist MARi. Hailing from Queens, New York, MARi brings a musical tapestry of texture, color, and style to the contemporary Christian music arena.
But buckle up, friends, because hers is a whole new level of fresh. An energetic hybrid of dance, pop, Latin and--yes--even a splash of reggae, MARi anchors her distinctive sound in equally bold lyrics.
"People have fun trying to pinpoint my specific style of music," says MARi. "But first my music is a message--that God can take all the junk of your past and shape it into something that brings Him crazy glory."
With Treasure, MARi delivers that message in a refreshing kaleidoscope of sounds.
You'll find it in dance tracks such as "Shine Brighter," fiery Latin tunes like "Estoy Bien," pop beats such as "It's a Beautiful Day," and inspiring anthems such as "If My People Pray," "I Believe in Jesus," and the albums' goosebump-worthy title track, "Treasure."
Sisaundra Lewis, a Florida native, gained global recognition after writing and performing two number one Billboard hits, singing countless TV commercials, narrating the Oscar nominated documentary-Sustaining Life and delivering electrifying performances on Season six of NBC’s The Voice. She’s a Preachers Kid (PK) who got her start touring as a backing vocalist/duet partner with Grammy winner Peabo Bryson then on to five world tours as vocal director for Celine Dion and a host of other iconic Artists. Sisaundra’s the Founder of Find Your Voice, a female Mentorship/Leadership Program currently in 12 Orange County Public Schools as well as a fulltime Honors student at Valencia College; attaining her Bachelors in Business Leadership. She’s the proud mother of 3; Vinson, Rasheedah and Rohan and she strives to continuously inspire others by combining her glorious vocal instrument with amplified purpose.
Like many new country singers of the mid-'90s, Ty Herndon fused neo-traditionalist country with a slick, rock-oriented sense of style and production. Like many of his contemporaries, his blend of genres proved commercially successful, and his first album became one of the biggest hits of 1995. Herndon was a little wilder, at least off the stage, than many of his peers, but his records had a down-to-earth sense of sentimentality that initially gave him a broad fan base.
Born in Meridian, Mississippi and raised in Butler, Alabama, Herndon became involved in music as he was growing up. He sang gospel music and learned how to play piano. After he graduated from high school, he moved to Nashville. Initially, he had a difficult time gaining a foothold in the music industry, spending ten years without making any real headway. Herndon left the Music City and headed to Texas, where he began slogging it out in local honky tonks, developing a dedicated following of fans. In 1993, he won the Texas Entertainer of the Year. Later that year, he signed to Epic Records.
Herndon's first single, "What Mattered Most," hit number one in the spring of 1995. An album of the same name was released in April and became a Top Ten country hit. His second single, "I Want My Goodbye Back," became a number seven hit. The world was seemingly in his hands, but his first year of stardom was a difficult one, as he was arrested for drug possession on June 13, 1995, in Fort Worth, Texas. Nevertheless, the arrest didn't halt his career. His third single, "Heart Half Empty," was a hit, and Herndon's second album, Living in a Moment, debuted at number six upon its summer 1996 release. Big Hopes followed two years later, and in 1999 Herndon resurfaced with Steam. This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits arrived in 2002, followed by a collection of Christmas songs (Not So Silent Night) in 2004 and a new album (Right About Now) in 2006. After that record, Herndon moved to the FUNL Music indie, releasing Journey On, his first album for the label, in 2001, and followed it with Lies I Told Myself in 2013 and House on Fire in 2016.
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