BATTLE GROUND
TALENT SHOWCASE

MEET THE CONTESTANTS

 

These 36 contestants chosen from Phase I will perform at a semi-final elimination round at Ike's Riverside. They'll battle in front of  a live audience and will be judged by high profile music industry representatives, prior Voice and Apollo contestants, and military personnel.

A high-energy blend of Classic Rock and Current Country, Raquel & The Wildflowers is an original band based out of the Hudson Valley. Their music is a reminiscent of classics like The Eagles and Queen, while staying true to today’s country styles, like Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Gretchen Wilson and Brad Paisley. The magic began when Raquel’s first song, “Run Towards the Highway”, charted #32 on DRT top 50 Country Airplay charts in 2018. In 2019, the band made its public debut and since then, they’ve been going nonstop. This past summer, the band opened for multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer, award winning band Skeeter Creek and performed at NashSkill Music Festival. Next summer they will be hitting the road on their first tour to perform at Country Fest 2020, featuring Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, and more. This fun and friendly close-knit crew is only getting started, and they can’t wait for what comes next!

RAQUEL & THE WILDFLOWERS

Jaquon Welch born February 22, 1991 in Albany, NY and was raised in Peekskill, NY. He has been singing and performing since the tender age of 3. His musical background started out in church and he continued to grow and flourish from there. He then began singing in school choruses and professional choirs. He has placed in talent shows, made through many auditions for various shows such as X-Factor, American Idol, The Voice, and Sunday's Best. He was also a part of “The Dean’s List Tour” where he had the privilege to travel around different cities and colleges performing his own original
Music. He recently made it to the Super Top Dog competition for Amateur Night at the Apollo, where he placed 1st many times. Now he is currently working towards a music career perfecting the styles of R&B/Soul/Pop and Gospel. He is in the studio writing and recording his own songs and hopes to make it big and won’t stop until he makes it.

JAQUON WELCH

Not your average millennial—26-year-old Bria The Artist, is a singer/songwriter, producer, painter, sketch artist and poet based in Westchester, NY… Not to mention, she makes her own beats! This renaissance woman balances music and visual arts, sometimes combining her meticulously nuanced soulful sounds with live artwork, drawing her audience out of reality and into her dimension. Having written music alongside Soul Train Award-winning Nicole Henry, Bria The Artist has also released her own album, Moon Swings in August 2019. The international artist is on a 10-city promotional tour ending in December 2019— her last stop being in Dubai.

BRIA THE ARTIST

Dave Diedrich is a Singer-Songwriter living in Peekskill NY. His unique style and versatility have enabled him to create music in multiple genres. Dave has recorded everything from musical comedy, blues, pop/rock albums to children’s music albums. Dave also does work for non-profit organizations like “Music That Heals” which has allowed him to play music for Children at Maimonides Medical Center, ADAPT (formally United Cerebral Palsy Foundation), Howard Haber Early Learning Center and Elizabeth Seton Children’s Pediatric Center. Dave is also a full time Realtor, so when he’s not selling music, he is selling houses.

DAVE DIEDRICH

Meet Brigavelli a passionate performer, singer and songwriter. Her soulful voice, in harmony with her own lyrics, tell the tale of her life and her journey. Her talent knows no boundaries and her energy and commitment to her craft is unmatched. She’s also community minded and generous with her time and talent to benefit the causes that are important to her. She’s been a star from childhood.

BRIGAVELLI

My name is Brian Louis and I’m a singer/songwriter. An electrician by trade as well. I was born in New Orleans in 1978 premature. I was in an incubator for a long time and then put in an orphanage. My mother was running the streets and on drugs. She left me in the hospital and told my family I died so they wouldn’t go get me. My father was her pimp and he told her to leave me in the hospital. My mother was shot the day I was born and that caused my early birth. I was adopted in 1980 and move to New Rochelle NY. Not much of a childhood to say the least. A lot of violence and abandonment as well as being raped and molested. Music has always been therapeutic for me, so I started singing along with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson albums. I’m currently an electrician and have my own company with high hopes of finally getting my musical break.

BRIAN LOUIS

From Poughkeepsie N.Y. this is Sgod Nay. This 26-year-old mother has a gorgeous 5-year-old daughter and an amazing Fiancé. Sgod Nay started rapping in 2017 with the help of a friend who thought She had some talent. Nervously she wrote the verse for her first song “Off the Strength”. Everybody loved it and she realized that She loved doing it. Always has a love for writing and music. Since then she has Performed on several different stages and built up a fan base. Sgod Nay loves making music because it gives the opportunity to share herself with the world, to spread a message. She is working hard to show my daughter that we can all make it, regardless of any hurdle that is thrown our way. Along with her fiancé “Mo Craze” they built their our own studio in their home and work on building a brand as musicians every day. Sgod Nay looks forward to showing everyone how much She wants this, giving up is impossible.

SGOD NAY

Currently living in Highland NY, Wavy started doing music in middle school when he would watch his brother and friends freestyle battle. Eventually he wanted to get into battle rap but later figured his passion was writing actual songs. Sadly, when his best friend died from suicide, he took on the name given to him from their group back in school called the “Wavy Boyz” basically a group of friends that would make everything “Wavy” or fun. Since then he has moved forward into making sure that he makes it his end goal to make music for the rest of his life.

WAVY WILD BOY

Now presenting...... hennessymarie 25 years old from the Bronx castle hill. She moved over to Middletown a year ago. Hennessymarie has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and has a dance diploma. ever since she was a little girl all She dreamed of was being a great talented choreographer.

HENNESSYMARIE

Meet 23-year-old Neverson Cadesca. Nev grew up in a small town called West Haverstraw. Nev has been singing since he was young. He taught himself how to play the guitar a few years ago and now loves to perform.

NEVERSON CADESCA

This is Jasia. Awkward on many different levels, music has always been her escape. Growing up with 60's soul and spoken word. In high school philharmonic and wind ensemble, Jasia rediscovered her love through classical music as a percussionist. Finding the balance between freedom of expression and technique, hrt style flows in its own lane. As a 26-year-old singer/song writer most of Jasia's music has yet to be heard until recently. 

JAISA WITIT

Remy Hendrix (Tashan Turner) began his love for hip hop music at a young age when his mother bought him a portable karaoke machine for his birthday. He would always record himself over instrumentals of hip hop tracks that were being played on the radio stations and TV at that time. Over the years, Remy developed and perfected his own unique style, giving him a “stand alone” characteristic to his music. One day while his mother was at work, one of her co-worker’s overheard her listening to his demo CD and fell in love with his style. Ironically, this co-worker happened to have a deep connection in the music industry, and this is where Remy began his journey in creating professional quality music. Signing a deal with Lucky Bug Entertainment, Remy was given exposure to the trials and tribulations of a non-stop, demanding industry and allowed him to gain experience in professional studio recording, music video shoots, live performances and afforded him the ability to work with industry professionals such as DJ Envy, Method Man and KRS One. In 2007, Remy rejected an offer from Interscope/A&M/Geffen Records CEO Jimmy Iovine in order to maintain his creative independence and keep his music his own. After taking a break from the rigorous lifestyle of the music industry, He is stepping back onto the rap scene with renewed passion and drive following the birth of his daughter. Remy is poised to make waves in the industry with his modern, eclectic style that provides a little for everyone.

JamesEarlWoodz CEO and Artist of Beat Taggaz™ Record Label/ Rap Group which was started as a group of friends who rapped in a basement, to now internationally-selling music. Everything this team does is with pride in doing ourselves, with very limited outsourcing. James does most of the promotion, booking of shows/management, clothing design and do all graphic design for Beat Taggaz™with help from his business partner and artist Farka$.On hand, they have 4 different music studios including mine in Beacon, and 3 others which can be located in Pleasant Valley, Hyde Park, and Pennsylvania. They have 3 music producers including JamesEarlWoodz , Verdictbeatz(DJ Verict) and IamHimbeats(Jonzkid), 4 music engineers including Farka$, DJ Verdict, Jonzkid and myself and all together are a group of 6. JamesEarlWoodz is currently working on a debut Ep called South Hills and is looking to further his brand by any means necessary. JamesEarlWoodz is not just a rapper he is an entrepreneur and developed a sound that combines the heart of hip hop lyrics mixed with the current sound of today's hip hop.

JAMESEARLWOODZ

Jennie Angel a rising country star from the Hudson Valley who loves performing. Jennie was nominated by the Josie Awards in Dollywood as “female rising star of the year” for modern country music and a songwriting achievement award for her new single “Move On”.


Check out my new single on Spotify, it’s currently being played all over the world on independent and bigger radio stations(Froggy 100.3-Lake George, NY). Born in Augusta Georgia and grew up being influenced by her parent's love of Christian and Country music. The love of old classic country music and her original songs sound more like the pieces from that time in history. Jennie has been writing songs since the age of 13 and went through High School playing music on flute, tuba, piano, and guitar. In college, she would go play open mics and people loved her music.


Now, she has decided to pursue music professionally and has formally released several songs. 

JENNIE ANGEL

Ryan is a 22-year-old rapper/singer who grew up in the capital district area and graduated from Troy High School. He now attends Marist College, where he studies Computer Science and is a member of the Men’s basketball team. Music has always been my true passion. Ryan started writing songs when He was just 6 years-old and hasn’t looked back since. Eventually Ryan transformed his bedroom into a home recording studio, where he writes, records, and mix/master music in his free time.

RYAN CARMELLO

Semi-Final Elimination Rounds

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