MEET THE JUDGES
Antoine Brown is a multi-faceted influencer, model, and event curator making a cultural impact. Antoine received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Bridgeport after attending on a basketball scholarship. Also known as Toineskii, he launched his own independent multi-media company, ‘Toineskii Lifestyle', to help big and mid-size brands connect with urban and suburban communities. Antoine has built his resume independently through partnerships with companies such as Roc Nation, Paper Planes, Puma, Dusse Cognac, Lugz, Way of Wade, and Akoo Clothing just to name a few. Antoine believes a culture of community is what connects us all.
Seventeen-year-old, NYC vocalist Aidan Doran, is making his way in the music industry. As a developing artist and standout singer, he has a unique alternative pop sound.
Aidan started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 locally in Buffalo NY. However, after several years of learning piano locally, Aidan began training classical piano at the Eastman School of Music. He began taking singing lessons at Bello Voice Studio at the age of 10 in hopes of getting the lead in his school musical. After performing locally many times, Aidan gained the confidence he had been lacking and began setting his sights on his future dreams. In 2014, with the help of Frank Rossi and Susan Makai (Aidan's acting coaches), Aidan competed in IMTA NEW YORK 2014, where he won Teen Actor of The Year, Singer of the Year, and Most Sought-After Talent. Due to this success, Aidan was able to get signed with Shirley Grant Talent Management where he was given many opportunities in Broadway and Television. In 2016, Aidan landed the role of "Young Jim Gaffigan" on Season 2 of The Jim Gaffigan Show. In late 2016, with the growth of Aidan's aspirations and opportunities, he was able to move to West New York, New Jersey where he continued to work hard and get better every day. He has since trained with Badiene Magazine, Valerie Saalbach, and Matt Newton. Aidan competed in the Apollo Theater's Super Top Dog Competition last November.
He is currently a finalist in The Apollo Theatre Amateur Night competition, Stars of Tomorrow and was invited to be the opening act for The Apollo Theater Spring Gala in which he opened for Brandy, Salt-N-Pepa and Bell Biv DeVoe.
ARNOLDO "A.G." GORDON
Arnaldo “A.G.” Gordon has had a great run in the music business, starting as an assistant at Violator Records at an early age of 20, he got to work with the likes of Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Moon Deep &
others. He also worked with the legendary Music executive Kevin Liles when Kevin decided to start his own management company, A.G. Brought him Big Sean to be signed as his second client. A.G. Also
works with Trey Songz has his A&R, consultant and business partner within their 15 years of working and friendship. In 2013, he served as A&R on Nelly’s last studio album “Mo” which produced a gold
Single & contributed with getting Nelly to feature on the diamond selling single “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. After Nelly’s album, A.G. Then went to work as A&R at Def Jam records, where he served as AR for artists like Fabulous, Gunplay, Big Krit & others during his time there. He then started his own company MWE Music where his first act “J.R.” Has a good single called “Best Friend” Featuring Trey Songz. Deciding to go back into the label life he started as head of urban A&R for the Sony distribution company The Orchard, where he signed Daniel Caesar, Vedo & others. He’s restarting his company MWE Music with new acts & has a bunch of new things in the horizon for 2020.
The name is Derrick T. Carter aka Drawzilla or Zilla, originally from Queens, Ny and now reside in Poughkeepsie, Ny. I've been blessed to inspire the world through music. It has certainly been a long road and struggle but, I've finally accomplished lots of my goals. Cooking was my full time career at one point in my life however, music was my passion, so I transitioned. I am Co-CEO of Drumline Studios in Pleasant Valley, Ny & the Recording & Mixing Engineer for my facility. I also have acquired a blanket licensing agreement with Viacom where my music is played on TV, Film, and commercials. Music placements and credits include: Chrisette Michele, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Jadakiss, Styles P, Maino, Uncle Murda, Smif n Wessun, and more.
Eric Evander is an A&R and Marketing Executive, known for his involvement with major labels and companies such as Capitol Records, Atlantic Records, APG , Hot 97 and many more. Eric’s Marketing and A&R history includes projects with artists like NBA Young Boy, Migos, Khelani, Lil Baby, Charlie Puth, City Girls , BJ The Chicago Kid , NeYo, Rico Nasty and many more.
Michaela Paige (24) is more than just another singer/songwriter. She's a sole proprietor! Like most aspiring performers, she started at an earlier age. Michaela has been performing nationally, with the goal and intent of using her gift to help and inspire others. This little lady may look familiar to you, as she participated in NBC's Emmy Award winning hit reality TV show "The Voice", where she not only earned a spot in the Top 12 with Team Blake, but graced the likes of USA Today, Rolling Stone, Access Hollywood, and the iTunes Top 100 Chart (to name a few).
In 2016 Michaela and her team launched the “Be You” campaign to connect with her young audience and empower them through music and lecture. She’s traveled the country spreading her message but more importantly, having fun and putting smiles on her fans faces.
In 2018 she appeared in several episodes of TLC’s “I Am Jazz”. Her friendship and support for Jazz Jennings was noticed by producers of the series and Michaela was asked to share this with a national audience.
Michaela has always viewed herself as being different. As a child, she was bullied in school and had been tormented by others. Growing up was challenging for Michaela but through all the battles with depression, acceptance and medical let downs, she one day decided to be who she wanted to be. When she appeared on ‘The Voice’ this was her stage to show the world who she was and proud of it.
Michaela also spent four years as creator and host of three radio shows with Talk4Media, a company partnered with iHeart.
She's shared the stage with artists such as Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Smash Mouth, C+C Music Factory, Fantasia, Vanilla Ice, Sugar Hill Gang and the Temptations.
Many thought early favorite Matthew Schuler could go all the way on "The Voice," but instead, he fell to the show's so-called curse on a Tuesday night.
"I guess no one has broken the curse of the bottom three yet," Schuler told TODAY after the results were announced. "Once you're in the bottom three, you're like doomed to go home the next week."
It's a surprising turnaround for the 20-year-old from Christina Aguilera's team who prompted all four of the coaches to turn their chairs around for him in the blind auditions. His performance of "Hallelujah" earned high praise and a spot in the top 10 on the iTunes singles chart.
So, what went wrong for the one-time frontrunner? Maybe his early success did him in.
"I feel like my blind audition, my knockout, and ‘Hallelujah’ … It's been awesome because (those performances) built me up and really encouraged me and validated my talent.
Maserati Styles is the CEO of Team Styles Inc , Owner of Parle Cafe Lounge and one of the Hudson Valley’s premiere nightlife entertainment promoters. He previously was a host for Eastern NY based online music radio station, 845Radio as well as an executive DJ/ Producer / Manager for many independent artists. In 2003, he debuted his first celebrity party which was a success. By 2008, he mastered the art of promotion and marketing thus earning him the name “The Celebrity DJ Promoter”. Til this day Maserati Styles continues to lead the quest in club promotions, celebrity events, and turning brands into lifestyles. He has worked with acts such as Fabolous, A BOOGIE, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Jeremiah, Mario, Omarion, Lloyd, Dave East , Meek Mill , Ron Browz and many more. Maserati Styles is more than a DJ — he is a Brand. He has grown to successfully host numerous special events and nightclub parties at some of the area’s hottest venues as well as out of state and international hot spots. Now a proud owner of his own establishment .He is a man who believes in hard work and dedication which is why his motto is All Hustle No Luck.
JEJ’s singing career started earlier than the fateful acapella camp. He had begun singing karaoke years before inspired by his parents. They joined a choir and seeing them sing was likely a part of JEJs formative inspiration for pursuing music. Vinson has earned a slot in the top 24 of the American-version of the singing competition “The Voice” after an applauded rendition of “Versace on the Floor.” Vinson, from Kelly Clarkson’s team, performed the Bruno Mars hit curding Cross Battle round in the previous episode, where he faced off against contestant LB of Adam Levine’s team. The final twenty-four contestants revealed were determined by public votes.
Unfortunately, JEJ’s journey came to an end two weeks before the finale. From the start of the live shows, JEJ survived most elimination rounds. He was even saved by coach Kelly Clarkson to launch him to the Top 13. JEJ says throughout his time on the show, he was overwhelmed by the support from friends, family and fans back in South Dakota. He also adds this support did not go unnoticed.
“When you guys posted a party at ‘Mad Mary’s,’ that was just so incredible to like see and to see all the footage from people that they’ve sent to me. It’s just so sweet and the fact that I still get a lot of calls from people in South Dakota,” says JEJ Vinson from Season 16 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Since the show, JEJ has released new music and he even performed with his coach in Las Vegas.
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