INSPIRE was excited, after months of planning & lots of practice, to put on our First Annual Benefit Concert titled, “Playing it Forward”! Everyone worked together to bring about a dynamic night! We were grateful to have Jef Rawls (Jesterz) as our emcee and “We Are The Strike” as our headliners for the night.
“We Are The Strike” recently released their self-titled EP and had huge success performing in both Provo, Utah and Los Angeles.They are a 9-piece funk-pop band forged in Provo, that has risen rapidly by captivating crowds with a brand of music beyond traditional pop. Last summer they won the Stadium of Fire competition which landed them opening for Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen. They’ve opened for Vertical Horizon, Jason Scheff of Chicago, Mason Jennings, and the Piano Guys. They also played at Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas!
After a few months of practicing, some performing, and last minute blocking. INSPIRE: Youth (14-18) came out and rocked their 2 numbers, “Seize The Day” and “I Can Only Imagine”.
Also, INSPIRE: Youth (10-14) did an amazing job on their 2 songs, “Frozen Medley” and “At the Beginning”
There were a few other performers such as American Leadership Academy’sn (ALA) Ballroom & Hip Hop Crew, Michelle Moyer, and some incredible Vocal Point Alumni.
As a surprise to Chelsea, Michael’s wife, for their 6th Anniversary he sang, “Home” (Michael Buble’) with other VP alums. She had no idea and loved every minute of it! It seemed fitting since Michael had proposed to her at a VP concert.
I think my favorite part was the finale number where everyone came together to sing these words, …”Put your faith in what you most believe in…” And we did! INSPIRE put our hard work and faith into the idea that this Benefit Concert would be a success—and it was!
If you Could Be A SuperHero You Would Be: I would be invisawomen!
“I sing because….” It brings me closer to the spirit.
What is one of the decisions you have made in your life that has made the greatest impact? When I decided to play basketball.
What is your current favorite song? My favorite song is Back to One by Brian McKnight.
What is one big dream you have that you hope comes true? To play in the WNBA
Tell us a little about you’re family? I have 14 people in my family and every single one of us are different. Our house can be crazy at times!
Lance Norman, Bass
If you could be a Superhero You would be:
I think I’d be Ironman – love technology and all the things that are possible with it. Other than having the little reactor in my chest, it would be awesome to fly and do all the stuff he is able to do for other people!
Here is a video we did to promote INSPIRE: Youth Auditions. We are grateful for all those who helped spread the word, volunteered to help, and of course those who showed up for the auditions.
Please welcome the following performers to INSPIRE: Youth!!
INSPIRE is excited to be TWO YEARS OLD!!! We have BIG dreams for this next year and the years to come. To help us celebrate our Birthday we decided to combine with a Halloween Party!
We played all kinds of fun and interesting games
And of course—what’s a party without cake
The first word we think of to describe Hudson is passionate. He has a zest for learning with the wheels in his brain always turning. He adds a lot of energy and humor to his family. He’s an absolute fun person to be around. Hudson is the 4th of 6 children in his family. He has a twin sister, Brooklyn. He’s a Junior in High School student with strengths in Math, Science and History.
Hudson absolutely loves participating and watching most sports. Right now he swims competitively year-round with Mesa Aquatics Club, and on most days swims twice a day. He just finished swimming with the high school, lettering for his 3rd year. He’s also a certified scuba diver.
Hudson has a passion for all kinds of music. He has an amazing talent for identifying musical artists, even dating back to the 60’s & 70’s. He’s tough to beat in playing “Name That Artist”. Hudson also plays the piano and trombone. After finishing high school, he plans to serve a mission for his church and then looks forward to college. We love having Hudson in our family because he’s a great young man with a tremendous heart.
Hudson is a Bass in INSPIRE: Youth and we are so thankful to have his powerful voice and his sight-reading abilities. He is such a great musician and an asset to the group.
Carina Cannon is a member of INSPIRE: Youth and is a super talented 13 year old with an amazing voice and abilities on many instruments. She is also a trained dancer. Carina takes private voice an piano and has performed in many venues. We are excited to get to know Carina better and enjoy her fun personality. She is such an asset to the group and we are happy to have her.
This is an audio clip of Carina singing “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles during a voice/piano lesson.
1- Do you play an instrument? I play the piano
2- Where is your favorite place to sing? At the piano.
3- Who is your favorite singer/band? Cody Simpson
4- What is your first memory of singing? When I sang at my grandma’s funeral
5- What is something unique about you? I play the harp
6- What is your favorite non-musical thing to do? I love to play volleyball
Our very own Michelle Moyer WON the Voice of the East Valley competition with this amazing rendition of “Broken Hearted”!
INSPIRE: Youth also had their first public performance and they rocked! Justin Osmond actually invited them to open for the Osmonds at the Phoenix Zoo in front of the entire auditorium…so stay tuned for more excitement soon to come!!