INSPIRE’s “Playing It Forward” Benefit Concert

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.

IMG_5974

INSPIRE loved having “We Are The Strike” as our headliners!

“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!

IMG_2780

INSPIRE: Youth (14-18) Rehearsing “Seize The Day” from Newsies

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”.

IMG_3882

INSPIRE: Youth (10-14) performing during the Benefit Concert

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.

IMG_0295

Vocal Point Alumni singing “Home” to Chelsea Sackett for her and Michael’s 6th Anniversary

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.

IMG_5959

“Put your faith in what you most believe in…”

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!

INSPIRE: Youth Spotlight–Kennadi Yardley

Kennadi

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!

INSPIRE Spotlight: Lance Norman

Lance

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!

One Unique Thing Nobody would know about me:
 I’ll give you two –  #1 – at one time I considered becoming a professional Chef because I love to cook and make things that really taste great.  #2 –  I love working with tools or devices and learning/trying new things.  I recently discovered that I like working with fiber – like Wool or Alpaca and learning how to spin it into Yarn which can then be made into things like hats, sweaters, etc.  It’s amazing how operating a Spinning Wheel and creating something can calm and center you!  Great stress relief!

If you had 60 minutes of Freetime what would you do with it:
I’m sure part of it would be spent with my Family and making memories, but more than likely, there would be a book involved or doing Photography!

One thing on your Bucketlist:
There are so many to choose from!  I’ve always had a desire to try Skydiving – but they would probably have to push me out of the plane when it came time to jump!

I sing because:
 Music is part of who I am! From the time I was a little Boy I’ve always loved music of all kinds and been involved creating it. I’ve been blessed with an incredible ear to hear it and possible harmonies to the melody.
I’ve tried to live life without a musical outlet during College when I was so busy in Pharmacy School and it was absolutely miserable for me!  I didn’t do as well in my classes that semester because I need that outlet that Music provides.  There is something about Music that transcends words and ends up being spirit talking to spirit somehow. The Spirit is augmented and invited by music and is incredibly powerful!  Messages are carried directly to the heart and profoundly affect the people involved with it whether creating it or listening to it.  I think it is part of the Spark of Life!
 
Photography:
 Next to Music, my next great love is Photography!  It started when I was a teenager and has continued all my life. There are so many facets to it.  Part of it is about preserving memories, but an even bigger part is opening yourself up to the incredible beauty that surrounds us everyday in so many different ways.  In order to capture the shots, you have to get out and experience life and it’s challenges.  You have to be there!  It proves to me that there is a Creator who organized this world with so many variations and so much beauty that it can overwhelm the senses at times.  I love that it uses light to create moods, feelings, and communicate.  Most of all, it forces me in my crazy life to slow down, breathe, be grateful, and notice the amazing details and similarities that are everywhere in this world and actually see them – sometimes for the first time.

INSPIRE: Youth Auditions & Performing Groups

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: Youth (ages 10-14) Instructors: Michael & LaDawn
Andrea Judd
Camryn Smelser
Carina Cannon
Ella Bingham
Hollie Workman
Jackie DeaKyne
Jared Mortensen
Josh Mortensen
Kallie Winger
Karli Mortensen
Mackenzie Treible
McKay Osborne
Rainee Connolly
Tangee Connolly

INSPIRE: Youth (ages 15-18) Instructors: Kylee & Michael
Alyssa Moyer
Brian Groberg
Caleb Wilson
Cameron Dever
Dallin Osborne
Jeremy Daley
Justin Moyer
Kassidy Carroll
Kayda Daley
Kennadi Yardley
Lauren Osborne
Macy Graves
Max Zayas
McKaylee Michaelson
Rachael Holt
Sailor Yardley
Sarah Chapple

Happy Halloween & INSPIRE’s 2nd Birthday

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!

After playing “Pin the Face on the Pumpkin”

We played all kinds of fun and interesting games

Pumpkin Bocce Ball

And of course—what’s a party without cake

Before…

After

 

 

Good times!

Happy Halloween & Happy 2nd Birthday INSPIRE

Youth Spotlight: Hudson Downs

hudson1

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.

INSPIRE Spotlight: Niki Oakes

image
Niki Oakes, Soprano
1. How did you hear about INSPIRE and what impact has it made on your life?
A darling girl, and old acquaintance named Annalece Boothe ran into me at a work convention where she immediately told me about Inspire and that I should join. I had been looking for something just like this in my life. After 6 years of inactivity in my faith I was needing something to continue to bring hope and joy to my life.
2. Share with us something you are passionate about?
I have always been passionate about life itself. I never hold back, I try to live every moment to its fullest, with no regrets. I love “letting my light shine”, being my best self. When I am an old woman and my life is coming to an end, I want to be able to look back and say “I truly lived!”
3. What do you do for your day job?
I currently manage the office and do the bookkeeping for a company called Let’s Play Music. We lease an incredible curriculum to teachers nationwide. This 3 year curriculum is designed for kids ages 4-9 and not only teaches basic piano skills but focuses on creating the total musician. Kids learn rhythm, play games, find a love for classical music at a young age, ear training, and even composition. I love the company dearly. It has been incredible to be able to work in my field and also be close to music. 🙂 www.letsplaymusicsite.com
4. If you could be anywhere on the planet tomorrow where would you chose?
I would be on vacation seeing the world!!! Or Disneyland…actually I’m am sitting in Disneyland right now while writing these answers haha. I love to travel and to see new things and try new food!!
5. Between food, friends,  and entertainment which would you choose and why?
For me one does not exist without the others! Food for me is cultural and social. Same goes for entertainment. When I experience something I enjoy, a taste, a sight, a smell…I immediately want to find someone to share it with. Life is so much more exciting when shared with loved ones.
6. If money weren’t an issue what is the first things you would buy? I would buy a big beach house somewhere exotic! Me, a diet coke, and good book on a porch that looks out over the ocean is my ideal afternoon.

INSPIRE: Youth SPOTLIGHT – Carina Cannon

Photo on 9-11-13 at 6.29 PM #2

 

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.

INTERVIEW:

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

The Voice of East Valley Competition

Our very own Michelle Moyer WON the Voice of the East Valley competition with this amazing rendition of “Broken Hearted”!

Inspire youth

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!!

IMG_2001