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!
Sarah Chapple, Alto
1. If you could trade one of your weaknesses for someone’s strength what would they be and why? (your weakness, their strength)?
I would trade my anxiety and worry for the ability to have complete confidence in myself and others and not give up too easily because sometimes I am too realistic. Or the ability to fly, that would be cool, too!
2. What is one thing that you are truly passionate about?
Being yourself. Nobody wants to get to know the fake you, and both you nad them will be happier if you are who you are. It’s the best you you can be!
3. If you had no constraints what would do with your life right now?
I would go to a third world country and build homes or teach students, and explore the world!!!! Bring all my friends and family and never have to come home.
4. Who is one person in your life that truly inspired you?
Aurora Florence Dickamore. Emma Smith in Nauvoo Pageant, great husband, passionate, chases her goals, broadway, temple, etc.
5. If you could learn about one subject instantly and without effort what would it be? why?
Sign Language, because how cool to be able to talk to everyone!!! and i think it’s beautiful:)
6. If you could switch places with someone for a day who would you choose?
Someone in another country to experience an entirely new culture! Maybe Spain or Ireland:)
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!!
Trevor Sexton, Bass
I sing with the Sonoran Desert Chorale. The chorale is in it’s 20th season. The Choir is made up of school choir directors, vocal performance majors and regular Joe’s like me. The founder of the group was my High School Choir direct Jeff Harris. The music he selects is fun and challenging to sing they do all types of music. Hopefully. everyone will be able to catch a concert sometime.
Having a person who understands you in every way even before you tell them. That is something that I have grown to love about my Awesome, beautiful ,special, understanding and did I say beautiful wife.
3. If you could create your own business (money is no worry) what would it be?
This may sound strange but, I always wanted to have a hotel that did musical themed stays, and the people that worked there would all be performers from the bell hop to the housekeeping. Maybe even throwing in some murder mystery.
Without a doubt my wife Rebecca, she completes me in every way, she has made me the man I am today. So if you don’t like me it is her fault.
6. What do you seem to spend a lot of time worrying about?
The future of my 7 wonderful children. Where they will be in school, their families and the legacy I will hopefully leave for them.
INSPIRE: music.service. hope is VERY grateful to all those to donated (Backers) to our “Truth Restored” CD Kickstarter Campaign. We couldn’t have made recored or made this CD without your generous donations and support. We hope you will be part of our INSPIRE family from here on out and wanted to share your name as one of our donors. THANK YOU!!
Michelle Mawby, Jeremy Weber, Annalece Boothe Misiego, Elise Richey, Baker-Smith, LaDawn Pettit, Cooper Waite, Michael Sackett, Joshua Lynn Wood, Macki Backer, Kameron Olmstead Bybee, Ardith Varga, Tim Olsen, Ryan Cook, Allison James, Mishawn Yardley, Jacob Whiting, Ryan Young, LaDawn Lingard, Trevor Sexton, Kara Reber, Julie Barnett, Nancy A. Christensen, Deanna Young, Cheya Wilson, Laynee Overall, David Quinn, Andi, Susan Robinson, Nicole Young, Ashley Hathcock, Cody Hathcock, Amy Thurston, Adam Nichols, Sarah Dunaway, Kathryn Christensen, Kari Nay, Pat & Julie Andreson, Hillary Alplanalp, Lance P. Norman, and Robert Putnam