The Young Performers Club kicked off their 2019 season with the 16 & Under Annual Showcase competition. Sixteen finalists from all music genres participated in the event which took place at the Boston Hard Rock Café on March 31, 2019. Winning the first-place prizes for the Top Solo Performer and Top Band were 15-year-old singer songwriter Sam Chetkin, and the heavy rock band Born Yesterday. Both performers impressed the VIP judging panel which included the following panel members:
Ayla Brown, professional performer, American Idol top finisher and radio show host
JJ Maloney, owner and recording engineer at Nebula Sound
Peter Thomsen, International vocal coach, with top clients including the Brynn Cartelli, winner of the 2018 season for The Voice
David France, international performer, an innovative educator, and author of the Amazon Best Selling Book Show Up: Unlocking the Power of Relational Networking, and founder and Executive Director of Revolution of Hope, an arts for social change initiative in Boston whose flagship program is the Roxbury Youth Orchestra.
Sam performed two cover songs, and scored high on both songs performed; “Hot Summer Night” and “Love Potion #9”. Some of the judges comments included, “Great stage presence and audience interaction, he creates colors with his voice and explains various tensions, great dynamics, great audience participation, confidence, and good playing. Below is a link to Sam’s first song in the showcase.
Sam has performed in over 100 shows, and has performed at popular Boston area venues such as, Bills Bar, Loretta’s Last Call, Hard Rock Café, Faneuil Hall, and the Hampton Beach Seashell. On stage he has performed the title roles in the musical versions of Tarzan, Shrek, and Aladdin. He plans to hit the studio next month to record his original music.
We have our 13 & Under Showcase coming up as well as the Grand Finale Qualifier events on April 28th and June 23rd. In the 16 & under showcase we had 40 individual artists performing including the guest performers. Genres represented include pop, rock, R&B and indie.
Prior performers in the Young Performers Club showcases have reached millions of views on YouTube thanks to Grammy winning artist Megan Trainor and many others. Watching all show finalists progress has been exciting and there are numerous success stories, including including Megan Trainor, Kalie Schorr, Mike Casey Jazz Band, Sasha Sloan, Sam Robbins, Jillian Jensen, Amanda McCarthy, Dennis Taylor, and many more. These musicians have all made music a top priority and their principal careers. They are touring, writing, producing and are marketing machines with $4.1 billion views on YouTube and 3.1 million Facebook followers, and they are recognized performers in this region and beyond.