LaToya (Toi) Graves
R&B, NU-SOUL, AND FUNK. Toi is the artist. Published by BMI, her any talents range from, writer, co-producer, of her own works. From Columbus Ohio, she writes many music genre's and is from a musical family. She produces a female band called N- Soul Deep, and consistently works on her solo project. Her productions are considered timeless.
The original deep Sultry sounds of Toi can be heard on her up and coming album called "SO MANY EMOTIONS”. This music Strikes a realistic chord emotionally, coming from real life experiences.
From her spoken word to her lyrics, her engineering, her writing, her unique sound that is so sassy but flavorful, alongside her perseverance is a spectacular artist. She is influenced by the sounds of the 70's and 80's with a twist of the now and the forwardness of the future in her performances. Toi ventured out on her own very young as a musician. She gained a local reputation performing from the Midwest to the East Coast, working overtime with her band “N-SOUL DEEP”.
Toi also produced an international internet radio show every Wednesday at 8 pm on blogtalkradio.com called “How elegant and Toi Talks”. On her show she offered a stage for what she calls “The locals” (art and talent too). She often challenged record labels to reach for the stars that are not in the sky.
Currently Toi is searching for the right writers/performance and production team to take her sound worldwide. Toi and her band N-SOUL DEEP can be found on all major social media platforms.
*Toi is mentoring Kevin Dias and Jordan Collins throughout the competition
Judy Kyees has been active in the entertainment industry for the past fifty years. She owns and operates her own production/Management Company and her clients have gone on to professional careers, appearing on Broadway and National Broadway touring companies, Disney Tokyo, Opry-Land, movies, television and many cruise ship and casino shows.
Judy has also been very successful in the pageant industry and her students have captured local, state and national titles in the Miss America/Miss USA , and the Cinderella International pageants systems to name a few. She is currently the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia State Director for the Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant system. She is also the Executive Director/Producer of the annual "Miss Columbus Teen Pageant", and has helped launch the professional performing arts careers of many of her winners.
Judy resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband of forty-five years John, and they are the proud parents of five children and six grand children.
*Judy is mentoring Shelby Shackelford throughout the competition
An Ohio native, Tia Stewart has had a lifetime of musical influence. Raised in Los Angeles, Ca. Tia would be exposed to music greatness through her father; Mel Stewart, and legendary producer Norman Whitfield whose works include Motown, The Temptations, and Rolls Royce. Tia’s father a singer himself was pursuing his career with Whitfield Records recording artist “Undisputed Truth” at the time when she got bit by the bug. After hanging out at rehearsals and recording studios, it was then she knew she wanted to sing.
At age 14, Tia would record her first album “Games” as a member of Warner Brother/Malaco recording group “Teen Dream” and her first single titled, a remake of “Ring my bell”.
Tia would go on to open for such acts such as Roger Troutman, Morris Day, Cameo, and New Birth. If that wasn’t enough in 1998, Tia would get that big break and sing background for Atlantic Records recording artist “Gerald Levert” and have to opportunity to tour the world and share the stage with such great artist as: Stevie wonder, Patti Labelle, Charlie Wilson, The Whispers, Keith Sweat, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and Babyface to mention a few. Tia’s backup singing credentials don’t stop here ~she has also sung for greats Miki Howard, The O’Jays, Johnny Gill, LSG, and has performed on the Tom Joyner Cruise not once, but 4 times.
Tia is humble when speaking of her career and touched by the many performers she has been blessed to perform with and the many places it has taken her like Japan, Hawaii, London, and Bermuda. However, she does have two highlights in her career –performing at the Essence Awards and accompanying Gerald & Eddie Levert on their “Father and Son Tour” to South Africa in 2006 where Tia would meet the honorable Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
She is currently working on new material and group named “The Tia Stewart Project” in hopes to release a new solo album in the near future. Check out "Play my song", on her page.
*Tia is mentoring Michelle Porter, Christina Preatzel, Tyy Perkins, Kaleigh Lougheridge, Serena Monet, and
Taylor Siebert throughout the competition.
Tia has also taken on Katelyn Griffin and Shelby Shakelford as mentors throughout the competition and have offered them a recording spot on her next album. Her current album called "The Late Crew" can be found on Spotify, Amazon, and Itunes. Review it on Amazon https://goo.gl/8D7vRE
Priscilla began her music career at the tender age of 10, mesmerizing church-goers with her strong soprano voice. Recognized as a vocal prodigy, she received formal training by Dr. Roscoe Speed, renowned vocal coach, mu-sic director, composer and mentor in Miami, Florida. She went on to be named Outstanding Music Student for two consecutive years at American High School in Miami. Priscilla continued her education at Miami-Dade Community College and subsequently enlisted in the United States Armed Forces . This service to our country afforded her the opportunity to travel globally and consume the rhythms and sounds of other cultures.
Priscilla’s spirit of service continued throughout her musical career and in ministry, as she led children’s, high school, and adult choirs in Columbus, Ohio as Music Director, Music Administrator, Worship Leader and Director Music. Most enjoyable roles was that of Worship Psalmist for New Song Community Church, where she was frequently accompanied by the Vernon Hairston Trio. According to Priscilla,
“This out-of-the-box worship atmosphere allowed me to truly utilize the range of my voice as well as connect with people on a spiritual level.” Her passion for singing, nourishing the soul, and helping others reach new heights has resulted in various displays of artistry. She acted and starred in the musical stage plays “Love and Street Corner Harmony,” “One Mo’ Christmas,” and “What Color Is Trouble,” produced by Ron Pitts of UJIMA Theatre. Woodson has been a guest host on Radio One and emceed city-wide events.
Priscilla lit up the airwaves as “Lady Soul-tress,” dynamic host and personality of the Soultress Show on Talktainment Radio from 2010-2013, bringing widespread exposure to hundreds of local artists. Priscilla is cofounder and lead singer of TP Project, a GospelJazz recording group. Priscilla has also performed in the grand Lincoln Theatre, inducted into the Lincoln Theatre elite com-munity and designated as one of Columbus, Ohio top vocalist. Priscilla is a graduate of the Lincoln Theatre and Greater Columbus Arts Council, first Artistic Incubation Program in 2013. View website to purchase CD’s and bodies of work. “As one never stops growing, never stops dreaming, and won’t quit until greatness is achieved, my mission is to inspire other artists to greatness and aid in telling their story.” - Priscilla Woodson
Aspire to Greatness, Life Coaching for Arts”
This book dares to convey an untold story – the personal story of the artist. Aspire to Greatness (A2G) challenges you to embrace your story and use it to fuel your journey. In addition walks you through the process of taking your good, bad and ugly and making it work together for greatness’ sake. A2G Movement—Life Coaching Series is a 10 week course based on the book and is a concentrated incubation program; a holistic approach to development of mind, body, and soul.
This program causes an awakening of each participant's awareness, consciousness, and behavior that all impact creativity. Each week, a topical study from the A2G book is explored and dissected, hereby engaging students on a discovery of how their good, bad and ugly work together for greatness sake. Subject matter is transferrable and applicable to all professions.
With her wide range of skills, her obvious vocal aptitude, and classy style, Priscilla is truly a musical force to be reckoned with. She resides in the Columbus, OH area with her husband, Tony Woodson.
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*Priscilla is mentoring Tryzdin Grubbs throughout the competition.