Talent Group 7
Holly Mae Heinrich better known by her stage name Holly Henry, is a 20 year old American singer/songwriter from Minnesota. She took her stage name when competing in the fifth season of the United States version of reality singing competition The Voice. She subsequently built an international fan base with YouTube and through original music releases.
Jamie Dupuis, born in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada, is a prolific Canadian virtuoso guitarist/composer and singer/songwriter, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and his arrangements on the guitar and harp guitar. Jamie won 1st place at the Canadian Guitar Festival Competition in 2016. Jamie began with piano at age 6, Dupuis learned music theory and notation early on then truly falling in love with being a musician at age 14 when he got his first guitar. His music teacher recommended classical guitar lessons and the classical musical training took everything to the next level. Having to practice 8 hours everyday, he was on a mission. While studying rock, classical and jazz, he also wrote his own original music. Main Instruments: Harp Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Banjo, 18 String Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar and Vocals.
Yuval Salomon is a 19 year old pianist from Israel who adapts and plays modern compositions
Peter Bence is a Hungarian pianist, composer and music producer. Between January 2012 and March 2017 he held the world record for most piano key hits in one minute (765) according to the Guinness book of records. He has taken the Internet by storm with his piano arrangements of Michael Jackson, Queen and Sia collecting over 150 million video hits and a huge following on his YouTube and Facebook over the past 2 years. Peter started playing the piano at an early age and finished his first own composition aged 7. In 2004 he released his debut album Green Music. In the same year, he won the 3rd prize at the György Ferenczy International Piano Contest. In 2008 he released his second album Nightfall. In 2010 he started to study at the Berklee College of Music. He finished his study with a Master of Arts in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design.
Amadeus Electric Quartet
A Romanian string quartet formed in 2000 by Andreea Runceanu (violin / vocal), Patricia Cimpoiasu (cello), Bianca Gavrilescu (violin) and Laura Lazarescu (piano / vocal) - four girls with a daring look, playing electric instruments and combining pop-dance rhythms with the virtuosity of the classic instruments.
Jonny Mizzone is an 8-year old banjo virtuoso. Along with his brothers, he forms part of a bluegrass band called The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. He is able, after playing for just 2 years, to burn a flawless top-speed version of many bluegrass tunes. He can play a great banjo tune at about 10 notes per second with solid timing and clear tone. He is ably supported by his brothers, 14 year old Tommy on guitar, and 12 year old Robbie on fiddle. Best known for their YouTube bedroom practice videos, with over 4 million views, they have become an overnight sensation.
Mona and Lisa Wagner are 22 year old twins from Austria. They are one of the very few modern artists who write original songs in the 60s beat music tradition. While listening to and playing all different kinds of music genres in their youth real-life twins Mona and Lisa stayed with the 60s song-writing style, something they think is way too much neglected these days.
International touring Nashville recording artist Justin Johnson has been hailed by Guitar World as a "must-see act", dubbed "The Wizard" for his mastery of stringed instruments, and recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion. In 2014, Justin Johnson recorded his debut double album, "Smoke & Mirrors," a celebration of the art, history, and traditions behind handmade roots instruments. Along with 18 modern-built roots instruments representing builders from all over the world, the album resurrects the voices of 8 of the oldest cigar box guitars and banjos known to exist. Having never previously been recorded, these fragile relics emanate voices on the album that would otherwise have been lost to time.
The Dead South
The Dead South is a Canadian folk-bluegrass musical ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The band was initially formed in 2012 as a quartet by Canadians Nate Hilts (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Scott Pringle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Danny Kenyon (cello, vocals). Colton Crawford, on banjo left the band in 2015 and was replaced by studio musician Eliza Mary Doyle. Often jokingly referring to themselves as "Mumford and Sons' Evil Twins", the band played live venues before releasing their debut five-song 2013 EP, The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame. Their 2014 album Good Company was released by German label Devil Duck Records, and led to significant overseas touring for the next two years. The band's third LP, Illusion and Doubt, was released through Toronto label Curve Music in 2016. It quickly climbed to number 5 in the Billboard bluegrass charts. An updated version of Good Company's single "In Hell, I'll Be in Good Company", produced by Jason Plumb, was created along with a video on YouTube, and is credited as contributing to the breakthrough release for the band.
Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato