Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015

Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015

By Sloane Reali in Santa Barbara Vocal Coaching, Santa Barbara Voice Lessons

Noozhawk.com Santa Barbara & Goleta Local News

Thursday, August 20 , 2015, 7:38 am

Santa Barbara Teen Star Singing Competition Selects 10 Finalists

SOURCE: LAURA LEWIS FOR TEEN STAR

The top 10 finalists have been announced for this year’s Teen Star singing competition, which will be held Feb. 21 at the Granada Theatre.

Teen Star held auditions at Deckers Outdoor's facility in Goleta and Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria to evaluate talent from throughout Santa Barbara County.

Finalists

Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Zoe
Zo Lynn Burritt, junior at Cabrillo High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Blake
Blake Brundy, senior at Lompoc High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Olivia
Olivia Huffman, freshman at Santa Ynez High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Chui, freshman at Cabrillo High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Isabella
Isabella Illescas, senior at Santa Barbara High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Azalea
Azalea Kemp, junior at Carpinteria High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Gwennie
Gwennie McInnes, senior at Dos Pueblos High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Dylan
Dylan Ortega, junior at Santa Ynez High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Cindy
Sydney Shalhoob, freshman at San Marcos High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Cheyanne
Cheyanne Yang, senior at Dos Pueblos High School

Alternates

It was an even split between North and South County in Santa Barbara with five finalists from each area and representing more than 24 schools.

Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Ava
Ava Burford, eighth-grader at Santa Barbara Junior High School
Santa Barbara Announces Teen Star Finalists for 2015 - Kelly
Kelly Cody, eighth-grader at Los Olivos Elementary School

These finalists will be competing for the title of Teen Star and a prize package that includes a $1,000 scholarship, a recording session in the world-class studio at Santa Barbara Sound Design, radio and TV appearances, training with casting director and celebrity judge Wendy Kurtzman, and opening performances at The Durango Songwriter Expo.

“We attribute the success of the Teen Star program to the fact that we provide an exceptional vehicle for youth to showcase their talents, instilling lasting benefits for them and our entire community ... at a time when students are hungry for opportunities to excel as individuals and to express their passion,” said Joe Lambert, founder and executive producer.

“Teen Star teaches kids what it takes to pursue their dreams — passion, commitment and courage are all on stage for us to enjoy,” said Angel Martinez, chairman, president and CEO of Deckers Outdoor Corp.

New this year as a celebrity judge will be actress and recording artist Margo Rey, a Montecito resident. As an actress, she is known forBridegroom (2013), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) andDesperate Housewives: The Game (2006). She replaces Catherine Remak, who has been with Teen Star since its inception in 2010. Remak had a conflict this year and will be building houses for the poor in Guatemala as a project with her Rotary Club.

New to the team this is year is Ike Jenkins, who will provide mentoring to the finalists at Playback Recording Studio.

The vision of Teen Star is to provide a platform and venue where teens can flourish and showcase their talents in a healthy, supportive environment. It was founded in 2010 as a benefit for the performing arts programs in Santa Barbara County schools.

Teen Star is presented by Deckers Outdoor Corp. and other lead sponsors Claudia Lapin with Sarah Jane Lind.

Purchase tickets by clicking here. Visit TeenStarUSA.com or write[email protected] for more information.

— Laura Lewis is a producer for Teen Star.

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