2015 Talent Competition

2015 Youth Scholarship Recipients

High School Category

Esther Langer - Viola
Esther Langer - Viola
Carlos Ortiz - 2nd place - Guitar
Carlos Ortiz - 2nd place - Guitar
Emmanuel Hernandez - 3rd place - Singer
Emmanuel Hernandez - 3rd place - Singer

Middle School Category

Sydney Grigsby - Dancer
Sydney Grigsby - Dancer
Kalia Thompson - 2nd place - Spoken Word
Kalia Thompson - 2nd place - Spoken Word
Imani Lowe - 3rd place - Dancer
Imani Lowe - 3rd place - Dancer

Elementary School Category

Unity Dancers
Unity Dancers
Gabriel Torkelson 2nd place - drums
Gabriel Torkelson 2nd place - drums
Shiyah and Kayla Cooper - 3rd place - Singers
Shiyah and Kayla Cooper - 3rd place - Singers

2015 Youth Talent Competition Judges:

Belle Johnson
Belle Johnson, is a native of Watts, CA. This Grammy nominated Singer/Songwriter has toured with Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus as a background vocalist to name a few.

Belle now owns her own background singing agency employing other singers and she also has her own line of eye lashes “Fannie Lash”.

Belle is currently writing and teaching.

Dr Marcus S Mason
Dr. Marcus S. Mason was born the 7th of 13 children to Bishop Moses & JoAnn Mason; he has traveled the United States extensively as a child along with his brothers and sisters.

While growing up, Dr. Mason began playing the piano and organ for his Father’s church. His passion fueled him to advance his skills as a Praise & Worship leader, and a Minister of Music. He also began to write his own music with the dream of becoming an International Gospel singer.

After many years of college Dr. Mason received his Masters degree in Psychology with a minor in Christian Education, and finished with his PhD in Christian counseling, with a minor in Theology.

Dr. Mason has had the privilege of working with some of the most profound Bishops, Pastors, and Artists such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Bishop Iona Locke, the Winans, Teddy Riley, Mc Lyte, Rodney Perry, John P. Kee, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Dr. Michelle Corral, T-Pain, Donnie Mc Klurkin, Promise Keepers, Tiny “Zeus” Lister, Dr. Jamal Bryant, Ricky Grundy, Brandy, Ray-J and countless others…..

Dr. Mason has just finished working on several CD’s of his own which include a Christian jazz CD entitled “Special Moments”, and is currently finishing his Freshman CD entitled “The Altar Call” which is set to release early 2016.

Dr. Mason is married to Lady Lynn Mason who is the love of his life and they have four boys. His goal is to build a beautiful sanctuary for God in the future, following in his Father’s footsteps ministering and preaching the gospel through the word of the almighty God.

Tyana Parr
Tyana (Ty) Parr began her acting/singing career at the Sarasota Players in Florida with the Production “Jesus Christ Superstar” and quickly moved on to other productions such as “Oklahoma”, “Ah Wilderness”, “40 Carats” then proceeded on to the Asolo Opera Guild while she earned her degree after receiving a scholarship to Manatee Junior College. At the Asolo (on The Ringling Museum properties) she performed with many casts and notable troupes such as the Turnau Opera in productions such as Die Fledermaus, Dido And Aeneas, The Medium…and many more.

She then received a scholarship to North Texas University and studied composition and arranging in the primo Jazz College now named University of North Texas. After receiving an invitation to Los Angeles on a recording project – naturally – having been born there – she accepted.

Her Television and Film credits include Diagnosis Murder, Deep Space Nine, Spiderman, Golden Girls, Hollywood Homicide, The L Word, Corky Romano, Eulogy and many others.

Radio Credits include “Ty Parr” on Kaleidoscope Radio Magazine and Traffic Anchor on KFWB/Shadow Broadcasting.

Her touring and musical credits include Engelbert Humperdink, REO Speedwagon, Kevin Costner, Jack White, Great White, David Hasselhoff, Patsy Meyer, Bill Hayes and many more with award winning songs in children’s music, commercials, television and film.

Along with her daily acting/songwriting/recording career – she is currently Director of the Children’s and Youth Choirs at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, and enjoys the fact that she gets to do what she loves!

SBS Youth Talent Competition 2015

Competition Voting Period is:

May 15, 2015 – June 12, 2015