Credits: Theater: Broadway: Doubt (2005 Tony Award Winner, Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Play), Caroline or Change, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, The Buddy Holly Story, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Kiss Me Kate, Fascinatin’ Rhythm; Off-Broadway: Spunk, The Venus, The America Play, Dinah Was…, Miss Evers Boys, Cavedweller; Film: The upcoming Lee Daniel’s The Butler; The Skeleton Twins; The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, Affluenza, The Blind Side, Black Snake Moan, Alvin and The Chipmunks; Television: Damages, 30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle, Third Watch, Law and Order (Original), Law and Order SVU
Allison Blackwell has been blessed to be a member of BIV since 2008. This Philadelphia native was last seen on Broadway in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess starring Audra McDonald, fellow BIV member Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier . Other credits include: The Lion King, Caroline, or Change, The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music, Ragtime, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. Concerts include: Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall-Lincoln Center. 2008 Best Supporting Actress for Dotty Moffett and The Washing Machine (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award) M.M. The Boston Conservatory B.A. Spelman College. What BIV means to me: BIV is a group of singers who collectively are called to minister through song. I am blessed to sing with people that I admire and love. Thank you Michael.
a Renaissance women from the south, Anastaćia is a writer & abstract artist. She has been in many broadway shows,performed at Radio City Music Hall, City Center, Grand Ole Opry, and has traveled the world singing and acting along side some of the greats. Para Morgan, Miles, y Rowen! John 3:16
Broadway: Les Miserables. National Tour: Evita (Eva Cover), directed by Larry Fuller and supervised by Harold Prince. Regional and other credits include: Saving Aimee by Kathy Lee Gifford, at the White Plains PAC, Good Time Charlie (Yolande-Queen of Sicily), York Theatre, Evita (Eva), Virginia Music Theatre; Camila (Camila u/s), Walnut Street Theatre; Rags (Rebecca & Bella u/s),The Paper Mill Playhouse; Evita (Eva), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza) & Funny Girl (Fanny) all at both Yorktown Regional Theatre & Jupiter Theatre. Kiss Me Kate (Lois/ Bianca) at both The Augusta Opera & Opera Memphis; Anything Goes (Reno), The Old Schoolhouse Theatre; The World Goes Round , Cortland Repertory Theatre, A Grand Night for Singing, The Augusta Opera; Born to Rumba (Colette), Duo Theatre and On the Town (Hildy), The Hamburg Opera. Concerts: Soloist with the Haifa Symphony, The Orchestra de National, The Ohio Youngstown Symphony & The Kalamata Symphony in Greece. She has been a proud member of The Broadway Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir for twelve years.
B’way: Little Me, They’re Playing Our Song Off-B’way: And The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb, Song of Singapore, Jacques Brel Is Alive… 25th Anniversary Production at Village Gate New York City Opera: Candide, The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta City Center ENCORES: Fiorello, Cole Porter’s Out Of This World, Call Me Madam Cast recording National Tours and Regional: Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Man, Sophisticated Ladies, The Desert Song, Cabaret, Funny Girl Featured singer for Marvin Hamlisch orchestral concerts; jingles for commercials and TV theme songs. Last 20 years…voice teaching: private practice, adjunct at NYU, multiple master classes… and with my husband, raising two wonderful sons. It is an honor and privilege to sing with BIV. Thank you Michael and BIV members.
Broadway: leap of faith, radio city Christmas spectacular film/tv: joyfulnoise, 30 rock, the unusuals. Visit my website to see more…
Angela has been a proud member of BIV since 2001. Her credits include Les Miserables (Broadway),Parade (Broadway), Caroline or Change (Public), several national tours, and countless Regional Theatreproductions. She is thankful for God’s grace and mercy!
Anne Fraser Thomas is a Manhattan based actress and singer who is originally from Southern California. She performs weekly in Marty Thomas presents DIVA at Industry Bar in Manhattan. Regional theater credits include lead roles in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, The King and I and toured across North America with Vox Lumiere as the Evil Diva/Coloratura Soprano and is an active voice over artist. www.annefraserthomas.com
What BIV means to me: friendship, love, inspiration, I couldn’t be happier and more privileged to be a part of this amazing group!
Off-Broadway: Honestly Abe
Nat’l Tours/Regional:CATS, RENT, The Toxic Avenger, Spelling Bee. “To whom much is given, much is required”. Being in BIV takes me back to where I truly found my voice. In the church choir. Being apart of this amazing group allows me to do what I love while also honoring where my gift comes from. “To whom much is given much is required”. And I give God all the much deserved glory for what he has given me. I am truly thankful for this new family lead by the anointed leadership of Michael McElroy.
National Tours: Titanic, Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Black Patent Leather Shoes; Off-Bway: Sessions, Asylum, Bernarda Alba, Just Like Livin’, Mowgli, Duel, Beehive; Regional: A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage, Funny Girl, Smokey Joe’s Café, City of Angels, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Evita, Man of LaMancha,, Once Upon a Song, The Incurable Dorothy Parker, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hay Fever; Recordings: Soloist; Duel, Original Cast Album; Great Joy, Broadway Inspirational Voices: Background Vocals; Vanessa Williams, Silver and Gold; Clay Aiken, Merry Christmas With Love; Solo Jazz CD, I Must Have Been Dreaming. Awards: Carbonell Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, “City of Angels,” Jupiter Theatre. International Association of Jazz Eduction’s Excellence in Musicianship Award.
Broadway: Evita, A Little Night Music, Company, Man Of La Mancha, Jane Eyre; Off-Broadway: Walmartopia, The Fantastiks
Calvin Grant, Being surrounded by and being a part of the shining souls, the VOICES, of BIV, lifts you higher, brings forth the best in you. For this Lord I give you praise.
Calvin has performed in “Rent” on Broadway, toured with “Miss Saigon”, ‘Joseph”, “My One and Only”, “South Pacific’, “Freedom Song”, world premiere of “Red Hot and Cole” and “Bojangles” was tickled to play the role of FRANK N FURTER in “The Rocky Horror Show”. He’s guest starred on the Japanese drama “My Blood Type Is O”. Studied classical flute under Francille Bileu at Virginia Commonweath University. Calvin unwraps a side of himself never before seen in the up coming movie “GRIND” starring Anthony Rapp.
To Dan, “No One In The World”, To all my family, friends, teachers, students, THANK YOU. To my father who transitioned over twenty years ago, I see you in my eyes every time I look into a mirror. I still miss you.
C.E. has just finished his debut run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in the World Premier, Broadway bound musical, Leap of Faith in the role of Titus. His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Full Monty, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, Street Corner Symphony, and Blues in the Night. He starred in productions of Aida, Cinderella, The Full Monty, Don’t Stop the Carnival, Mahalia, Crowns, Once on this Island, Soultime at the Apollo, Blues in the Night, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lena Horne –A Lady and Her Music and Black Broadway in various regional theaters and National Tours in the US and Canada. C.E. has also graced the stages of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, South America and the Caribbean and has many commercials and numerous TV spots under his belt. He would like to give thanks to his wonderful family and his incredible wife Daryl.
Credits: Television: The new Electric Company/recurring role, FX’s Rescue Me, Broadway: GODSPELL; National tour: WICKED, BERNSTEINS:MASS (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center) Music of Andrew Loyd Weber (Central American tour.) New York: JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (Carnegie Hall), Regional: Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon. Her recordings include: BERNSTEINS:MASS, Rent: the movie soundtrack, and Stephen Schwartz’s Captain Louie. Concert performances: San Francisco Symphony (Various engagements)
BIV is where inspiration, talent, spirituality, and love all meet to create beautiful, uplifting music. Every moment I spend in the presence of the people involved with this wonderful group, I am encouraged to live and love better.”
is a 2010 graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she recieved her M.F.A. in Acting, and enjoyed such roles as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille”, Natalya in “Three Sisters”, Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth”, Mahala in Tony Kushner’s “Homebody/Kabul”, Miss Forsythe at the Yale Repertory Theatre production of “Death of a Salesman” and Anita in “Jelly’s Last Jam” where she fell in love with her now husband, Ken Robinson, also a member of BIV. Christina was awarded the Herschel Williams Prize in Acting upon graduating from Yale.
What BIV means to me: “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1) and it is a joy and honor to share time and talents with this gifted group of artists and friends.
Broadway: Hairspray (Original Cast – Corny Collins); Sinatra…His Way (Host); Titanic (Farrell, Barrett); The Who’s Tommy. Other: Fat Camp; Satellites (Public Thtr); Catch Me If You Can; Lone Star Love (Fenton); Twelfth Night- Orsino (Jack O’Brien, dir.), Floyd Collins; FILM/TV: The Winning Season, Kings (Grey Suit Hale), Rescue Me, Law & Order, Strong Medicine, Ed, Far East, Sopranos.
What BIV means to me: Clarke feels continually blessed to be a part of this choir- to be refocused, realigned and reminded of the healing power and beauty of God’s love, communicated in pure form, through music. He is truly grateful.
Christopher Zelno made his Broadway debut creating the role of Dazzle in the Tony nominated Starmites. He was nominated for a Barrymore Award last year for his performance in Forever Plaid at the Bristol Riverside Theater. Chris has appeared nationally and regionally in Jesus Christ superstar, Guys and Dolls, Here’s Love, and 80 Days at such theaters as Theater Under The Stars- Houston, Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theater, and the St. Louis MUNY. He has performed in many, many events with the choir since 1996, including: The 2000 Tony Awards, the Rosie O’Donnell Show, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, and Three Mo’ Tenors.
National Tours: Memphis, Dreamgirls
Crystal has appeared in the National Tour and Broadway productions of the Tony-Award winning musical RENT. Currently, she is the frontwoman for The Mickey Hart Band, led by Grateful Dead drumming legend, Mickey Hart. www.crystalmoneehall.com
Danielle’s credits include: Titanic, Once On This Island, Into The Woods, Cinderella, BeeHive. One Life To Live.
Wife to Keith, Mom to Kassidy Faith, it is a privilege to be a member of BIV!
Proud member since 1995. Credits include: Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, RENT, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Showboat. National Tours: The Lion King, RENT. Television: Smash, The Big C, Rescue Me, Damages, Whoopi, 100 Centre Street.
Broadway: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman) (final cast), Off Broadway: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), NYMF 2011: This One Girl’s Story (Dessa) *Received 2011 NYMF Award for Excellence: Outstanding Ensemble Performance Regional: Caroline or Change (Washing Machine), Crowns (Jeanette), Lil Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Suessical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Big River (Alice’s Mom), Burn the Floor (Female Soloist), National Tours: Avenue Q, Cinderella, European Tours: Hair, Lil Shop of Horrors, Film: “CROOKLYN” a Spike Lee Joint, Pop Foul (received Bend Film Festival’s: Best Supporting Actress Award 2008), TV: Rescue Me (reoccurring role, “Shameerica”)
“What BIV means to me”: Music feeds your soul, but gospel music does that AND glorifies God at the same time! BIV amazes me constantly, not just by our talent, but by our love! The love that we share with each other and the love we’re determined to share with the community and the world! Thank You Michael for allowing me to be blessed by my new family and for sharing your time, gifts and vision! I’m greatly honored to be a part of such an exemplary combination of praise, talent and performance!
B’Way: Jackie in The Wild Party (MTC-workshop), Naked Boys Singing, and Ramos/Tucker in Dancing in the Dark(The Lamb’s-workshop). Tours: Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (Luis), Five Guys Named Moe (NoMoe), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre), and European tours of My One and Only (Mr. Magix u/s) and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. Regional credits include: Avenue X (Winston) Merrimack Rep., Swingin’ on a Star at Arizona Theatre Co., Porgy and Bess at Pittsburgh CLO, and Five Guys Named Moe (No Moe) Alabama Shakespeare and Geva Theatre. Recordings: Dreamgirls: The 20th Anniversary Concert and will record with the Broadway Inspirational Voices this spring.
Off Broadway: Elizabeth in Tricks The Devil Taught Me. National Tours: Kennedy Center’s Barrio Grrl! (Ana), Tres Vidas (Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni). Regional credits: Lourdes in This One Girl’s Story (Abingdon Theatre). Marisa in the East Coast Premiere of Kingdom, Lucille Frank in Parade, and Maria in Twelfth Night. For the recent national tour and Broadway revival of West Side Story, she worked with director Arthur Laurents and the creative team as the language consultant/dialect coach. She received her BFA in Acting from Montclair State University.
Destan Owens is an Oklahoma native with a B.A. in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University. Film: Marie and Bruce with Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick; Get Rich or Die Trying with 50 Cent: Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor. T.V.: 30 Rock ‘The Break-up’ (Black Niles): Stage: Rent (Tom Collins), B’way; Chicago (Billy Flynn), B’way and First National Tour: Smokey Joe’s Café (Adrian), B’way and London’s West End; The Who’s Tommy (Hawker and Specialist), First National Tour and Frankfurt: Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday (C.C.) Atlanta; Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Pontius Pilate), Alliance Theater; Stormy Weather “The Lena Horne Story” (Teddy Jr.) Off B’way The Who’s Tommy 15th Anniversary Concert (Hawker), B’way; Michael Jackson’s Sisterella, L.A.; Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed (Luke) Alliance Theater; It Happened in Little Rock (Artist & Reporter), Arkansas Repertory; Carmen (Escamillo); Trouble in Tahiti (Sam); A Little Night Music (Lindquist); Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke). Soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and the Long Island Philharmonic. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha alumni.
Credits: Theater: National Tours: West Side Story (Shark girl, Maria u/s), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary)
International Tours: The Rocky Horror Show (Janet);
Off-Broadway: Anyone Can Whistle (Fay), Company (Kathy).
I have been a member of BIV for less than a year and it has already changed my life. I thank Michael and all the members for including and uplifting my heart and spirit through this music.
Broadway: Leap of Faith (Angel); In the Heights (Piragua Guy). Off-Broadway: In the Heights (Drama Desk Award); Godspell 2000; A New Brain (Lincoln Center); Regional: Zorro¸the New Musical (The Alliance) Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse). Film: Preaching to the Choir and Across the Universe. Has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Feinstein’s. Grateful to Chris, my family and friends. Member of BIV since 2001.
Broadway Debut (“The Wiz”) Understudy to Stephanie Mills as Dorothy for three years. Aunt Em & Glinda @ Maine State Music Theatre. Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in “1940′s Radio Hour”.NBC “Law & Order SVU, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Once On This Island, Spunk, Constant Star, Little Shop Of Horrors, Abyssinia, Langston In Harlem, Strange Case Of Mary Lincoln, Black Nativity, NYMT Festival, NY Harlem Singers (ASIA TOUR).Graduate of the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts NYC. www.thelovelygayleturner.com . Forever Grateful To God, I am finally a member of the BIV family.
LEAP OF FAITH Workshop (Music: Alan Menken), Stand-Up Comedy (Caroline’s, Comix and other NYC clubs), SINATRA (Radio City), National Tour of COWGIRLS (Mickey), TWELFTH NIGHT (Viola), MUSIC MAN (Marian), BRIGADOON (Fiona).
Concerts with Liza Minnelli, Patti LaBelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, CenturyMen, Josh Groban and The Music of Nick Drake (Central Park Summer Stage). Recordings: Grammy Nominated Great Joy and Grace, Merry Christmas with Love (Clay Aiken). BIV is a bear hug for the soul.
Jenifer Thigpen has sung with Kirk Franklin, Sandi Patty and Avalon; Itunes Classical solo vocal “A Place In Heaven” with Thomas Bergersen;Worship leader for Women of Faith and member, Disney’s Voices of Liberty; Solo album
Broadway: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL (OBC), MARY POPPINS (OBC), GOOD VIBRATIONS (OBC), MAMMA MIA. Off-Broadway/National Tours: XANADU, FAME ON 42ND ST. Regional: Stephen Sondheim’s BEING ALIVE (PTC), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Reprise), FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (Casa Manana). Jesse has sung with Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and Jason Mraz. Jesse is also the Artistic Director of The Broadway Boys, www.bwayboys.com. Jesse has a B.F.A. in musical theater from University of Michigan.
John Eric hails from Brooklyn, NY and is a founding member of BIV. Broadway Credits include THE BOOK OF MORMON, MEMPHIS, ALL SHOOK UP and RENT. Other New York work includes THE WIZ at CIty Center, THE BODY BEAUTIFUL at the York Theatre, JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA at Carnegie Hall and SALUTE TO JOE PAPP at The Public Theatre. He is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and CW Post College/LIU. “Singing with BIV I believe is one of the most important things I will ever do with my life. I am very proud to stand amongst such greatness and tell everyone about God’s GREAT JOY!!!”
Credits: Theatre: Regional: The Threepenny Opera (Smith/Reverend Kimball); Big River (Jim); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ken); Five Guys Named Moe (Nomax); Soul of Rodgers (Soloist); Being Alive! (Lover); Jelly’s Last Jam (Foot-In-Yo-Ass Sam); A Christmas Carol (Topper); tick, tick… BOOM! (Jonathan). Background Vocalist: Bebe Winans, Brandy, Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell, Lashun Pace, and Yolanda Adams. Training: MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama
What being a member of BIV means to me: I am honored to be able to lend my voice in this amazing ensemble of love and talent. I am even more honored to be doing so alongside my new bride, Christina.
Kimberly graduated from The Eastman School and The Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees respectively. As a professional she has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours of: Ragtime, Marie Christine, King David, Running Man, The In-Gathering, Dreamgirls, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night. She is pleased to be a part of BIV since its second year of existence.
Kyra Da Costa is a graduate from New York’s La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts and graduated with high honors with a BFA from Howard University. Kyra can be seen performing along side Bette Midler as a Harlette, now airing on HBO. She is the proud daughter of an NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Floyd Little, and one of the first Black Models Joyce Green. Broadway credits; “Baby It’s You”, The original cast of Elton John’s “AIDA”, “Golden Boy” at City Center Encores!, “Dreamgirls Concert”, and “Sweet Charity” opposite Christina Applegate. Other credits include Finian’s Rainbow and an Award winning performances Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Kyra has appeared in over 12 national commercials, Guest Star and Co Starring, and Reoccurring roles on Television and a host on TLC.
Laura Dean starred on Broadway as Mrs. Walker in “The Who’s Tommy” and as Boopsie in “Doonesbury” (Theater World Award Winner, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: “A, My Name Is Still Alice,” “Catch Me It I Fall,” “Godspell,” “Personals,” “American Passion,” “Landscape of the Body.” On TV she played Sophie on NBC’s “Friends,” co-hosted Comedy Central’s “Short Attention Span Theater” with Jon Stewart, and guest starred on “Another World,” “Kate & Allie,” “The Equalizer.” As a child, Ms. Dean sang with the New York City Opera and played Lisa Monroe in the original film “Fame.”
Singer-songwriter Lisa Lynne Mathis debuted her acclaimed album, Hancock Place, opening for Grammy-winner Paula Cole at the Tarrytown Music Hall and in concert with Grammy-winning guitarist Jay Azzolina (Spyro Gyra) and saxophonist Tim Ries (Rolling Stones) at the Irvington Town Hall Theatre. She toured with rocker Liz Phair on the 1998 Lillith Fair Tour, appeared on Showtime Television, and Late Night with David Letterman. She has performed for Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Jesse Jackson at famed Riverside Church NY as well as at the United Nations General Assembly. Lisa Lynne is the Associate Minister of Music at Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains and an adjunct professor at Nyack College, NY.
“BIV is a powerful community of musical integrity and faith that is a profound privilege to be a part of.”
Lucia has been a proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices for over 10 years . Credits Theater: Broadway’s Leap Of Faith, Les Miserables 25, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City. Off-Broadway: Godspell 2000 Revival (Lucia); Mad About the Boy (Featured Ensemble); Sinatra His Way His Life, (Ensemble). Off-Off Broadway: ZEV (Noah), Like You Like It (Jackie West)
Recordings: Godspell (Cast Album, 2000 Off Broadway Revival); Lucia – Original Blues Rock CD. http://luciagiannetta.com
Marcus has last been seen in the Off-Broadway production of “RENT”. On Broadway Credits include Tony award winning show “In the Heights”, Mr. Jefferson in the final Cast of the Broadway company of “RENT,” as well as, the “RENT Filmed Live on Boradway” DVD, and Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He is also a Singer/Songwriter, check out music at MarcusPaulJames.com . If ever there were a reason to sing, it would be for this choir. So honored and proud to spread love and peace alongside these amazing singers.
Credits: Theater: Broadway: Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, The Lion King;
Off-Broadway: Thunder Knocking On the door, Staggerlee;
Regional: Bubbling Brown Sugar, Twist, It’s Better With A Band, Elliot Ness in Cleveland;
Film: Virtuosity, Assunder, In A Blue Mood;
Television: One Life To Live, Star Trek: Voyager, Mad About You, LA Law, Sister Sister;
Concert Tours: Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson;
Recordings: Marva Hicks (Polygram Records);
Commercials: McDonald’s, AT&T, good Seasons, Pampers; and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
What being a member of BIV means to me: It is God who sustains us through all the ups and downs in our business, so it’s great to come together to give him praise with the gifts that we are blessed to make a living with.
Broadway: The Book of Mormon, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia, Tarzan, The Pirate Queen, Hair, and Elf the musical. Off-Broadway: Here’s to the Public!. New York: Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall. National/Int Tours: Fosse (Stanby for Ben Vereen), Mamma Mia (first natl). Special Engagement: Jersey Boys Las Vegas. Regional: Ragtime, Aida, Cinderella, South Pacific. Member of the singing group The Broadway Boys. B.F.A. Webster Conservatory. So much Love to my Family and my BOOs.
What BIV means to me: It’s such an Honor to sing with BIV. It’s one of those rare groups that you can’t just quite put into words. It’s the kind of music that moves me and it’s a blessing to get to share with such incredible artist this Soul Music !! www.michaeljamesscott.com
Michael is thrilled to be a part of this exceptional singing family. He has previously performed in numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, and National Tour productions.
Michelle Dawson: BROADWAY: Mamma Mia! (Donna & Rosie u/s) , Ragtime ( Evelyn Nesbit), Showboat, Cyrano, The Musical. NATIONAL TOURS: Mamma Mia! (Donna & Tanya), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) , The Secret Garden, The Music of ALW. Chicago: Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit) REGIONAL includes: Lucy -Jekyll & Hyde, Rizzo – Grease, Petra – A little Night Music ( Pittsburgh CLO), Eva – Evita (Pioneer) Nancy – Oliver (WBT), Laura – Swing (TUTS). TELEVISION: Law & Order (CI), All My Children. BFA from Carnegie- Mellon University.
What BIV means to me: Is an incredible opportunity to believe in courage, hope, and willingness through music.
National tours: RENT, Miss Saigon. NY Theater: Fanny (Encores! City Center), Babes In Toyland (Lincoln Center), The Princess & the Black Eyed Pea (NY Theater Workshop), Wonderland (Reading), Tears From Heaven (Reading), RENT (John W. Engeman), Kisses, BiteS & Scratches (La Mama), Dubya & the Gang of 7 (Theater for the New City), Radio City. Regional: The 60′s Project (Goodspeed), Hair (Arizona Theater Company), Twice Charmed (Disney- OCR), Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar (Northshore), Joseph… Dream coat (Northshore & Hangar). Concerts: Joe’s Pub, PBS, BB King’s, Julliard. Ithaca College graduate.
Dreamgirls, UNFORGETTABLE, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Hey! Mr. Producer, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Grammy Nominated recordings, Producer, Director… I am Truly Blessed!
Psalm 34:1 …I WILL BLESS THE LORD AT ALL TIMES: HIS PRAISE SHALL CONTINUALLY BE IN MY MOUTH.
BIV has blessed me to live one step closer to that goal.
Tony Award Nominee, Drama Desk Award Winner, Outer Critics Award Winner, for Memphis on Broadway. Color Purple Broadway debut. TV + Film: The Following, Hostages, The Good Wife, Smash, White Collar, Golden Boy, Law & Order, Jack Ryan.
Broadway: Tony & Grammy nominated The Wild Party. Off-Broadway: Wig Out!. Off-Off-Broadway: Three Lost Chords. Film: Zoolander, Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, 818, Trophy Kids. TV: King’s “The Comeback” (HBO, recurring), “Absolutely Fabulous,” “It’s All Relative,” “Quintuplets,” “Scrubs,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Cabaret Artists, 2005 Grammy winner “best classical album” Songs of Innocence and of Experience.
A native of Texas is blessed to be making his Broadway Debut in the revival of “The Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess.” Regional: A Christmas Carol, Henry IV, Its a Bird, Its a Plane…Its Superman, Death Of A Salesman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Who’s Tommy (Rabin Award), Dallas Theater Center; Lost In The Stars, A Dog’s Life, Theatre Three; Porgy And Bess (Austin Critics Circle Award), Zach Theatre, Austin; Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Brief History of White Music, WaterTower Theatre: The Life, Aida, The Normal Heart, Tick, tick…BOOM, Uptown Players;Crowns, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jubilee Theatre. Television/Film: The Good Guys, Chase, Friday Night Lights. Attended Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York) and a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company, Dallas Theater Center.
Off-B’Way: Jackie in The Wild Party (MTC-workshop), Naked Boys Singing, and Ramos/Tucker in Dancing in the Dark(The Lamb’s-workshop). Tours: Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (Luis), Five Guys Named Moe (NoMoe), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre), and European tours of My One and Only (Mr. Magix u/s) and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. Regional credits include: Avenue X (Winston) Merrimack Rep., Swingin’ on a Star at Arizona Theatre Co., Porgy and Bess at Pittsburgh CLO, and Five Guys Named Moe (No Moe) Alabama Shakespeare and Geva Theatre. Recordings: Dreamgirls: The 20th Anniversary Concert and will record with the Broadway Inspirational Voices this spring.
Credits: Theater: Broadway: Smile, Once On This Island, High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club;
Off-Broadway: Little Shop Of Horrors, A Body Of Water, North star, Vivors, The Wiz; Tour: Cats, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Two Island Production, Stepping Into Tomorrow;
Television/ Film: Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Tap and Cotton Club
Thanks be to God for Erin, Tyler, Emma, Jon and BIV.
Broadway: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Amour, The Wild Party, Sideshow, Chicago, The Who’s Tommy, Miss Saigon; Film: Sex and The City 2.
BIO: Hallelujah! Patricia Phillips is the first woman of African American descent to portray Carlotta in the longest running show on Broadway, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The Secret Garden (OBC), The Sound of Music (OBC), La Bohème (OBC), Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall, Lost in The Stars at Encores. Patricia teaches voice at NYU in the Broadway New School in The Tisch School of the Arts. Blessings, thanks and everlasting joy to my friend and mentor Michael McElroy.
Patti is delighted to be a BIV member. Her diverse experience includes: The National Tour of ShowBoat (Hal Prince), Off-Broadway (Taking a Chance on Love, York Theater), European Tours Gosephine, Ain’t Misbehavin’) and The Kennedy Center (Irving Berlin Songbook) among other regional theaters. She is also a featured vocalist with Bob Egan and several jazz bands in the Tri-State area. She holds a BFA from Webster University, St. Louis, MO and considers herself a New Yorker who resides in Cf. “Just keep all of your plates spinning” –McKinley Winston
“What BIV means to me”: After being inspired from several BIV concerts, Jam grateful to share my singing gift from God with this amazing group of vocal and instrumental musicians. I am honored to be a part of bringing inspiration to our communities and beyond as we spread the hope and joy of His many blessings through songs that make you laugh, cry, clap, dance, sing (Yes sing!) and praise!
Paula’s theatre credits include Carousel at Lincoln Center, Violet at Playwrights Horizon’s and Caroline or Change at The Ahmanson in LA. More recently Paula’s work has been in TV and Film. Little Miss Sunshine, Things We Lost in the Fire, Grey’s Anatomy, Women’s Murder Club, Parenthood, NCIS, and more sitcoms than she can count. It is a pleasure to be returning to the venue that is home.
’After being away from theatre for so long BIV means an opportunity to come back to a music and a community that is in my heart.’
A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Howard University. Ms. Rashad recently made her directorial debut at the helm of The Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. Broadway credits include August Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gem of the Ocean, Raisin in the Sun,(2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play/Drama Desk Award), Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz and Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death. Known to television audiences for her role as “Claire Huxtable” on The Cosby Show and as “Ruth Lucas” on the CBS sitcom, Cosby, she received the NAACP Image Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for both of these roles. Television film credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, (2008 Emmy nomination, 2009 NAACP Image Award) Ms. Rashad supports the work of the PRASAD Project, an international charitable organization. Ms. Rashad has received honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Providence College in Rhode Island, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Clark University, and Barber-Scotia College and is a recipient of the Harvard University Foundation Award.
Select credits– Broadway: Good People, Rent, Color Purple, Lion King. Public: As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Two Gents. TV/Film: Every Secret Thing, The Following, The Good Wife, OLTL. Love to Alexis and Benjamin. All thanks to God.
Broadway: The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Steel Pier, Tommy Tune To nite, Oh, Kayl, Dreamgirls,: Regional: Race, Ragtime. Ain ‘t Misbehavin’, Plaid Tidings. From My Hometown; TV: Cupid, All My Children, Curb Your Enthusiasm Broadway Inspirational Voices member since 1997.
The Scottsboro Boys (Broadway), Avenue Q (1st National Tour), The Lion King (Toronto), RENT (Broadway, 1st National Tour), Violet, I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change and An American Daughter. I am so honored to a part of BIV! Thank you Michael for your constant inspiration, devotion and love.
Last seen at the Metropolitan Room Broadway on 22nd Street, she has also appeared as Paradise in Brooklyn The Musical on Broadway, Sister Chantelle in Bare: A Pop Opera of Broadway, Mavis White Eagle in Idaho!, Catch Me If You Can workshops and pre-Broadway out of town at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA and BJ Crosby in Smokey Joe’s Café National Tour. Romeldateron FB page.
Schele is the associate director for Motown the Musical. She also an adjunct professor at The New Studio on Broadway at NYU. She is the co-founder and executive producer of 4good Productions. She recently directed Permanant Collection – Human Race Theatre OH, and readings of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, An Affair After Midnight and Pleasantville the Musical. Schele produced and directed Defying Inequality a Celebrity Benefit for Marriage Equality staring Jane Fonda, Cyndi Lauper, Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce and Allison Janney. She is the recipient of two proclamations one from the city of New York for her work on Defying Inequality, the other from the City of Dayton for her Direction of His Eye is on the Sparrow- the Ethel Waters story. Other recent credits include Broadway Inspirational Voices Christmas Concert at the Bushnell Theatre in Connecticut. The Billboard Project in Las Vegas, NV; Miracle in Rwanda 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Ben Vereen Concert Tour Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C, From Broadway to Bourbon Street - Gershwin Theatre, NY starring Liza Minelli and Ben Vareen. Schele has directed Hairspray! - Weston Playhouse, Aida -Ogunquit Theatre MA, Piece- Palo Alto, Xposed- Hudson Theater NY, Piece at NYMTF and NAMT! As an actress Schele was on Broadway in Aida – Nehebka (original cast), Rent – Season of Love soloist, Joanne and was the Production Dance Supervisor for Broadway, U.S. National Tours, Toronto, London, Germany, and Australian companies.
Shayna Steele (soprano)- A #1 Billboard Dance vocalist (Moby’s “Disco Lies”), she’s been called “deliciously cooz-a-licious” by the press for her unstoppable vocal range and ability. In addition to her Broadway credits (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray), she’s also shared the stage with Bette Midler, John Legend and Lizz Wright and her solo project has been featured at venues including the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Canal Room, B.B. King’s, Yoshi’s San Francisco and the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.
“BIV is my church, my family, my congregation. It is a house of worship deep inside my heart and I am forever grateful and honored to praise Him with such a fine group of singers, musicians and visitors to OUR church!”
Insisting on her own diversity, Sheri has done everything from channel the late Kitty Genovese in The Screams of Kitty Genovese (NYMF) to playing Little Becky in the National Tour of Urinetown, to creating the Pilot Episode of MY TIME on the Oprah Winfrey Network, to being the first person in the history of Musical Theatre to teach performers how to successfully audition for Rock Musicals, with Hal Leonard as the publisher of her very successful book, Rock The Audition.
Broadway: The Lion King
Regional: Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar
STEVEN R. PLATER
Steven R. Plater was born and raised in Sunderland, MD. Upon obtaining a Master’s degree in Music Education from Hampton University, Steven moved to NYC to pursue his dreams of a career in musical theatre. Steven has been privileged to travel the world as a performer for the Royal Caribbean, International and has performed in regional productions of Aida, Fiorello, The Wiz, Grease, and West Side Story to name a few.
Tanesha Gary-Stickney is a multi-faceted performer who has worked on the big screen, small screen and in the recording industry. She has been a proud member of BIV for 13 years and feels grateful that through this ministry of music, we can bless others and change hearts! On Broadway she appeared in Caroline or Change. Off-Broadway and Regional favorites include The Piano Lesson, Clybourne Park, Hereafter, Caroline or Change and Intimate Apparel.Tanesha recently starred in the short film The Cycle.
Tasha Michelle comes by way of Pittsburgh, Pa. she has been seen regionally and internationally in productions such as Being Alive, Little Shop of Horror, Into The Woods, Black Nativity, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Crawford Grille Presents Billie Holliday, Standing on Holy Ground: The Mahalia Jackson Story and The Wiz to name a few. She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with vocalist, Richard Smallwood, Tye Tribett, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Sir. Elton John, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
BIV to me, is the family everyone wishes to find when they move away from home. No matter how big or small your name may be, we are all here for each other because that’s how God taught us to be!
Broadway credits: Three Penny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, Honky Tonk Nights, Eubie, and the first London production of Showboat. Regional credits: Up From Paradise, Crowns, Mahalia, Of Thee I Sing, Thunder Knocking On The Door, The Women of Brewster Place, Cinderella, Smokey Joes Café , for colored girls, Sophisticated Ladies, Man Of LaMancha, Off Broadway: Almost Heaven, And The World Goes Round, Taking a Chance On Love.
Credits: Theater: Off-Broadway; Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay (Terri O’Neill), Little Girl Blue (Janice Joplin), The Hasty Heart (Sister Margaret)
Regional: Moon over Buffalo (Charlotte), Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), The Miracle Worker, The Immigrant, Radio Gals, Voice of the Prarie, Children of Eden, Grease, Cotton Patch Gospel.
I’ve been lucky enough to sing with this choir since 1995. Through the music and the spirit of this choir, I’ve found inspiration and hope at a time when I didn’t think I had any of either left. There are times when we all need some healing. This music and the experience does just that for me. Michael takes his talent and ours and points them toward where they belong, to Heaven and to an audience. Together, surrounded by this joyful wall of magnificent sound and led by Michael, we all experience that Holy Spirit in a more powerful, meaningful and life altering way. I’m so proud to sing with these folks. In those moments when all our voices are lifted together, it feels like we really can change the world. God Bless.
Broadway: RENT, The Lion King, Riverdance. National Tours: Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Off-Broadway: Fugitive Songs. Regional: And the World Goes Round, Once on this Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Avenue X, Dreamgirls, Raisin. BIV member since 1998.
Travis Morin is originally from Lewiston, Maine and earned his BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. Credits include Altar Boyz (Luke), Rocky Horror (Rocky), The Who’s Tommy (Captain Walker). Recordings: Pump Up The Volume, A New Rock Musical. Travis is a member of The Broadway boys and is the lead singer of the band Takeover Tomorrow. www.Travis-Morin.com.
”What BIV means to me is a constant venue to come together and be grateful for everything I am blessed with, this BIV family being one of the biggest.”
VANESSA A. JONES
Vanessa is so honored & blessed to be back with BIV!! Broadway credits: original cast member of The Lion King, Caroline, or Change. TV: SMASH, HOC, Unforgettable, Gossip Girl.. Love you David!
is excited to be a part of the company of BRAVO Broadway Rocks. She is currently performing as Church Lady Darlene in “Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple.” She created the role five years ago and is glad to be sharing this character with the country. Her Broadway shows include Smokey Joes Café, All Shook Up, and The Color Purple: National Tours: The Who’s Tommy, Once on this Island, The Wiz and Smokey Joes Café. She was also Effie in Dreamgirls, Areatha/Tina in Beehive, And the World Goes ‘Round, Once Upon A Mattress, Ain’t Misbehavin, Avenue X, The Wiz and Abyssinia. Virginia has had the privilege of performing with surch recording artist as Michael Jackson (R.I.P.) Whitney Houston, Destinys Child, Petula Clark, Gladys Knight., Michael Bolton, Glroia Gaynor to name a few. She’s is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, has a dance single “Survive, and was a part of the Broadway Divas with Conductor Maestro Jack Everly. Her film credits include Harlem Grace, Legally Blonde II, Preachin’ to the Choir and Jump the Broom.
BIV means to me family, friends, love and light. Being part of the choir has been the greatest inspiration for me while being a performer in the arts. I can’t thank Michael enough for following his dream and making me a part of it. BLESS!
Wade Elkins performs as a Blue Man with Blue Man Group. Regional credits include Gay Bride of Frankenstein (Jay/Hairy), Forever Plaid (Francis), Altar Boyz (Abraham). Film/TV: Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship, “Singularity.”
Credits: Theater: Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, (Negro Woman); Off Broadway: Menopause the Musical, A Good Swift Kick; Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’,(Nell), Hello Dolly, (Dolly Levy), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, (Jewel), Sisterella, (Magnolia Kensington) Film: Romance and Cigarettes, The Path; Recordings: “A Few of My Favorite Things” (Coming in 2010!),
Infinite Joy: The Music of William Finn.
BIV came into my life and presented Gospel to me on another level musically. But more importantly, it gave me community, grounding and the joy of giving praise!!
Broadway: The Color Purple. National Tours: The Color Purple 1st National Tour. Off- Broadway: Black Nativity, God’s Creation, Sing About Love Recordings: Many Faces, A Live Recording of Praise and Worship, Yolanda graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and continued her studies at Manhattan School of Music. She has worked with renowned artists such as Freddie Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Angie Stone, and Patti Austin.
Zonya Love is extremely blessed to be a part of Broadway Inspirational Voices. The joy felt when participating in outreach, concerts, and even rehearsal, cannot be put into words. Thank you Michael and BIV Family…
Piano: Joseph Joubert
Bass: George Farmer
Guitar: Kevin Kuhn
Hammond/Keyboard: Jason Michael Webb