After Haley graduated from Wheeling High School in 2009, she went to the Chicago audition for season nine of American Idol, a series she had been watching since season one, when she was 11 years old. She didn’t make the cut, but when season 10 auditions were held in Milwaukee, Haley, now a student at Harper College in Palatine, IL, made a last-minute decision to try out a second time. Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez sent her through to Hollywood week, where she impressed the judges to qualify for the top 24. From there Haley survived elimination every week, ultimately receiving millions of votes from fans, landing her in the season’s top three.
After the sensational season finale, where she sang a duet with legend Tony Bennett, Haley spent the summer on the road as part of the “American Idols Live!” tour, playing to arena-sized crowds all over the United States as well as Toronto and the Philippines. An EP of songs she performed onAmerican Idol debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart. Haley then made news during the summer by signing to Interscope Records. Her album, Listen Up, debuts four days after GIRLS WHO ROCK!
Sarah Gregory is a Brooklyn based vocalist/writer who’s had the distinct honor to collaborate on many amazing records with artists such as Kelley McRae, Andrew Rose Gregory, Pony of Good Tidings, The Welcome Wagon and Sufjan Steven. She can be heard more prominently in The Gregory Brothers’ web series Auto-tune the News and Songify This.
For years now, Sarah Gregory, a Texas native now based in Brooklyn, has been leaving audiences slack-jawed and smiling because of her powerful and unaffected voice and refreshingly sincere songs. Equally steeped in soul, folk, and gospel music, Sarah brings her own distinctive style to the table with every performance. In addition to her work with her Motown-inspired band, The Stanleys, Sarah has been making a name for herself through her performance with Asthmatic Kitty’s The Welcome Wagon, BiFrost Arts’ compilation albums, and most recognizably The Gregory Brothers’ viral video sensation Auto-Tune the News and Songify This.
The Jane Doze is a mash-up/remix/DJ duo based in New York City. The group members, Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel, met in early 2010 and began collaborating shortly thereafter. By day, The Doze work at a major record label and at an artist management company, respectively. In just a few months, they have established themselves as tastemakers in the digital world, receiving endorsements from a variety of artists and blogs. The pair’s fan base and digital footprint continue to grow exponentially, and they look forward to making their mark in the live music scene.
As a graduate of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and the first undergraduate in history to be accepted into both the Classical and Jazz divisions of The Juilliard School, Michael Thurber is one of the most diverse and virtuostic musicians of his generation. As a bassist, he has been featured on PBS’s “From The Top: Live From Carnegie Hall” and has performed twice on National Public Radio with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck. As a composer, Thurber has written music for The New Hampshire Music Festival Big Band, The Juilliard Big Band, The Toledo Symphony and numerous television and web-based advertisements. Currently, Michael is the music director and co-founder of Nextlab’s new YouTube channel CDZA. He is also a member of the global entrepreneur network, Sandbox.
Started in 2008, PSRS Brooklyn has quickly become an integral part of the New York City music and educational communities.
In addition to learning and performing cover songs, the program emphasizes the craft of original songwriting, helping students work as a band to express themselves musically and lyrically. PSRS has recently teamed up GIRLS WHO ROCK to produce their first-ever song dedicated to MUSIC and EDUCATION. (Thanks to Bunker Studios, an incredible 3,000 sq ft recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which offers students the opportunity to learn about the recording process and record their original songs from the semester.)
Our 2011 Alumna:
JoJo, Nikki Jean, Nina Sky, KimberlyNichole, Eddy, DJ Kiss, Heather Knight & Data the Robot
Kat DeLuna, Shontelle, Lenka, Vita Chambers, Cara Salimando, Kelli Pyle, DJ Kalkutta