Meet the 2017 Audition Round Judges
Jacqui Brown is a comedian, life coach, and author who lives in Los Angeles, California, with her music producer and guitarist husband, Paul Brown. Originally from Ontario, Canada, her debut novel, "Dancing with the Devil," has been hailed as one of the most brutally honest books written about addiction and the collateral damage it causes. In this book, she details her heartbreaking journey through her daughter's drug addiction and recovery. Her latest book, "The MoJo Manual," is like a "life bible;" part sage advice, part workbook, and part journal. Jacqui also hosts healing workshops called "Writing Your Truth" several times a year in the Los Angeles area. One of her passions is upcycling dead leaves by inscribing them with words of inspiration and decorating them. She leaves them to serve and motivate people who happen upon them.
John Parker is a worship leader, composer, guest lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. He has also taught private piano, voice, and composition for over 25 years. As a choral music composer, he has over 750 published works released by over 20 publishers in the United States. He has been a Christian worship leader for more than 30 years. He is founder and owner of Parker Publications, Inc. John is co-owner of easychoirmusic.com and creator of XLR8MUSIC and XLR8DRAMA curricula for prechoolers. He is currently on the staff of Austin Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, where he serves as Associate Pastor of Worship & Music. John has a Master of Music & Choral Conducting from Northwestern State University and received his undergraduate degree in music and vocal performance at Louisiana College. He worked on his Doctor of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lindsey Webster considers herself “very, very lucky” to have grown up in Woodstock, NY. With a heavy emphasis on arts and music, her grade school had a progressive music program where Lindsey cultivated a deep love of music by learning the cello. After playing for 10 years, often in first chair, she moved to NYC to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts. As she grew musically, she transitioned from strings to voice where she heard her calling and found herself. In 2009, Lindsey met her partner, Keith Slattery, and started performing professionally. Together, with a band of world-class musicians, they’ve performed over 600 shows in venues including Yoshi's Oakland, The Iridium, North Sea Jazz Club, Pizza Express, Levon Helm Studios, Daryl’s House, Helsinki Hudson, The Falcon, The Bitter End, and the Bearsville Theater. The success of her second album, You Change, led to her having the only vocally driven song to hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for four weeks (beating out Sade’s previous record of three weeks). Lindsey caught the eye of Shanachie Entertainment, whom she signed with to release her third album, Back To Your Heart. This third release shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. She has been compared to Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker.