The jury of KWC 2016!
NORIYUKI TAKEHANA (JAP)
Mr. Noriyuki Takehana is the General Manager of Advertising and one of the board members of Daiichikosho, the largest karaoke company in Japan. He is also a board member of famous Japanese music label NIPPON CROWN as well as Tokuma Japan Communications which is a subsidiary of Daiichikosho.
STEPHANIE STANDERWICK (CAN)
Stephanie Standerwick is a rock singer and songwriter with her debut album poised for release. Dubbed “The Next Joan Jett” by legendary performer Natalie Cole, Stephanie is an international performer who has played hundreds of shows, including the BC Lions halftime show for the opening of the newly renovated BC Place Stadium. She has performed for the Prime Minister, shared the stage with Norm Fisher (Bass, Bryan Adams), Robbie Buchanan (Elton John, Christina Aguilera), and opened the New Years’ Loverboy concert for her mentor, Mike Reno. Stephanie is a classically trained singer, ballerina and molecular biology researcher. She is also an accomplished vocal teacher in the Vancouver area. You can hear more about Stephanie Standerwick at www.StephanieStanderwick.com, or by checking out “Stephanie Standerwick Music” on Facebook.
TREVOR HOFFMAN (CAN)
Trevor Hoffman is an award-winning pianist, composer, and producer who excels at working with live orchestra as both a writer and orchestrator. He has worked extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (where he is currently composer in residence), specializing in creating syntheses across classical and contemporary genres. Trevor is a prolific song producer and is also a founding member of Smash Music Productions, an Emmy nominated team whose song albums for TV have reached number 1 worldwide on the iTunes and billboard charts. He also spends many months of the year on tour as a musical director for a number of acts including the Canadian crossover group Vivace and David Foster’s artist Cody Karey.
INGRID DE YCAZA (PAN)
Ingrid De Ycaza is a singer, composer, voice over aritst and actress with a career that spans over 20 years. She was raised in Montreal, Canada giving her the benefit of singing in French, Spanish and English. Ingrid has opened major international shows for Elton John, Laura Pausini, Jessy & Joy amongst others. She currently stars as the host of Lip Sync Battle Panama. Ingrid is well known for her beauty, character, stamina, and strong voice. She dreams of one day singing with her idol Celine Dion which inspired her career as a successful singer.
MICHAEL ROSENBERG (USA)
Michael Rosenberg has had a long and illustrious career in the entertainment business. He been a road band member for Grammy award winner and R & B legend Al Green, background vocalist for one of the biggest bands in music Earth Wind and Fire, keyboardist for Issac Hayes for the motion picture SHAFT, supporting vocal roles for the Broadway musical Purlie, supporting role in the opera Boris Gudenof and a supporting vocal role in an off broadway production of South Pacific. Michael graduated from Cumberland University with an BS in Music Education/Voice, BS and MSW from Metropolitan State University in Social Work, graduate of the Minneapolis Police Academy & Minneapolis Community Police Citizens Academy and is a retired US Army Officer. He is currently a KJ with Curry FX productions and is working with Minnesota’s own R&B grammy award winning group Mint Condition.
JESUS “CHUX” OLIVEIRA (VEN) – CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY
Chux Oliveira is an American songwriter, record producer, music publisher and tour Manager of many Latin artist in Spain. He is also a piano teacher born in VENEZUELA and was a musical and artistic advisor in international singing competitions. Chux earned his PA Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University College of Music and Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business from Berklee College of Music.