We are thrilled and proud to share that we have professionally diverse and talented judges from across the country lined up for Shining Star CLE 2019!
American Songwriter and Pianist
His distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, “Billboard Magazine.” He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Brickman began his music training at the age of five. His first album release was 1995’s “No Words,” and he’s gone on to sell eight million albums worldwide. His star-studded vocal collaborations have crossed genres to feature luminaries like, Martina McBride, Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Jane Krakowski, and a host of country, R&B, Broadway, pop, and jazz musicians. He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 20th season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.”
Rashad V. Chambers
Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment
He is a Tony award nominated producer currently represented on Broadway with Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations (Tony and Drama League Nominations for Best Musical). His other notable producing credits include American Son (Broadway) and It Happened In Key West (London). Rashad’s first feature film, True to the Heart, won four awards at the Long Island International Film Expo and was an official selection at the Big Apple Film Festival. In addition, his short film, Hunger, was an official selection at the Urban World Film Festival and Latino Film Market Festival. Rashad attended Morehouse College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He also earned his JD and MBA degrees from The Ohio State University. A licensed attorney in New York and Connecticut, his professional affiliations include: On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program (Board of Directors), Houses on the Moon Theater Company (Board of Directors), the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Rashad is the Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment. www.esquireentertainment.com
Artistic Director and Conductor, Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Currently in his 24th year as founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Carl Topilow is renowned for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor’s baton or his trademark red clarinet. He is a multi-talented virtuoso who is equally at home in classical and popular music, both as conductor and instrumentalist. Carl’s Pops performances blend classical, swing, jazz, Broadway, Dixieland and Klezmer music, and he usually finds an occasion to include a number that features him as clarinetist. Carl also holds conducting posts at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the National Repertory Orchestra and as Director/Conductor of the Firelands Symphony.