We are thrilled and proud to share that we have five (5) professionally diverse and talented judges from across the country lined up for Shining Star CLE 2019!

Jim Brickman

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 22 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles.  He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, Gospel Music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, a Canadian Country Music Award, and is a member of Pandora’s “2 Billion Songs” Club. Born in Cleveland, Ohio Brickman is one of pop-music’s most fascinating success stories.  He jumped from a career as a jingle writer of famous tunes for advertising, to reviving the romantic standard of the popular song. His first album release was 1995’s “No Words,” and he’s gone on to sell ten million albums worldwide. Brickman’s captivating Live experiences span 25 years, with eclectic performances from the Troubadour, Grand Ole Opry, and Carnegie Hall to thousands of sold-out concerts throughout the world. His star-studded vocal collaborations have featured artists 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, and Five For Fighting. He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 22nd season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.” “Hope,” “Faith” and “Peace” are truly at the heart of Jim Brickman’s passionate songwriting. “I write music to be shared — to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life’s most memorable moments.” As a true artist that lives and breathes the music he creates, Jim Brickman is thrilled to introduce fans to his most recent songs and perform them live in concert halls across the world.

Rashad V. Chambers

Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment

Rashad V. Chambers 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) and Betrayal (starring Tom Hiddleston). His other notable theatre 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. http://www.esquireentertainment.com

Trisha O'Brien

Contemporary Jazz Singer


Trisha O’Brien, a native Clevelander, is a jazz singer who has performed in Cleveland, as well as New York, Palm Beach, Chicago, Paris and Amsterdam. Locally she sang for years at Nighttown, Club Isabella, the Cleveland Playhouse Club and courtyard concerts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  She performed at the Royal Room at the Colony Hotel and Club Colette in Palm Beach as well as Feinstein’s at the Regency, Joe’s Pub, and Theater For the New City, among others in New York. Her most recent CD “Out of a Dream” is composed of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Trisha continues to promote hope and healing through her music and has performed at numerous charitable events.  Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital honored her by naming the performance area for music therapy and other entertainment for children The Trisha O’Brien Pavilion. Trisha now resides in Palm Beach, Florida and New York City.

Carl Topilow

Artistic Director and Conductor, Cleveland Pops Orchestra

This year Carl Topilow will be celebrating his 24th season as Music Director and Founding Conductor of Cleveland Pops Orchestra. His eclectic programs, including the music of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, rock, and light classics, have been critically acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Topilow enjoys a dual career as both conductor and clarinetist, usually finding an occasion to perform a selection with the Pops on one of his brightly colored clarinets.

Carl is also Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer festival in Breckenridge, Colorado and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, based in Sandusky, OH. He has served as principal pops conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.

Topilow has performed as guest conductor with 122 different orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries. His travels this season take him to orchestras in Allentown, Bakersfield (CA), Charlotte, Fort Worth, and Lake Charles (LA).

Recently named Faculty Emeritus after 37 years as Conductor and Director of the Orchestral Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Topilow continues as principal instructor of the master's program in orchestral conducting.

Topilow's wife Shirley is the President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Their daughter Jenny is a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Their daughter Emily is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she majored in psychology, minored in marketing, and played in the BGSU Symphony Orchestra.
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