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Gayatri Nair

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Gayatri is a 12 year old young lady born in Madras, India, and raised in London, United Kingdom, from age 2.  There was always something about music which attracted young Gayatri, so she naturally began to gravitate towards music at the early age of 5 or 6 years old.  At age 7 onwards Gayatri started singing on her own, and formally began getting lessons starting at age 8 ½ years with her main focus concentrating on training in Classical Piano and Singing.  Gayatri does also enjoy singing Pop and R&B as an interest on the side without any lessons in that genre.

Playing piano has become a part of Gayatri’s everyday life and she’s been studying piano ever since 2009, with 2 hours of lessons every week and more than 5 hours of practice every day.  This gifted young lady has taken it upon herself to set a personal goal of reaching 10,000 hours of study prior to turning age 15.  Gayatri is currently rated above advanced level but understands she still has a long ways to go in order to be considered a great pianist.

Interestingly enough, Gayatri is also a martial artist holding a black belt in Taekwondo.  On top of that, she’s also been involved as a well advanced Street Dancer and Gymnast, having performed on many stages; including the UK’s biggest dance movement named “MoveIT” and “Keep It Moving” dance competitions, but has since abandoned those interest in order to focus entirely on her music.

 Gayatri has had the opportunity to regularly appear on television at ages 9 and 10 on BBC One, Channel 4 and Nickelodeon TV.  She has also been on Channel 4, 5 O’clock show and in a Disney Fashion Show in association with Gary Lloyd Studio.  In addition, her first opportunity to perform in a big venue came in May of 2010 when Gayatri sang covers of “Halo” by Beyonce and “Hope” by Idina Menzel at St. Georges Cathedral, London.

Gayatri Nair at stars2come Gayatri’s most favorite performance came when she was just 9 years of age when she delivered an acoustic cover of “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga.  She learned the piano accompaniment by ear and sang in front of an audience of more than 1,200 people who cheered her the entire way through and showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.  It was exactly at this moment when Gaytari decided to make music her life with no “Plan B.” Singing, to Gaytari, is one of the easiest mediums to relate to people and tap into their emotions.  According to Gaytari, “No other musical instrument has the ability to get close to an audience in such a short span of time.”  There are many artists that hold great meaning to Gaytari, including Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang as their lives inspire her tremendously.  This young lady has also taken it upon herself to do charity concerts and recitals in order to raise funds for Kings College Foundation Trust (National Health Service, UK) as well as for other various great causes like a recent concert and fund raising program for Alzheimer’s Society, UK.

Most recently, in 2012, Gayatri was awarded admission to the internationally famous Purcell School for Young Musicians in Hertfordshire, the oldest music school in the United Kingdom where every student is prodigiously talented.  Gayatri is eligible for means tested scholarship funded by Music and Dance Scholarship program from the Department of Education, UK, for 7 years, as long as she passes the Year 9 and Year 11 Reaudition Schemes.  The school teaches regular academic subjects as well, and has a lot of music lessons and three hours of individual instrumental lessons.  In addition, in classical music, Gayatri has been recognized by the Associated Board Royal Academy of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 certification, but her current repertoire is above that standard. 

Gayatri’s top goal at this stage is to become an accomplished pianist and based on that foundation she plans to build her career as a musician and singer.  Some exciting things coming up include a lunch time concert series in churches around London, and there’s also a digital EP release of various covers to be released before the end of this year and a self written song by Gayatri.

Please visit Gayatri regularly at, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, Website, and Goggle+.

 

Christopher McGinnis

 

Christopher McGinnis at stars2come   Christopher McGinnis is one young man you should keep your eye on. There has been, and still are many great pianist, but now we have  Christopher. He is a true virtuoso. His skills with piano is unbelievable, he can play jazz, Latin, pop, you name it he can do it, and he will put his own spin to it, making it more delightful than it was originally. At just thirteen years old he is a piano genius.

 Just like many people who plays any instrument they started at an early age. Christopher began his mastery of piano at an early age as well. At age  five he started with formal training, with lessons lasting about fifteen minutes a day given by his dad. His dad being a great musician himself, it was only natural for him to be his first teacher, but he still learns much from him still today. Outside of his dad, he has had the opportunity to study with many great musicians. He first studied under Eri Yamamotto, then privately at the Julliard School in NYC under David Tong, and currently he is studying with the ELDAR and  Zacaii Curtis.

He has taken his talent to another level since then. At age nine he began to sing while playing the piano. While he can play many styles of music, his choice when it comes to singing, is pop. He has taken vocal lessons from Moogy Klingman (from the band UTOPIA).

 

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 Christopher made his debut performance at just ten years old at the historic Paramount Theatre. Since his beginning at the Paramount Theatre, he now performs at least 28 times per year all over NY, including Madison Square Garden. Here at Madison Square Garden in front of 25,000 people is where he  made his all time favorite performances, he has had the honor to perform there three times in 2010. He said, “It was awesome to hear all those people clapping at the end”. Playing here was an awesome experience for him and just waiting in the wings for them to call his name was very cool. Once they called his name and he walked out to center stage and everyone clapping was truly amazing.   Also this past year he had a lot of fun performing for Ashford and Simpson.

 His musical talent has grown very well since his beginning, and so has his writing skills. He wrote his first song at age six. It was a great kids song about a eating a hot dog with mustard. Christopher now has many songs that he has written, and because he likes to sing, many of those have been pop. He has recored three of his originals so far. The first song he recored is called “Time Waits For No One”, which is a high energy pop song, then came “Dreams Are Made Of”. The last that he record is a ballad called “The War Song, An American Hero”.  This song is very heart felt and meaningful song, written for the all the soldiers and special people who are fighting for our freedom. He says, “that it is important to remember all the men and women who are in jobs that help people just because they care, and not because they have to. They don`t do their jobs for money , because they love to help people”. This goes to show what kind of person Christopher is, he cares about people, not just himself.

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 While he loves music, he is also  loves acting. It seems there is no end to this talented young man can do. He was in a national commercial, playing Young Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford on the Papa Johns commercials for the advertisements, for the movie Crystal Skull. He was also a featured actor on Law and Order Criminal Intent. His scenes on the show was with Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Nicolson. He will be coming up on the season opener of The Electric Company on Monday February 7th at 5pm on PBS. He has appeared in many independent films as well and has done some voioceover work.

 Christopher has done many wonderful things with music and film, but more important he is still just a regular kid. He loves all kinds of sports, and has been playing for school and town sports leagues since he was five years old. They have a house on the river and he is always going out on the jet ski, or tubing, and swimming, just anything in the water. While he may be just a normal kid, he still loves the piano, and one unique thing about him is that he was the youngest featured Jazz Pianist to play at the Jazz Standard in NYC once a month for the past two years. He played with the Jazz Youth Orchestra.

 Christopher has a lot of fun at everything he does, and this plays a big part in his success. To be successful in anything it takes dicapline and a lot of hard work. Christopher is a great example of what someone can accomplish, and he is on his way to becomming one the greatest piano players ever. The best advise that his mom and dad has given him, works for anyone, and that is, “What ever you do in life, do it to the best of your ability.