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Schaumburg Idol 2018 Contestants

Eight contestants are competing for the honor of becoming the next Schaumburg Idol. Read more about the contestants below.

Columbus Montgomery

Training/Background:
I have been singing since I was ten years old. More recently, I am a lead singer in my gospel choir.

Interesting Information:
I have won Bartlett Idol (2006) and Carol Stream Idol three times.

Favorite Style of Music:
I like eclectic music.

Future Goals:
I want to inspire people with my singing and music.

Why the public should vote for me:
I have a passion for music and singing, and I would love to inspire people with that passion.

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Jaylen Aquino

Training/Background:
I have taken three years of vocal lessons under Adrianne Blanks. I have performed in seven Schaumburg Park District musicals and two musicals at Schaumburg High School.

Interesting Information:
I love to sing. I grew up listening to Latin music, and I have been hooked ever since! I love being on stage both to perform and to make friends.

Favorite Style of Music:
I love soulful music, from the old (Etta James, Stevie Wonder, etc.) to the new (Lauryn Hill, Adele, etc.). My favorite artist is Michael Jackson.

Future Goals:
I hope to perform on stage every day of my adult life, but if that doesn’t happen, I would like to become an English teacher.

Why the public should vote for me:
I have worked so hard to perfect my craft, and I have a lot of fun while doing it!

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Kyra Howard

Training/Background:
I have taken voice lessons for two years. I have also been part of my school and church choir for five years.

Interesting Information:|
I have been singing, dancing, and acting since I was four years old. I’ve been the lead in my Junior High School productions both years. I’ve also been involved with band and choir for five years.

Favorite Style of Music:
I love musical theater, Christian pop, pop-punk, alternative rock, and country.

Future Goals:
I want to continue my career in music and use it to reach out to others who feel alone or just aren’t feeling as good about their lives as they should.

Why the public should vote for me:
I believe I have potential and can share a message through my voice and songs.

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Mark Berg

Training/Background:
I have been taking voice lessons for more than half my life.  I have also done various theatre productions, the most interesting role being Peter in Peter Pan in 2016, and occasionally perform at open mic nights held in Bartlett.

Interesting Information:
I taught myself how to play the ukulele and like to write songs using either my instruments or music making programs like GarageBand.  I also love being covered in color almost all the time.  I constantly dress brightly and by now have had about six different hair colors in the span of one year.

Favorite Style of Music:
Pop music is definitely my favorite.  Although current pop music is pretty good, the pop music from a few years ago is (in my opinion) absolutely the best.

Future Goals:
In the future, I would absolutely love to be somewhere in the music industry, whether that’s being a singer or being a music producer, it all is very interesting and just sounds very fun to me.

Why the public should vote for me:
I think the public should vote for me because I always strive to be unique and unlike any other artist out there from how I sound to how I look.  I’m very passionate about my music and would love to continue pursuing it in this competition.


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Melanie Vlahov

Training/Background:
I have been singing since I’ve been able to speak.

Interesting Information:
I am a three sport, honor-roll student athlete whose biggest passions are art and music.

Favorite Style of Music:
I like alternative music; anything that is aesthetically pleasing.

Future Goals:
I hope to start a band and go on tour. I want to inspire people and show them that everything turns out OK.

Why the public should vote for me:
I want to be the next Schaumburg Idol.

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Nicole Kamarat

Training/Background:
I have performed in musical theatre across a number of Chicago suburbs. I also have trained vocally since 2013.

Interesting Information:
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I also play piano, ukulele, guitar, and bass guitar. Finally, I love Broadway and performing in musicals.

Favorite Style of Music:
I like classic rock and contemporary Broadway music.

Future Goals:
I want to be successful in whatever I do, and, though I’m not sure what I want to be, I do know that I want it to involve music.

Why the public should vote for me:
I love to entertain, and I hope they would want to see me perform again!

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Samantha Knapp

Training/Background:
I have participated in one season with the Schaumburg Children’s Choir and Bravo Show Choir. I have also done three years with Outloud worship team at church that included a performance at the United Center. In addition to all of this, I am also involved in school choir and park district theatre.

Interesting Information:
I’ve performed for as long as I can remember, and I started back in dance this year (hoping to do more). After begging my parents for three years, I finally got a dog-and she has three legs!

Favorite Style of Music:
I like musical theater because it tells a story and has a lot of emotion.

Future Goals:
I hope to be on Broadway one day. My dream role is Elphaba in Wicked.

Why the public should vote for me:
I’ve loved performing in Schaumburg for many years, and it would be great if Idol was my next big step.

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Yash Rmanujam

Training/Background:
I’ve taken two years of voice lessons, participated in show choir, performed in musical theatre, sang in a men’s a cappella group, and practiced five years of Indian Classical singing.

Interesting Information:
I am heavily involved in my high school’s theatre program and choir, but, before high school, I sang Indian classical music for about four years.

Favorite Style of Music:
I listen to most styles, but my favorite style is musical theater.

Future Goals:
I am going to become a dentist, but I want to follow my passion and pursue a singing career. I also want to teach music to others.

Why the public should vote for me:
You should vote for me because my passion is singing, and I love to reach people through music.

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