Written by Phil Cerroni
By Alice Canham
The theater at Jack Singley Academy in Irving will soon resound with the talents of the DFW All-Stars, a Branson-style troupe of vocalists and musicians. The first presentation of their 2013 season was a Valentine event on Feb.9.
The entrepreneur behind the DFW All-Stars is Kerry Brown, himself a past Nashville studio musician and songwriter who now teaches business courses in CFBISD.
“Everybody here is local,” said Brown. “All of them are very talented professionals, and seven actually work in local churches as praise leaders. It’s a family-friendly, values-oriented organization.”
Their names may not be familiar, but you’ll recognize some of the voices. Sean Mitchell is the vocalist who sings the DQ jingle, ‘That’s what I like about Texas,’ while Erika Stevens sang ‘God Bless America’ at one of the World Series games in Arlington last season. Lani Stacy sings with the Grapevine Opry, comedian/MC Zac Wilson was cast as Goofy at Walt Disney World, and Alecia Echols appears with Granbury Live. Her husband Mike plays a mean fiddle when he’s not leading the music at First Baptist – Seagoville.
Brown promises an opportunity for a local talent to join the troupe later this season.
“We feature a Rising Star in every concert,” Brown said. “We’ll actually hold auditions in Irving this March to select someone, usually a young person, to come out and sing a couple of songs. They’ll be folks you haven’t seen before, maybe without a lot of professional experience but really good vocalists.”
The Valentine show featured a 14-year old girl from Mansfield as the designated Rising Star.
The decision to locate in Irving for the 2013 season came easily, according to Brown.
“We’re excited to come to Irving,” said Brown. “We were looking for a location in the mid-cities and put our feelers out. Four cities responded. The City government and staff at Irving was far above anything else, and we really wanted to work with them. The facility at Singley is the perfect size for us, with a perfect layout, free parking, and no steps to climb up.
“We’re happy with our decision to move to Irving.”
Learn more at www.thedfwallstars.com