Like most women, Julie de Azevedo Hanks wears many hats, loves eating chocolate, taking long naps, and she tolerates exercise.
She is an award-winning performing songwriter, Julie’s most recent CD “Masterpiece: The Best of Julie de Azevedo” is a collection of her best-loved songs. Her most valuable experience has been “in the trenches” of family life for nearly 24 years as wife and mother of 4 children ranging from kindergartner to college student.
As a licensed therapist Julie has been counseling women, couples, and families for nearly 2 decades. In addition to providing therapy and serving as Executive Director of Utah’s Wasatch Family Therapy, Hanks is a sought after media contributor appearing regularly on KSL TV’s Studio 5, and has appeared on TLC, Discovery Health, and Fox News Channel. Her down-to-earth advice has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Day, Women’s Health, Parenting, and others. Julie first book written for women of faith about the importance preventing emotional burnout through emotional self-care is scheduled to publish in Aug. 2013.
She hosts a weekly radio show “The Julie Hanks Show” on BYU Radio where she talks with callers and offers help with their life challenges.
Grammy Nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished violinists.
She has released eleven albums since 1998. They have sold over a quarter of a million copies and consistently charted on Billboard, including the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. Her album, Wish Upon a Star, earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jenny has also soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch.
Jenny, her husband Matthew, and their four children reside outside of Washington D.C.
Dallyn is a professional actor, singer, and recording artist who has performed in the most memorable locations and in well-known plays.
He has toured with the final cast of The Phantom of the Opera (as a Phantom, Raoul, and André understudy.) As well as touring throughout the United States and Canada playing Enjolras on the Broadway tour of Les Misérables.
Dallyn has also performed in numerous religious productions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Hyrum Smith in the feature-length film Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story.
He has recorded three solo albums, which one of them received two Pearl Awards from the Faith Centered Music Association and a Listener’s Choice Award from the LDS Booksellers Association.
Paul Cardall’s thirteenth studio album New Life debuted as the number one Billboard New Age album and held a position in the top five for more than 30 weeks.
It is said that Cardall’s music literally soothes the heart and nurtures the soul.
Cardall believes his music “has the power to heal and inspire others.” Such ideas are ironically appropriate since the pianist was born with essentially half a functioning heart. That life-threatening congenital defect as well as a series of difficult surgeries and heart-relted illnesses have shaped Cardall’s musical style and inspired his dozens of popular melodic compositions and arrangements.
Justin Cash’s unstoppable personality and amazing attitude about life have been a huge influence for him and his music. Justin personally calls his style of music “feel-good music.”
With his opportunity to live around the United States and spend two years in Spain have given his blue-rock music a variety of different flavors. Justin Cash’s music brings you to a feel good place where music is grooves and melody is king.
“Among the top ten recording artists that shaped our year.” – Conversations Magazine
“Justin is a triple threat: great songwriter, guitarist, and singer. And one of the most positive people on the planet.” – Peter Breinholt, neo-folk luminary
Tyler Castleton has written songs for more than a hundred recordings of an impressive lists of artists. In addition to his songwriting success, he is well-known in the industry as an accomplished music producer and arranger. All of this hard work has resulted into creating award winning albums.
He has left a legacy behind with every project that he has pursued including serving as Director of A&R for Shadow Mountain Records. As well as working for a prestigious array of clients as a film and TV composer including National Geographic, Animal Planet, and ABC Monday Night Movie. He has had vast experience in live production including work for the 2002 Olympic spectacular Light of the World.
Tyler began his musical training at the age of seven and since then has left lasting impressions on anyone who has heard his countless work.
Kenneth Cope says, “I was born to point people to God. Through song, through words, through every medium available to me. I proclaim my Lord’s glorious gospel, and do the greatest good I possibly can to my fellowmen. And while I have all these artistic tools for my use, I’m to accomplish my purpose through love.”
Kenneth grew up in a family full of musicians, his mother was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the age of 18. Kenneth devotes his success to hard work. “I worked pretty hard to develop my talents. Then, when an opportunity came along, I guess I was ready-prepared to take it.”
He has released 17 albums, including a lot of work done for years with EFY CDs. Kenneth has also found great success through his song-writing and story-telling. Those that have listen to his music understand that the music created by Kenneth Cope is unique and shares with it’s listeners a love for his talent.
After Abe, Justin, Bret, and Dave met while singing as the “homeless guys” for Michael McLean’s Forgotten Carols they have built a legacy of inspirational music. They have grown to become one of the most sought after groups in contemporary Christian music, from performing at universities, community events, youth conferences, corporate shows, EFYs, and sporting events all around the world. They are able to connect with people of all faiths through the amazing music that they create.
Their ability to talk about important gospel topics (and have fun) through popular music allows them to reach people from all walks of life with a universal Christian message.
For 25 years Michael McLean has been changing lives with his tender songs and candid messages. A platinum recording artist with backgrounds in performing, composing, songwriting, producing, and directing Michael McLean has a perfect song for every person, twist, or turn along life’s path.
Michael McLean released his debut album in 1983 and ever since then has been touching lives around the world. Now, more than 25 albums later, his musical legacy has not only resonated in the hearts of thousands, but continues to be a standard for those seeking meaning and peace.
He has directed some of the LDS Churches most beloved films including, Together Forever, The Prodigal Son, and Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. Michael McLean has also written and directed countless musicals including, The Forgotten Carols, Celebrating the Light, and his most recent work Threads. The four books he has written have also become household names.
Michael McLean and his wife have three children and live in Utah.