With a name that truly begets his unique abilities 1-O.A.K. (One of A Kind) is a triple threat: vocalist, musician, and producer. Part of the Bay Area's Honor Roll Crew, 1-O.A.K., learned to sing and play drums and keyboards in church, and was raised on classic gospel and soul. The Oakland native set out to stick strictly to beatmaking -- he intended to save his singing for the church -- but he eased into doing both at once. After he was featured on tracks by the likes of J. Stalin ("My Mind," "When the Club Over"), Philthy Rich ("That's the Love"), and Teedra Moses ("So Special"), he released Special Request. One of the finest R&B albums of 2012, McFarland wrote, produced, and arranged the whole thing with some help from executive producers DJ Tap.10 and WhizWard, as well as Trackademics, among others. His latest song "Lost & Found" is featured on KMEL's Home Turf radio.
Bobby Arte is a classically trained oil painter and portrait artist, born and raised in Oakland. His technical ability, coupled with his personal journey gives him a very unique perspective and a style all his own: a style some are calling Urban Fine Art. Bobby Arte calls it his personal voice. Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard is an electrical engineering student at San Jose State University who cites Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou among her influences and heroes — after her mom.
Lyric Performing Arts Academy offers a comprehensive performing arts curriculum for students ages 18 months and up. Developed to create well rounded performers, students leave classes with a new / enhanced skill set, and with the self-esteem, discipline and self-assurance to carry them through adulthood. Lyric Performing Arts Academy (LPAA) is the teaching arm of Lyric Dance and Vocal Ensemble and is a faith based performing arts training ground guided by the three principles of inspiration, education and service. “Train a child up in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book "Pitch Perfect," later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off."