In the midst of the Phillies vs. Pirates On Deck Exhibition Series this weekend, we’re also hosting the first-ever R U Game? Talent Search Finals on Sunday at noon! We highlighted 7 of the finalists last week and are completing the group with our final 8 this week.
John Paul Cappiello
This well-rounded musician has performed professionally for over twenty years, singing everything from classical and opera to musical theater to original rock and pop music. He has performed as a Tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Chamber Soloists of Philadelphia in addition to rock performances on the legendary stage of NYC’s CBGB club and recording several albums of original music. John Paul is expected to release a new album this summer which is a collaboration with a childhood friend.
A classically-trained opera singer with 25 years of experience, Chris has performed with various Central Pennsylvania symphonies. He listened to a Pavarotti album and was immediately inspired to become an opera singer which has brought him all the way to the R U Game? Talent Search finals!
This trio has only been singing together for a year but they have been performers all their lives. Lex, Rickie and Allonie are truly talented with backgrounds ranging from theater, rap/emcee experience to salsa music. Currently in the studio working on their first EP, they are hoping to break into the music scene and the R U Game? Talent Search is just another step to stardom.
Handline was a soloist in her family, as no one else sings, and has been singing since she could speak. Her choir teacher encouraged her talents and from there she performed in theater, pageants and regional choirs. Currently studying law at Temple University with an anticipated graduation in May, she also records music on the side.
Nicole may have started as a dancer and earned a degree from the University of Washington but she has also dabbled in acting with roles in movies including Tower Heist. A former military member, she has sung with various Army and veteran programs. She opened a performing arts school in North Jersey teaching dance, drama and vocals. Nicole, a single mom of three, is currently working on her second degree in nutrition and works as her own boss in a fitness company.
As a child, Krasting’s parents would entertain him by playing Broadway music records, specifically Oklahoma and The King and I. His first chance to perform in a semi-professional theater was at age 12 when he played the role of Kurt in The Sound of Music. Krasting’s love of music continued through adulthood as he is currently a music teacher in South Jersey.
Cyrus got his singing chops from his mom, who was an aspiring country singer before he was born. She encouraged him to sing and perform, which led him to LA where he discovered a love of musical theater. Now a New Jersey resident, Cyrus has most recently starred in a production of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean and aspires to follow in the footsteps of Hugh Jackman and master both the theater and film worlds.
Brandon has performed the national anthem previously for minor affiliates of the New York Yankees and New York Mets but hopes to be called up to the majors and sing for the Phillies this time around.
And the Judge’s have their scores…
In addition to the amazing 15 finalists performing on Sunday, we’re ecstatic to have such a diverse group of judges.
Multi-Grammy award winning songwriter, musician and multi-platinum producer as well as longtime collaborator and member of The Roots, with live performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
International recording artist, signature voice of the Grammy-nominated group Sister Sledge with smash hits including “We Are Family” and “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” entrepreneur, philanthropist and Philadelphia native.
Multi-platinum record producer, has worked with artists Sting, Jay-Z and Eve, as well as Philadelphia philanthropist.
WXPN music director and afternoon host with over 20 years of radio experience.
Choral director/music teacher in the Wissahickon School District with over 33 years of teaching experience and sister of Phillies broadcaster and 2008 World Series Champion, Jamie Moyer.
We’re so excited that our Fightin’ Phils have come home…and they are too!
They’re excited to board the plane…
domonicbrown – We are coming home #philly
Had fun during the flight…
JakeDiekman – Plane Selfie! Can you spot @jdefratus?! #PhillyBound
And, of course, happy to see those city lights…