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Dr. Steven Eisenberg, Oncologist and Songwriter

Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg is a songwriter and cancer specialist in San Diego.  He completed a Fellowship at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Vincent T. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Medical Oncology and Hematology.  He serves as an investigator in a variety of clinical trials focusing on novel therapies for cancer.

Dr. Eisenberg enjoys co-writing songs with people living with cancer through the Lyrical Life Foundation (http://lyricallife.org).  Jenna Bush featured the project on NBC’s TODAY show http://today.com/id/41743465/vp/43793404/#43793404). 

Dr. Eisenberg (https://twitter.com/drseisenberg) was named as one of the 100 health care twitter accounts to follow in 2014 (http://slideshare.net/ennoconn/100-more-health-care-accounts-to-follow-in-2014).

“I am honored and privileged to help guide patients and their families who are living with hope and coping with the uncertainty of cancer. Through collaboration, communication, creativity and community, we can make a big difference in people’s lives.”  ~Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg

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Jenny Oaks Baker – America’s Violinist

Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker, is one of America’s most beloved and accomplished violinists. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.

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.

Jenny Oaks Baker has released twelve albums as a Shadow Mountain Artist, having sold over a quarter of a million copies since 1998. Her album “Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney” earned a nomination at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jenny’s albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album “Then Sings My Soul” hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row.  Her next project, “Noël: Carols of Christmas Past” was produced and arranged by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and features former “Celtic Woman” star Alex Sharpe.  Her most recent CD, “Classic: The Rock Album” has also been met by critical acclaim and is yet another Billboard chart-topping album.

Jenny Oaks Baker’s performance career is equally impressive.  She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide.  Her “In Performance” BYUTV Special Silver Screen Serenade, features Jenny performing music from her album of the same name.  Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Alex Boye, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jenny’s emotionally stirring music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney’s 2007 PBS Documentary, “The Mormons”, TC Christiansen’s film, “17 Miracles” , and alongside music by “The Killers” in Mitch Davis’ new film, “Stuck”.  Additionally, Jenny will be making her acting debut as the violinist character, Mandy in “Stuck”, a film to be released in the Fall of 2015.

With her extensive performing and recording careers in addition to her superlative education, Jenny is an esteemed expert and served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.

For seven years, Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family.  Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside outside of Washington D.C.

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ThePianoGuys – Al van der Beek

Al van der BeekAl van der Beek is a member of ThePianoGuys, a You Tube and Sony music sensation. As music producer and songwriter, he joined ThePianoGuys in 2011 and was instrumental launching them into the wildly popular group they are today. In 2012 they signed with Sony and their first three major-label albums The Piano GuysThe Piano Guys 2, and A Family Christmas each reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums and Classical Albums charts.

Al opened his own recording studio in 2004 and ran it for several years before he went full time with ThePianoGuys in May of 2011. He plays the roles of producer, songwriter, sound engineer, choreographer and fashion police. He is an optimist and a jokester, and he loves the guys he works with. To sum up his outlook on his musical journey as one of the “PianoGuys”, Al says, “I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing opportunity. To do what I love. To create and share uplifting and inspiring music with the world. I feel this is truly something that I have been destined to do in life and I’m so grateful every day.”

 

 

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Jessie Funk

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Jessie Funk

Jessie Funk is an award-winning singer who released 5 award-winning albums including Everything Speaks His Name and You Know Better Than I. She has also authored 5 books, including It’s Your Life…Own It! She is a motivational speaker at high schools  all over the country and is the Executive Director of the National Non-Profit Organization, The Ivy Girl Academy. She is also a happy wife and mother to two adorable humans.  

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Kenz Hall – Teen American Idol Finalist

Kenz Hall is a 17-year-old up and coming singer, listen to her just released her EP “Hands On” in iTunes. Recently, she appeared on Fox’s “American Idol” placing in the top 30 and became a fan favorite by rapping Maclemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” during Hollywood Week. She has shared the stage with local music stars such as Ryan Innes, Amy Whitcomb, and Midas Whale and has opened for well-known musicians like Dan Reynolds, Don McClean, and and Joshua James. Her music inspirations include John Mayer, Eva Cassidy, Paramore and the Beatles and sings Folk, Blues, Alternative Rock and acoustic cover songs. Music is where her heart is and the stage is her home. She shared an especially close relationship with her grandmother who recently passed away from melanoma and want to give back to other cancer survivors.

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Nick Van Dyk, Musician and Cancer Survivor – Redemption

Nick Van Dyk is a senior executive at a publicly traded company by day, but a rock guitarist and songwriter on the side. His band, Redemption, is signed to Metal Blade records, and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. The band just released their second live album and concert DVD and are now returning to the studio to record their sixth CD.

Nick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008, and was treated at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas under their Total Therapy 4 regimen. He remains in complete remission and is a passionate advocate for other patients.

He has a degree in political science from UCLA, and, like MMRF founder Kathy Giusti, he has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 21 years, Jill, and their two children. In addition to writing and playing music, he is an avid wine collector, and a mediocre but enthusiastic golfer.

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Russell Sorensen – Perfect Pitch

Russell Sorensen, is one of the world’s foremost Steinway technicians.  Russ travels the world as a concert piano technician specializing in Steinway pianos for artists such as Van Cliburn, Stephen Hough, George Winston, Kevin Kenner, Jon Nakamatsu, Leon Fleisher, Olga Kern and Marc-Andre Hamelin among others. Russell makes his living by having an ear that is in tune to the very best in music. He is a pianist and organist with a performance and graduate degree from BYU and father of six. Russell was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 and is in remission after HDR brachytherapy treatments.