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Grand Prize includes being on Radio Disney!

Music Junction’s “Burbank Singing Star kid’s singing contest showcases talented young singers from the heart of the entertainment industry. Young performers sing their hearts out in front of a live audience and music industry professionals! The Glamorous Annual Event features a Red Carpet and 2 Singing Shows grouped by age.

Celebrity Judges give expert feedback and choose the year’s top performers. Past Judges have included executives from Radio Disney and Warner Bros, past finalists and coaches from American Idol, producers on the Grammy’s, High School Musical and Hannah Montana albums, Broadway performers, and Billboard Charting Artists. PRIZES for winners include being on Radio Disney, Piano Keyboards, Guitars, Ukuleles, Singing and Songwriting Lessons, Recording studio sessions, and Headshots.

Music Junction created Burbank Singing Star as part of our community outreach program to raise money for local charities. Beneficiaries are Music Programs in the Burbank Unified School District and the Kiwanis Club of Burbank, whose mission is to help kids in the local community.  The event is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Burbank charitable organization.  


 On Sunday, April 28, 2019, talented young vocalists ages 6-14 took center stage as they competed for the title of the 4th Annual Burbank Singing Star. Right in the heart of the entertainment industry, this annual glamorous event featured talented young singers, celebrity judges, and impressive prize packages.  

The shows included a beautiful guest performance by Disney Channel’s Dakota Lotus from “Coop & Cami Ask the World.”

Among this years’ finalists were talented Christian Recording Artsit Sam Pio, recording artist and singer/songwriter Dominique Ilie, and actress Seanna Pereira

Winners for the 11-14 year-old category were 1st Place winner Chelsea Snow (teen opera singer, 13-time contest winner), 2nd place winner Issie Swickle (R&B/Pop recording artist; “Mirror”), 3rd place winner Lauren Effertz (actress; Betty White’s Off Their Rockers).  Winners for the 6-10 year-old category were 1st place winner Celine Bautista,  2nd place winner Maxwell Brayley, and 3rd place winner Cecilia Diamond. 

Past winners have gone on to be featured on Good Morning America, performed with “Dreamgirls” Jennifer Holliday (Malea Emma), joined the Kidz Bop cast, and have received opportunities with Radio Disney.  Since the inaugural event in 2016, the competition’s reach grows every year with attendees now reaching more than one thousand.

This year’s celebrity judges were assembled from all around the music industry to provide expert feedback and crown the winners. Judges included: Phil Guerini, General Manager, Radio Disney Networks; Stefan Lit, Multi-Platinum, Grammy and ARIA nominated producer and songwriter (One Direction, Andy Grammer), Peggi Blu, Vocal Coach from American Idol; Andrew Lane, Producer on the Hannah Montana and High School Musical Albums; Anthony Fedorov, Singer/Songwriter who placed 4th on American Idol; Kelley Jakle, Singer/Songwriter and Actress (Pitch Perfect); and Baraka May, singer and soloist in television and film, including La La Land and Disney’s Elena of Avalor

“This was a really exciting year for Burbank Singing Star!” says Music Junction’s Charissa Wheeler, creator and Master of Ceremonies of the event, “We had incredible talent, and we were so excited to have Radio Disney included in our Grand Prize Package and on the celebrity judge panel.”

Prizes for winners are designed to support their development as young artists. First place winners were given the opportunity to express their unique voice when they develop their own original song at the Music Junction and record it in a professional recording studio with Multi-Platinum Music Producer Stefan Lit. The winner will also have a meet & greet and be a guest on Radio Disney. All winners received musical instruments like piano keyboards & guitars, and music lessons, as well as professional headshots.   

 Burbank Singing Star is a charitable kid’s event presented by the Kiwanis Club of Burbank and created by The Music Junction music schools.  Proceeds from the event support children and music education. This year’s beneficiaries are Music Programs in the Burbank Unified School District and the Kiwanis Club of Burbank, whose mission is to help kids in the local community. In the past two years alone, Burbank Singing Star and Kiwanis Club of Burbank have donated over $19,000 to Burbank Unified School District Arts & Music programs. 

Highlights from the 3rd Annual Burbank Singing Star:

“3rd Annual Burbank Singing Star was a Great Success!” by Luis Centeno, President of the Kiwanis Club of Burbank

The 3rd Annual Burbank Singing Star Contest was held on April 22nd, 2018, and the two finalist concerts were full of talent and energy!

Over 750 fans attended this year’s event hosted by Charissa Wheeler and Robbie Fitzsimmons! the event also included an outdoor festival with food, silent auction, family activities and food!

Opening each concert, our very own Event Chairwoman Charissa Wheeler performed “Orange Colored Sky” accompanied by the Generation DCD Dance Team.

Both Grand Prize winners from last year’s Contest performed their original songs: 1st concert, Elizabeth Mansour performed her song “Keep on Trying” and in the 2nd Concert Bridget Barrera performed her song “He’s a Dream”!

We want to thank our celebrity judges: American Idol Alum Anthony Fedrov, Star Search Winner Peggi Blu, Songwriter/Producer Andrew Lane, Producer Chantel Saucedo, Recording Artist April Diamond, Recording Artist Sonika Vaid, and Vice President, Music Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager Radio Disney Networks Phil Guerini!

While the judge’s votes were tabulated each concert’s final number “I am Changing” was performed by Charissa wheeler and Co-Host Robbie Fitzsimmons.

1st Concert winners: 1st Place/Grand Prize: Isabella Ema Meneses, 2nd Place: Adrianna Coffey, 3rd Place: Paige Allen

2nd Concert Winners: 1st Place/Grand Prize: Genesis “Genni” Ochoa, 2nd Place: Anna Steiner, 3rd Place: Chloe Barthelemy

by Luis Centeno, President of the Kiwanis Club of Burbank

Highlights from the 1st and 2nd Annual Burbank Singing Star:


“On the Town: Burbank Singing Star competition a showcase for future stars”

By David Laurell

Oct. 3, 2016

Whether it be “American Idol,” “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent,” there’s no doubting that the nation is brimming with exceptional singers.

Charissa Wheeler, who owns and operates the Music Junction, a Burbank-based training studio that offers piano and voice lessons, proved there is also a lot of local talent as she staged the inaugural Burbank Singing Star competition at the Castaway restaurant Friday evening.

The event, held in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Burbank in the hillside complex’s Starlight Room, presented 20 semifinalists who were selected during a summer-long process that began with more than 300 singers between the ages of 4 and 12.

The audience of close to 400, who enjoyed Wheeler’s opening rendition of Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein’s “Orange Colored Sky” backed by dancers Elyse BollesenKatelyn BrightBridget Creshaw and Kaitlyn Glenn of the Burbank Dance Academy, were then welcomed by Kiwanis Club of Burbank President Cynthia Faust and comedian Jaime Monroy, who co-hosted the evening with Wheeler.

Judged by “American Idol” vocal coach Peggi Blu, actress and singer V. Bozeman, “American Idol” contestant Anthony Fedorov, singer, songwriter and producerNatasha Key and producer Alessandro Calemme, winners were selected in two categories: 5- to 8-year-olds and those from 9 to 12 in age.

In the younger category, the top honor went to Jordyn Curet, with Harlow Hamerplacing second. In the older group, Jhanessa Lorraine Equila was named the winner, followed by Sierra Gracelyn Brogmus and Anna Pacino tying for second andChristian Ortega-Christiansen getting the third-place nod.

Others who rounded out the field in making the impressive semifinals cut were Ava BianchiMia BrumbaughCaleb PerezJosie LafontantVeronica BrossettPas Da Silva BruniDelilah Alice StantonLuke SteelMalea Emma Tanudjaja,Raquel Ketelyn BrogmusKayleigh Lund, Lily Lee and Bella Stine.

“This competition was everything I wanted it to be — everything I hoped it would be,” said a beaming Wheeler after Friday’s event. “We learned a lot in building the framework for this to become an annual event — what we want to capture and the things we may want to change as we move forward.”

Along with Friday’s competition winners, the Burbank Family YMCA’s Learn, Grow, Thrive program — which offers summer reading and enrichment for children from low income environments — also proved to be a winner as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds raised by the evening’s ticket sales.

DAVID LAURELL may be reached by email at or (818) 563-1007.

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