Voices of Columbia

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC’s recommendation to limit large gatherings to delay the spread of the virus, and our utmost desire to aid in the protection of our community, we have decided to postpone our April 2nd Voices of Columbia 2020 fundraiser. The event has been moved to July 30th and will still be held at The Blue Note. While we are heartbroken to postpone, as community interest and momentum for the event has been so strong, we know the most important thing to do right now is our part in keeping our community healthy. 

Our signature annual event Voices of Columbia will be held Thursday evening, July 30th, 2020. Voices of Columbia puts a charitable spin on the traditional singing competition, where local musicians and groups will help in raising money for CASA. Attendees will vote for their favorite musicians, $1 = 1 vote. The “winner” is the performing group that raises the most money leading up to and during the event. Guests at the event will be entertained by all genres of music in a relaxing evening at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. The end of the evening brings the votes to a total and determines which group has raised the most money. The Voices winner will receive a $2,000 recording studio session credit.

Can’t attend but still want to vote for your favorite musician?


The January Lanterns

The January Lanterns

Andrew and Kristen Camp are The January Lanterns. They became The January Lanterns in October 2017 but they have been singing together for 14 years – since they were 15 years old (High School Sweethearts)!

Andrew and Kristen performed in last year’s Voices of Columbia event and won 2nd place! They have decided to return for the second year because “We know and love Suzanne Guerrant, a CASA advocate, and love the mission of this organization. We want to raise as much money as possible to help children in need of love, support, and care.”

Visit their website here!
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Of Sea and Stone

Folk-Americana duo Of Sea and Stone began in January 2014 when Luke Dierker and Morgan Manson matched on Tinder. Immediately exhibiGng a rare vocal chemistry, the two began wriGng and performing Grelessly across their home state, Missouri. 6 years, one marriage, and many shows later, the pair has released their first music video, a full-length studio album and has been touring naGonally since the summer of 2017. Of Sea and Stone is known for their inGmate lyrics, polished vocal harmonies, and capGvaGng live show. They have shared the stage with several talented arGsts on tour, including Judah and the Lion, Tyler Hilton, and Hush Kids. Their latest single I Love You, Goodbye, and its accompanying music video, premiered on Nashville’s The Boot. It is a sterling example of the couple’s heartbreaking vocals and haunGng lyrical style. Of Sea and Stone never fails to transport you, making you feel their pain, joy, and love through every performance.

Check out their website here!

The Fried Crawdaddies

The Fried Crawdaddies are comprised of some of Missouri’s most seasoned music veterans making Columbia grooves for a long time!. The band is extremely versatile, playing both classics and originals with a bit of blues, soul, country, rock n roll, folk, and funk, all fused and morphed into soulful stories, shared emotions, and hearty laughter. John D’Agostino has the golden voice with band members jumping in with backup vocals and instrumental mastery. From monthly First Friday happy hours at Rose Music Hall to appearing in the Roots n Blues Festival to performing as The Band in The Blue Note’s annual recreation of The Last Waltz, these guys got it!

Check out their Facebook here!

Take Cover

Olivia Swanson, Abby Anderson, and Jenn Smith came together to form the band “Take Cover” in 2017. Take Cover is an acoustic cover band that plays guitar, percussion, mandolin, ukelele, and sometimes even kazoo! They love harmonizing and arranging songs to make them their own. Two of the bands members are board-certified music therapists! They credit this background to their enthusiasm for trying new instruments and their genuine love for a variety of musical genres and decades.

Take Cover loves CASA and sharing their music so performing for Voices of Columbia is a great fit for them!

Check out their Facebook page here!

Erin Jensen

Erin has been singing all her life and has recently began playing with Dennis in the last year. Erin grew up in Redlands, CA and has over 27 years of experience performing as an aerial acrobat. She has trained in acrogymnastics, high wire, multiple and single trapeze, Spanish web, Lyra, and ribbon and hand balancing. She has always had a passion for music as well and is pursuing her deep interest in music. Erin has had multiple performances at The Mission in Jefferson City, and also had a part in a few Rusted Satellite Collective performances. She’s also a member of the Como Ramblers Club and the Columbia, MO chapter of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

Erin is interested in CASA because she wants to raise money for children in need; and believes it is important to give back to help grow a strong community and future leaders.

The Clayton Hicklin Band

The Clayton Hicklin Band was started as a solo act a little over 4 years ago. Clayton says, “One of these days we’ll come up with an actual band name”. A couple summers ago, Clayton was fortunate enough to be introduced to Melissa Ray and these days you’ll often find her perched out front and stealing the show. They enjoy playing a pretty wide array of music, although most of it is tied back to their musical roots in one way or another. Blues, bluegrass, folk, country and Americana (whatever that is) are the typical categories from which they pull their favorites. They generally make their set lists while occupying two stools at the end of the bar…and then usually lose the list prior to playing and wing it, instead.

Music is a big part of their lives, it is way to express themselves, to pick someone up when they’re feeling down and to bring a little joy to others. In regard to why they chose to perform at CASA’s Voices of Columbia event, they feel very fortunate to be able to get to play music for fun, so they wanted to share that opportunity to help others, as well. Melissa and Clayton both grew up around music in their respective families and Clayton has two children of his own, so the combination of doing something he loves with helping out those that need it is particularly meaningful.

Check out their Facebook here!

Shelby Ringdahl – Emcee

With Special Guest Emcee, Shelby Ringdahl, 2013 Miss Missouri!

Shelby Ringdahl is an New York City based performer pursuing a career on Broadway. Originally from Columbia MIssouri and a Rock Bridge High School graduate, Shelby’s voice has been heard coast to coast leading three National Tours and in many professional regional productions (Including Missouri’s The MUNY and Arrow Rock Lyceum). As a concert vocalist, she has been seen on stage alongside Susan Egan (original Belle on Broadway), Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel), and Jason Robert Brown (Tony Award winning Composer), as well as with the Cincinnati Pops Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Philadelphia Pops Symphony. Shelby entered a pageant as a bucket list item in college and won the title of Miss Missouri 2013, placing in the Top 12 at Miss America (Voted Best Personality by CNN and Entertainment Weekly, 3rd in People’s Choice, and Overall Talent Winner at Miss Missouri). During her years of service, CASA was her chosen service platform and focal point of her year. She attended local, state, and national fundraisers and conferences as well as being one of the National Faces of CASA. She made over 300 appearances during her year motivationally speaking to over 17,000 of Missouri’s children. Shelby still makes speaking appearances as a former Miss Missouri, specifically to various high schools and colleges across the country on pursuing the arts.

Facebook: @shelbyringdahl

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