Season 2 of "Chicago Talent TV"
Jennifer Benson is an actress, solo artist, and founder and lead singer of the rock band from Chicago, IL called Ignescent. Jennifer is Oscar-nominated and has been featured as an artist on Mancow. She has also been on Fox TV show Empire and has been an extra in the movie The Resurrection of Gavin Stone with Brett Dalton who plays Agent Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Neil Flynn who is currently on ABC’s The Middle as Mike Heck. One of the songs from her solo project was remixed by a producer who has worked with artists like Mariah Carey. Jennifer performed one of her newer songs at the 2018 Chicago Oscar Awards. Since 2011, Jennifer's band, Ignescent, has been primarily touring throughout the Midwest and Nashville area and has opened for Flyleaf, Eve 6, John Cooper of Skillet's band - Fight The Fury, Saliva, Otep, and many others.
Cassady Lloyd has been acting for many years. Cassady was an extra in the movie The Resurrection of Gavin Stone with Brett Dalton who plays Agent Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Neil Flynn who is currently on ABC’s The Middle as Mike Heck. She starred in Million Dollar Meatballs as the quirky and wide-eyed character known as Ginger Snap. Classically trained, Cassady has played roles from Fiddler On the Roof to Mary Poppins, as well as in Camp Rock.
Candace is a self-made entrepreneur that aims to help others succeed! She began her business after leaving a high profile career in the Education sector and has since thrived and grown as a mother, businesswoman and person!
Nikoleta Morales is a seasoned entertainment reporter who has covered red carpet events for many years. As a freelancer who has her own blogs and contributes to several publications, she has made a name for herself in celebrity journalism.
Egle is an inter-disciplinary artist growing her media company in the Chicagoland area. She is currently finishing her memoir about her year in 2017, when, after facing numerous health concerns and other trials and tribulations, she quit her trucking job, in pursuit of her life's purpose - to brighten the world with her creations. Since then she has done several photoshoots, modeled in two fashion shows, finished multiple digital art series, and wowed her audience with her own photography skills.
Arella Swan is a Fashion Blogger, Social Media Manager and Influencer. A Chicago Native, Miss Swan has always loved playing dress up, and learning and studying all the new trends and colors for each season. She also enjoyed styling family and friends for various occasions. After getting a Degree in Communications and not landing that dream job, Arella decided to create it herself! This is where SweetHeartSwan was born! Fusing the love for writing and all things fashion. SweetHeartSwan covers affordable and accessible looks in fashion. Also, Tips on how to create amazing looks on a budget, Event Coverage and some of Arella’s favorite places and things! In addition, Miss Swan uses her gift of Social Media to help others achieve their goals in their businesses by starting up and maintain several small business social media pages!
TEANEVA (ta-nay-va) is a contemporary Pop/R&B sister duo who wrote and recorded their 1st EP in 2018, found on SoundCloud. TEANEVA’s EP leading single “Itz Cool” received air play on Chicago’s WRCX 88.1 FM radio. Tea 16, bringing her smooth runs and Eva 14, bringing her slamming 4 octave range on bars, TEANEVA has proven to be electrifying both on and off stage. Both sisters attends performing arts high school as vocalist. TEANEVA has encompassed performances at the Chicago Bulls halftime, BMO Harris Bradley Center, National Anthems and countless of talent shows. This dynamic duo shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.... stay tuned!
theNSiderTv is a well respected and credible media outlet who’s purpose is to represent and showcase Chicago entrepreneurs, entertainers, a variety of small businesses, activists, etc in a professional and positive light. theNSider’s host and creator, Nadia Simone, has 8+ years of experience in media and broadcast journalism. Nadia created theNSider with the intention of uplifting others spirits through personal stories, interviews and show a side of Chicago we rarely see. In her own words “I wanted to create a platform for the people of Chicago to showcase their work, talents, skills, concerns, something fun, something we need more of!"
HONEY JAM RECORDS
Honey Jam Records is a Chicago-based media production collective and recording studio built by a group of musicians, producers, and visual creatives as a sanctuary for cultivating independent artists. We provide a unique space for artistic incubation where creatives can organically develop their craft.
LaSonya is a pageant queen and CEO/Founder of Momscandoit2. She is a strong, intellectual and smart single Mother of 7 beautiful children of 6 boys and 1 girl. She consistently implements time and effort to support and help single mothers in today's society. Her vision is to construct, provide and deliver resources and opportunities for single mothers who've experienced homelessness, physical abuse, rape, sexual assault, unemployment, loss of a Father figure, depression, PTSD, life tragedies, and more. LaSonya believes building relationships with single Mothers first will give them the opportunity to enrich the lives of their children and change the quality of life of single mothers across the United States of America.
In this season, Mayra is a 15-year-old model, dancer and actress who works hard to grow as an artist and young businesswoman. With the help of momager, Marisol Molina, she and her sisters are progressing nicely!
In this season, Aly is the multi-award winning 15-year-old powerhouse who does it all! Starting her career at 7, she now is the youngest radio host in the Midwest with "The Aly G Show" on WRLR, as well as a musician, and Junior Miss Illinois!
Iesha is the Founder of Brown Sugar's Balloon Academy. She is a multi-award winning event decorator-stylist, with her signature balloon art being a fan favorite! She has been featured in the news and showcased on many media outlets for her work.
The sultry singer/songwriter/pianist Debra Fiore, has been performing throughout the Chicagoland area since she was 18. Her mother was a dynamic singer who toured with Elvis Presley and opened his shows! She is highly visible and respected in wedding and corporate events. Her exquisite singing is often compared to that of Barbra Streisand. Debra possesses a talent of exposing her heart with lyrics and is elegantly unique in her vocal interpretations as a songstress with her three-octave range.
Bookings and Website: www.debrafiore.com
Creative Director, Dancer, Internet Radio Personality, & Television Host Michael Nelson better known as, “Mikey Everything”, is a force to be reckoned with. Born and raised native to Oak Park, IL., Nelson has the unique opportunity to see the contrast between a privileged community and an under-served community. This is what led Mikey Everything to commit to the welfare of LGBTQ youth in Chicago. He serves as a mentor and role model with the Teens of After School Matters. Mikey Everything is an advocate for love and acceptance. His knack for adding the perfect visual presentation to any creative piece is almost uncanny. Michael believes that the arts is a conduit for healing all communities.
ROZLYNE PRINCE & JACQUES MCPHERSON
Rozlyne & Jacques are a Chicago media power couple who are trying to take over the radio and film industry! They both host local radio and produce, act in and contribute to local movies and television shows.
Benjamin is a model, Autism Ambassador and host of YouTube series, Sneaker Jamz. He likes to network with other budding entrepreneurs to help spread awareness that people with "disabilities" can still be successful in pursuing their dream.
Julie Kaylin is a singer/songwriter, voice-over artist, actress, YouTuber, happiness coach, and entrepreneur who loves to utilize her talents to help make your day shine and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Julie has clients located all over the globe, and her voice has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Her voiceover credits include projects for major brands, and as a singer, Julie has entertained at numerous venues and events in the Chicago area.