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Judges

Cholé Arnold, Emmy nominated choreographer, was discovered at a young age in DC by Debbie Allen.  Chloé’s choreography has been featured on hit televi sion shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Talk, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s A Legendary Christmas, and over 40 episodes of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

She is the founder of the hit Female Tap Sensations Syncopated Ladies.  They have over 50 million views online, receiving praise from Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg on The View, as well as many other celebrities and news outlets around the world. Some of their credits include The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, So You Think You Can Dance, Global Citizen Week, New York Fashion Week, Essence Fest, Imagine Justice (featuring Common, J Cole, and Andra Day), Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative at the US Open, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, The Women in the World Summit, Democratic National Convention, Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Launch at Top Shop London, and many more.

Chloé recently was named one of LeBron James’ “The Strongest”, a campaign featured in Essence to celebrate his 16th Nike Sneaker Release, was on The Root 100 list, and featured in Shonda Rhimes and Microsoft’s “Language of Leadership” panel discussion.

Chloé is also an entrepreneur that holds a degree from Columbia University. She and her sister co-founded Chloé and Maud Productions, DC Tap Festival, and coproduced the award-winning documentary TAP WORLD with Hollywood Executive Producer Dean Hargrove.

Raheem DeVaughn, has amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases in the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence. In a current music climate seemingly fixated on other genres, the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has carved an impressive niche for himself which boasts a faithful core audience, respect from music critics/taste-makers and multiple Billboard chart hits.

His journey and artistry has developed since the Maryland native arrived on the music scene with his Jive Records debut set, The Love Experience (2005). He achieved a major breakthrough with his sophomore release, 2008’s Love Behind the Melody, which not only hit #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts, but garnered two Grammy nominations, one BET Award and two BET J Virtual Awards. 2010’s A Place Called Love Land maintained the momentum, earning him yet another Grammy nomination (“Best R&B Album of the Year”) and more popular singles (i.e., “You”).   As the music industry landscape went through its changes, DeVaughn took the bold step of going independent and taking the reins of full creative control starting with the 2013 release of A Place Called Love Land and seamlessly continuing with his next several albums.

In addition to his music, DeVaughn juggles many other exciting projects and ventures. He founded the Love Life Foundation, whose initiatives include domestic violence, art and education, HIV/AIDS and the Text Book Scholarship for in-need students. Never one to forget where he came from and pay it forward, he has also signed many artists out of his native Maryland, D.C. area under his DMG/ThreeSixEight Music Group umbrella.

Denyce Graves, recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, continues to garner unparalleled acclaim in performances around the world.   USA Today identifies her as “an operatic superstar of the 21st century,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, “If the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves.

“Denyce Graves has become most beloved to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought her all around the world to venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, Washington National Opera, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Ms. Graves has worked with the finest symphony orchestras and conductors in a wide range of repertoire.

Ms. Graves is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Grand Prix du Concours International de Chant de Paris, the Eleanor Steber Music Award in the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition, and a Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. In 1991, she received the Grand Prix Lyrique, awarded once every three years by the Association des amis de l’opéra de Monte-Carlo, and the Marian Anderson Award, presented to her by Miss Anderson. Ms. Graves’ dedication to the singers of the next generation continues to be an important part of her career and recently she joined the voice faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

Kenny Lattimore, with a career spanning over two decades, highlighted by his 1996 breakthrough single “Never Too Busy” and the wedding staple “For You,” Kenny has garnered Grammy and Soul Train Award nominations, Top 10 singles, Top 20 R&B albums and an NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist, while staying sincere about giving his heart and soul to communities through music.

The Washington DC native dazzles audiences with an unprecedented range influenced by his classical, jazz, and gospel upbringing. Kenny is famous for delivering just the right dose of classic crooning, exceptional runs and authentic emotion. He has placed a distinctive stamp on classic songs recorded by musical icons as Donny Hathaway and The Beatles, transformed Christmas standards, and created musical magic on iconic movie soundtracks like Love Jones, Best Man and Disney’s Lion King II Simba’s Pride.

Kenny Lattimore’s recording legacy includes the critically acclaimed albums, “From The Soul Of Man,” “Timeless” and “Anatomy of a Love Song,” which produced the Top 10 single “Love Me Back.” While “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas” earned a Stellar Award nomination for ‘Event CD of the Year,’ Lattimore’s ninth solo studio album “Vulnerable” produced another Top 10 hit, “Stay on Your Mind,” which climbed the charts to #7 on UAC Billboard and held top radio positions in multiple U.S. markets.

Kenny is a humanitarian who uses his life and platform as a tool to inspire others to pursue excellence and elevate positive conversation about art, culture, family and faith.