Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Vanessa has enjoyed a lifelong love of music. At age seven, she moved to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. There, she attended P.S. 288, Mark Twain Junior High School of the Performing Arts, followed by the legendary La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City where her passion for classical music was nurtured by talented staff. Vanessa spent some of her best childhood moments singing gospel music in her community's churches. At 16 years old, she acknowledged her call to be an inspirational musician. Today, she has the ability to perform in six different languages: French, Creole, German, Italian, Spanish and English. Her mission is to brighten the most far, dark corners of the earth through her music.

Vanessa Howard graduated from the University of Valley Forge with a Bachelors of Arts in Church Music in April, 2017. To date Vanessa has recorded two singles and one full album available on digital media platforms such as Itunes, Amazon, Spotify to name a few. Vanessa is a Pastor’s wife, a licensed preacher, and the Minister of Music at Saint John AME Church in Wayne, PA. 

Vanessa Howard is also an entrepreneur. She started Vanessa Howard Music, LLC in 2013 where she is an independent artist and is booked locally and internationally to minister in song. Recently Vanessa Howard has started mentoring and coaching other inspiring Rising Stars by providing Vocal Coaching one on one and in group settings. Overall Vanessa Howard has over 35 years of experience in performing. She has been classically trained for 25 years and has experience in different genres of music. 

Vanessa Howard auditioned for American Idol in San Diego (2004), Philadelphia (2007) and AMTC Orlando (2012). Vanessa also auditioned for Sundays Best Gospel Show on BET (2010), where she made it to the final round. She currently ministers in song throughout the Tri-State area at community churches, concerts, weddings and charitable giving events. Vanessa firmly believes that we all must pursue our dreams and fulfill our God given purpose. Vanessa is living her dream every day and hopes to inspire everyone she encounters to reach their full potential in life. Her musical gift is inspired by the challenges she overcame in her life, while raising a child with special needs. Vanessa served 6 years in the United States Army and worked on several contracts for the Department of Homeland Security. 

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Vocal Coach: Christa Deánā (Duh-nay)




Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is a Christian Singer/Songwriter/Educator from Philadelphia whose music speaks to the journey of a woman after God's own heart. After experiencing bullying, depression, and thoughts of suicide, she used music as a coping mechanism. Additionally, seeing the issue through the eyes of a high school music teacher,  she is motivated to continuously uplift others and write songs that encourage and give H.O.P.E. 

Dedicating herself to music as a child, she won first place in the Young Artist Competition for the city of Allentown, PA. A gifted writer, Christa Deana performed her first original song at 11 and went on to write over 50 more. Her vocal ability also developed young, securing her lead oratorios from classics such as Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and lead songs in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to writing and singing, she has toured with several choirs that took her to Romania, Turkey, France, Spain, England, and all over the US. During this journey she found a love for conducting and excelled as a choir director for several choirs. She has worked with The Lesser Light Collective as a soloist, writer, and conductor, directing the choir for their performance at Washington Adventist University.

Christa Deánā inherited perfect pitch, excellent natural timing, a powerful vocal instrument and a creative soul. But she’s been diligent to cultivate her gifts, obtaining her music education degree from the University of Valley Forge. Not content to simply make her own music, she pulls beautiful music out of her students and collaborators. She is currently a music educator and worship leader at various facilities and churches. She is also the Owner of ChristaCourt Productions, LLC, 

a production company that assists aspiring songwriters and artists to make radio ready hits. 

Additionally, she is an advocate for suicide prevention by speaking in High Schools and creating uplifting content. She is also focusing on spreading the word about her new singles and upcoming album. As she continues to tour and spread the message of the power of God, she's ecstatic of what's ahead.

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