CHICAGO HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES

2022 JUDGES

Morgen Briana

Morgen Briana

Judge

Morgen is a one-of-a-kind show-stopping performer guaranteed to spark passion and joy in all who watch her in her element. Having been enrolled in dance lessons by the age of five, piano lessons by six, and voice lessons by seven, she has over 25 years of experience mastering the art of music, dance, and performance. Originally from Minnesota, Morgen chose to make Chicago her home and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with honors and a concentration in vocal performance. Morgen has performed at prestigious venues/fests such as Carnegie Hall in NY, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Vic Theater, Aragon Theater, and House of Blues in Chicago, just to name a few. As a sought-after and trusted vocalist of Chicago, she has had the honor of sharing the stage alongside artists such as Koko Taylor, Louisiana Red, Buddy Guy, Styx, Everclear, Steve Augeri of Journey, Rusted Root, and Randall Hall of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Morgen is currently the bandleader and lead singer of Spoken Four, the internationally traveled, award-winning cover band. She is also the proud owner of ChiVibe Inc. which offers marketing consulting, coaching, and more.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Judge

Chris Brown is one of the most popular a cappella singers in the Chicagoland area.  Best known as the baritone (aka “Blue Guy”) of the colorful Chicago-based classic rock quartet Ac•Rock, Chris has recorded eight a cappella albums and performed thousands of shows.  Ac•Rock disbanded in 2017 after an amazing 24 year run.  Today, Chris serves as the contemporary worship music director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, sings bass in The Caroling Party, and is the lead singer of the band Mixtape Junkies.

John Michael Coppola

John Michael Coppola

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John Michael Coppola is the founder, artistic director, and lead singer of the smash-hit tribute concert The Four C Notes: Recreating the Music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Over the past eight years, The Four C Notes have grown under John’s direction from a local Chicago-based act to an internationally touring sensation. The Four C Notes can be seen performing at theaters and outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area and across the US, and now on the high seas aboard Celebrity Cruises. JMC also created his own solo show, A Jersey Voice; Sinatra to Springsteen…and Everyone in Between. A veteran of multiple theatre productions, John has performed in such shows as She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Flight of The Lawnchair Man, Hot Shoe Shuffle, and Singin’ in the Rain. Most notably, John was a part of the entire two-year run of the Chicago company of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys.

Susan Mathein

Susan Mathein

Judge

Susan has worked as a professional vocalist, actress and spokesperson for over 25 years. She was born and raised in New Hope, Pennsylvania and performed in many regional and off-broadway theatres and was a featured soloist on tour with “Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians”. Since moving to Chicago, she has performed with the “Light Opera Works”, the vocal jazz quartets “Blue Skies” and “Cooler by the Lake” and the vocal ensembles “The Lakeside Singers” and “The Caroling Party”. She has also recorded numerous demos for music publishing houses and has been featured in several National television commercials and independent films. She is most proud, however, of her 2 beautiful children and her incredible husband.
Daniel Tatar

Daniel Tatar

Judge

Daniel is an actor and musician who gained worldwide exposure for his work on television (Grey’s Anatomy, CSI:NY, 90210, This Is Us). He created and sang with The Company Men, which brought their signature mashups across the nation, including a residency in Los Angeles, Nokia LIVE, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and morning TV appearances such as Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family. He continues touring nationally with The Four C Notes, singing the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In Chicago, he has been seen in Steppenwolf Theatre Company‘s premiere of The Ballad of Little Jo, as well as various productions at Drury Lane OakbrookMarriott Theatre Lincolnshire, and Royal George Theatre. It all started in a cappella, with the University of Illinois Xtension Chords!