MEET THE ASSOCIATE COACHES OF AEVSTUDIOS
CHRIS CROW is the creative leader at Champions Centre in Bellevue WA, a Dove Award nominated producer and director for his recent work on the contemporary Christian band Warr Acres sophomore album released by Dream Records. Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Technology from Oral Roberts University, and quickly began producing music with Victory Church. As a songwriter, arranger, and classically trained pianist, Chris enjoys each step of the process of taking a song from inception to the finished product. He is especially passionate, however, about vocal production and has studied the Ease of Speech technique since 2009. "I myself had journeyed from a place of feeling limited in his vocal ability and identity to a place of unlocking a large range and amount of control through the techniques employed by AEVStudios." Chris’s experience in the music industry along with producing and working with all types of vocalists in the studio make him an ideal coach for those who want to take their vocal ability to the next level.
MADISON MCCOY is a singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City. She graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor of science from Oklahoma Christian University focusing on music and education. She also has an associate degree from the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO where she studied Vocal Performance. She’s had the pleasure of performing for many events around Oklahoma and Texas, including OKC Thunder at Chesapeake Arena, Shop Hop, OKC State Fair, Rodeo Opry, Six Flags Over Texas, Myriad Gardens, and at various other notable venues, events, and private parties in and around the south. Madison is 1/2 of the acoustic duo Bold McCoy. In addition to the guitar, she also plays the ukulele and has been teaching instrumental lessons since 2011. She is passionate about teaching and helping others grow in their musical gifts.
KAYLEIGH JONES has loved singing since she was a child, and was always the "entertainer" of the family! She enjoyed performing all genres of music including the latest country or pop song. She became passionate about singing and performing at the ripe age of 12 yrs old, after she was invited to sing in front of an audience following her first ever audition. Over the course of five years, she performed at various notable and historical venues both locally and regionally, including The Centennial Rodeo Opry, The Oklahoma State Fair, Six Flags Over Texas, and Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. She has been recognized for her talent on a Regional, State, and National level, and has been named NACMAI's Future Star Entertainer of the Year. “I began studying voice with AEVS in 2010. As I continued through my vocal journey, I realized music was not just a passion, but was what I wanted to do for life. I am a student at the Academy of Contemporary Music as a Vocal Performance Major, and am excited to pursue my passion of music and helping others do the same!"
LAURA STOCKTON had her first major musical success at age 14, when she was awarded the title of National Vocal Grand Champion in the American Kids Competition in Branson, MO. She continued molding her craft by performing regionally at various venues, including NCAA and NBA sporting events and completed her bachelors in Vocal Music Education at the University of Oklahoma. She caught the attention of FOX’s American Idol Season 6, where she advanced as a Hollywood finalist, and since then has played historical hotspots such as Hollywood’s The Viper Room, The Whiskey a Go Go and Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena as the singing, dancing, piano-playing front-woman, Laura Leighe. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with celebrity acts including Neon Trees, Tiffany, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band, Jars of Clay, Natalie Grant, Third Day to name a few.
Also a piano instructor, songwriter, and vocal producer, she teaches her own system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is truly ideal for the aspiring vocalist, pianist, singer-songwriter, as well as the beginner or intermediate pianist. Laura and her husband, Trent Stockton own and operate GoStockProductions Recording Studio & Writing Room out of Santa Monica, CA.
Since 2007, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in and around the OKC metro area, as well as Los Angeles, CA. She has studied the Singing with Ease technique since 2011, and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been truly changed, having been strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the proper technique.
SOPHIA MASSAD’s musical career started when she began studying Ease of Speech technique in 2009. Growing up around a musical family, she was exposed to the world of music at a young age and discovered her love for music. She began performing at the age of twelve at various venues such as the Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry, American Kids Inc, among other such as local festivals and fairs in and around the state.
As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist today, you will find her performing at your local coffee shop, restaurant or theater with her pop-folk sound, guitar, loop-pedal, humor, and even ukulele, accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals.
After her first single release in 2013, Sophia continued her development as an independent artist and released her freshman EP, contributing as a writer and co-producer, also playing piano, guitar, and ukulele on the project. She released another single in February of 2016, titled “Apollo" and is currently writing for her next project.
With an Associates Degree from the University of Oklahoma she is now attending the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma in downtown Oklahoma City, majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Production.
While not studying or performing as a professional musician over the last 6 years, Sophia has spent her time outside of music working with children of all ages as a nanny, camp counselor, and as a lead educator in the youth program at her church.
“I thought I could just sing like Beyonce, but it always hurt after I sang. While I struggled a lot with pitch, breath control, vibrato, I also suffered from severe allergies and was often sick, therefore unable to sing well during the spring and fall. After starting to execute the technique, I began to understand more about my health and how to sing while working through illness. Learning to sing with ease has allowed me to increase my range, control and understand of my my voice on a deeper level, which consequently has given me not only the ability to sing confidently and comfortably in a safe place at all times, but also the flexibility to grow in my own personal art and performance. The technique has made singing easy, fun, and an overall empowering experience for me, which has created a passion I now have for sharing it with others. My goal as a coach is to help vocalists alleviate vocal struggles and grow in their own journey by passing along the life-changing knowledge that has impacted my life in such a positive way."
With over 6 years Ease of Speech study with AEVStudios, she desires to share the wonders of truly singing with ease with others, therefore is completing her study as an AEVS Associate-in-Training.