Fernando Richardson began to sing at a very young age. At the age of 15, he began to write his own music and at age 17 years of age he was recording and arranging vocals for other singers. He played saxophone while in school which earned him several scholarships. In his career he has traveled to Japan 10 times to date , India, and Italy singing with a international missionary group called Thanksgiving Praise and Worship. He has sung background for such artist as Vicki Winnans, Karen Clark-Sheard and Dorinda Clark. Fernando has opened for and worked with such artist as Tank, KC &JoJo, Gary Jenkins from Silk, American Idol’s Reuben Studdard and Cork Clark, Montell Jordan, Bill Bellany and Vince Gill. Fernando currently sings in a band named Higher Ground and is working on his debut solo album. Fernando is dedicated to The Evolve Project because he has encountered severe bullying while in middle and grade school . In The Evolve Project presentation, he shares his personal story of triumph over bullying!
Deavon Walden is 16 years old. He has danced competitively since he was four years old. Deavon also is an actor and a model. He has danced in several music videos for such artists as Reba McEntire, Billy Dean, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and many more. Deavon has acted in a Christian video series called Mystery News and on a popular Christian television show called iShine KNECT. Deavon has appeared in many movies, most notably ” A Season of Miracles” starring John Schneider. He is currently dancing as main character on children’s television show called The Zinghoppers. It is viewed on Nashville Public Television and will be seen in 195 countries by the end of 2012. He dances at the D C Dance Factory which is ranked the #1 dance studio in the state of Tennessee. Deavon enjoys being a part of The Evolve Project Dancers because he enjoys helping people through dance and supports the goals of the organization.
Rachel Emery is a professional dancers who has loved dance from a very young age. She also acts, models and sings. She has appeared in films and on television such as ” I Kissed a Vampire” , “Visual Eyes” , and “Numbers”. Rachel has performed in videos with artist such as Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Brooks and Dunn, Jo Dee Messina, Trace Adkins and many more. She is a choreographer and teaches dances. She shares her time with The Evolve Project Dancers because she believes in helping children be their very best!
Derrell Underwood has danced since he was 3 years old. He also acts, and models. He has danced on BET and appeared on television in Tyler Perry’s ” House of Payne” and movies named “Stomp the Yard” and “Country Strong”. He has appeared in several commercials and music videos for local artist. He is a choreographer and currently teaches dance to youth. He is dedicated to The Evolve Project because he believes in helping children achieve success. He shows his commitment to the children and the program, by his actions. Darrell lives in Alabama and drives over one hour and a half to Nashville to practice with The Evolve Project Dancers!
Becca Kim first started gaining interest in hip hop as a high school student in rural Iowa. Her passion lead her to start an after school dance program for elementary, middle, and high school students to perform at halftime basketball games. While attending college at Emory University she became the founder and choreographer of the first all female hip hop dance team that performed and competed at various events in Atlanta Georgia. She currently works as a ballroom instructor. Becca is very excited about her involvement with The Evolve Project because she believes in the organizations goals to make positive change in youth around the country.
Haleigh Johnson is currently USA National Miss Tennessee Pre-Teen. She has danced since she was 4 years old and is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, and hip hop. She also acts, models and has appeared in several films and on network television. Haleigh creates and writes her own songs and does volunteer work. She dances with The Evolve Project Dancers because she is currently in middle school and sees the effects of bullying, first hand. She believes in the program and appreciates that she can help others with dance.
Jaz’Mon Howard is a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Theater with a Dance minor. She is a former member of the dance crew Southern Movement that appeared on MTV’S America Best Dance Crew. She is trained in African , ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop . She is currently a professional dancer and choreographer who has performed all over the country. Jaz’Mon shares her time with The Evolve Project because she believes in empowering children and supports the vision of the organization.