Joe Buck, Advisor
Since breaking on to the national scene as a promising 25-year-old, Joe Buck has become one of sports’ premier play-by-play broadcasters. Buck handles lead play-by-play duties for FOX Sports’ Emmy Award-winning coverage of MLB and the NFL. On baseball, he teams with three-time Emmy Award-winning analyst Tim McCarver, while his football partner is three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman.
This spring, he added a seventh Emmy Award to his impressive list of broadcasting accomplishments, garnering the honor for his work in 2011, five straight seasons from 2001 to 2005 and 1999. Buck has held lead MLB on FOX play-by-play duties since 1996. At age 27, he became the youngest play-by-play announcer to call the World Series since the legendary Vin Scully (age 25) sat behind the mic during the 1953 Fall Classic. He’s already called 14 World Series, 16 League Championship Series and three Super Bowls. As the lead voice for the NFL on FOX since 2002, Buck worked with analysts Aikman and Cris Collinsworth for three seasons (2002–2004), and since 2005 has been partnered exclusively with Aikman. Active in many national and local charities, he hosts The Joe Buck Classic golf tournament which benefits St. Louis Children's Hospital and helps fund its imaging center. Since it began in 2000, the annual event has raised more than $5 million. He also works closely with the Parkinson's Foundation, Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club and City of Hope.
Roger Daltrey, Advisor
Roger Daltrey has been a world famous star since the early sixties when as lead singer of The Who he embarked upon a career as a recording and performing artist that ranks him as one of the four or five best known lead singers in the history of rock music. Since then The Who have sold approximately 100 million albums and toured extensively round the world, but have undoubtedly been most successful in the USA where, even more than in their home territory of the UK, The Who are renowned as the biggest touring rock band in history.
The awards and prizes that Roger Daltrey has won in that time are too numerous to list, but apart from a multitude of gold and platinum albums, he has won the two most prestigious British awards – namely The Brit award and Ivor Novello award – both for special achievement in popular music. He has also received the Nordoff Robbins’ award for special achievement and The Who have also been inducted into The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.
Roger developed vocal difficulties touring towards the end of 2009 sought out care with Dr. Steven Zeitels who diagnosed precancerous dysplasia. Roger was treated with the state-of-the-art KTP (green light) laser weeks before his performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. This novel treatment that was created by Zeitels and evolved from surgical research that was funded by the Voice Health Institute (VHI). Consequently Roger's disease has resolved and his voice has been enhanced allowing him to provide many more memorable performances. Roger has been a staunch advocate of the VHI and Dr. Zeitels' Mass General's team. They have worked together in a number of venues including feature television pieces for CBS News and Reuters as well as Bloomberg news and Rolling Stone magazine.
Connie Fisher, Advisor
Connie rose to fame playing the lead role of Maria in “The Sound Of Music” at The London Palladium having won “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality TV show for The BBC.
Connie’s appearances and concerts include: Noson Lawen, The National Eisteddfod 2008, Faenol Festival 2007, BBC Radio 2 Lloyd Webber Gala Concert, BBC Songs Of Praise Big Sing at The Royal Albert Hall, Concert For Diana at The Wembley Stadium, Blue Peter Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and New Year Live for The BBC.
In 2006 Connie released her debut album “Favourite Things” and features on the cast album for “The Sound Of Music” and the new “West Side Story” album. Connie launched her latest album “Secret Love” in February 2009.
Connie is greatly committed to raising awareness about the importance of human voice and is a staunch supporter of the Voice Health Institute and the Mass General Voice Center mission to restore voices through novel surgical research.
Christina Perri, Advisor
In July 2010, a struggling singer--songwriter and musician named Christina Perri had a life-changing moment when she was asked to perform a song she had written, a defiant break--up anthem called “Jar of Hearts,” on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance. The raw, emotional quality of her performance connected with viewers and catapulted the 24-year-old Philadelphia native into the public eye. “Jar of Hearts” went on to sell a million downloads and land Perri, who was then supporting herself as a café manager in Beverly Hills, a deal with Atlantic Records.
Perri had actually been preparing for her big moment since she was a child. The daughter of hairdressers (whom she describes as “not musical, though my mom can whistle in many octaves”), Perri first sang in public at her Holy Communion at age six. Piano lessons began at age 8, but her piano teacher “fired” her (as she puts it), because “I would change the endings to the songs when I didn’t like the way they were written.” Eventually, Perri picked up a guitar and taught herself to play. She was in London working as a gofer for her brother’s band Silvertide when she got word that she had been accepted to Philadelphia’s prestigious University of the Arts with a sizeable scholarship.
“Every day something happens that blows my mind,” she says. “Being able to wake up and play music is more than I’ve ever dreamed my life could be. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences, my hope, my strength, my guts, and my heart with the world.”
Harold Reynolds, Advisor
Harold Reynolds exemplifies success on and off the field. During his 12-year career as a Major League Baseball player, Harold spent 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners and a year each with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels. As a Mariner, Harold was a two-time American League All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove second baseman and led the American League in steals in 1987. He is currently among the Mariners' career leaders in 10 offensive categories.
Off the field, Harold is an Emmy Award winning broadcaster who has covered every aspect of baseball from Little League to the pros since 1996. He is the lead studio analyst for MLB Network, providing nightly commentary on all Major League games and coverage for special events such as the Major League Draft, the All-Star Game and World Series. Starting in the 2014 season, Harold began calling premier regular season games for FOX and the jewel events such as MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. During his broadcasting career, Harold has consistently rated as one of the most popular personalities in sports television.
Harold is also a noted humanitarian for his dedication to community service and his commitment to improving the lives of youth, Harold was honored as President George Bush Sr.’s 195th Point of Light, becoming the first athlete to receive such high recognition. In addition, Harold is the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.
Harold is the majority owner of HR4 LLC, a minority owned entity developed for the purposes of creating a combination of affordable and quality equipment for youngsters, providing opportunities for under-served youngsters through the sport of baseball and using his platform to promote the sport of baseball to today's youth.
Lionel Richie, Advisor
Music icon Lionel Richie has created an unforgettable body of work that speaks to the hearts of people of all races, faiths and ages around the world with his universal themes of life, love and loss presented with poetic simplicity and irresistible melodies. He has earned sales of more than 100 million albums, 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards from virtually every other major entertainment organization. His catalog of timeless hits include "Say You, Say Me," "Easy," "Still," "Hello," "Stuck On You," You Are," "My Love," "Endless Love" and "We Are the World."
By defying boundaries, blending genres and ignoring trends to remain true to what it is his heart, the gifted storyteller has shaped popular culture as his music has served as the soundtrack of several generations around the world. His music has remained at the forefront of his fans¹ milestone moments -- first kisses, first wedding dances, first break-ups and first children. It's impossible to separate those memories and his music because they are inextricably intertwined.
Paul Stanley, Advisor
For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. Although preferring to live his off stage life out of the media spotlight he continues to be the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS. A visionary and trendsetter since the early 1970s, Stanley’s passion for both the musical and visual arts has perhaps been the key to the astonishing ongoing worldwide phenomenon known as KISS.
Stanley single-handedly penned such escapist anthems as “Love Gun,” “God of Thunder”, “Black Diamond” and wrote the timeless celebratory battle cry “I Want To Rock and Roll All Night And Party Everyday”. He was the golden throat that throttled “Detroit Rock City,” the charismatic swagger behind “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” and stripped of makeup, was the unmasked troubadour that breathed vocal life into the ballads “Reason to Live,” “Forever” and “Every Time I Look At You.”
After being contacted by the prestigious HOUSE Research Institute, Stanley accepted the opportunity to become the Ambassador Spokesperson educating the public to the risks of unprotected exposure to loud sounds and music, which has resulted in an epidemic of hearing loss among teens. Stanley now travels lecturing and advocating on the dangers of exposure to high volumes.
Steven Tyler, Advisor
Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and voice of Aerosmith, America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. He is considered one of rock's most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest singers of all time." Further solidifying their place in history, Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won numerous prestigious awards (including multiple Grammys, American Music Awards, Billboard awards, and MTV awards) and were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Aerosmith is currently in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled fifteenth studio album and will spend the summer performing to sold out crowds nationwide on the Global Warming Tour.
On the health and wellness front, when the Demon of Screamin' injured his vocal cords in 2006, he turned to the world-renowned surgeon Dr. Stephen M. Zeitels. After Tyler's voice was restored, they worked together for an exclusive article on voice surgery (Rock's Best Laser Light Show is in Steven Tyler's Throat) for the Wall Street Journal in 2006. In 2007, Tyler and Zeitels collaborated to produce a unique segment for the National Geographic Channel on vocal physiology for the renowned documentary The Incredible Human Machine. Tyler now sits on the Advisory Board of the Voice Health Institute alongside Julie Andrews, Joe Buck, Roger Daltrey, Christina Perri, Lionel Richie, and Paul Stanley.
Keith Urban, Advisor
In September 2013 Urban released his seventh studio album FUSE. His fourth #1 album marked the first time that a male Country artist has debuted atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. The album’s first single, “Little Bit of Everything” took the top spot on the Country Singles Chart, as did “We Were Us”, featuring Miranda Lambert, which gave Urban a streak of five consecutive #1 songs (dating back to 2011’s “Without You”).
In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.
He was the first Country artist to be named an American Idol judge, a role he will reprise for the show in its 14th season, and is a four-time GRAMMY® Award winner who has also won a People’s Choice, American Music Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards and has had 16 #1 songs and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums. In 2012 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
His reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded Urban the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Eric Church and countless others. He was asked to perform on both nights of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival and earlier this year on CBS’ “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.”
Urban has long supported numerous charities. Amongst other things, he is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and a longtime supporter of The Grammy Foundation. In 2013, he introduced his new URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which went to benefit both the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund. The offering resulted in the largest guitar debut ever for the entertainment/lifestyle retailer, selling out in a matter of hours. In 2014 his second offering, for his URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, broke that record. His annual “All For The Hall” benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© has raised nearly $2.5 million.
Dick Vitale, Advisor
Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season – just after the network’s September 1979 launch – following a successful college and pro coaching career. In 2008, Vitale received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, never boring, style. Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on December 5, 1979. Since then, he’s called over a thousand games including NBA contests for ESPN during the 1983 and 84 seasons. Vitale is also a columnist for Basketball Times, has served as a guest columnist for USA Today since 1991, and has been a featured guest on virtually every sports radio station across the nation.
The always-energetic Vitale is a favorite endorser among a wide array of major corporations. He’s also is one of the nation’s most requested speakers, providing motivational speeches to numerous leading corporations and organizations across the U.S. He has an exclusive contract with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Vitale is on the Board of Directors of The V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. He has an annual Dick Vitale Gala which has raised over $1 million dollars every year for the past 7 years. Vitale has also been a strong supporter of throat cancer research. He has spearheaded a strategic alliance between the V Foundation and researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center to pilot innovative new surgical treatment strategies.