THE SINGING BEE/SINGERS

Jared Johnson

Jared Johnson grew up in the small town of Belton, Texas. After graduating from college, he loaded up his guitar and headed to Nashville to pursue his dream of singing and writing. In November 2006, Johnson was signed to a publishing deal with Big Loud Shirt Publishing. He has written and worked with many Grammy nominated writers including David Lee, Darrell Brown, Dennis Matkosky, Clay Mills, Sonny LeMaire and David Malloy. During his time at Big Loud Shirt, Johnson auditioned for CMT's hit show Can You Duet? Johnson and his duo partner took 5th place out of about 3,000 duos. The show was eventually won by Caitlin and Will. In November 2008, he decided not to resign his publishing deal with Big Loud Shirt and to go his own way. Johnson is now happy to be a part of the house band for The Singing Bee, which had the highest rated premiere in CMT history.

Kim Keyes

From the deep South comes deep soul. Born in Jackson, Miss., singer-songwriter, Kim Keyes cut her teeth on gospel, R&B and country music. After graduating from high school in Laurel, Miss., she took her soulful voice to Nashville to pursue a music career. She started out singing in a local band, on songwriters' demos and jingles. She soon got a big break after auditioning for Amy Grant. This would be the beginning of a touring career that later included a long list of artists such as Billy Joel, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Peter Cetera, LeAnn Rimes and Jewel, among others. In between road gigs, Keyes has sung her way onto records with Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Johnny Lang, Brooks & Dunn, Grant, Reba, Blake Shelton, Wynona, Womack and most recently, Joe Cocker. Now she is working on her own projects, recording with other artists, writing and working on The Singing Bee.

Storm Lee

Storm Lee is one of the most sought after singers. He has worked with a staggering list of music and media superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Travis Tritt, Disney, Randy Jackson, Ozzy Osborne, Meatloaf and Neil Young, to name a few. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he left high school at age 14, preferring to wander the halls of museums and art galleries. At 16, he moved to Paris and at 17, he bought a one-way ticket to New York City, arriving with $400, a backpack and a demo tape. After a few years in New York, Lee headed west to Los Angeles and signed a publishing deal with Deston Songs. In the fall of 2004, he received a Latin Grammy nomination for the composition "Lipstick," performed by Alejandra Guzman. In the summer of 2006, he published his first book, I Eat Neon, a collection of prose poetry inspired by his life and experiences in New York and held his first art show, Victorious Filth, displaying his original paintings/collage. Lee is currently working on his next book. His debut record, Soulfillapopkilla, includes 11 songs firmly rooted in the neon-drenched world of the synthesizer and is exclusively available on iTunes. Most recently, he performed a song on Benise-Spanish Guitar, coming soon on PBS and is working on Meatloaf's new album. He also recorded backing vocals for American Idol stars Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Bo Bice and David Archuleta. Lee is living proof that you create what you become and become what you create.

Paula MacNeill

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Paula MacNeill has spent most of her career in Toronto, Ontario and Los Angeles. In Toronto, she attended a performance school designed to refine singing, acting and dancing. During that time she signed a single to Quality Records and discussions for a full album were under way. However, Quality Records folded just months after signing. Since then, Paula has appeared in numerous musical theatre shows. In Copacabana, pop singer Barry Manilow handpicked her for the starring role of Lola. Her love of performing and music has brought her many different experiences. MacNeill sang and toured with the country trio LACE for several years, and with them made the journey to Afghanistan to sing for the troops. She has also landed roles on some made for TV movies and has voiced national TV commercials and sang for the cartoon Turbo Dogs. Other credits include having one of her songs chosen as the theme song for an award winning documentary, Breaking News, Breaking Down, and for a breast cancer awareness commercial. Always with her pen handy to write down some lyrics, she's been back writing with some of the best writers in the biz. When Paula isn't on stage somewhere or singing on The Singing Bee, she is recording her debut country CD. Visit her at www.paulamacneill.com or "Fans of Paula MacNeill" on Facebook.

Kim Parent

This native New Jersey girl has come a long way to the South. She performed in bars and coffee houses through college and put her first band together shortly thereafter. After showcasing in New York City for a season, her dream of landing a publishing/recording deal materialized in the 1990s when she signed with Zomba Music and RCA Records, taking her and her husband to Nashville, where she currently resides. Parent has come a long way, and her credits now include singing backup for many of today's biggest country stars including Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Sugarland and Tanya Tucker and has been one of the most sought after singers in Nashville for some years now. She has received the coveted all-star vocalist award from Nashville's' Music Row publication. When not on The Singing Bee, she tours with legendary country act, Brooks & Dunn. In 2009, she crossed another milestone in her career when she was chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of a house band for The Singing Bee. When Parent is not taken out of town by other work, you can find her in the trenches on Music Row. For a more comprehensive look at her album credits, please allmusic.com or her Web page, kimparent.com.

Bobby Tomberlin

Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin started out in the music business at the age of 11 in his hometown of Luverne, Ala. Mel Tillis gave Tomberlin his first publishing contract, and for the past 14 years, he's been a staff writer for CURB Records Publishing. Tomberlin co-wrote the No. 1 single "One More Day" recorded by Diamond Rio. He has also penned numerous hits recorded by top artists, some of which include: Josh Turner, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, the Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Diffie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ty Herndon, Lee Greenwood, Chely Wright, Linda Davis and Eddy Arnold. Look for Tomberlin's first CD to be released in late 2009, which includes special guests Dickens, Bill Anderson and Steve Wariner.

For more information on Tomberlin and for a chance to see him live, check his show calendar at bobbytomberlin.com.

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