Tri-State Rocks (TSR) is Inspired Nation’s sophomore event and has showcased the talent of 15 aspiring young artists raising over $100,000 for local charitable partners. Each year, finalists between the ages of 12-21 perform in the Westchester, NY area and compete in front of music-industry veterans Kara DioGuardi, Leslie Stifelman (musical director of Broadway hit Chicago), and Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R of Atlantic records). Winners receive a mentorship with Kara, a Summer Sessions scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and a cash prize. Last year, fifteen finalists wowed the audience, which included youth groups from lower-income areas whose travel and tickets were underwritten by generous donors. Since the competition, finalists have continued to give back by working with Inspired Nation on volunteer opportunities.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Tri-State Rocks Winner Mae Valerio, second place Molly Jeanne Freer, third place Chris Smith and Kylie Odetta, and finalists Abigale Lilly, Amanda Swickle, Chris Ruggiero “Cadillac Chris,” Delaney Revera, Elijah Pettie, Emma Kringdon, Gabrielle Lutz, Isabella Dussias, Jessica Tauber, Kathryn Czerwinski, and Natasha Edwards.
Please visit our social media pages above to see pictures from the event and keep in touch with our new finalists!