Sarah grew up mostly in Montrose, and joined her first band as lead singer in 2001 with Ruby Skye in Grand Rapids, MN. She was with the R&B/Jazz group for almost 3 years and joined the Army shortly after her departure. She spent 2 years serving, and 7 more years as a military family and being mother to Cora, now 10, and Kale, 7. She earned her BA in General Education during this time, but chose to pursue a different career path. She returned to Montrose in 2015, and now works with her best friend, Kerri Noonan-Inda, as a Realtor Licensed Personal Assistant at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montrose Real Estate Group.
Sarah sang in the Montrose bands Bump City and Farmer in the Sky, and now sings actively at Grace Community Church on the worship team. You are likely to see her singing the National Anthem around the area at local events. She loves Colorado, the outdoors, 40s and 50s music (the most!), reading, sewing and creative arts, her “book club,” and serves as Secretary on the P.E.E.R. Kindness board, a non-profit community organization geared toward anti-bullying and kindness. She looks forward to being able to use her experience performing in front of crowds to help guide contestants in this year’s Voice of the San Juans competition, and provide lasting mentorship to the vocalists she works with.
Susan is a performing singer/songwriter with contest wins in the California State Long Beach University’s Guitar and Banjo Contest and in the panel judged 1st Montrose Troubadour Contest. She placed 3rd in a Montrose Classic County Showdown competition. She has received formal vocal training from private instructors as well as in college, where she minored in music while achieving a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She has experience in the recording studio, where she produced a CD of 13 original songs. She enjoys music from just about all genres. She performs solo and with a band in a variety of venues from Honkytonks to festival stages. She is the founder of the Indie/Folk Rock band SMOLDER.
Rusty Wouters —
Rusty is the lead singer, bassist, band manager, and founder for Neon Sky. This Montrose-based band covers all-time favorite songs from genres like classic rock, country, oldies, and pop.
Rusty grew up with vocal training from church musicians for choir and joined several chorus groups and an elite barbershop quartet. He is a self-taught acoustic guitar player and songwriter. He is experienced playing for weddings, funerals, bars, and stages alike. A highlight of his musical experiences was singing the National Anthem solo acappella at a televised college basketball game.
Dr. Rusty Wouters owns a local chiropractic practice and is a professor at Colorado Mesa University. He enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his blended family outdoors. He is looking forward to an October wedding this year with Alicia Finch, owner of Alicia’s Paw Spa pet grooming. Alicia is his biggest fan and attends every gig!
Allyson Shaw Crosby—
Allyson is from Vici, Oklahoma. She has her Bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Oklahoma City University. As a voice student at OCU, Allyson counts herself blessed to have studied voice with THE Florence Birdwell…the teacher of many Broadway featured performers and Tony award winner.
Allyson has been teaching music in schools in Oklahoma and Colorado for 28 years, and has taught private voice and piano lessons for 32 years. She is very honored to be invited back as a judge again this year. She has one win under her belt as a Voice of the San Juans coach to Teira Ila in 2016, and is looking forward to coaching another winner this year!