Garrett Clayton stars as Tanner, the sun-bleached surf star of a classic teen beach movie, "Wet Side Story," where Mack and Brady find themselves mysteriously trapped, in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Teen Beach Movie." An actor, singer and dancer, Clayton's television credits include roles on Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" and in "Days of our Lives." He can also been seen in the independent films "Love, Gloria" and "What's Wrong with Virginia." Most recently he led a talented cast in the Lifetime TV movie "Holiday Spin," opposite Ralph Macchio. Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Clayton performed in regional theater productions of "High School Musical 2," "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," "Peter Pan" and "Beauty and the Beast." He has also appeared in numerous print ads and has modeled for companies including Guess.
Sixto Rodriguez is a Mexican-American folk musician, born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. In most of his songs he takes a political stance on the cruelties facing the inner city poor. In 1976 he released the single entitled “I’ll Slip Away” through the small record label Impact. He did not produce anything for another three years until he was signed with Sussex Records. Rodriguez recorded two albums with Sussex -- Cold Fact in 1970, and Coming from Reality in 1971. But after mixed reviews and low album sales he was dropped from the label, which later folded in 1975. After failing to make an impact in North America, he gave up his career as a musician. However, although he was relatively unknown in his home country, by the mid-70s his albums were starting to gain airplay in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. After imported copies of his Sussex albums ran dry, an Australian record label, Blue Goose Music, bought the Australian rights to his back catalogue in the mid-70s. The label released his two studio albums plus a compilation album “At His Best” (featuring unreleased recordings from 1976 Can’t Get Away, I’ll Slip Away, and Street Boy). Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, it went platinum in South Africa, where he achieved cult status. South Africa at one stage was the major disk-press interest supplying his music to the rest of the world.
Grammy winning songwriter Allee Willis has sold over 50,000,000 records with songs that have topped the R&B, Pop, Jazz, Country and Radio Airplay charts, including Earth, Wind And Fire's September and Boogie Wonderland, The Pointer Sisters' Neutron Dance, Dusty Springfield's What Have I Done To Deserve This? and Maxine Nightengale's Lead Me On. Willis won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop and was nominated for an Emmy for I'll Be There For You, the theme from Friends, one of the best-selling television themes of all time. She's collaborated with Motown legend Lamont Dozier. Willis is also an award-winning artist, set designer, interactive-multimedia artist, writer and director. She has collaborated with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner on lilytomlin.com, a non-linear exploration of their Tony winning The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life…. In the field of new media, Willis has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, America Online, Disney and Warner Brothers. Representing 3,000,000 BMI songwriters, she also addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on artist rights in cyberspace. As her alter-ego Bubbles the artist, Willis has sold over 1000 paintings and handmade ceramics.
Sarah Lenore, a Detroit native, finally made the long move to Nashville in August 2007. Since performing as an 8-year-old in the National Broadway touring musical “Showboat,” starring Tom Bosley, at the Masonic Temple in 1997, Sarah has done it all in Michigan: national anthems for the Detroit Lions, Pistons, NASCAR, and even Vice President Dick Cheney. She was national runner-up at the 2004 Colgate Country Showdown in Orlando, Florida, has done TV appearances, and is a regular guest on Detroit’s number one country station 99. 5 WYCD. The Sarah Lenore Band has performed all over the Midwest, opening for national acts such as Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols, Sammy Kershaw, Danielle Peck, and Jason Aldean. Sarah has also performed on stage with LeAnn Rimes, Lonestar, and Hank Williams Jr. Sarah has made quite a splash on Nashville’s music scene already. She cannot walk down Broadway without someone calling her name. She is a regular performer at venues such as Tootsies, Fiddle and Steel, and the 2nd Fiddle. An accomplished guitarist and pianist, Sarah also spends a lot of time writing with some of Nashville’s legendary songwriters.
Williams is a Saline native and the winner of the 2009 Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen competition and Miss Michigan 2013. She currently attends the University of Alabama, where she twirls batons at football games. She is pursuing a public relations degree and an art history minor, with hopes of working in sports after graduation. Williams said she plans to take a break from school for a year and return after her reign is over. Williams said she is looking forward to sharing her platform, "Through a Child's Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief," in the upcoming year. "My platform is about kids overcoming tragedy and realizing that they can still live a happy life, regardless of the traumatic experiences they've had as a child."
A Detroit native and Renaissance High School graduate, Angel has been named Miss Black Michigan USA 2014. As Miss Black USA Michigan, Mills has been assigned an official platform, "Ladies must Lead," to address issues facing women, including the increasing number of women running for public office, teaching young girls to be professionally savvy and promoting women's health. Mills plans to graduate from Howard University in May of 2014 and pursue a broadcast journalism career.
Paws is the official mascot of the Detroit Tigers. His favorite meal at Comerica Park includes hot dogs with ketchup, pepperoni pizza and some Aquafina water to wash it down! His hobbies include collecting baseball cards, playing fantasy baseball and running and playing with friends. His favorite activities are cheering on the Tigers at every home game! He also enjoys visiting schools, malls and special events all around the city!
Hooper is the official mascot of the Detroit Pistons. His best trick shot is the behind-the-back halfcourt shot. He loves everything Michael Jackson, Eminem, Kid Rock, and Bob Seger. His hobbies include skydiving, magic, unicycling, reading and hanging out with Pistons fans.
"Russ Russell asked me to spearhead a Christmas album project for Holy Cross, and I think it only took about ten minutes to say yes. Holy Cross is doing some amazing things and they deserve all the help we can give them. The first thing I did was bring Mark and Brian Pastoria to the project. I wasn't sure how many performers would jump on board, but it turned out they were just like me -- easily won over to this marvelous cause. This album is about partnership which is why I love the three songs of mine that are on the disc. They're all partnerships with people I really love and admire -- Jill Jack, Karen Newman, Stewart Francke and Jeff Daniels. I'm just tickled with what we put together in a ridiculously short period of time. We're really proud of it, and I hope Holy Cross is, too."
-- Devin Scillian