Vocalight is a five-member vocal band that combines infectious pop music and soulful vocals to engage audiences and attract new fans to the genre. The members of Vocalight are Holly Gyenes (soprano), Faith Simmons (mezzo), Lilli Wilder (alto), Joe Schlangen (bass), and Justin Crichfield (tenor/vocal percussionist).
Vocalight recently headlined at A Cappella University and Camp A Cappella. They also opened for Grammy award-winning artist Daya, and won the Midwest Regional in the A Cappella Open making them one of the top 10 a cappella groups in the world. They are working on their first album with both original music and covers.
Keep up with them on their journey of becoming the next big a cappella act from the United States as they share their passion for music with the world!
Faith Simmons is 17 years old and is from Centerville, OH. She has been a member of Forte A Cappella for the past two years and won Varsity Vocals ICHSA Finals in 2016 with them! With Forte, she collaborated on two albums and sang with pop star and recording artist, Jojo. Faith has attended A Cappella Academy and has plans to go again this summer. In addition to having a huge passion for music, Faith is also a huge animal lover!
Joe has been passionate about music from a young age. He began performing with Kettering Fairmont’s Eleventh Hour in high school, and has performed with a variety of groups from around the country including Centerville’s Forte and Briarcrest OneVoice, and has opened for groups such as Pentatonix, Home Free, Street Corner Symphony, VoicePlay, and the Exchange on the Sing-Off Tour. Joe’s musical inspirations include Lianne La Havas, John Mayer, and Eryn Allen Kane.
Holly Gyenes is from Kettering, Ohio and has loved music from a very early age. She graduated from the University of Dayton and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Studies. Holly has studied classical voice for 9 years and has also appeared in several opera and musical theatre productions in the Dayton area. Holly has been heavily involved in the contemporary a cappella community since she was a member of Kettering Fairmont High School’s award-winning a cappella group, Eleventh Hour. With Eleventh Hour, she appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and won a Gold medal at the 2012 World Choir Games. In June 2015, Holly was selected as part of 25 vocalists for A Cappella Academy Retreat in Los Angeles, founded by Grammy Award-winning musicians Ben Bram, Avi Kaplan (of Pentatonix), and Rob Dietz.
Holly sang as part of a background choir on Pentatonix’s self-titled album, which appeared as #1 on the Billboard Top 40 charts in October 2015. In recent years, Holly also has served as a Counselor, Social Media Coordinator, and Customer Service Specialist for Camp A Cappella, founded by Brody McDonald and Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off’s Deke Sharon. She is so thrilled to be a member of Vocalight and cannot wait for what the future holds!
Lilli Wilder is 18 years old and is from Kettering, OH. She has dreamed of being a professional a cappella musician since the age of nine. She performed with EleventhHour, opening for acts such as Pentatonix, The Exchange, Home Free, ARORA, VoicePlay, Street Corner Symphony, Foreigner, and more! She won best female vocalist at Voices in Harmony 2016, and has also appeared in several musical theatre productions. Lilli also has plans to attend A Cappella Academy this summer. Lilli has been singing and making music for her entire life, but also loves horses, puzzles, and popsicles.
Justin is a vocal percussionist and aspiring vocal music producer currently living in Dayton, Ohio. He spends his days playing Pokémon GO and sleeping. After spending years following the trends and stylings of popular music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. In a perfect world, Justin would be a Veterinarian but sadly he is allergic to most animals. So now he just sings lullabies to his dog “Coco” when it’s time for bed. He is so happy that A Cappella Academy and Forte showed him that music is not a dream, it’s a reality.