Now that Zach Berkman has received his degree from the prestigious Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, he's ready to apply his education to his performances and take the music industry by storm. From audio engineering to songwriting, Zach hopes that his knowledge of production will set him apart from his fellow contestants. A music lover to the core, Zach can also play a large range of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, and the harmonica. Even though he has a strong affinity for rock, folk, and pop music, his dream collaborators include Eminem and Jay-Z. Oh, and don't let the serious academic stuff fool you -- Zach describes himself as goofy, outgoing and honest, and says he hopes to convey his personality to his audience through his unique performance style.
After working his fair share of 9 to 5 jobs, Todd Sarvies says he's ready to make music his full-time career. And, in a way, music's always been his one true love. After teaching himself how to play guitar in high school, Todd has been writing songs and performing ever since. Because his passion for the stage takes priority, Todd's hectic schedule has cost him many relationships. (Fortunately, his current girlfriend of about a year, has been extremely understanding.) As far as tastes go, Todd classifies his favorite type of music as indie rock and says one of his long-term life goals is to collaborate with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows.
As the oldest artist in the competition, the pressure's on for Omotayo Riley to stand out and get discovered. Known as "Big Sexy," Omotayo says his greatest strength is his larger-than-life personality. And, naturally, it doesn't hurt that he's a fan of multiple music genres, including R&B, pop, gospel, and soul. Unwaveringly persistent, Omotayo says he draws his inspiration from his 8-year-old daughter, who is currently battling Leukemia. Taking a cue from his little girl, Omotayo says he has "to do my very best and show her that Daddy is a trooper, too!"
At just 18 years old, Monet Monico is the youngest female in the competition. Not that she's about to let that intimidate her. Always the scene-stealer, Monet's been turning heads since she was a little girl, when she first grabbed her mom's attention by staging full-scale performances with her dolls. Recognizing her daughter's talent, Monet's mom allowed her to be homeschooled so she could spend more time learning piano, drums, and guitar. It seems her hard work has paid off. Now poised to make it big, Monet says she can't wait to connect with large audiences and share her musical abilities with the world. When asked what scares her most about becoming famous, Monet has only four words to say: "Nothing! BRING IT ON!"