Famous Mormons in Music and Entertainment page 11
Mark 'Fingermix' Smith
Mark 'Fingermix' Smith, born in London, England, has been playing piano since the age of 5. By aged 11 he was already performing his own compositions in school, a year later having a main role in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. After serving a full time mission in the Arizona Phoenix mission, for the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he returned home after a successful mission and began a moderately flourishing career writing and re-mixing, for UK independent soul record labels
Chance Thomas composes and produces
original music for smash hit titles like Lord of the Rings
Online, X-Men 3, and King Kong. His projects
are major award winners, including Oscar, Emmy, Aurora, Telly
and GANG. He produced one of the first live
orchestral scores (Quest for Glory V) and commercially
successful soundtrack CD's in gaming (50,000+ units).
He also led the successful movement which brought game
music into the Grammy Awards in the late 1990's.
Chance was the first game composer to score an Academy
Award winning film (The ChubbChubbs) and log more than 1 million
mp3 downloads of his music (Lord of the Rings).
He is widely regarded as one of the premier composers in
the interactive entertainment industry. He also composes for
film and television.
Dan Truman is the keyboard/piano player for the band, Diamond Rio. Dan is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes casually called the Mormon Church. Dan was educated at Brigham Young University and continued classical piano training.
While at BYU, he performed with the Young Ambassadors. He recommends that everyone take piano lessons with TakeLessons teachers or another school so people can enjoy the piano as he does. www.mormonmusic.org
Don Walser is living proof that dreams can
come true. Raised on classic country in Lamesa in far West
Texas, he started out singing in honky-tonks as a teen, visions
of the Grand Ole Opry no doubt in his head. For more than four
decades, the devoutly Mormon Walser played the bars of West
Texas as if they were his church, never losing faith in the
music he loved. He once shared a stage with a young and
yet-to-be-famous Buddy Holly, earned a rave review in Billboard
for one of his singles, and even traveled overseas as a musical
ambassador for the city of El Paso. Stardom, however, remained
Amos Watene is an actor and composer he is the voice on the children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba!
Dallon Weekes Dallon is the lead singer of indie band, The Brobecks, as well as the bassist for multi-platinum selling band, Panic! At The Disco.
He served an full time mission in Oklahoma City and is married with two children.
Amy Whitcomb appeared with fellow Mormon Laina Walker on NBC's reality show, "The Sing-Off." in 2012. When Whitcomb got very sick just before the taping of week six of "The Sing-Off," five of the LDS male singers on the program (Vocal Point) came together to give her a blessing.Amy also was a contestant on "The Voice" in 2013
Brooke White Brooke White (born 1983 Mesa Arizona) a top 5 finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. White worked as a nanny prior to auditioning for Idol. She has also performed as a solo artist with a backup band. White began singing at age 15 and also plays the piano and guitar, with her vocal skills and piano playing impressing all three judges during Hollywood week. wikipedia.org