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TV Host, American Ride
Stan Ellsworth is the Harley Davidson-riding host of American Ride, the Emmy Award-winning American history program. He was born on the highway and raised in the Carolinas and Virginia. His family lineage includes Revolutionary War patriots Ethan Allen, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, General Daniel Morgan, American folk heroes Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett; the notorious Frank and Jesse James. Small wonder he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history. He played and coached college football at several universities, including the University of Utah. Among his many adventures, Stan taught high school students where he brought his knowledge and unique personality to the classroom, calling upon his love of liberty to bring American history to life.
As the creator and host of American Ride, Stan has brought truth to the retelling of our country’s history; especially how Providence has played a big part in the founding and success of the American nation. American Ride preserves and preaches that message for all. The show has become a weekly highlight for nearly 11 million Americans, and many viewers in other nations via the Internet.
Stan now hosts two weekly nationwide radio programs, Character Counts with co-host Burgess Owens, and The Weekend Ride, both on the Loving Liberty network. His weekly podcast, History and the Highway, can be downloaded from West Star media. Stan is also the author of the highly successful and critically acclaimed book, Renegades and Rebels, where he recounts the true stories and heroics of the firebrands and philosophers of American independence.
For American Ride, Stan has received recognition from the American Academy of Television Arts with seven Emmys, including numerous Best Host awards. He has also been honored by the following: Sons of the American Revolution, with a Silver Medal of Citizenship; National Coalition of Motorcyclists, with the Silver Spoke Award; American Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, with the George Washington Gold Medal of Freedom; Boy Scouts of America, for Patriotism; the Honorable Gary Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, for Service to the State; and several Sergeants Major of the United States Armed Forces, for Distinguished Service to the Nation.
Stan and his wife Stacey are the proud parents of six children and have seven grandchildren. They now make their home in the mountains of Northern Utah.
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Dr. Hank Smith grew up in St. George, Utah and later attended college in Logan where he graduated with his MBA from Utah State University. He also earned his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Educational Leadership, where he now works as an Assistant Professor.
In addition to his work in consulting companies and schools, Hank speaks for school assemblies, trains at Fortune 500 Companies, and teaches at school districts around the country. Hank has also authored many books and audio books with Covenant Communications. His most recent book is "Be Happy, Simple Secrets to a Happier Life."
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BYU VOCAL POINT
Vocal Point creates complex music and rhythms with only 9 voices They have percussion without drums. They have a rhythm section without a bass. The only instruments on stage belong to the nine voices of the nationally renowned a cappella group Vocal Point. From Brigham Young University, Vocal Point captures faithful audiences throughout the world with their stunning, high-energy performances and their elaborate and fun music videos. With a wide range of vocal possibilities—and seeming impossibilities—these crowd-pleasers have it all: rock, pop, country, jazz, and R&B that makes their family-friendly concerts a showstopper. This nine-man group takes the songs you are familiar with, retools them and delivers a new rendition, complete with all the complex instrumentation done entirely with their mouths. Each Vocal Point member displays musical ability, creativity, and stage experience—a combination which adds up to original, skillful, and spirited performances. “Well, that’s about the most professional group at the collegiate level anywhere,” says Deke Sharon, founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) and Vocal Producer of NBC’s The Sing-Off. As a result of their success, the group has signed a recording contract with Universal Music Group, the largest music distributors in the world, as part of their label Decca Gold and also a contract with IMG Artists, the largest booking agency in the world. Updated1/10/2018 Vocal Point In 2018, The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) awarded Vocal Point the Oustanding Collaborative Video and the Best Show Tunes/ Soundtrack/ Theme Song awards for their “Beauty and the Beast A Cappella Medley” featuring Lexi Walker. They also won Best Religious Video for their video “It is Well with My Soul.” The group was also a runner-up for the awards of Oustanding Choreography/ Staging, and Outstanding Costume/ Makeup. Besides performing on stage, recording albums, and being on television, Vocal Point has had over 20 music videos produced. These videos, altogether, have accumulated over 55 million views on YouTube. In February of 2016, YouTube awarded Vocal Point’s channel with the Silver Play Button for surpassing 100,000 subscribers and as of 2019, they have more than 400,000 subscribers. BYU Vocal Point has also performed live with amazing artists, including Gladys Knight, Kristin Chenoweth, Colbie Caillat, Lee Greenwood, Lexi Mae Walker, and Peter Holland within the last three years. The group performs for over 50,000 people each year, regularly selling out shows weeks in advance. In the spring of 2018, Vocal Point performed in cities in Washington and California. In 2015, Vocal Point performed at Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. While there, they also taught workshops for Disney cast members. Vocal Point performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” for an audience of over 80,000 at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Centennial Celebration. The group has performed for the San Francisco Giants at 3Com Stadium and for ambassadors from around the world in Washington, D.C. In 2019, the a cappella singers will go to China for their first international tour. Vocal Point took first place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) at a performance in New York City in 2006. They returned to this same competition for the 2011 season and placed first runner-up at the finals. Vocal Point originates in the office of Performing Arts Management at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.