In 2011 Alexander Yepremian of AY Productions created Voice of the Valley, a search for the greatest singers in Southern California. In this, it’s 6th Season, he, along with Ben Smith of UK Dance Academy have brought their Vocal Competition to the Coachella Valley.

After three weeks of auditions in Palm Springs, Indio and Palm Dessert and hearing over 120 incredible vocalists, they have narrowed it down to the Top 10 who will be competing for a $2,500.00 Grand Prize. Not only will there be the Grand Prize winner but, the live audience will get their vote as to who will take home the $750.00 Audience Choice Award.

The search throughout the valley found amazing talent of all ages, backgrounds and genres. With contestants singing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Rhianna, The Drifters, Katy Perry, Paul Anka, Boyz II Men, Carrie Underwood and more.

This year the Finalist are extremely diverse from a 10 year old pop singing student, a 31 year old Country singing prison guard to a 62 year old opera singer, this year they have it all. The Top 10 Finalists are Marissa Reinhagen of Palm Desert, Fiona Gulati of Temecula, Ressa Venegas of Desert Hot Springs, Chelsi Whalen of La Quinta, Kayley Serrano of Indio, Alexis Prior of Beaumont, Porsia Camille and Kristi King of Cathedral City and Blake Lansing and Gerald Colucci of Palms Springs.


The Grand Finale, will feature the top 10 competing with not only their own solo songs, but two group numbers choreographed by Ben Smith, will take place at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center on January 13th at 7:00pm.

This year they are honored to have a great line up of Guest Judges to help decide who will take home the Grand Prize. The Voice of the Desert Joey English, Coachella Valley Singing Sensation Keisha D, Owner of CV Weekly Tracy Dietlin, VP of Public Relations at Leaskou Partners, Rob Grace, Celebrity Cruise Line’s Jill Anderson and Owner of Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro Giovanna Morel.

Voice of the Valley will be a show that the entire community can be proud of. A portion of the proceeds from Voice of the Valley 2017 will go to Desert AIDS Project and the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

For tickets to the Grand Finale on Friday, January 13th 2017 at 7:00pm, go to www.HGPAC.Org

For any further information contact AY Productions at or go to

  • Blake Lansing

  • Fiona Gulati

  • Gerald Colucci

  • Kayley Serrano

  • Kristi King

  • Porsia Camille

  • Ressa Venegas

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