VOTE NOW: The Jersey Shore’s Top Talent Competition Is Underway!
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We scoured the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Long Beach Island looking for our areas Top Talent and now it's time to put the spotlight on the Shore's best.
Scroll through our best musicians, artists, and entertainers now and vote for who you think has the most talent. The winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card, powered by Hackensack Meridian Health.
Without further ado, we present our Top Talent:
Needlez - Entertainer (Manchester)
In the entertainment world, I am known as Needlez the one-man show and I have a bevy of talents including han blockhead, iron tongue and Annie Lennox's personal favorite Walking on broken glass but my main thing has always been fire breathing. Over the past twenty years I've performed at everything from fundraisers to festivals and my ultimate goal is to one day travel the world bringing my unique form of entertainment to anyone and everyone.
Shane Dykeman - Artist (Jackson)
My dream is to get my Original Cartoon Characters Colt Mutt Resolver (Half Beagle/Half Colt 45 Revolver), Muzzle Cat (Human Like Cat With A Muzzle Fused Into His Skin), and Pencil-ver Fox (Half Pencil Half Fox) to appear on a major network, comic label, or to the masses in general! Their entire backstory and powers are in THIS LINK with more rough hand sketches!
Kelly Caruso - Singer (Pittstown)
Been singing since I was a young kid. Was on an MTV show in 07 won the show called "Say What Karaoke", was on American Idol season 6 and 9 and made it to Hollywood! Won Jersey Idol on NJ101.5 in 2007. Was in 3 big cover bands. Lead singer original singer for Garden State Radio 2009 to 2017, Radio Nashville in 2012 to 2014. Kevin Miller smashed featuring fuels former drummer 2018 to 2019. Currently singing doing acoustic shows with Pete, and fill-in shows. 2 original songs on iTunes.
Frankie Pendergrast - Bassist/Band (Jackson)
My name is Frankie and I am the bassist of Morningside Lane. When many other artists and bands were trying to figure out what to do during the pandemic, Morningside Lane soared. We released our first full length album called These Are Our Years, and it got recognition from the East coast, west coast, and internationally. We are no stranger to the Jersey shore having played on the Jersey Shore festival, many performances at The Wonder Bar, and have an upcoming show at House of Independents this summer
Debra Canale - Miss Senior NJ (Medford)
Hello! I am privileged and honored to be Ms. Senior New Jersey 2019 and 2020. At the age of 60, I began practicing pole sport, and presented this talent for the Senior America Pageant and for competing in Pile Sport. I am proud to report that I have earned two silver medals in these competitions thus far!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH DEBRA'S PERFORMANCE
Ida DeMarco - Singer (Toms River)
I am 19 years old and I go to ocean county college. I have been in theatre since sixth grade all the way till I graduated from High School South in 2020. I have been singing since I could talk. Music is my passion and I want to share it to the world some day. As my talent I will be singing “No Time To Die” by one of my idols Billie Eilish. Hope you enjoy!
Gwynne Aldren - Singer (Spring Lake)
My name is Gwynne Alden, I am 28 years old from Spring Lake, NJ. A country singer/songwriter, I have been blessed to play all throughout NJ and the legendary venues of the Jersey Shore: The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, The Paramount Theatre, and more. After singing for years, I started writing songs at 15 after teaching myself guitar. Country music became my obsession and what I started singing and writing. It still is to this day. When I was 19, I got to record and co-produce an EP I wrote all the songs for with former Shania Twain pedal steel player, Marc Muller. Shortly after, I recorded another EP at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park featuring 4 original songs and some of the most talented musicians from the area including Bon Jovi touring guitarist, Matt O'Ree.
In addition to playing/singing/writing, one of the highest honors of my music career was being chosen to sing "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park for a PBS show called Doo Wop Generations. I was hand picked to perform this song and it aired live on TV on March 10, 2018. Sha-Na-Na introduced me on stage and I was lucky enough to meet so many iconic singers from the 1950's and 1960s!
After living in Nashville, TN for over a year, I am back home bouncing between here and Music City, writing, singing, performing and continuing to chase the music :)
Jonathan Guilfoyle - Singer (Toms River)
Been an ocean county regular and jersey shore resident singer for about 7 years now. I was on Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice, made it through to the Top 32! I play regularly at Aqua Blu every Thursday and all over New Jersey. Hard Rock Cafe, Cesar’s Entertainment, The Sawmill and many more. I sing music good for the soul and always leave people with those good feelings. I’d love to be nominated as the Top Talent in the area!
Mark Minnich - Artist/Sculptor (Manahawkin)
I am an artist that started out painting landscapes mostly but now I am a wood sculptor. I mostly do anything related to classic rock.
Check out more of his work on Instagram.
Allison Stella - Singer/Musician (Little Egg Harbor)
Allison Stella is a solo cover artist in South Jersey who teaches English by day and plays piano by night (and summer!). Her signature sound involves adding loops to create a faux-full-band sound, and her arrangements usually involve modernizing old songs and retro-ify-ing newer ones. Over the summer of 2020, she made the best of quarantine by making a homemade album of originals.
Alyssa Joelle - Singer (Toms River)
An aspiring singer at the Jersey Shore. I have written a couple of my own songs as well as done a few covers.
Aileen M - Bagpiper (Howell)
This is my amazing bagpipe band! I’ve been drumming with them for the last 20 years. This group is like a family and we love bringing smiles to our audiences’ faces whether it be in a parade, volunteering for fundraisers, or playing at schools and nursing homes. The Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelagh are happy to share our talent with you and hope to see you at a parade soon!! ☘️
Tony Testa - Singer/Songwriter (Toms River)
I’m an original singer-songwriter playing in local bands for a few years. Playing Folk-rock & currently into rock and roll.
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All participants must be 18 years of age or older and fall within the category of tasteful entertainment. An impartial panel of Townsquare Media judges will determine each participant's eligibility. All participants will be notified of their acceptance into the Jersey Shore's Top Talent contest via email on Monday, March 15th.
CLICK HERE for full contest rules.