Juneau has voted and the results are in…..
Congratulations to our 2017 Diva, Robin Thomas! Runners up were Jocelyn Miles and Ceila Montalto.Robin sang traditional folk song, “Down the the River to Pray”, and got the crowd on their feet with “I Want to Dance with Someone Who Loves Me” to clinch the title with $4,431 in votes. We want to sincerely thank all nine of our fabulous divas, who raised more than $18K in support of JLO!
The Divas are back!
JLO’s fabulous diva throwdown is back for 2017, and in a BIGGER VENUE – Centennial Hall! Once again, our show features Juneau’s fabulous Gigi Monroe as our Mistress of Ceremonies!
September 23, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) at Centennial Hall
This show typically sells out two weeks in advance. Don’t get caught without a seat!
Cost: $35 per single ticket, or get 10% off your total when you buy a table for 10!
All seats are reserved. Limited standing-room only tickets available at the door on the day of the event.
Tickets: Purchase your tickets at the JACC or Hearthside Books – Tickets on sale now!
DISCLAIMER: Who’s Your Diva may not be suitable for young audiences. There will be a no-host bar, and material presented may be rated R. Please use discretion in purchasing tickets for families.
Vote for your diva!
At the performance on September 23 at Centennial Hall, audience members will be encouraged to vote for their favorite diva so she can have the opportunity to be crowned Juneau’s top diva! Votes will be in the form of monetary contributions and divas are already pre-fundraising for their chance at the crown. All proceeds benefit JLO and your monetary contribution counts towards the diva of your choice. You don’t have to wait for the show to show your support! Check out the 2017 lineup of gorgeous and talented divas below, then click VOTE NOW! ($1 = 1 vote) under her name and bio.
Presenting our 2017 Divas in alphabetical order:
Local artist Wendy Byrnes is pleased to grace the Diva Stage again this year. She holds a vocal performance degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and has spent a lifetime performing around Juneau. When not rocking the stage (or the car, or the shower…) with some powerful bad-ass lady vocals, she can be found outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking, and partaking in other types of wild Alaskan frivolity. She hopes you enjoy the Diva stage, and encourages you to all support Juneau Lyric Opera!Get to know Wendy, Look out for her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaWendy to 71777 and follow the prompts!
Alisha is excited to let out her inner Diva this year! Hailing from Michigan, Alisha is relatively new to Juneau, but quickly became involved in the arts community. Most recently, Alisha could be seen singing and dancing as “Anita” in Orpheus Project’s West Side Story and dancing in JLO’s Putting It Together. Alisha has been performing her whole life, and on the side is employed as a lawyer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She teaches Modern and Tap at Juneau Dance Theater and, in her spare time, enjoys the Juneau outdoors: hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and being a triathlete in this year’s Aukeman Triathlon. Please vote for this versatile Diva and enjoy the show!
Get to know Alisha, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaAlisha to 71777 and follow the prompts!
This is the third year that Hurricane has brought her talents to Who’s Your Diva. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending and participating in local theater,
and singing any chance she gets! Batten down the hatches!! Diva Hurricane’s going to rock your world!
Get to know Katrina, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaKatrina to 71777 and follow the prompts!
KYLYNN RENEE MACHIR
Diva Kylynn has a lot of feelings and music has been a lifetime Catharsis. She strongly believes in the Art of Expression as a tool for well-being and LOVES Juneau for its growing Performing Arts community. Marching to the beat of her own drum, sans polyester uniform this time, Kylynn has performed in Folk Fest, The Juneau Cabaret, Open Mic at the Alaskan and can often be found singing in the rain. Grateful for the opportunity to perform for you in this year’s Who’s Your Diva, Diva Kylynn is ready to Rock, Roll, and Reign.
Get to know Kylynn, Look out for her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaKylynn to 71777 and follow the prompts!
Jocelyn is a Diva and does not need us to define, quantify or substantiate her Divatude but we will try nonetheless. Jocelyn was born in New York, raised in Maryland and she has finally made it home to Juneau, Alaska. A lovely, caring, and dare we say it, ambitious woman Jocelyn also has a joyous spirit. Ugh, this reads like a dating profile, but it’s not. She is , however, accepting applications for a husband. Only tall Alaskan men need apply. So what does Jocelyn do in her spare…wait…what is spare time? In addition to singing, she sells insurance as well as real estate as she raises a rambunctious pre-teen. Her singing is influenced by great artists like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion. In previous Who’s Your Diva? Jocelyn has wowed us with her renditions of “Because You Loved Me,” floored us with “Proud Mary” and spanked us with “S & M.” This Diva is truly on fire and hopes you’ll make her your top diva!
Get to know Jocelyn, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaJocelyn to 71777 and follow the prompts!
Celia Montalto, is excited to perform once again at Who’s Your Diva! Her love for music was inspired at a young age by Queen Diva, Barbara Streisand—since then Celia has shared her vocal skills in talent shows, off Broadway productions, cover bands and cabarets. Celia thrives in Juneau’s creative atmosphere, building fans as a fulltime stylist at Salon Cedar and as a DJ for KXLL—you should tune in Thursday nights at 7! Comfortable in front of a packed auditorium, or for an audience of one, if you’re at Who’s Your Diva, in her styling chair or her lone pet tortoise—you’re going to enjoy it when she breaks into song. This is one diva to watch!
Get to know Celia, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaCelia to 71777 and follow the prompts!
Courtney Nelson has a diverse background and has tried many different enterprises! When not working as an account executive at the Juneau Radio Center, she is spending time with her two boys and husband or singing with her band Carlos Danger which plays an alternative set. She likes to sing jazzy songs from artists like Nora Jones, Kasey Chambers, Patsy Cline, Pixies and many more. She is excited to embrace her new love of singing and where she lacks raw talent, she makes up for in practicing harder than ever on difficult songs. She is excited to support the Juneau Lyric Opera and all the great performances they bring to our arts rich Juneau, Alaska. Help her raise funds by supporting her in Who’s your Diva!
Get to know Courtney, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaCourtney to 71777 and follow the prompts!
This Juneau-born diva is no stranger to the stage having performed in several productions with Orpheus Project as well as competing in Juneau’s Got Talent 2017 . Aside from raising her two precious children, she helps Juneau brides plan their perfect weddings as the owner of Sunny Days Events, Rentals & Body Art. She also can be found hosting painting pARTies with the Louise Miller Fine Art studios. Vote for this snazzy Diva!
Get to know Jessica, check out her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaJessica to 71777 and follow the prompts!
Robin was raised in Scottsdale Arizona. She is number 6 out of 7 children. Robin followed a few of her older siblings to Skagway in 2005 for her first seasonal summer in Alaska. After falling in love with Southeast Alaska, Robin moved to Juneau in 2009 to work for the same company she had been working with since 2005, Holland America Princess. After 8 years with Holland America Princess, Robin decided to try her hand in social services at Catholic Community Service where she found a passion for philanthropy and fundraising. Her fellow Rotarian and Diva, Courtney, swooped her up two years ago from CCS to work at the Juneau Radio Center Stations; aka KINY, Mix 106, Taku 105, KXJ, and KJNO. Robin loves living in Juneau because of its community. In her spare time, she hangs out with family and friends. She like to knit, crochet, and sew. Oh, and drink wine and watch Netflix. Ha ha. She has a cat (Rex), a bunny (Jack), and a few other small creatures. Robin is excited to break out of her shell this year to perform in JLO’s Who’s Your Diva?!
Get to know Robin, Look out for her interview on Capital City Weekly!
or text DivaRobin to 71777 and follow the prompts!