“Mommy” Lynn Lobban
Lynn, who made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated musical, Quilters, performed as an actor and singer on and off-Broadway for over three decades. She also enjoyed a highly successful career as a performer in TV commercials and industrial films. Lynn met the legendary singer and composer John Wallowitch in 1977, and she has created and performed award-winning cabaret shows based on the Wallowitch repertoire for over twenty-five years. In 1991, when her own children were very young, Lynn introduced Music Together to NYC, where it has thrived ever since. She tried her hand at songwriting for Music Together twice, and both songs (“Ladybug” and “Merry-Go-Round”) quickly became family favorites. Lynn received her MFA in Playwriting from Goddard College in 2006 and is currently living in Los Angeles where she is happily working as an actor/singer and playwright.
Learn more about Lynn at www.lynnlobban.com.
“Uncle” Gerry Dignan
Gerry has recently completed a 34-year career as a teacher of Spanish to children from fourth through eighth grades in Orland Park, IL, where his classes often rang with children singing and the rhythm of clapping hands, snapping fingers, and stomping feet in Spanish dances. However, Gerry is far from “retired!” He is just getting started as he and his wife, “Aunt Denise,” are happily singing far and wide at conferences, seminars, and other events. The pair loves participatory music events that create connectivity and strengthen relationships through the power of shared song and dance! (Sounds good? Call them and co-create an event!) For seven years, Gerry was a member of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Chorus and performed with them at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Berlin’s Concerthalle. Gerry is also a lover of world music, folkdances, black gospel, folk, soft rock, Spanish songs, and self-expression through improvisation. An avid aficionado and performer of traditional Irish songs, Gerry has been singing in Irish gathering places since 1975. Each summer, he and Denise lead a “Magical, Mystical, Musical Tour” throughout the west of Ireland. Gerry also gives musical presentations on the path of mysticism in song throughout the USA, Ireland, and Scotland. Together, Gerry and Denise produced two CDs: Harvest of Life: Songs of Hope and Celebration and Heart’s Desire: An Anthology of Celtic Songs.
Learn more about Gerry at www.gerrydignan.com.
“Daddy” John McVey
John was born in Princeton, NJ, where he was given a guitar for his eighth birthday. With no prior formal music training, John earned his BA in Music at Rutgers University while working as a piano tuner. Over the years John has shared stages and recorded with many notable artists, including Jonatha Brooke, Patty Griffin, Shawn Mullins, Vonda Shepard, Edwin McCain, Joe Ely, and Lari White. In addition to his own performing career, John has produced hundreds of projects, including many commercial spots. John wrote and performed the song for The Foundation for a Better Life’s 60-second, TELE Award–winning "Umpire" spot, which has been played millions of times since 1999. Currently, John works as a producer/engineer at Coupe Studios in Boulder, CO, and still writes songs, makes CDs, and performs live. His most recent CD, Unpredictable, was released in August 2010. A percentage of sales of this recording will be donated to the Kids’ Food Basket Program in Grand Rapids, MI.
Learn more about John at www.johnmcvey.com.
“Grandma” Yvette Glover
Yvette is a highly sought-after jazz vocalist and song stylist. As mother of tap dance sensation Savion Glover, Yvette is a guest vocalist in many of his shows and is often Mistress of Ceremonies at major U.S. tap festivals. She has also appeared in Germany and Brazil. Like many, she began her music career in the church, where she sang gospel under the tutelage of her mother, who was a minister of music. She has given a command performance for King Hassan in Morocco, and now, along with her trio, is making appearances throughout the United States. Her love of tap dancing has allowed her to travel around the country as guest vocal artist with tap legends. Yvette has just completed her soon-to-be-released CD, Dreams Do Come True.
Watch her wow us with her performance of “It’s A Wonderful World”
at the 2008 Music Together Directors Weekend conference.