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Who's Your Diva?

Week 3: Hannah Hoshide and Cameron Brockett

Posted: August 15, 2013 - 12:03am
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For the third year in a row, Juneau Lyric Opera will host their popular fundraiser, “Who’s Your Diva?” This event showcases nine of Juneau’s best-known voices, who compete for the chance to be named Juneau’s official Diva. Each competitor will perform two songs, backed by local band Susu and the Prophets and accompanist Rosie Humphery, and then community members will vote for their choice. Votes can also be made in advance online at

This year’s divas are Callie Conerton, Cameron Brockett, Christina Bruce, Erin Messing, Hannah Hoshide, Leslie Wood, Lori Daniels, Mary Graham and Taylor Vidic.

Each week through the month of August, the Empire will present brief Q&As with each of the divas in preparation for the event, scheduled for Sept. 7.

This week’s featured divas are Hannah Hoshide and Cameron Brockett


First memorable public performance:

In fourth grade, dressed in a full Kermit the Frog costume, I sang “Bein’ Green” in front of all of Harborview School. Mortifying, but definitely memorable.

Three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career:

Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Brooke Fraser.

Three songs you absolutely love to sing:

I can’t pick just three! I love singing old jazz standards, my favorites being “Skylark,” “Stormy Weather” and “These Foolish Things.” I’m a sucker for old singer-songwriter stuff and love singing Joni Mitchell’s “River” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” And who doesn’t love singing anything by Adele?

Three songs in heavy rotation on your iPod/CD player right now:

Again, I can’t pick just three! How about three albums? John Mayer’s “Born and Raised,” All Son’s and Daughter’s “Season One” and Gungor’s “Ghosts Upon The Earth.”

Favorite local role or performance:

Way back in my high school days I played Sandy in “Grease” at JDHS, which was a ton of fun. I’ve also performed in “King Island Christmas” a handful of times over the years and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Three local performers you admire:

Can I choose four? Brett and Cheryl Crawfor — they are such a dynamic duo and keep busy doing all sorts of fun things musically. I always have a great time when I get to perform with them. Laurie Heagy and Sue Kazama have been the tireless accompanists for almost everything I’ve ever performed in. Those ladies and their flying fingers are amazing!

Favorite place to sing:

Church. I have the honor of leading music for Calvary Fellowship and it’s where I’m definitely most comfortable singing.

Famous movie or theater role you would love to get the chance to play:

I would love to play Evita, Elphalba from “Wicked,” Louisa from “The Fantasticks,” or any of the lovely ladies in a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. But, I’ve aged out of most of my dream roles now.

Other interests besides singing:

Photography, hiking, gardening traveling, chasing my boys around, being a thrifting junky and attempting all sorts of crafty things (but mostly failing miserably at them!).


First memorable public performance:

My first public performances began as soon as I could walk and talk. I recall spinning in front of a toy store in Colorado and being asked by a joking stranger, “How much for the life-size top?

Three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career:

My dear friend Zoey Wilson absolutely forced me to join choir my sophomore year of high school. It was life-changing. Also, the very first CD I ever owned was a 20th century collection of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, and I think he and Elvis Presley were the first singers who I ever grooved with and tried to mimic.

Three songs you absolutely love to sing:

I have been listening nonstop to “That’s Where It’s At” by Sam Cooke. I cannot wait until an opportunity to perform that arrives. “Fever” miiiiiiiight be overplayed, but that’s one in my repertoire that’s always fun to whip out at a party, everyone knows it. Recently I was performing at the Southeast Alaska State Fair and in a sequence of events, ended up onstage with a friends performing an original by Adam Wood called “Shake It.” The song is entirely ad-libbed, and trying to keep up with the spontaneity was a challenge and a joy.

Three songs in heavy rotation on your iPod/CD player right now:

Guys. Guys. Have you heard “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke? When is a clean version going to be published!? That song needs to be on my playlist at work STAT. I’m also crazy about “Tow” by The Devil Makes Three and “Jezzebella” by Vintage Trouble.

Favorite local role or performance:

I’ve only lived in Juneau since high school, and being in the JDHS musicals was a pleasure, but nothing tops performing in a small group or solo. I’m currently still on a high from performing in Haines, and am looking forward to performing at Zephyr on Aug. 17 with Jazz Divas. If you want a little Diva preview, come down and listen! All the women performing are beyond talented.

Three local performers you admire:

They only live in Juneau in the summer, but I’ve been hooked ever since I heard my first Deering and Down song. Lahna Deering and Rev Down are two inspiring musicians and people. James Rosales of Slush Not Snow is a brilliant songwriter and guitarist and I can’t wait for him to reach a bigger audience when he leaves for Seattle this spring. If you’ve ever heard her sing anything, from the National Anthem to a Top 40 pop song, you’ll understand why I admire Taylor Vidic, a fellow Diva.

Favorite place to sing:

I drive a little beater of a convertible, and my favorite place to sing is on Egan, going 55 (...) on a sunny day with my hair in the wind. I’ve made more than a few road friends while belting it out at a stoplight.

Famous movie or theater role you would love to get the chance to play:

Renee Zellweger’s character in Chicago, Roxie is so exaggerated and over the top. Playing a pouty, powerful, prima donna? What more could a Diva ask for!?

Other interests besides singing:

Partner dancing is all I want to do every weekend night. Salsa with friends, swing dancing with strangers at the Alaskan... If you dance, look for me! I want to dance! Once I accidentally wandered into a contra dance and left hours later. It was incredible.

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