Meet Our Judges
The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat.
Releasing their debut album ‘Recollect’ in 2008 and their latest “Born Champions” in 2012, the Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV and radio appearances, and their incredible and dedicated fan base. Having shared the stage with artists such as Les Nubians, Snoop Dogg, Fishbone, Barrington Levy, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, KRS-One, Rakim, K’Naan, and others, the Reminders have established a firm place in today’s ever-evolving music scene, garnering international acclaim while paving a path all their own.
Mike Luper Blazin 98.5 FM
SportsGuyMike is the Host of, “The Morning Boom Box” Weekdays from 9a-11a on Blazin 98.5 FM, contributing editor of Blazin985FM.com as well as the General Manager of the station. Mike has been in radio since 2008 and has won several awards in the industry over the years. He has worked in 4 different markets for both sports radio & music radio stations. Mike has also been a musician, & a stand up comic.
Thomas Dawson Jr.
Accomplished recording engineer, musician, producer and composer, Thomas Dawson is at the forefront of music technology trends. He plays keyboards, co- produces and is the music director for the legendary Commodores Worked with music greats including Beyonce and JLO. A & R representative for Dream Gospel Records.
Thomas is the recipient of a BET Jazz Discovery award and a Gold Album for his work with Changing Faces. Versatility is an understatement director of entertainment for the Mining Exchange-A Wyndham Grand Hotel and Springs Orleans restaurant in Colorado Springs.