Esteemed Judges for GMI Season 3

Rahul Ranade

Rahul Ranade

Instrument, Voice (Hindi & Regional)

Rahul Ranade has been composing music for more than 35 years for Advertising, Cinema, Television and Theater.

He has scored Music and Background Music for more than 35 Hindi and Marathi films like Nidaan, Vaastav, Astitva, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai. Saatchya Aat Gharaat, Kaakasparsha, Dr Prakash Baba Amte, the National Award winning Kachcha Limbu, and the latest Amitabh Bachchan, Vikram Gokhale starrer AB ani CD to name a few.

He has scored music for more than 200 Plays in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English and German languages. The current ones are, the magnum opus Hamlet. Also, the recent ones, Tila Kahi Sangaychay, Vacuum Cleaner, Knock Knock Celebrity, Idiots, Himalayachi Savali.

He has toured US and East Europe with the famous play Ghashiram Kotwal, as a singer- actor.
He has had the honor of composing music for the Worlds Largest Audio book, Daasbodh, penned by Shri Ramdas Swami in the voice of Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, and also for India's first film, Raja Harishchandra directed by Dadasaheb Phalke.

He has Directed Zee Marathi's 'Nakshatranche Dene', 'Sa re Ga Ma Pa', and events like 'Garja Maharashtra Maza' held in London, Mahesh Manjrekars  MICTA and Shankar Mahadevans 'My Country...My Music'.

Rahul Ranade also has under his belt, the Mega Musical show 'Viraasat' which he conceived and executed, with musicians to the likes of Vikku Vinayakram and Selva Ganesh, Louiz Banks and Gino banks, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Taufique Qureshi and Zakir Hussain playing in an ensemble. In 'The Masters', Rahul brought together Ustad Rashid Khan and Shankar Mahadevan to perform together.

His latest show, "Asha Bhosle Live with the Bengal Tigers" pulled up packed audiences last December, which will be repeated on February 15th with Shaan joining hands with Ashaji. This show is conceived, produced and directed by Rahul.

Rahul Designed and Directed the online show 'RaRa' Rum Pum, the first of its kind, with Guru Thakur, Vaibhav Joshi, Priyanka Barve and Prashant Damle.

Danielle Stone

Danielle Stone

Voice English

"After diving into the world of songwriting at the age of 12, Dani Stone (Cichon) pursued a solo career as a folk-pop artist before moving to Nashville TN in 2014 to complete a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. At Belmont University she began collaborating with artists of all genres, entering the sync world with a placement on the Netflix show Shameless and being named "One to Watch" by NSAI. In 2017, Cichon began a full-time collaboration as lead vocalist and songwriter of folk-rock trio South for Winter. Between touring nationally and internationally, the band recorded their debut album Luxumbra with GRAMMY-awarded producer Matt Leigh and crowdfunded its independent release in October 2020. The album has been praised by sites such as American Songwriter ('impeccable sound'), For the Love of Bands ('a wonderful mix of indie and folk rock'), Grateful Web ('eclectic in the best sense of the word'), and AmericanaUK ('a journey well-worth taking'). Stone continues to work as a Registered Nurse between songwriting and touring with South for Winter."

Links to South for Winter:

Facebook: facebook.com/southforwintermusic

IG: @southforwintermusic

Website: www.southforwintermusic.com

Ryan Nicholson

Ryan Nicholson

Voice English/ Instruments

Arizona native turned Nashville singer-songwriter Ryan Nicholson has been busy crafting lyrics & melodies for over 20 years.

Since his move to Nashville in 2005, his song “Scars” was picked up by 2X Grammy Producer Steve Zuckerman for a global compilation (Sony Records - Hope, Love Is The Answer) alongside 5x Grammy artist Christopher Cross (Sailing, Arthur’s Theme Song - Best That You Can Do)

Scars” also touched a chord in hearts and souls around the world racking up over 75,000 views on Facebook during the height of the pandemic.

In 2021, his song “Paint The World” was a finalist in 2 separate categories in the prestigious (International Songwriting Competition, ISC), both (Video & Social Causes) & has been picked up by several music publishers in Nashville for pitch.

Fan favorite “Hang A Sign From The Moon” & “I Love You, Love Me Too” both went on to be finalists in the 2018 & 2019 Empower Posi Music Awards.

Busy putting his pen to paper, he co-wrote 9 songs on Lainey Edwards “Lucky Girl” debut album produced by Country Star Dierks Bentley's Producer "Brett Beavers".

He also had 3 songs picked up during “NSAI’s” 2019 January Ears (Happy In LoveThe Dad I Never Got, Uh Oh!) and was voted as a “One’s To Watch” 2 years in a row (2018,2019)- a prestigious designation given to writers who have unique & promising writing skills.

Other song’s garnering attention in his catalog have been Billboard Song Contest - Honorable mention “Dear Father”, CMT Song contest Honorable Mention “Keep Moving On”, ISC Finalist “For The Ones I Love, Scars, I Found Faith, Cafe # 9”.

Learn more at: www.RyanNicholson.com

Natalya Bychkova

Natalya Bychkova

Dance

Natalya Bychkova has been trained from the age of 6 by some of the best ballroom dancing coaches in the world. Throughout her expanding 25-year career Natalya has been a finalist and champion in several competitions, she has performed at numerous venues including Busch Gardens, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Burn the Floor, and has had the honor of coaching with some of the most talented champions in the ballroom dance industry. She has competed in International Latin and International Standard as well as American Rhythm and American Smooth.
Accolades:
• Rhythm Rising Star Arthur Murray World Champion
• Rhythm Open Arthur Murray Finalist
• Rhythm Open City Lights Ball Champion
• Adult Latin Nevada Star Ball champion.
• Youth Ten Dance US Champion.
• Junior US Champion.
• Junior Blackpool Latin Quarter Finalist
• Multiple-time Ten Dance US finalist.
• Multiple-time Ohio Star Ball Finalist
• Runner-up US Latin Division Junior championship.
• North American Dance Sport Championships Finalist.
• Tri-State Challenge Finalist.
• Northeastern Open Invitational Finalist.
• Norwegian Cruise Line Performer
• Burn the Floor Performer
• Forever Tango on Broadway Performer
• Performer on Donny and Marie
• Performer on Nickelodeon

Amit Deshpande

Amit Deshpande

Voice (Hindi & Regional)

Being an avid listener of classical, semi-classical and light music since childhood, Amit started singing as a hobby that later on became his passion. While in India, he has participated in numerous Inter-School and Inter-Collegiate singing talent shows and concerts.This triggered his acute interest in singing. He has been undergoing Hindustani classical training for over 13 years from Mrs. Mrinalini Arkatkar. He has performed in various light, semi-classical, Bollywood and Regional concerts in India and across US for over 17 years.
He has worked with several non profit organizations  and has performed at several fundraising concerts and also produces his own concerts under the brand name of Reflections.  He has recently sung at several virtual concerts on To Support COVID19 Relief efforts.
Amit has worked with several respected organizations such as Ekal, MAI Family services, city of Farmington Hills, Arya Samaj, MAPI, MMPI, BMM, Gujarati Samad of Detroit and Windsor , India club of Genessee county, Maharashtra Mandal Chicago, Maharashtra Mandal of Canada being just a few.

He has recorded several songs covers and has also recorded his album “Kashish” with T Series in India.

He has won several singing talent contests in the US and now judges them.
Amit lives in Troy Michigan , works as a Sr. Application Manager at Wells Fargo and is happily married with a beautiful wife and  2 kids.

Manisha Mehta

Manisha Mehta

Dance

Manisha Mehta is vocally classically trained from the well-known institute, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. 
 Manisha is also classically trained  Bharatanatyam Dancer with a Vishradh Degree in it. She is the Founder, Creative Director and Choreographer at her own Institute, “MUDRA” Bharatanatyam dance academy where she teaches all kinds of dance forms. Mudra Dance Academy is run in 3 locations in Atlanta and has been running for many years now.
She is also an event planner with her own company BCreative Productions. You can follow her youtube channel MAM Melodies for singing and Mudra Bharatanatyam Dance Academy for dance
She believes that Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the imagination and the power to heal because it touches every individual's heart and soul and that could change the world!

Chris Kearney

Chris Kearney

Instrument

Chris is a very popular instructor in Brentwood, TN and teaching since 2004.

He is Piano and Percussion Instructor at Jan Williams School of Music.

He is also a substitute teacher at Brentwood Academy.

He actively works with Nashville Rescue Mission.

Cheryl Stewart

Cheryl Stewart

Public Speaking

Cheryl is currently the Director of Creative Services with United Way of Greater Nashville and has been with the organization since 2000. She is passionate about engaging the community and educating others about community needs and how to address them.

Cheryl graduated from the University of Michigan. Prior to United Way, she had multiple leadership positions with a national retailer and worked as the art director/photo editor for a music magazine publisher. She has served as Marketing Chair for the statewide organization of United Ways of Tennessee.

Today, Cheryl’s a member of Williamson Inc. and serves on the board of Youth Leadership Brentwood as past chair.

She and her husband Gordie have made Nashville their home for 34 years.

Lynn Tucker

Lynn Tucker

Public Speaking

Lynn Tucker is the Executive Director for Leadership Brentwood and Youth Leadership Brentwood, under the umbrella of the Williamson County Chamber Foundation, the non-profit arm of Williamson, Inc. Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Maryland, Lynn is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, with a B.S. in Biology.

Lynn has lived in Brentwood for the past 26 years, and is married to Mike, an author. She spends her free time golfing, making homemade ice cream, reading and playing with her white rescue mutt, Teagan.

Sunitha Ananthaswamy

Sunitha Ananthaswamy

Voice (Hindi & Regional)

Sunitha is a World Music Composer and Singer who is trained in North Indian classical music. As a composer she has more than 100 released & unreleased compositions to her credit. She has given many performances in India and in major US cities.

As a child, Sunitha grew up in an environment surrounded by music and poetry.

She is the daughter of the famous Mysore Ananthaswamy, the pioneer of Sugam Sangeet in Karnataka who has left an indelible mark with his numerous compositions.