We are an all-male vocal quintet who fuses the power of song and narrative to build community. We’ve sung all over Colorado, partnering with organizations and businesses to create spaces for people connect through our art form.
Alejandro Fuentes Mena was born in Valparaiso, Chile and grew up in San Diego, California. In 2013, he became one of the first two DACAmented teachers in the history of the United States. His passion for singing emerged at church where the harmonies of gospel music captured his heart and mind. These days he sings at every opportunity: worship teams, a capella groups, high school show choirs, and yes, even karaoke. Though some may say he sings too much, he ignores the critics and puts his passion to work. In addition to The Storytellers, he sings in the band, The Pink Hawks. Don't let his height fool you, Dro could match high notes with a seasoned gospel singer from Alabama.
If it involves a stage, Brenton Weyi has probably done it. With an artistic background in dance, poetry and stage performance, Brenton uses the power of word and performance art to cultivate humanity. He is a first generation essayist and award-winning creative polymath informed by travel to over 60 nations, A practiced lyricist, Brenton has written many songs and prides himself on helping people remember ``that one tune`` from 1997. Brenton knew he had a love for music when someone once told him ``I've never seen anyone speak so passionately about their Ipod before.``
From a junior high church choir to a high school barbershop quartet; from jazz bands, chorales, and a capella groups to a full-blown minor in music, Devin’s musical experiences have run the gamut. His talents were acquired by the Storytellers a year ago when his fraternity brother Dro (Alejandro) asked him to come check it out. Since then he’s arranged several songs and has consistently been the tallest member of the group. A software developer by day and a crooner of classics by night, he enjoys karaoke, bird appreciation, and RISK: The Game of Global Domination.
Wisdom is ``the serious one`` of the group, always making sure that the train keeps moving. He is launching Empower Community High School, an innovative high school located in Aurora. Wisdom is rooted in an African ethos and developed a passion for singing thanks to his high school choir director, Mr. Richard. He sings because he believes it is one of the best ways of healing the soul and building community.
Brodie ``Brodie Brodie`` Kinder is an honest musical craftsmen and multi-genre singer/songwriter. His original music aims to connect and invigorate the human spirit and unite a room full of strangers. As a well-traveled artist, Brodie brings an international flavor to the table with roots in Hawaii, Canada, Europe, East Asia, and the US. Informed by the ethos of his travels with Up With People, Brodie aims to create music that tells the stories of cultures all around the world and leaves people in a deepened state of mutual understanding and cultural connection. When he's not working on music, he's meticulously perfecting his array of animal sounds or talking to his good friend Simon Cowell about that one time he auditioned for American Idol.
Every time we perform, we aim for three qualities:
- To build community through audience engagement. Whether it’s giving our audience a conversation prompt to discuss, inviting someone to join us on stage, or teaching a part to sing along with us — we are committed to creating bonds and leaving our listeners with full hearts.
- To find exciting ways of enhancing our performances beyond one medium. At our last big show, we told personal stories from our pasts, wove skits into our songs, improvised group songs and freestyle musical verse, and taught our audience music of distant cultures. These fusions not only enhance our own performances, but they allow us to customize every performance that our clients and partners hire us for.
- To embrace creativity. Whether it’s performing in an art gallery or children’s book store, some of our best collaborations have come in non-traditional spaces and at unexpected times (even by surprise!).
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