Celebrities 2018-04-11T00:36:52+00:00

Meet the Celebrities

Gala: Speaker

Richard Barker is a world-renowned professional hypnotist, comedy stage hypnotist, media source, television personality, author and keynote speaker. He has spent the last 20 years entertaining audiences all over the world with his dazzling hypnosis show in 38 countries. Offstage, Richard has improved the lives of countless clients that needed hypnosis to get over an obstacle, phobia or behavior. Using his Master’s Degree in Education, he is constantly helping others understand the true power of hypnosis.
Barker started his career in hypnosis as a member of the United Kingdom’s elite forces known as the Royal Green Jackets; a crack military organization. As a specialized soldier, he was trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and began his journey into hypnosis learning language negotiation and persuasion skills. After his military career, Richard expanded his hypnotic skills as a Police Detective; helping witnesses and criminals alike to recall information forgotten. It was also at this time that Barker started performing as much as he could to perfect his globally recognized comedy hypnosis show.
He is now a highly sought-after hypnotist that has been featured in countless media outlets and publications. Richard’s work can see been on: The Today Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, ET Entertainment Tonight, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, US Weekly, Google Talks, Health Magazine, SELF Magazine, Men’s Fitness, InStyle Magazine, YouTube Creator Summit, CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, as well as many major news shows and publications across the globe.

Concert: Performing Artists

Growing up in the small town of Joshua, Texas, Hailey Erin always had an ear for country music. Her biggest idol, Miranda Lambert, showed her that not everyone gets caught up in the Hollywood crowd. Having been given amazing opportunities to work with composer and producer Ty Macklin, a multi-platinum, Grammy award winner, who became her personal manager after discovering Hailey Erin as a young finalist in the DFW Idol competition. Hailey has been blessed to work with other Texas country artists such as Kyle Park, Austin Allsup and Sonny Burges.

She is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Her biggest dream is to sing at the Grand Ole Opry along-side Miranda Lambert. Her love of being on stage and being able to share her talent with other people is what keeps her drive alive. With support from God, family, friends, and her manager, Hailey will soon become a country music sensation and achieve her country music goal.

Growing up in farming communities in Castro County, situated between Amarillo and Lubbock, the two leaders of Shotgun Rider have developed a signature sound tinged with that eerie loneliness reminiscent of their homeland.

In their short time as a country duo, lead singer Logan Samford and main songwriter Anthony Enriquez have driven their sound from the Panhandle through the avenues of the regional Texas music scene. Managed by industry veteran and Floydada native Alex Torrez, the two have great direction in the industry. Torrez began his own Torrez Music Group in early 2015 and signed Shotgun Rider as his first act. Together, their music has pushed their total streams in the millions on Spotify, been featured on ABC’s ‘Nashville’, allowed them to tour relentlessly through the Texas/Oklahoma circuit, and catapulted their sales to the charts, with three Top 20 Records on iTunes Country and one Top 10 Record on Billboard South Central Heatseekers.
The two are currently touring the Texas/Oklahoma Country circuit and beyond to promote their fourth release, Sunlight EP.

An independent-minded singer and songwriter in the Texas honky tonk tradition, Aaron Watson plays country music with a traditional feel but a young man’s energy, and has earned a loyal fan following in the Lone Star State. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Watson’s earliest musical influences were the gospel hymns he sang in church with his family and the classic country records by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson his folks played around the house. Watson began writing and singing his own songs while he was a student at Abilene Christian University, and after graduating he became a regular fixture on the Texas honky tonk circuit.

In 2002 Watson released his first album, Shutupanddance, which was a major success in Texas, spawning the hit singles “Off the Record,” “I Don’t Want You to Go (But I Need You to Leave),” and the title tune. His next debut in 2004 was The Honky Tonk Kid, and then the 2005 release Live at the Texas Hall of Fame. Watson returned to the studio in 2006 for his fourth album, San Angelo.

In 2008, Watson began transforming his sound without leaving his Texas roots behind — toward a more contemporary country radio-friendly approach on the reflective Angels & Outlaws. In 2010 he released The Road & the Rodeo, hitting the Billboard’s Top 200 and in 2012 Real Good Time, which rose to number nine on the Billboard Country Albums chart and cracked the Top 20 of the Independent Albums survey. Watson scored a major breakthrough with 2015’s The Underdog which made its debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart at number one, the first time a male artist on an independent label had topped the chart in his first week. “That Look,” a single drawn from the album, also hit the Country Airplay chart, topping out at 47, and another, “Getaway Truck,” was a radio hit in Watson’s native Texas. The hard-working Watson did plenty of touring in support of the album, playing 148 shows in 2015. He regrouped in 2016 and returned in early 2017 with Vaquero.