OUR STORY
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Dave Stroud, Mike Posner

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Big Billy Clark, Keke Palmer

Elliott O'Connor, Bones

Big Billy Clark, Elliott O'Connor

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Dave Stroud, Natasha Bedingfield,

Big Billy Clark, Jojo

Celebrating over 20 years of artist education and development, VocalizeU was pioneered by renowned vocal coach Dave Stroud. He created his vision of a well-rounded artist development and education company for beginning, emerging, and professional signers and songwriters.

With our yearly summer intensives in Los Angeles, CA, we've provided career changing 

music industry education for thousands of artists. Including full courses and masterclasses, celebrity guests, vocal experts, industry leaders help our artists determine their own path in their music career.

In 2019, after having been being involved with VU for 10 years, industry pros

Elliott O'Connor and Big Billy Clark teamed up to bring VocalizeU to a whole new level. Taking a fresh approach to the modernized music, streaming, and social media industries, they're excited to add even more to what VU offers. 

OUR TEAM
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ELLIOTT O'CONNOR

VU PARTNER

At twelve years old Elliott fell in love with not just music, but the music business. Driven by heroes such as Eminem and Lil Wayne, he saw a future in getting involved in the music business. Growing up around Hollywood with his grandfather actor Robert Culp, amongst entertainers, artists, and successful business people, he found passion in getting behind launching an artist’s musical endeavors.

 

Upon graduating high school, Elliott was invited to work in Los Angeles on staff as part of the summer VocalizeU Artist Intensive. There he saw young artists become successful, seeing that not only do you have to have talent to begin with, but a drive to nurture that talent, and a team who wholeheartedly believes in you.

Elliott became involved with and witnessing the growth of Bones, Diego Boneta, Bishop Briggs, and many more, which brought him into the forefront of the industry. Today Elliott manages his brother, Bones, who is the biggest independent act in the United States. He is also currently part of the development of the Rolling Loud festival series, the biggest hip-hop festival in the world.

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DAVE STROUD

VU FOUNDER

Dave Stroud is a world-renowned voice coach, teacher and mentor based in Los Angeles, California.  Stroud is known for blending his science-based applications and technical development for singers just beginning their careers. He also gives advanced coaching  in artistry and style development to recording artists and global touring acts. Stroud’s approach blends over 30 years of coaching to some of the biggest names in entertainment including One Direction, Justin Bieber, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, and even Michael Jackson.

Stroud’s annual VocalizeU program has ushered in thousands of singers from around the world looking to advance their skills through a ten-day intensive program. Stroud also hosts the SingTalk Podcast featuring current artists discussing their projects, voice work, and unique music industry journeys.

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BIG BILLY CLARK

VU PARTNER

With over 20 years in the music business as an executive at some of the most prestigious major record labels in the world, its no wonder why this tastemaker has been sought after by the music industry’s elite.

 

Big Billy Clark has held Senior A&R posts at Island Def Jam, Atlantic Records and Sony Music and has been able to work with some the industry’s biggest names.

Clark currently is a music manager for Christina Milian. Clark is also the Executive Vice President of Hitmakers Entertainment; a record label based in Los Angeles.

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MONIQUE FORD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Monique has been part of the VocalizeU community for 6 years. She first attended VU in 2015 as an attendee and then was a summer intern working alongside Big Billy Clark and Dave Stroud. During her time attending VU, she had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and developed lifelong friendships from people all around the world.

 

Monique is an artist and songwriter, who has her own 8-piece Funk/Soul/R&B band in Colorado, Titonic. She graduated with a Business Entertainment degree and Live Performance degree from South Plains College. She also studied Opera at Eastern New Mexico University. She is currently finishing up her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado Denver for Human Resources Management.

 

Monique is excited to continue to grow with VU, as she knows how much it changed her for the better. She’s ready to support and motivate other inspiring artists to be a part of VU, an experience of a lifetime.