Entertainment

Valerie Jeanne
Valerie Jeanne is a powerhouse vocalist from the Pacific Northwest. She started her singing career at the age of three and has been captivating listeners with her amazing voice ever since. She has opened for major names such as Freddie Fender, Sherrie Austin, Big House, and Doug Supernaw. She has performed live radio shows, recording projects, and radio and television commercials as well as entertaining guests like Wayne Newton and Jack Hannah at private parties. Valerie also performs in musical theatre. She had the honor to work with Oscar and Academy Award winning actress and legend Patty Duke in the 2013 Traditions of Christmas musical. She was a headliner performing a tribute to the vocal giant Celine Dion in a Vegas style production called Showstoppers Live and performed a tribute as Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas.

Valerie is an award-winning singer who competed in the San Francisco rounds of the X-Factor, Nashville's Charlie Daniel's Talent Round Up, and the Spokane Frog FM Country music vocalist contest where she took first place. She has graced billboards and is first call to perform the National Anthem for popular sporting events such as Gonzaga Men's Basketball, Spokane Indians, and Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night for the Spokane County Fair Rodeo. Valerie worked with songwriters Michelle McCammond and Bill Byrne, and is one of the vocalists featured on the newly released album, “Together”. This album will help the homeless, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Union Gospel Mission.

Her life changed in the winter of 2014, defining her amazing story of faith, hope, and perseverance. She was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer, stage three, called HER2 positive. Valerie fought for her life, and although she is currently in remission, it is still an ongoing battle. Her life’s goal now is to be a voice for women fighting this horrible disease. She has performed at events like Laugh For The Cure, Because There Is Hope, Think Pink Fashion Show, Survivor's Gala for Susan G. Komen, and the opening of Race For The Cure.

Valerie is thrilled to announce a new single entitled “Rainbow After the Storm”. Michelle McCammond and Mellad Abeid wrote this song for her to sing in light of her cancer battle. “Rainbow After the Storm” has recently hit ##1 on Christian Music Weekly and charted in the top 40 on Nashville Christian Connection. Her story and single have appeared on KHQ, KREM 2, KXLY, and FOX 28. She was a special guest on Fox 28 Good Day Gotta Hear This. “Rainbow After the Storm” is now being played on regular rotation on 89.9 KYMS, and she just finished recording her second song, “This Side of Crazy”, written by Michelle McCammond and Luke Yates. Most recently Valerie was a featured guest artist on K102 Country “ Morning Stampede Show”. She is grateful to God to be alive and has a new song in her heart.



Nick Canger
Gallop presents Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and Recording Artist, ‘Nick Canger’ to the 2018 Gallop Opening Ceremony!

From the time Nick could stand he was grabbing anything that resembled a guitar and singing. As he got older he played at small venues until he felt he was ready for the move to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville was Nick’s home for eight years while he played, wrote, and further developed his skill set.

While there, Nick learned from talents like Tommy Barnes, Walker Hayes, Michael Peterson, Ray Golden, and more. Nick played downtown Broadway, in rounds, headlining shows, and other stage venues. With great success (particularly overseas), Nick recorded and released an old Tim McGraw song that was written by Tommy Barnes called, "When She Wakes Up and Finds Me Gone."

Rising success and connections happening back in Idaho, along with Nick’s love of the northwest mountains, rivers, family, and faithful following swayed him in making a decision to come home. He packed up his life in Tennessee and hit the road.

To date, Nick has played with Gary Chapman, Michael Peterson, Jason Michael Carrol, Luke Yates, and many more. You can hear Nick singing on the radio, and on the tongues of his fans young and old. His music can be followed on ITunes, YouTube, Facebook, ReverbNation, and live at this year’s 2018 Gallop Event! When not singing you’ll find Nick fishing on the banks of many lakes and streams, atop a high mountain bugling elk in early September, or on his favorite horse "Yeller" singing, "I Should Have Been A Cowboy."

Nick’s sound in country music is somewhere between George Strait and Chris Young. He holds a deep love for classic country and despite the pulling of the modern country that has flooded the World, Nick remains true to his heart and lifestyle. Whether it's a song that he has written or singing an old Garth Brooks song, Nick leaves his talented mark on stage every time he sings. If you haven't heard him yet, do not miss out on one of Country Music's best new acts at the 2018 Opening Ceremony of the Gallop Stallion Services Auction!

Christy Lee
Placing in the Top-Three for the Inland Northwest’s “Best Of” the gritty texture of Christy Lee’s voice is one of the best you’ll hear!

Coming into music later in life, Christy found a love for performing at the age of 21 when her dad picked her up and threw her onstage with a local band and said “SING”! From that moment on she was hooked and realized her passion and destiny was laid out before her in the world of music.

Born and raised in Southern California, Christy Lee’s family moved up to Spokane, WA in the summer of 2008. Over the past 6 years, Christy Lee's been in and out of Nashville pursuing her music career, touring and sharing the stage with the likes of: Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser, Franky Ballard, Hunter Hayes, Bryan White and Blake Shelton, wowing audiences wherever she performs!

Having been involved with multiple charities over the past few years including: Blessing Under The Bridge, Full Circle Equine and Beyond Pink. Christy counts it a privilege to be involved for her third year at the Gallop auction! The future is bright for this young artist! You don't want to miss the opportunity to see her take the stage.



Jesse Quandt
Jesse Quandt started playing guitar and singing at the age of four. Being strongly influenced by classic and outlaw country, and classic rock, he thrived in learning from the greats. Adding drums to his repertoire, Jesse became well versed in jazz as well as classical, but never let go of his country roots.

In 2003, shortly after the start of the war in Iraq, he put his musical aspirations on hold and joined the Army. Jesse served just shy of ten years. No matter the post, he never went anywhere without his guitar. On his final overseas tour, Jesse began writing and composing his own original musical works.

Within weeks of returning home to the States, Jesse was booked and performing professionally. From being billed in small bars, state fairs, music festivals, Jesse has gone on to open for award-winning artists and national touring acts, and has developed a devout following. Basing his songs on everyday life experience, Jesse’s music follows themes of the blue collar worker, heartache, life, and love. His energetic style of blending country with rock, blues and soul, always gives something for the listener to enjoy.

Whether playing an intimate acoustic show, or an astounding, energy-packed live event, Jesse Quandt never fails to deliver true entertainment.



Michelle McCammond
Michelle McCammond has been writing and singing since she was a little girl. Her professional career started as a freshman at Eastern Washington University where she studied music/radio/television and communications.

Since that time she has had the opportunity to work with amazing writers, producers, and artists. She has written songs for film, radio, and television, and continues to enjoy writing in many different genres, including country, blues, pop, and rock. She believes strongly in paying forward, using her talent to help incharitable organizations that include children with cancer and autism, veterans, including the Wounded Warrior Project, and the homeless through Union Gospel Mission.

The Falconiers
The Falconiers are from Centennial Middle School in the West Valley School District here in Spokane. The group is made up of (21) auditioned 7th and 8th graders and is directed by Brian Vaughn. It is only their third year in existence, but have already proven to be one of the highest quality middle school groups in the area.

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