Valerie Jeanne Stichweh
This beautiful artist started her singing career at the tender age of three and has simply been astounding listeners with her soulful, powerful voice ever since. She has exhibited her musical gifts in live radio shows, and recording projects, as well as radio and television commercials. Valerie had the opportunity to sing on talent shows such as the X Factor in the San Francisco rounds, Nashville’s Charlie Daniel’s Talent Round up, and took first place in the Spokane Frog Fm Country music vocalist contest. Yet, this doesn’t mean she’s a one trick pony.
This well-rounded artist can belt out Rock, Soul and Pop as well. Valerie also performs in musical theatre. She had the once in a lifetime experience to work with Oscar and Academy Award winning actress and legend Patty Duke in the 2013 Traditions Of Christmas musical. Valerie has performed in many production shows in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle and Northwest areas. As a true entertainer, she enjoyed being a featured performer at Silverwood Theme Park (where she has been a very popular entertainment act at this amusement park). She has graced billboards and is a first to be called 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’s PRCA Rodeo to name a few.
Valerie has additionally opened up for major named acts such Freddie Fender, Sherrie Austin, Big House, and Doug Supernaw. She performs at many private parties entertaining guest like Wayne Newton and Jack Hannah. Valerie also enjoys singing original music as well. She has worked with amazing songwriters like Bill Byrne and Michelle McCammond. She will be one of the featured vocalists on an upcoming album called “Together.” This album will help the homeless as 100% of the proceeds will go to the Union Gospel Mission, and considered to be an honored for Valerie in being involved with such a special project. She additionally has been a headliner performing a tribute to vocal giant Celine Dion in a Vegas style production called Showstoppers Live, as well as performed a tribute as Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas.
Life all changed in the winter of 2014. She was diagnosed with Stage (3) Breast Cancer. Valerie had an aggressive form due to her being Her 2 positive. However, the good news is after an extensive year and a half of treatment... she remains cancer free! Valerie’s life goal now is to be a voice for woman fighting this horrible disease. She has been performing at events like: Laugh For The Cure; Because There Is Hope; Think Pink Fashion Show; Survivor’s Gala for Susan G. Komen; performed at the opening of Race For The Cure, has been a special guest speaker for The Great Gatsby Fundraiser to benefit Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre Camp, and is a well noted local favorite in The Festival of Trees Fashion Show. We are honored (and proud), to say that Valerie is a Gallop veteran in gracing our stage with her incredible talent for the past (17) years, making lasting memories for our children and their families. She has an unbelievably huge voice that will have you telling everyone you know about the beautiful, talented strong pink warrior. Grateful to God, Val is happy to be alive and has a new song in her heart!
Get ready as renowned singing artist Luke Yates, appears this year on the Gallop stage for the Opening Ceremony! He is a Country Music recording artist born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and is one the most talented musicians in the Northwest!
With a terrific soulful voice, flawless pianist and guitar player, Luke has performed over 2000 concerts across the United States. He has performed at many venues, including opening for headlining acts such as Keith Anderson and James Otto. Luke was asked to sing the theme song (written by Michelle McCammond), “God’s Fallen Angels,” for the bestselling book, ‘The Execution’ by Sharon Cramer. The song received worldwide exposure!
Luke Yates has been a touring musician for the past (15) years and over that time, he’s been in and out of studios all across the country writing, recording, producing and he is no stranger to the stage. This guy really brings it when he performs!
With everything going on in his music career, Luke still finds time to actively support great missions like the Rypien Foundation, the Northwest Autism Centre, and is no stranger to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. He included one of our very own Ronald McDonald House children (Gabby), into his successfully released video, “Smile,” written by both Luke Yates and the talented Michelle McCammond whom will also be attending the Gallop event. We are all looking forward to the release of his next single! You are not going to want to miss him!
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 with this year’s Gallop auction!
Recently, Christy Lee has been working tirelessly in the studio and just finished recording her debut EP to be released soon! The future is bright for this young artist! You don't want to miss the opportunity to see her take the stage.
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!
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.