12 year-old Bobbi MacKenzie is an actress, songstress and all out performer who made her Broadway debut as an original cast member of the Tony nominated “School of Rock” the Musical. In the early part of 2015 Bobbi's voice and presence caught the attention of the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber who later went on to personally offer her the principal role of Tomika in "School of Rock” the musical at the Winter Garden Theatre and welcomed her to Broadway.
At the age of 10 years old Andrew Lloyd Webber's vision for Bobbi MacKenzie continued to reveal itself as he requested that Bobbi represent "School of Rock” the Musical at the "Broadway at the White House" event hosted by Michelle Obama. Bobbi has since been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Wendy Williams Show, TEDxPortland, The Tony’s and numerous local Portland, OR TV programs. Bobbi MacKenzie has also recorded/worked with the Grammy award winning producer Rob Cavallo on “If Only You Would Listen” featured on the "School of Rock” the Musical original cast recording.
Bobbi MacKenzie belted out her first sound at the tender age of 3, singing her favorites on the radio without missing a beat. At the age of 5, Bobbi expressed her appreciation for great music and iconic voices by naming Erykah Badu as her favorite artist. One could say Bobbi MacKenzie was born to perform. With her mother being a radio personality, she could hear the music before she was born. Bobbi MacKenzie began hitting the concert scene with her parents before she could walk, reacting to her first set of music concerts performed by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Pharrell and Kanye West.
In 2012 Bobbi MacKenzie made her debut singing the national anthem for the NBAs Portland Trailblazers and has since performed for the Golden State Warriors,
Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Jets, Atlanta Hawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Bobbi MacKenzie is also an honor roll student who enjoys reading and even a little math! She prides herself on being the "big sister" and enjoys spending time with her two sisters, Madison (age 9) and Aubree (age 4)… showing off the latest dance moves and weekend slumber parties at home watching Nickelodeon and Disney channels. Fun!
Diallo “Allo” Thompson
By six years old, Diallo Thompson had already proven himself as a triple threat – singing, dancing, and acting. Since then, the 16-year–old Atlanta native hasn’t looked back. This April, the smart, confident and eloquent young man is seen in the highly rated installment of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Thompson co-stars alongside heavyweights, such as Ice-Cube, Eve, and Cedric the Entertainer and many more. Heavily featured throughout the film, Diallo co-stars as Kenny Smith (son of Rashad played by rapper/actor Common).
Thompson is no stranger to film having had roles in hits such as the Jerry Lamothe directed TV movie, “The Christmas Swap” that aired on TV One December 2016, and the James Heyman directed TV movie, “Marry Me,” starring Lucy Liu and the Craig Brewer directed film “Footloose.” Diallo also starred in a Roger Bobb directed episode of the hit TV show “Mann & Wife” titled “Mann Shark”. Thompson also has made significant strides in the world of theater with a leading role as Vin Woodsman in “Mirror Image,” directed by Patricia McKeon as part of Performing Arts North in Atlanta. He also had a lead role in the Porter Sanford Arts Center youth showcase’s production of “Collision Project,” sponsored by the Atlanta Alliance Theater. Lastly, he starred in the role as Fleance in the production of “MacBeth” produced by the Georgia Shakespeare Company at Oglethorpe University in 2012; and, he was the youngest actor in the production.
Not only is the talented teenager emerging among a new breed of young leading men in Hollywood, his musical endowment further cements him as a triple threat. He proficiently plays the piano and violin and was selected as one of the best violinists by his orchestra teacher at Snellville Middle School out of a nearly 30 students. This is coupled with his amazing voice as a singer and Rapper, and his inspiring lyrics. Performing under the name Allo, he recently released his independently produced single “Pipe Down,” a follow up to his release “Problem,” in which he flexed additional skills by directing the accompanying video. Both songs and videos are via YouTube and Tunecore. Most recently, he was selected to perform live for the Dekalb County Commissioners’ annual event and played violin with the Gwinnett County Honors Orchestra. He is currently in the studio collaborating with top producers in the Atlanta area and working on his first EP.
INFLUENCES: Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar