This year, the Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481 event is a special made-for-TV only virtual event. Instead of congregating Downtown, the show will be seen exclusively on WTHR Channel 13 on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.
Amateur, musical acts chosen from the Tom Wood Talent Search will join local professional entertainers for the television event, which will create a festive holiday spirit. Santa will also help flip the switch to illuminate Monument Circle, marking the kick-off to the holiday season.
The acts were chosen from scores of online submissions through the Tom Wood Talent Search held in September. All entertainers donate their time and talent for the Circle of Lights®show.
Indianapolis native Josh Kaufman was the 2014 winner of The Voice and starred in Broadway’s Pippin in 2014/15. Additionally, he has performed on NBC’s Today show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, at Usher’s 15th Anniversary Celebration of his New Look Foundation and more. His music draws from a range of styles including funk, jazz, pop and rock.
Angela Brown, Indianapolis native and Crispus Attucks graduate, has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Reader’s Digest and CNN world-wide. Brown has received rave reviews in which CBS News declared “the future of opera has arrived” and New York Times exclaimed “at last an Aida.”
The Best Kept Secret is singer duo Jordan Bridges, age 21 from Fort Wayne, and Samantha (Sam) Voegele, age 22 from Noblesville. Both are seniors at Purdue University. The duo has sung the national anthem for sold out basketball games at Purdue, played gigs at The Tap in West Lafayette and performed with the band Kinnection. The band has provided musical entertainment for Purdue’s Dance Marathon for three years straight. Jordan and Sam will be performing an original song “That Christmas Feeling” during the Circle of Lights.
Meridian Moon was formed in 2020 as a supergroup of Indianapolis-area musicians, many of whom spend their days (and nights) as front-line medical professionals during this challenging pandemic. They are a high-energy group who have performed with acts all around the country with a diverse catalog of hits spanning the 60s to today, from Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac to Maroon 5 and Post Malone. Members are Amber Ordaz (age 28 from Indianapolis), David Ertel (age 30 from. Indianapolis), Thyago Cruz (age 36 from Indianapolis), Zachary Derringer (age 30 from Indianapolis) and Pat Hannon (age 29 from Fishers).
The Rosettes of Le Rose Dance Academy are from Franklin and consist of dancers age 6 to 19 years old from several different school districts. Under the direction of Amanda Rose Nixon, Le Rose Dance Academy is in its 26th year and has performed for the Circle of Lights seven times. The Rosettes are in their 18th year and have won several regional and national awards and titles as well as performing at local festivals, parades, The Indy 500 and Walt Disney World. Choreographers Katie James Miller and Holly Handlon are former Rosette members and Circle of Light performers.
Anneliese and Ali, ages 34 and 27, are a married duo from Morgan County. They have performed in Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe and have upcoming Pride events scheduled for 2021. They currently have two singles out with a new Christmas release coming in December.