The Boot Grill VOICE

The Boot Grill VOICE kicks off Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm!

Please submit the form at the bottom of the page to sign up. When you sign up, you will receive a reply email within 48 hours, confirming your sign up.


This will open a PDF that you can print with a breakdown of the contest structure,  the way things will work during the contest and expectations for contestants, song choice and rules. We’ve changed some things up this year:

  • Unlimited Judge Gongs!
  • Mystery Ballots!

The contest starts at 7 pm on Tuesdays: 10/25, 11/1, 11/8.

The Finals Night is 11/15 at 7 pm.

If you are signed up for a contest night, you must arrive and check in by 6:45 at the latest on your given night. Remember, check in is first come, first served.  This means when you check in, you can choose when you sing- first, last or in the middle!!

We can’t wait to hear you sing at The Boot Grill VOICE 2016!!

Let’s meet the judges:

Shelby Taylor-Thorne, afternoons on 94.3 The X

Shelby’s hometown is a bit of a mystery but she hitched a ride to Colorado with her parents when she was 5 years old and she’s been here ever since- practically a native! Shelby is the Music Director and Afternoon Drive host on 94.3 The X Front Range Alternative. She has always enjoyed music, playing in the marching band and on the drum line for a while. She certainly loves music, but Shelby finds she’s best at being a fan. In college, she studied journalism and has turned that into a broadcasting career. Shelby says her favorite thing about working in music is that it never feels like she is working… but don’t tell her boss that!!

When asked for her top 3 favorite musicians, Shelby said it’s too hard to pick just 3 but if she has to, her top 3 that are played on The X would be “The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, since I just re-fell in love with them at Red Rocks” and Bastille. She understands how scary it must be for all of the contestants and aspiring musicians but she’s encouraging you all. She reminds contestants, “You most likely can sing better than I can!” When asked what she is most looking forward to about judging The Boot Grill Voice, she, of course, said meeting Adam Levine. But, if he should not be at The Boot Grill, Shelby is really looking forward to seeing what kind of talent is yet to be discovered here in Northern Colorado.

Shelby Taylor Thorn

Johnny Ryan of Stumble Monkey and Johnny and the Mongrels:

Originally from Denver, CO, Johnny spent some time travelling after college and returned to Fort Collins in 1993. He is the lead vocalist for Stumble Monkey (Cover band) and the lyricist, producer, composer and lead vocalist for Johnny & The Mongrels (Original project). Johnny recently also became the Head Artist and Repertoire Representative/Talent Manager for Shattered Sky Records/Music Group.

Johnny first found his love of music at at six. He started out playing the drums and by the time he was 18, he let those powerful vocals fly. He has been singing since he was eighteen years old. His top three musical influences are: JJ Grey, Marc Broussard and Doyle Bramhall III.

When asked about his favorite thing about being a musician, Johnny says, ” Being blessed to share my absolute passion with others by creative connective music that effects others in a positive way.” Further, he loves having the opportunity to help other succeed in the music industry and work with up and coming artists. He enjoys “giving back” through being an artist representative and music management representative.

When asked what he is most looking forward to about judging The Boot Grill Voice, Johnny says, “The possibility of being a part of finding the next ‘true talent’ from Northern Colorado; to be able to share any knowledge to help someone be successful – that would be very rewarding.”


Scott Gray of Union Gray:

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Scott came to Colorado at the age of 12. By the time he was four years old, Scott was already very interested in the music world. His musical influences include Steve Perry, Bob Seger and Keith Urban.

Scott performs as a solo artist and with the country band Union Gray. Scott really enjoys engaging the crowd and feeling that rush of energy between the artist and fans during a performance.

This will be Scott’s fourth year judging The Boot Grill Voice. He is really looking forward to the opportunity to mentor and help others interested in the music industry. Scott’s advice to aspiring musicians is to never lose confidence. “You will rise and fall many times and have ups and downs but hold on to your dreams and to what got you started on this journey. Time passes to quickly and it is important to savor every moment.”

Scott Gray