Student Spotlight & Studio News 


Welcome to our Student Spotlight and Studio News Page!  Our students are busy performing and doing amazing things and we want to share some things that have happened within the past year.  We add to this page frequently, so check back to see our latest news!  


Location Change Notice.  As of October 1, 2019, we are no longer located inside A Premium Blend Performing Arts School In Georgetown.  We are considering options for expansion with our new Artist Development Program!  For now, we are only teaching from our Hutto location!  Feel free to contact us if you have questions!

Congrats to Michaela Watson on the release of her new single "Breaking Free', which came out Friday February 21! Her music can be found on all major streaming platforms! Follow heron Facebook at: Michaelaismusic and on IG: Michaelaizmusic. 

Round Rock Express - National Anthem Auditions! 

February 10, 2020

Twelve Vocal Edge Students and members of Gradient Vocal Entertainment group auditioned to sing the National Anthem at a Round Rock Express Baseball Game during the 2020 Baseball Season.  Vocal Edge Studio Owner, Laurie Winckel, was one of the judges for the third year in a row.  Over the years, many of her students have sung at games.  She started giving workshops to help auditionees prepare to face strict guidelines and stiff competition. 

In preparation for the audition, Laurie and her student, Recording Artist, Kat Whitlock ( were interviewed by KVUE news, and Kat sang the National Anthem at 6 am, the Monday morning before the audition.  

You can view that interview on Twitter, here: KVUE News National Anthem Interview


That evening, Kat and about 160 other singers gathered at the Dell Diamond to audition for the judges consisting of Laurie and Round Rock Express Representative, Steve Richards. Only 40 spots are open for the season. 

KXAN news came to the audition and reported their story that evening. A Vocal Edge Student, Aline Garza was first to perform on the news, then another gentleman followed by Kat Whitlock and David Scarborough,our bass in Gradient. Other students/Gradient members who auditioned and performed really well were: Eric Panter, Dean Butler, Alayna Aguilar, Leslie Ann Lester, Lucy Welch, Kiki Shakespeare Thompson, Ava Walter, Michaela Watson (michaelaismusic), David Barron.  Student Ray Cole and Gradient have an automatic pass to perform every year because of the number performances we've had in the past.       

You can view the KXAN story at the Dell Diamond here.

Announcing our Charter Spotlight Artist Hub

Vocal Edge Spotlight Artist Development 

We launched our Spotlight Artist Hub on January 17, 2020! We are super excited about all the opportunities for performance and growth in 2020!  We're missing about 5-6 members in these pictures, but we are excited about our Charter class!

We're so excited to introduce our new artist development program for emerging artists and perfomers!  Starting In January 2020, we will provide workshops, lessons, performance opportunities, photo shoots, glam days...everything you or your artist needs to enter the industry safely and directly.  We will also be working hand in hand with our Nashville Family, PCG Uuniversal and Theatrical.  For more information about how to join the program, click here.  

Also, you are invited to come to our kick off concert on Saturday, November 2 from 9 am -4 p.m. at Round ROck Market Days @ Prete Plaza on Main Street Round Rock (Across from the Library.) Our current PCG Emerging Artists and artists who have been training and writing songs  in Nashville will be performing! 


A dozen Vocal Edge Students attended the PCG Universal Artist Development Bootcamp. Students were trained by top artists, producers, songwriters in the industry, including Multiple Grammy Winning Songwriter/Producer Keith Thomas, Songwriter Britton Cameron, Singer/Songwriter Margaret Becker, Author, Coach Jeri Bergdoll and Broadway Super Star, Tony Vincent (Toured with the band, Queen, performed lead in "We Will Rock You", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "American Idiot" and was the protege of Andrew Lloyd Webber) & Jennifer McGill, former Mouseketeer (with Brittany Spears, Justin Timberlake, etc.) 

Laurie team taught vocal and staging technique with Jennifer McGill, Tony Vincent and PCG Founder, Bernard Porter!  It was an amazing experience!  Our students performed very well at the end of the bootcamp on the PCG Stage at Opry Mills Mall.  


We were blessed to have Nashville Songwriter/Producer, Britton Cameron teach a special virtual workshop for my students!   

Announcing our upcoming partnership with The Balanced Singer (TBS)! 
The Balanced Singer is a new format for voice students who want more information about their singing that lines up with what is already being taught in our lessons.  It is also for the singer who is not currently in lessons but would like some info about the best way to use their own voice.  This format is soon to be released to the public, but for now, you can sign up to receive emails at They can also be found on facebook at:
Announcing our new partnership with PCG Theatrical!  
Serious minded theater students now have a personalized program to develop to them to their highest potential!  If you are a theater student looking for a direct path into the industry, watch this video and check out the PCG Theatrical website!  We are happy to be working with PCG Theatrical, so please let us know if you have questions! 
IVACON 2019 - BADEN, AUSTRIA (Close to Vienna)
May 5-10, 2019 
Laurie just returned from Vienna & Baden Austria for a week of world class vocal training with IVACON (Institute of Vocal Advancement's annual convention).  She met with over 100 + teachers and speakers from 22 countries, 5 continents.  She is excited to share some great information she learned with her students.  Guest Speakers included: Professor Boris Kleber on how the brain influences singing, Ariel Coehlo on teaching vocal effects and Mario Rosini on musicality and adding style to singing.  The IVA Master Teachers provided lots of practical application.  She took a class on Jazz Music Improvisation and participated in "Circle Singing", which was introduced by her friends from Brazil and Italy.  There was a lot of singing, teaching and performing going on all week.  Teachers enjoyed the camaraderie. We are one big family who we laughed together, toured Vienna and Baden together, even found Beethoven's house, where he wrote his Ninth Symphony!
Laurie also visited London and Amsterdam on her way to and from Vienna.  She came back inspired, excited, full and ready to move forward!   Enjoy some pics from the trip and the conference!  
Congrats to Michaela Watson onn the release of her new single "Choose", released on May 3, 2019.  You can find her music on iTunes, Tidal, Apple Music and You Tube and most platforms.  Look for Michaela is Music.  gratg 6
PCG "Next Austin"Studio Recording Workshop
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On Saturday, March 23, Vocal Edge Studio and Orb Studios hosted the PCG Universal (Nashville) "Next Austin Studio Recording Workshop"  We sold out seats at the event and all our artists learned some great studio recording techniques and had the opportunity to record a song.  We had a fantastic day!  All of our artists are networking with each other and advancing as musicians!  We had young students all ages from 10-19 recording in a professional, world-class studio! Congrats to all the artists for an amazing job and thanks to PCG's Vocal Coach & Recording Instructor, Jennifer McGill, for her amazing teaching. Laurie and Jennifer co-taught and had so much fun working together. Thanks also to Chad Gentry, PCG Talent Scout for making the trip from Nashville to work with all our students!  Individual Photo Credits: Chad Gentry.

Congrats to Houston Rodeo Rockstars: Cole Rickman & Courtney Eoff

Vocal Edge Students won the Group Division of the Houston Rodeo Rockstar Competition for 2019!  We are so proud of them!  Read the Houston Chronicle article and watch their award winning Keith Urban performance here! (Photo: Joey Guerra, RodeoHouston)

National Anthem Auditions at The Round Rock Express
Check out our KXAN News Story.
Check out our KVUE New Story, with VE Student, Michaela Watson singing the National Anthem.
On Monday, February 4th, 2019, Laurie had the honor of judging the National Anthem auditions for the Round Rock Express again.  She held a pre-audition workshop at the Georgetown Studio and KXAN news stopped by to the story.  On audition day, KVUE Daybreak news interviewed Laurie and recorded Student, Michaela Watson as she sang the Anthem on the news.  We had a record turn out of auditionees this year and many of these singers auditioned and were selected to sing at one of the home games this season!
Photo Credit: Shauna Thayer

New Music Releases:

Check out Kat Whitlock's New Videos, "Rose Colored Glasses" & "Cruel" as well her "Behind the Scenes - The Making of Cruel" videos.  Follow Kat at Facebook: @whitlockmusic. Both videos were filmed at Orchard Row Records, Austin, Texas.  Kat is a Vocal Edge Student and a PCG Universal (Nashville) Emerging Artist-PRO.  

Congrats to our newest PCG Emerging Artist, Michaela Watson
Michaela Watson recently signed an Artist Development contract with PCG Universal, In Nashville.  She will be going to Nashville once a month to work towards becoming a professional singer.  She just recorded her first single and made her first video, which will be released soon.  Please follow her @michaelaismusic on Instagram and Twitter.  On Facebook, she is Michaela is Music. 
We are so proud of her and know she will be amazing on her journey!
Emerging Artist Meet and Greet 
On August 31st, 2018, our first local Emerging Artist Meet and Greet gathered and we had a great time.  Singers/Songwriters of all ages met, networked, jammed, discussed songwriting and future events.  Everyone met someone new and we are planning our next meeting in about 6 weeks. 
Gradient Entertainment Group sang the National Anthem at the Dell Diamond on August 31, for the 6th year in a row. 
Gradient sings the National Anthem
Gradent @ Round Rock Express
Gradent @ Round Rock Express

Summer in Nashville!

Vocal Edge Students have been in Nashville this summer with PCG Universal Artist Development Company.  Kat Whitlock and Michaela Watson are involved in the Emerging Artist Program.  Lexi Schonauer, Ava Mabry, Alyssa Aguilar and Lucy Welch participated in the Summer 2018 Bootcamp.  Michaela Watson, Lucy Welch, Pat Hunt and Bentlee Burkett also attended the Back Stage Pass Program. 


Congrats to Donnie Schexnayder on his new record release, “Truth and Magic”.  Donnie Is an Retro Indie Rock 
Guitarist, singer and singer songwriter. Check out his music and show your support! 


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This summer, Laurie got the opportunity to work with the vocal ensemble of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.  These musicians are extremely talented instrumentalists who also sing the opening piece in their 2018 summer tour show "S.O.S".  The Boston Crusaders are part of a world class marching arts ensemble that tours and competes with other Drum and Bugles corps around the country.  They are part of the DCI, Drum Corps International Organization.  The Boston Crusaders returned from their three month summer tour and finished by competing in the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9-11, 2018. They placed within the top five world class drum corps and won the First Place Trophy for Color Guard.  The best part is Laurie's son, Nick, was one of the Drum Majors for the corps and they got to work together this season.