B-GREAT was founded by Candi Tandy and Diane Shooster in September of 2015 after discovering there was no support or place for Serious Youth Artists in the 18-27 year age group. But not only was it apparent that there was a lot of talent looming in the community but that each of these artists were challenged with a multitude of roadblocks from cognitive challenges to no support from their family and for most, no where to train.
With great determination and the help of loyal volunteers, these two have stopped at nothing to bring opportunities to life going the community a snapshot of what "can be" and "will be" a life long mission to guide these young artists towards thriving in society while working on their skills.
The two compliment each other coming with incredible backgrounds and experience in from their careers.
Candy is fueled to the core to reach as many Youth Artists as possible based on her own personal experience that affected her entire immediate family by a negative experience in the music industry. Her background began with teaching music education in the school system for almost 35 years and still currently teaches Voice instruction privately to serious artists.
When not teaching or in the studio assisting with sessions, Candi is dedicated to
B-GREAT and is considered the "visionary" of the organization along with all operational needs when it comes to marketing, social media, coordination & scheduling, event set up and all the in between tasks that go over and beyond!
In addition to teaching, Candi is the visionary of B-GREAT and is fueled by her own personal experiences with her own children as well as her daily interactions with youth artists who are serious about entering the music industry. Candi is married and has five children and four of her five children are in the arts as well as her husband who is also a music teacher and a world renown piano and keyboard player.
Complimenting Candi's creative vision side, Diane Shooster brings over 33 years of business to consumer experience. But it was too, Diane's own personal experience with her children that drives her to make B-GREAT a reality for so many young artists in the community. In addition, Diane loves being involved in the photography & videography for B-GREAT events.
This powerhouse team is determined to get a building that will serve as a "gym" of sorts when it comes to serious YOUTH TRAINING all while they build life skills in order to THRIVE in society. If you would like to join them in their efforts please click below and get in touch!