Judges

John McJunkin

John McJunkin is a platinum award-winning 25-year veteran engineer and producer.  He is the chief engineer and staff producer in the Center for Worship Arts at Grand Canyon University, and is the author of over 300 pro audio product reviews and features in publications like Mix, Remix, Sound & Video Contractor, and Church Production magazines.  He is an independent producer/mixer, and owns and operates Shabby Road Studios in Chandler, Arizona.  He has worked on releases featuring a broad diversity of artists ranging from country supergroup Alabama to metal superstar David Ellefson of Megadeth to Christian folk artists Rend Collective.  He formerly produced, co-hosted, and guest-hosted Sharpe In The Morning on Phoenix’ top-rated NewsTalk 550 KFYI with Phoenix broadcasting legend Jim Sharpe.  

 

 

Dan Emrey

Singer/Songwriter Dan Emrey relocated to Cave Creek, AZ in November of 2009 from Lancaster, PA where he was born and raised. Dan has been writing songs and performing live for over 20 years and has recorded a number of albums. Dan graduated from Shippensburg University in 1999 where he earned his B.A. in Fine Art with a concentration in Music Theory and Vocal Performance.  Dan has a standing gig every Saturday night @ JW Marriott-Camelback Inn and has also performed at many other venues throughout the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Stacy Nupoff – Planning events, festivals, concerts and working with musicians has always been part of Stacy’s life. Her dad was a producer of many Irish and Scottish festivals and concerts in California. Stacy decided that Law Enforcement is where she wanted to be and headed to school to study Forensics.  Graduated top in her classes with a degree in Forensics and Criminal Studies, she got the opportunity to work with one of the nation’s largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces. After spending 10 years in law enforcement, she returned to her true passion of music, by going to work for CBS Radio, KFWB, KRTH, KROQ, KLSX and others in the Los Angeles market, learning everything from sales to marketing, promotions and production. After moving to Arizona, she became the Special Events Manager for the Carefree Resort,  handling everything from private parties and weddings to concerts featuring national touring artists. After leaving the resort, she was hired as a Talent Buyer & Public Relations Manager for once of Arizona’s largest concert promoters, working with some of the biggest agents and venues in the nation to bring touring artists to their venues. 

Stacy has worked with some of the biggest names in music during her career in the music industry.  KORN, Buckcherry, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Jason Bonham, The Cult, Fitz & The Tantrums, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Winter, Bruce Hornsby, Everclear, Sugar Ray, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Brian Setzer, Steve Vai, and many, many more!

Stacy is also a big supporter of local musicians giving them advise on how to manage the world of booking and promoting shows. She also manages the up and coming rock band TRIDON.

 

 

Alexis McNeil

Inspired by my mother’s battle with breast cancer, I changed career paths from artist/designer to physician. It was Naturopathic Medicine that extended my mother’s life and enlightened my passion for healing.

Upon earning my medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, I completed a 2 year residency in Acute Family Medicine and Women’s Health at Centro De Salud Familiar in downtown Phoenix, AZ. As a physician I have remained true to my artistry by incorporating cosmetic injections into my practice, truly treating women inside and out. Together with my husband Dr. Jason McNeil, we have formed North Valley Medical Center; a full service primary care clinic dedicated to compassionate patient centered care. Out of the office you will find me with my family and friends, doing yoga, playing drums, enjoying good healthy organic food, and hiking with my dog.

 

Luke Hanagan

While New Jersey born and raised, veteran Rock the District judge and mentor Luke Hanagan, has been living in a 1980s, Sunset Strip state of mind since he was younger than most of our RTD performers. On his way to LA to be the next big thing, Luke stopped in Tucson to study journalism at the U of A . That led to a gig writing in rural Arizona, then to the Valley where he met a Jersey girl and the rest was history. Luke was hooked on Rock the District from the moment he got involved. Being in a rock band shaped a lot of his youth and he relishes any opportunity to encourage and nurture that experience for kids today. Luke spends most of his free time poolside cheering on his daughters who are both competitive swimmers. When not there he’s plotting more time with his guitar toys or catching his favorite bands at venues across the Valley.