Guest Artist – Dr. Janice Neal to Perform At Big Dreams


We’re bringing in the GIANTS this year! It can be said that the inspiration for the Big Dreams Concert began with Dr. Janice Neal. Not only has she trained countless artists who work in numerous professional capacities from the stage to the boardroom to the big screen, she is the mother of Dana Rice, the founder/director of the Big Dreams Concert.

Dr. Neal is the epitome of what it means to be an artist who is dedicated to the craft and nobody knows this better than her daughters, Dana Rice and Jessica Neal. Both are active in the arts world, exercising the persistent pursuit of passion and excellence that Dr. Neal instilled in them at early ages. Audience members at this year’s Big Dreams Concert should prepare NOW to be transformed and inspired by Dr. Neal’s electric delivery just as thousands of others have.

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More About Dr. Neal

                  Janice K. Neal, Ph.D., performance artist, educator, consultant, keynote speaker, and freelance writer, grew up memorizing and performing literary genre. A crowd pleaser, she engages audiences on a variety of themes, all impacting human dignity and issuing challenges for individual growth. Such engagement is revealed through her skillful usage of spoken word appeal depicted via motivational oratory and literary performance.

The artist has founded and directed nuSpoken Word Choir Bookmerous spoken word choirs in the United States. Whether directing in school settings, church settings, camp grounds, or other establishments, she concludes that spoken word choir members are literary lovers who want others to benefit from their experiences. As part of a revitalization project and at the request of Habitat for Humanity and approval of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, Neal’s inspirational sidewalk poetry for neighborhood youth is recorded in Midtown (Jackson). Her book, A Little of Me/ A Little of You: Spoken Word Choir, is a collection of her original spoken word poetry that she directed in the Jackson Public School system and community and is funded by Greater Jackson Arts Council. Noted assistant executive director, Jon Salem, “This collection is to be treasured – spiritually uplifting, emotionally arresting, and ultimately healing. The children and adult choirs will rejoice in these wise, rhythmic pieces. An impressive body of work.”

International Arts Group cited Neal as one of ten outstanding artists in 2014. She received the David Brian Williams Memorial Award in Poetry/Spoken Word – National at the 42nd Annual Jackson Music Awards in 2016. Kimberly Ross-Brown, Associate Professor of Bluegrass Technical Community College, cited the educator as one of three most outstanding professors in America within the text, Human Relations.

Janice Neal is available for speaking, performance, and consultation at workshops, conferences, seminars, and performances. For bookings, contact her at

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You may also be interested in reading the following:

Dr. Neal On Taking Piano Lessons



Welcome Faith Walk with Joyce White Listeners!

with-just-a-little-bit-of-faithWhat are you believing for right now? Share it right now in a comment and remember to get your tickets for the Big Dreams Concert which happens on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 6pm in Downtown Duluth at the Red Clay Theater!



American Idol Talent Loren Lott Supports Big Dreams

The Big Dreams Concert will be held at The Red Clay Theater 3116 Main Street, Duluth, Georgia 30096 at 6pm on Sunday Dec. 20th! Avoid the lines and get your tickets in advance for $10 and $15 at the door. 

Who Inspires YOU?


Every year students in the Dana Rice Music Studio are encouraged to do something special for their school music teacher. Whenever I mention this to them their initial reaction is usually something like, “Why would I do that when I have you? YOU should be the music teacher of the year!” Wow. That really makes me feel good as a music teacher- especially since there are very few (if any) awards designed for private music teachers to receive public recognition for the work they do. However, I also want my students to make connections with what they are learning at school and what they do after school. It is these connections that will help deepen their learning and increase their levels of success. So, I remind them that I am not a SCHOOL music teacher and that there are many things their school music teacher shows them that helps with their piano learning.

This year I decided to give an award and present it at the Big Dreams Concert. Each student was given the opportunity to nominate a school music teacher they have had to receive the award. The great thing about kids is they are very honest. They don’t want to give somebody an award who they think does not deserve it. I am pleased to say that the students have chosen 4 teachers to nominate. These are people they feel inspire them and believe in their dreams. I can remember one particularly inspiring arts teacher of my own, Mr. Hollis Pippin. He went above and beyond his classroom duties to help me follow my dream of being a performing artist. He took a personal interest in my life. As a private music educator this type of relationship comes naturally because we work with students one on one. Music classroom teachers don’t automatically get to have this type of relationship with students because there are so many of them. That is why I believe in recognizing the few music classroom teachers who do manage to build this type of relationship with students.

So, for the very first time at The Big Dreams Concert we will be presenting the Hollis Award (named in honor of the arts teacher I mentioned before) to one of the 4 teachers the students have nominated. The nomination letters have all been delivered and we can’t wait to honor these fantastic teachers at The Big Dreams Concert on Sunday, Dec. 20th at 6pm in Duluth, GA!

Who inspires YOU and how will you honor THEM?

SELMA Actress, Trinity Simone To Make Guest Appearance At Big Dreams Concert



Trinity Simone is 12 years old, but those who know her well reference her as an “old soul,” wise beyond her years. She is a bright, intelligent young girl, who enjoys life, as can be seen by the infectious smile that she wears.

Trinity caught the “acting bug” at a young age, and when her parents recognized her talents, they encouraged and supported her dreams to pursue acting. In Trinity’s short time as an actor, she has landed a few commercials, print ads, voiceovers, modeling debuts.

Her latest and greatest accomplishment was landing a role in the upcoming movie “Selma,” which is directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. She and  Big Dreams performer Jordan Rice each play one of the “four little girls” that was killed in the “16th Street Baptist Church” in Birmingham, Alabama. Trinity was extremely dedicated and committed to this role because it was one that was near and dear to her heart. She studies and is very passionate about black history, so she was very familiar with these little girls and had previously done extensive research on them. Her desire to put herself in the shoes of one of the little girls that was killed in this bombing was bittersweet. Her recollection of The Civil Rights Movement then and the events that are happening in America today looked a little too similar for her liking. Trinity is a “change agent” and wants to do her part to ensure that ALL Americans are treated equally…she seeks justice for all!

The Big Dreams Concert is set for Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 3pm. 3116 Main St., Duluth GA

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Predicting The Future

Predicting The Future

I see a future where kids can live out their dreams of performing onstage with lights, cameras, their own band and background singers and a sold out audience. I see it happening on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 3pm at The Red Clay Foundry in Duluth, GA. I see these kids and their audience leaving after the concert knowing that there is NOTHING they cannot do! Help me help these kids live their Big Dreams by purchasing a ticket at

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