COLLEEN MAHAL-Soprano 1
Colleen is a grammy award winning recording artist. She has performed for international award shows, including performances for global events like the FOG awards - an international film awards show and the RUMI awards show - an International fashion and music awards show.
She has performed with the grammy award winning San Francisco Symphony where she participated in a recording which won three grammy awards. If you search for her on YouTube, you can see she currently performs throughout the bay area.
When she is not singing, she is the author of the popular Indian food blog A Curry of a Life where she shares her experiences of marrying into a traditional Indian family and teaching lovers of Indian cooking how to make their favorite Indian dishes at home.
Caia Brookes - Soprano II
Starting at about age 7, Caia sang with the children’s choir at her local church, where she immediately gravitated toward singing the harmony parts instead of the melody. In high school she started singing madrigals, and she has been hooked on a cappella ever since. She is especially grateful to her high school music director, who had the Chorale stand in quartets, rather than in sections – so she learned to sing her alto part with ‘two big, tall guys’ singing tenor and bass in her ears – and LOVED it.
In college, Caia chose gymnastics over a cappella... But she made up for lost time after that, spending 11 years with bay area ensemble Flying Without Instruments, where she sang anything from soprano to tenor, arranged pop charts, directed the group for several years, organized a ‘wicked awesome’ 10-year anniversary concert, and produced the group’s second CD, ‘FWI Will Rock You.’
With FWI, Caia competed twice at the regionals of the annual Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella competition. She sang with a cappella ensembles 5 to the Bar, Voicecraft and One Night Stand (winner of Silo’s of Napa’s 1st annual a cappella competition), and she also enjoyed singing vocal jazz (with instruments!) with Passatempo vocal jazz ensemble at the Berkeley Jazzschool. She sings with the San Francisco Lyric Chorus when she needs an ‘old music’ fix – but her favorite thing is singing jazz and pop, one to a part, in small a cappella groups.
Caia credits most of what she knows about music to 2 years of piano lessons in elementary school and a handful of theory classes over the years. After studying various languages in school (German, French, Latin, Russian and Basic), she ended up working in IT for financial companies, and is currently a Business Analyst working on a bank’s corporate web portal.
Caia is ecstatic to be singing with Primetime!
Miya Kanzaki - Alto
According to Miya’s parents, she used to belt out the ABC song while standing in her crib. She began piano lessons at the age of 5 (Suzuki method) and stuck with them for 13 years.
When she went off to UCSB, since her dorm room couldn’t fit a piano, she took up acoustic guitar. She performed with the University chorus and sang backups with a local blues band. As she went on to pursue an MFA in poetry from Columbia University in NYC, she continued to sing with choirs, including the Greenwich Village Singers.
Since then, she’s sung with the San Francisco Concert Chorale and performed her own original music at house concerts and with a band. She is currently a Copywriter at Pandora.
Miya is thrilled to be singing with Prime Time. She thanks her husband and two sons for their love and support.
Dan McQuigg - Tenor
Dan has been singing his whole life and is particularly fond of a cappella. Dan graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Dan has been very involved in the barbershop world as a quartet singer, chorus member, director, and coach. He is a five time NorCal West Quartet Champion. He sang with the Voices in Harmony, ranked 3rd in the world.
Dan also sings with the Richter Scales, a Bay Area male a cappella ensemble. When he’s not singing, he’s directing the Milpitas High School choir and running their Glee Club, called Encore! He is also the father of a singing 13 year old, Stuart.
Prime Time marks Dan's first venture into contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz, and he absolutely loves it!
John Kelley - Baritone
John grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he studied classical piano from age 5 to 17 and composed gems ranging from piano solo “The Old Wash Rag” (at 8) to “To Turn the World,” the official theme song of the 1982 World’s Fair (at 17).
As an undergraduate music major at Yale, John switched his musical direction from piano to voice and composition, and sang as a tenor soloist with the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Bach Society. Early freshman year he was introduced to Yale’s vibrant “collegiate a cappella” scene, which largely took the place of the traditional Greek system. He sang for three years with Yale’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, Redhot & Blue, for which he composed a choral setting of W.B. Yeats’s poem “When You Are Old” that now closes every concert. During his senior year, John sang with Prime Time bass John Rae-Grant in Yale’s all-senior men’s ensemble, the Whiffenpoofs, for which he composed an enduring arrangement of another Yeats poem, “Down by the Salley Gardens.”
Since early 1987, John has lived and worked in San Francisco, where he sings with and composes for the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and the Aviary chorus at the Bohemian Club. During 2015-16 he has been honored to serve as composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists and to arrange and compose works for the nine-voice men’s ensemble Clerestory. When not singing or composing, John earns a living as a civil litigation partner at Niesar & Vestal LLP in San Francisco.
John Rae-Grant - Bass
Surprisingly, John got his start in harmony singing with a high school rock band specializing in Bee Gees tunes (yes, falsetto). At Yale University, he was director of The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, and bass section leader of The Whiffenpoofs of 1986.
John’s a cappella addiction reached its most virulent state with the discovery of barbershop singing. John sang with Studio One - Evergreen District Champs, and Finale – International Semi-Finalists. He also served as Music Vice President and bass section leader of the Voices in Harmony chorus, leading that group to place third in the world in 2008.
John's groups have performed around the world, with highlights including co-starring with The Real Group at the Vaasa Choral Festival in Finland, singing a tribute to Mary Martin on Broadway, and headlining the Pan-Pacific convention in New Zealand.
When not singing, John enjoys working as Lead Product Manager for Gmail at Google, watching his teenage son and daughter become amazing people, and sharing life in the Santa Cruz mountains with his awesome wife Laura.
Jon Pilat - Vocal Percussion / Part VII
Jon is thrilled to be performing with Primetime as vocal percussionist and very curious to discover what exactly "Part VII" refers to. He's hoping Star Wars.
Jon started beatboxing in college after realizing his voice was neither high nor low enough to be particularly useful, but his talent for stupid mouth noises might come in handy.
Jon is also the bass, beatboxer, and primary music arranger for bay area vocal band, Hookslide, and previously sang with the Stanford Harmonics. He has performed on four albums that were nominated for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), and won best Pop/Rock song for his arrangement of the Aerosmith classic, "Dream On". Jon has also served on the CASA board and is a frequent clinician at a cappella festivals.
When not singing, Jon works at Stanford University as the Director for Information Technology at the School of Humanities and Sciences. He lives in Palo Alto with his very patient wife and two less patient sons, aged 10 and 7.