Erika Van Pelt
Following high school, Erika attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she studied music along with sound engineering and production.
Today, in addition to owning and operating Van Pelt Entertainment, Erika performs with the renowned "Sultans of Swing" band based off of Martha's Vineyard.
She is also a performing partner of “Fairhaven Entertainment” and “Boston Swing”, and an independent contractor with Kaleidoscope Kabaret, performing throughout New England at major venues including Foxwoods Resort and Casino and Mohegan Sun.
Erika made it as the Top 10 Finalist on the 2012 season of American Idol and embarked on the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour over the summer. Big things are in store for her post-Idol, so make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop!
Justin "J-Krak" Krakowsky
Following high school, Justin attended Rhode Island College where he wrote, directed and performed his one-man stage show "The Justin Krakowsky Show" four consecutive years in a row.
In 2009, Justin made it to the filmed auditions for America's Got Talent and performed in front of David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne.
Today, in addition to working for Van Pelt Entertainment, Justin also sings for the renowned "Sultans of Swing" alongside Erika. He has a unique ability to mimic the voices of other singers, and possesses and incredible vocal range.
Justin was also a member of Charlie Hall's Ocean State Follies comedy troupe, and has written and recorded song parodies played on The Paul and Al Show on
94 HJY radio.
Check out J-Krak's YouTube channel!
Collin Van Pelt
Our newest addition to Van Pelt Entertainment is Erika's very own brother Collin! In high school, Collin worked for his sister Erika part time, DJing his friends' sweet sixteens and other occassions. After high school, he attended Curry College where he would gain inspiration to write and compose his own music. He was also a DJ on the Curry College radio station. When Collin was nineteen, he performed two of his original songs on The Rhode Show.
Currently, Collin hosts karaoke 5 nights
a week with Van Pelt Entertainment and
is a force to be reckoned with on the microphone!
Matthew "KJ Boston" Woodward started working with Erika in 2005 in RI. After moving to LA and experiencing karaoke on the west coast, he had a conversation with Erika to bring Van Pelt Entertainment to LA. He's hit the ground running with the best sound and biggest selection in SoCal and Karaoke fans are having a blast! If you live in or are visiting LA, check out his show and see for yourself!