Mouth Off is hosted by Christopher Diaz and Dave Brown, pictured below. If you want to learn more about the show, just listen to it!
But if you’re dying to know more about us, keep reading…
Christopher Diaz, a graduate of the Florida State University, spent three years as the music director of FSU’s mixed All-Night Yahtzee. During that time, he led the group to three consecutive appearances at the ICCA Finals as the South Region Champions, culminating in numerous solo, arranging and choreography awards and a second place finish at the 2008 International Finals. While directing Yahtzee, he co-produced two albums, Minor Adjustments (which won an AcaTunes award in 2007) and 17, for which he was nominated for the Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement CARA in 2008. Christopher also served as the president of the FSU University Singers and vice president of the Student Opera Organization, and performed in dozens of FSU, regional and community opera and theatre productions.
In 2008, Christopher began working with the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives as the Scholastic Coordinator and has served as the Competition Coordinator, as well as clinician, coach and producer for SoJam 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he joined CASA as the Ambassador Program Director and co-founded Mouth Off!, the 2010 ACA award-winning weekly podcast, with Dave Brown. He now lives in coastal Virginia where he works as a Program Director for the Salvation Army and serves CASA as the Director of Public Relations. He is a CARA nominator and judge, ICCA judge and producer, and freelance arranger, clinician and soloist who loves (perhaps a bit too much) Velveeta Shells & Cheese, the color green, and any songs with handclaps. He loves moody mixed groups and hates most of Alli Brooks’ jokes.
Christopher co-founded the Mouth Off podcast in 2009 with Dave. Today he is the show’s co-host and show prep researcher.
Dave Brown‘s music career began as a four-year-old when he began singing harmonies to his father’s bedside lullabies. This later developed into a full-blown obsession when he directed multiple high school a cappella groups. At Brigham Young University, Dave performed with the award-winning all-male ensemble Vocal Point and co-founded and directed the all-female a cappella sensation Noteworthy.
After graduation, Dave joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2006, assumed the role of ICCA South Producer, and began serving as a judge for the ICCA and CARAs. A frequent presenter on many aspects of a cappella performance and group management, Dave is in demand as a clinician and coach at events across the country. Dave recently finished a term as president of CASA in 2008, during which time he negotiated a merger with the AACI, and today serves as founder and director of CASAcademy, CASA’s online educational resource for a cappella singers and fans. By day, he works as an IP/Media/Entertainment attorney in New York City.
Dave co-founded the Mouth Off podcast in 2009 with Christopher. Today he is the show’s co-host and audio editor. He also does the show’s web stuff.
Alli Brooks is a graduate of Florida State University and an alumna of three-time ICCA South Champions, All-Night Yahtzee. She presided as the group’s Business Manager from 2006-2008, during which ANY dominated the South region, becoming the first group to make three consecutive appearances at the finals and ultimately winning First Runner-Up at the 2008 finals. Alli was awarded “Outstanding Soloist” at the 2008 ICCA semi-finals, and is featured on Yahtzee’s studio albums Minor Adjustments and 17.
In 2008, Alli was appointed Creative Director for the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI), and served as Executive Producer of SoJam 2008 and 2009. She was elected onto the CASA Board of Directors for 2009, and worked as a member of the Festivals Committee following the AACI/CASA merger. Alli continues to volunteer within the a cappella community, including acting as a judge for ICCA South and of course, recording intros for the greatest a cappella podcast of all time. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she runs a small business as an illustrator. You can find her work online at www.alouwishus.com or visit her Etsy Shop. In her spare time, Alli enjoys telling jokes. She probably knows more jokes than anyone you know.
Alli is the beautiful voice that graces the show’s intro/outro, bumpers, and main voiceovers.
A special thanks to Catherine Papworth, who composed, sang, recorded, and mixed our theme song. And also just is amazing.
Thanks also to Courtney Jensen, who contributed some vocals (she’s the one rapping) and all of the vocal percussion on the theme song.
Big propz to Marty Gasper for our fab bed tracks (the amazing ones that play underneath our lame talking). He composed, recorded, and mixed most of them. No instruments. That guy is unreal.