Berklee College of Music, located in Boston, Massachusetts, trains many aspiring musicians, including recognized performers such as Grammy award winning artist, John Mayer. Recently, John Mayer hosted a workshop at the school with a select group of six students.
Among these six students was Lake Ridge Academy alumna Callie Sullivan. Callie was honored with the opportunity to perform her original single “The Sinner” for Mayer and 500 of her student peers. After her performance, Mayer was thoroughly impressed with how she was able to mix “colloquial speak” with poetry in her songs. He provided Callie with immense praise as well as constructive criticism and allowed her to perform the song again with his suggested changes. According to Berklee College of Music’s press release, Callie was “ecstatic about John’s advice.” Callie even had the chance to harmonize with the incredibly famous singer /songwriter. At the end of the night, Callie described Mayer as “incredibly personable and encouraging.”
Callie graduated from Lake Ridge Academy in 2013. She was also one of the first students to graduate from the School of Fine Arts program, a graduate certificate program that allows students with a passion in the arts to intensively study and develop their talent. Many School of Fine Arts students continue their study at prestigious art or music colleges across the nation.
At Lake Ridge Academy she participated in musicals, choir concerts, and showcased many of her own songs. Callie has also kept a strong musical presence in Cleveland as she has performed at the House of Blues, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Brother’s Lounge, and even sung the National Anthem at a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Callie graduated in May 2017 from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in songwriting. She is pursuing her music career the pseudonym Virago in Nashville.
About Lake Ridge Academy
Lake Ridge Academy (www.lakeridgeacademy.org) is an independent, nonsectarian day school offering co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is committed to providing small class sizes and maintains an 8:1 student to teacher ratio. Located on a beautiful 93-acre campus in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Lake Ridge Academy is the only K-12 private, independent college preparatory school on Cleveland’s west side.