These Guys Worldwide, made up of Jazarri(Jazzy) Smith(bass/baritone), Josh Downtain(baritone/bass/vocal percussionist), Erik Carlson(lead/tenor), and Thomas Nanthavongdouangsy(tenor/lead), have been together since 2011. They started their journey performing on cruiselines, and now are expanding their talents to the streets. All having collegiate backgrounds in music, they hope to inspire youth to be proud to artistically express themselves.
From Barbershop to Funk to Pop, These Guys Worldwide can do it all. Covering your favorite tunes, all the while bringing their own unique style to every show. They set out to bridge gaps between young and old by meshing timeless classics with pop tunes of today. These Guys Worldwide will be sure to amaze!
Jazarri Smith aka Jazzy studied music at University of California/Riverside and Riverside Community College. Born in Compton, Ca and raised in Bellflower, CA, he quickly became known for his writing. Passing out his poetry to his peers in school earned him the respect among many. At 17, Jazzy moved to North Carolina, where he found his new love for music after going to church and being inspired by the praise and worship leader. His poetry and spoken word quickly evolved into songs. He then decided after 1 year of working with the church's music ministry that music, was in fact, what we he wanted to do; so he moved back to California to pursue his new passion. He graduated high school in 2005 and found "These Guys" in his college years and has enjoyed his adventure with them thus far.
Josh Downtain studied music at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Born in Los Angeles, Ca and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He has always been known for his ability to do celebrity impersonations. Josh is also responsible for many of the arrangements "These Guys" have performed around the world. He also was apart of the award winning Barbershop Chorus, "The Westminister Chorus." He sang in various groups at his college for 2 years, when he and some friends decided that they wanted to form their own group outside of the college. In 2004, they came up with the group called "These Guys." They put up posters at neighboring colleges asking for other talented guys to audition and the group grew into a massive 12 guy group. Throughout the years, the group slimmed down to the amazing quartet that remains today. Josh is looking forward to his journey with "These Guys."
Erik Carlson studied music at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Ca. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, he quickly became known for his smooth vocals. Having his first live performance at the age 6, he was always destined to take the stage. Being nurtured and motivated by his elementary school choir instructor, he joined the San Francisco Boys Chorus and has continued doing music ever since. Erik recorded his first solo EP "Erik Carlson" in 2007 and would continued to perform as a solo artist for the next 3 years. Going to college with Thomas Nanthavongdouangsy, he was introduced to "These Guys." He began singing with them in 2011 and is excited about what the future has in store.