Season 8 Judges

The judges are an integral part of Got Talent, providing feedback to contestants and if the audience is lucky, performing a surprise number! Contestants have been thrilled to perform in front of judges with extensive performance resumes such as Ida McBeth, Las Vegas performer Matt Lewis and famous jazz trumpeter Mike Metheny.

Got Talent Judges

Matt Lewis

Matt LewisMatt Lewis is the Executive Producer of SimonWill Entertainment, a Las Vegas based entertainment company. John Stuart, creator of the world famous Legends In Concert show calls Matt, "An integrous breath of fresh air in the entertainment industry and a first class show producer."

Matt began his career in entertainment as child and is best known for his uncanny re-creations of the King Of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Very few Tribute Artists can claim performing and producing to worldwide audiences from Malaysia, Japan, China, and several countries in Europe to the continent of Australia. He has performed in at least 30 of the 50 United States and has produced all the summer shows for Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire for the past 6 years.

Matt grew up in Lee's Summit Missouri in a time when there was only one high school. Matt claims, "The best training that I ever received for a career in show business came from the talented teachers in the Lee's Summit school district and the five years I spent performing at Worlds Of Fun."

SimonWill Entertainment is focusing on the Las Vegas corporate market at the moment but has its sights set on opening live stage shows worldwide in the near future. Matt is very proud to be a part of Got Talent and looks forward to giving back to the community that has enriched his life in so many ways throughout the years.

Lauren Braton

Lauren BratonA Lee's Summit native, Lauren Braton is an accomplished vocalist and actress seen on nearly every stage in Kansas City. Those credits include: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Civic Opera KC, and Quality Hill Playhouse.

She most recently gained national attention when her performance of "God Bless America" was televised on TBS, during the last American League Championship Series game, when the Kansas City Royals advanced to the 2015 World Series.

She also has a very successful private voice studio at Kansas City Young Audiences. Her expertise in Vocal Pedagogy, Alexander Technique, and a mastery of many different vocal genres have made her one of the most highly sought after instructors in the city.

Ms. Braton graduated from The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. There she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Voice Performance. Her post-graduate work continued in K-12 Music Education at the University of Central Missouri. She holds a teaching certificate, and continues her educational work with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District.

She has also music directed many youth productions including Alice in Wonderland (Kansas City Young Audiences), and Willy Wonka Jr. (Kansas City Young Audiences) coming this July.

Coleen Dieker

Coleen DiekerColeen Dieker, a violinist, pianist and vocalist, grew up in Lee's Summit, MO and attended Berklee College of Music. She has worked in Kansas City, Boston, New York, and Denver as a performing, recording and collaborating artist. She has performed with many local and national touring acts, and entertains and performs regularly in the Kansas City area. She enjoys a stylistically diverse career as a musical collaborator, and is also currently the Music Director at Congregation B'nai Jehudah.