Alumni Success Stories

2001 Alumna Joy Williams of "Civil Wars" Wins Two Grammys

Read more about Joy on the VCS Alumni Website.

At VCHS, Joy maintained a 4.0 GPA, was a varsity athlete and in ASB. At the age of 14, she was offered a recording contract, but she turned it down to pursue a normal childhood. She signed at age 17, and her debut album was recorded during her final years in high school.

Joy also announced that she and her husband (not her singing partner) recently welcomed their first child.

Congratulations Joy!


2002 Alumnus Brandon Walters Records, Tours,  Produces Music for Prime Time

VCS Jazz Ensemble alumnus Brandon Walters (2002) has spent five years recording, producing, songwriting, and touring with Indie artists Greg Laswell and Joshua Radin. Many of their songs have appeared on shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "One Tree Hill," as well as several movies, including "He's Just Not That Into You."

Most recently, Brandon and collaborator Anne Williamson (who he met at Point Loma University), had two songs used by producers of "NCIS" on CBS and "90210" on CW Cable 12.produced on primetime TV.

Walters and Williamson, as a duo called "My Name is You," have two albums available on ITunes. Two of those songs were sold to the TV producers of the above shows. They are working on a Summer 2014 release of their third album.

The link to the songs on iTunes:

Since 2009, Brandon has been lead guitarist and international tour partner for Joshua Radin, performing frequently on the "Ellen" show and other TV shows in New York and L.A. Brandon formerly recorded and toured for over two years with indie artist Greg Laswell. Brandon has also recorded with Minnie Driver, Erin McCarley, and Rosi Golan. "My Name is You" has toured with Radin as the opening act as well.

Brandon's recordings with Radin and Laswell are available on ITunes as well.