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Kurt Bestor adds Nathan Pacheco, Ryan Innes to Christmas show

Published November 5, 2013 9:35 am

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Two male singers will lend their voices to Kurt Bestor's annual Christmas extravaganza.

Bestor today announced that Nathan Pacheco and Ryan Innes will be the guest stars at the 26th annual "A Kurt Bestor Christmas" shows, Dec. 19-21 at Abravanel Hall. (Tickets are still on sale, at ArtTix.)

Pacheco is a a singer-songwriter who studied at Brigham Young University, and went abroad to study in South America and Europe. He was a featured vocalist in the 2009 "Yanni Voices" tour, and went on to appear on two Yanni specials for PBS. His self-titled debut album was released in 2012 by Walt Disney Records.

In a statement, Bestor praised Pacheco's ability to cross over from classical works to Broadway, jazz and pop. "He is often compared to Josh Groban, except my female friends like to say he's much better looking," Bestor joked.

Innes, who lives in Provo, was introduced to the nation on season 4 of "The Voice," as a member of Team Usher. He also studied at BYU, was a member of the a cappella group Vocal Point, and released a self-titled CD in 2010.

When Bestor saw Innes on "The Voice," he said, "I was very much taken with a singer belting out the most incredible version of "Gravity." When I found out that he had Utah connections, I knew I had to have Ryan Innes in my show." Bestor noted that he could have had Innes on his show six years earlier, when Innes auditioned in Bestor's "Best Singer Search."