The Perfect Team 


J Chris Griffin, Founder

J Chris Griffin is a 20-year veteran in the vocal/studio recording business. After working in Nashville's premier music scene for a few years, he arrived in New York to open his own studio, tailored specifically for vocalists and songwriters. He has produced and mixed the likes of Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend. His students have been seen on NBC's The Voice, GLEE, Broadway shows, won Billboard Awards, are signed artists, or just hobbyists having fun. Pop, soul, jazz, you name it, you'll master it.

 Photo Credit: Zachary Miller

Photo Credit: Zachary Miller

Hannah Sumner, Master Vocal Coach & Artist Development

A co-founder of The Pop Vocal Academy, Hannah Sumner is a bi-coastal, award-winning vocalist and songwriter.  Well-versed in everything from jazz to electronic and specializing in studio vocal techniques, Hannah has taught and performed in the Northeast, Southern California, and several cities in Western Europe. After studying intensely at Berklee College of Music and with J Chris Griffin himself, she has joined the team to spread the joy that can only be found through musical expression. 

Darren Fewins, Vocal Technique Coach

Darren Fewins is a Singer, Songwriter, Music producer from Newcastle,  Australia. He performed his very first solo show at the age of 12 in front of 4000 people and hasn’t left the stage since. He has performed with Australia’s biggest recording artists, equally well-established international artists as well as being nominated for 7 Australian Music Awards. Darren holds years of experience touring the world as a singer in an out of counties like Australia, USA, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. As a teacher he’s had great success with some of his students going on to be contenders on programs such as “The Voice”, Australia. Darren loves nothing more than passing on his years of experience in the industry to those who share the same passion he did as a child.


Jeff Greenspan, Guitar Coach (beginner/advanced)

A recent resident of Maryland, Jeff Greenspan is the newest member of The Pop Vocal Academy team. Jeff picked up the guitar at age 6 and by age 13 he was already writing and recording his own songs. Today, Jeff has performed as a guitarist and vocalist with an incredible roster of current pop sensations, most notably Jasmine V, Grace Mitchell, Gazzo, and Matt McAndrew. Jeff is excited to impart his intricate guitar knowledge on anyone willing to learn, and will be offering a variety of lessons, including Intro to Guitar, Guitar for Songwriting, and Guitar for Singers.