Meet the CEO
Donna S. Murrell
Donna Murrell is the proud CEO of Carolina Girls Rock and Carolina Women Rock Pageants. Mrs. Murrell started Carolina Girls Rock Pageant because of her love for making a difference in the lives of girls. She wants every girl to realize that she can truly take hold of her dreams and make them a reality; and the path begins with respect, loving yourself, and CONFIDENCE. She also serves as a Pageant Coach, Judge, Emcee and Director for individuals, organizations, and pageant systems. She coaches in all phases of pageantry from ages 5 to adults working with National American Miss, International United Miss, Miss USA Pageant System, Sunburst International and the Miss Universe Pageant systems. Donna has more than 30 plus years in the fashion, event planning and entertainment industry. She is a former professional runway model and owner for 14 years of Montezic Modeling Agency. Her agency was named Agency of the Year by the International Talent and Modeling Association in New York City. She also has extensive experience as a Model/Talent Agent, Casting Director, and Model instructor. She currently represents actresses and models as a Talent Manager guiding those who are interested in the acting in movies and commericals. Mrs. Murrell currently travels judging for numerous pageant organizations, in which she thoroughly enjoys. She is a proud member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte NC. Donna is also a native of Charlotte and a 30 year employee with the City of Charlotte's Community Relations department. She is the loving wife to Eugene E. Murrell Sr. and supportive mother to her three grown children - Montez, Armani and Diamen: and "G Ma" to her beautiful granddaughter; Phoenix Maleya - "Princess P" who is her true blessing...G-Ma's babygirl! As a proud grandmother, Phoenix is the 2019 Miss North Carolina American Princess USA!
"My passion, dreams and faith are the driving force behind everything I do and my dedication and commitment is reflected in my love for others!”
" Your SMILE is your logo, Your PERSONALITY is your business card. How you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark!"
CGRP / CWRP Professionals
Diamen Young, Contestant Coordinator
Aspiring and motivating daughter of the CEO/Director for Carolina Girls Rock Pageant. Diamen is currently exploring her passion in event and meeting planning. She is a smart, hardworking, fun-loving person. She has a love for fashion and family. Her dreams are to one day pursue her own business.
Amber Wright, Contestant Coordinator Talented and ambitious, currently employed in management with the hospitality industry of a major hotel. When she is not assisting parents with selecting their children with wardrobe, assisting with their hairstyles, she enjoys being a mentor and Rocking Coordinator with our contestants. She assists with training, professionalism, and preparing them for a memory of a lifetime.
ARMANI J - Professional Dancer/ Choreographer
Armani J. Watson is the son of CEO/Director and a native of Charlotte North Carolina. Returning to the Queen City from California where his talents were showcased as a professional hip-hop dance instructor for Ventura of Danzar and Zumba Fitness Studio; Starlight Dance Academy; and Young Champions USA in California. His self-taught love for dance has earned him rewarding and memorable opportunities such as opening for Gospel Artists Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary; Winner of the Tom Joyner Big Break Talent Competition; Y Dance Team/YWCA; Luv2Dance Studio Instructor; Boys and Girls Club Instructor; NC Dance District Instructor; Liz Claiborne Usher Cologne Promotions; Charlotte Bobcats NBA Basketball "Rally Cat" Dance Team; DTLR Roc The Runway Special Guest Entertainer; Video Hip Hop Dancer for Rap Artist Vee Boi Baby; and Hip Hop Performer and Choreographer for Latin Rap Artist Hypo and J. Axion/Halo Festival. Armani also is a Talent Development and Choreographer for pageant contestants. He currently is a Hope Coach Dance Choreographer with the awesome Inspire The Fire organization. He also performs as special guest for parties and instructs in Hip Hop classes (groups or individual). Interested in services by Armani J - call 704-870-7002.
Nichelle Nelson, Assistant Director
Nichelle has over 30 plus years’ of experience to include Managing Editor for I-Fashion Magazine, President of I-Fashion South,CEO of Kreativ Concept Management and Flawlessly Flawed. She is a former Professional Model, Fashion Show Producer and Runway Choreography to name a few. Nichelle is mostly proud of her number one role as MOM to 3 boys; Tywon (27) who is a Minister of Music, A Musician and proud father of three children; Jabari (22) a handsome athlete and Graduate of North Carolina Central University; and Tyler (7) a smart school student with honor awards in mathematics and reading and who enjoys football. Ms. Nelson is currently residing in Charlotte, NC and is a member of Northside Church of Christ. Nichelle has a passion for empowering young girls and instilling in them that there is nothing they can’t achieve through faith and the courage they have inside to be successful in life. “Inner Beauty is just the dose you need for your natural beauty to shine!”