Feisty Folk is the newest genre used to describe L.A.based singer- songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Dee. Her vocal stylings reminiscent of high-profile artists such as Adele and Amy Winehouse, Melody Gardot and Eva Cassidy. In 2011, Dee independently released her debut full-length album "In Joy," featuring 12 original songs. Following the release, Dee gained an international fan base, shared the stage with Golden Globe and Emmy winner Vonda Shepard and 3x Platinum Billboard Artist Anna Nalick.
Many of the songs on Paul Federici’s sophomore album, Now and Then, take on a greater poignancy when you learn of the singer’s past struggles with mental health issues. In fact, things got so bad for the Grimsby, ON based singer/songwriter that his father had to move in with him in case he tried to harm himself. “It got to the point where it was difficult for me to function,” Federici admits.
Sofia Talvik is the next rising star from Sweden. She has emerged like a lady of the forest, bringing a new interesting side to folk music. She’s playing a unique blend of folk-pop (someone said Neo-Folk). This American genre filtered through her Swedish heritage, becomes something totally unique, a blend that has attracted attention from American reviewers, blogs and music lovers, allowing her tour the US several times. In 2008, she became the first Swedish female singer to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Emily Danger Is A Dark Cabaret Rock Band From Brooklyn. The Band Consists Of Emily Nicholas (Vocals, Piano, Guitar), Ryan Nearhoff (Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Bass), And Cameron Orr (Violin, Melodica, Synth). They Combine Haunting Melodies And Vulnerable Lyrics With Orchestral, Heavy, And Often Dissonant Arrangements. Their Debut EP, "Paintings", Was Released In 2012 To Critical Acclaim.
Jessica Morhall is a talented Perth-based singer/songwriter whose musical journey continues to evolve and grow. She began learning the piano at 8 and at just 12, started writing her own songs.
Jess completed a Diploma in Contemporary Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and has become a regular performer around town, singing with different groups at a range of venues including The Bird, X-Wray Café, Mojos and Yayas.
On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14.
Hailing from Liphook, Hampshire, EMMAY are a sibling trio consisting of Aimée Mackenzie on electro-acoustic guitars and lead vocals, Freya Mackenzie on violin and backing vocals and Ross Mackenzie on Cajon.
The trio have recently supported Nizlopi, Show of Hands, Sean Lakeman/Kathryn Roberts, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Miranda Sykes/Rex Preston, Sheelanagig, Phillip Henry/Hannah Martin and Josienne Clarke/Ben Walker.
Ben Williams graduated from the University of Salford in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Popular Music and Recording and has forged a career as a musician and songwriter. After leaving university Ben joined forces with Kristyna Myles and won Radio 5 Live’s Busk Idol competition which led to appearances on BBC1, ITV, Radio 2, Radio 4 and many regional radio stations including BBC Manchester, as well as being featured in The Manchester Evening News and various other publications.
“Welcome to your musical punch in the face,” says Amanda Duncan from the stage to the crowd as she flashes a knowing smile. Once she starts to sing, the big question is, “How does that huge sound come out of that little body?” Never quite blessed with height, Amanda was blessed with one roaring set of pipes.
Born in Lander, WY and raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is a bold, lyric-first singer/songwriter from Portland that draws a profound influence from his roots in the humble West. Raised a vocalist by his musical mother and a perfectionist by his father the architect, Stenson's unique brand of "Elegant Folk" music is the fitting result of his upbringing -- wildly creative but ever wrangled by his maniacal attention to detail and the desire to design things differently.