Powerhouse singer/songwriter Shyla Day is a young and very demanded act in San Diego, being on the scene since her early teens. At 15 years old, she wrote over 60+ original songs in 1 year. She soon composed and arranged the entire score for an alloriginal Old Globe production, and because of her outrageous musicality, Shyla Day was often mistaken as older, and over a small amount of time she started gaining a reputation for being such a young talent in the San Diego music scene, with demand to play shows often.
Before everyone knew it, little Shyla Day was a grown adult. Now at 18 years old, Shyla Day began being asked to perform a variety of big time fairs and stages such as the Kids Expo Rock n' Roll MainStage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and the Clairemont Family Day MainStage. She also begins spreading around the internet and on national television, with OnLocation:SD (Time Warner Cable). Shyla Day continues on her mission by playing shows, continuing in songwriters competitions, and doing a lot of Charity Performing for Tunes for Tots Worldwide.
In May of 2014 she was nominated for Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Pop Single of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards! She has also been nominated in 2014 for Adult Contemporary, Pop Artist, Rock Artist, Alternative Artist, Singer/Songwriter, and Teen Artist in the Artists in Music Awards.
Premier Oscar Schmidt Autoharpist, singer and Colorado folk legend Roz Brown has built a mighty impressive career as a captivating entertainer and recording artist performing and recording classic folk music on his own terms for over thirty-five years.
Born June 19, 1937 in Madison, Wisconsin Roz started his musical career in the 5th grade when his dad bought him his first trumpet. He played in school bands through high school and continued playing in Navy bands.
In 1975 Roz went to work as an electronics technician at Cobe Laboratories in Lakewood, Colorado. It was then that he started to really dive into the folk music scene.
"The folk music of the '60's had always stirred something deep in my soul says Roz. I was already hitting folk music clubs and festivals after work most every weekend when I happened to catch a life changing performance by Autoharp Master Bryan Bowers at the Oxford Hotel Cruise Room.
Bryan and I ended up hanging out after the concert till the wee hours and shortly afterwards I bought my first two Autoharps from him and early on I found I could actually connect with a lot of the folk songs I loved on those Autoharps and through the years I have managed to carve out quite an incredible musical career with my 400+ and ever growing playlist."
At 74 Roz shows no signs of slowing down as he sets course in 2011 with a brand new release produced by his son, Memphis/Nashville keyboardist and producer Paul Brown titled; A Cowboy and his Sweetheart.
Inspired by his sweetheart Barbara, A Cowboy and his Sweetheart is a stellar collection of romantic love songs, many of which were originally recorded by Country legend Don Williams.
"I've been listening to these songs over and over since the 1970's when Don Williams recorded many of them, Says Roz. So it's been a great joy to finally record my own versions of them."
As an active Colorado mountain rescue volunteer with Alpine Rescue Team based in Evergreen Colorado and a volunteer ranch hand for his Colorado sweetheart Roz still performs a staggering 300+ dates a year and tirelessly gives back through his music by making retirement and nursing homes a part of his regular touring schedule.
"Not long after I bought those first two Autoharps from Bryan, explains Roz, I ended up in the hospital to have knee surgery. Seeing how lonely a place like that could be I told myself that once I recovered I'd go back to hospitals and nursing homes to entertain every chance I got to help people take their mind off of whatever pains, illness or lonely times they may be going through."
Also a significant part on Roz's regular touring schedule is the historic Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, CO where Roz has been entertaining for thirty years now.
"Roz Brown is a minister of good vibes" -Mike Herr (Autoharp Quarterly) -- WEBSITE
Pearl Charles - The Driftwood Singers
While most of their contemporaries are surfing the blogosphere daily to figure out what new hip direction they should take their band in to get some notice, LA's Driftwood Singers have taken a very un-contemporary route. The duo of Kris Hutson and Pearl Charles play a simpler kind of folk that one might've heard on the southern front porches of 1930's America.
Kris, in suspenders and all, rotates between guitar, banjo and mandolin while harmonizing along with Pearl, who in garb fit more for the compound on Big Love, strums her autoharp. The pair of 19 year olds has already logged more than 100 shows since they began playing last fall, with tours up and down the west coast and trips to Nashville and New York City. Not ones to turn down many shows, they recently played 3 shows in one day across the greater Los Angeles area, a morning stop in Oxnard, afternoon gig in Glendale and an evening show in Silver Lake.
It's that kind of determination to play whenever and wherever possible that has started gathering them attention from music fans and critics alike including No Depression who posted some of their earliest home demos. They were recently (and fittingly) featured on a Carter Family tribute album alongside Calvin Johnson and Kimya Dawson.
Their debut EP, Look! carries on where their demo's left off. After attempting to record the songs in a studio, they decided to record them at home on a hand held cassette recorder that was then cleaned up in mastering. The resulting 5 songs are showcased in a way that lets you feel the warm crackle of the phonograph they appear to be coming from. Inspired by beat poetry and murder ballads, songs like "Coco Ellis", "Come Across the Tracks" and "Rosalee Little" are irresistible gems for anyone with an old soul and an ear for the yester year. -- WEBSITE
Annie DeTemple - Old Man Markley
Old Man Markley are not your run-of-the-mill band. They're not a traditional bluegrass band, nor are they a typical punk band. Instead, the band meld elements of both styles into a cross-pollinated "newgrass" amalgam that has resulted in a boot stomping good time for fans around the world.
Old Man Markley were quickly embraced by the punk rock community with their incendiary live performances, and at the same time the band were also warmly accepted by bluegrass fans, earning them a #8 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart with their 2011 release of Guts n' Teeth. From rivets to rhinestones, even the world of glossy country music embraced OMM, yielding them a slot at California's country festival mecca, Stagecoach.
After two years of relentless touring and winning over thousands of fans, Old Man Markley returned to the little house in Southern California where it all began to record their follow-up album, Down Side Up available March 5, 2013. -- WEBSITE
Johanna Söderberg - First Aid Kit
Prodigious Swedish teenagers Klara (17) and Johanna Söderberg (19), AKA First Aid Kit, have been gathering fans apace since the release of their ‘Drunken Trees’ EP in February 2009. They are proud to have since released their glorious debut full length, The Big Black and The Blue.
Spending their formative years drinking from the fountain of American classics – everything from Buffy Sainte-Marie (you can hear FAK’s revamped version of her 1964 protest classic ‘Universal Soldier’ here, to the likes of Conor Oberst – it shaped their way with song writing, arrangements and even the use of a second language. Audiences have been falling at their feet, enraptured by their pure, shimmering voices in harmony. -- WEBSITE
Mike Lynch is a musician (multi-instrumentalist), composer, and music educator in the Seattle, Washington area (USA) and is currently a Music Specialist at Christ The King School in Seattle. He teaches pre-school through 8th grade music at the school and currently has 4 classes of ukulele as well as 3 classes of guitar. He also teaches vocal music, world music, drum circles, hand bells and music appreciation.
Mike Lynch has been known in liturgical circles for over 4 decades with churches everywhere singing his compositions from their parish hymnals. A number of his Praise and Worship hymns are currently found in the publications of OCP (Oregon Catholic Press). A few of his most beloved hymns are "Bread, Blessed & Broken", "Father Of Peace", and "In The Land There Is A Hunger". Mike Lynch is currently in the process of composing a new mass entitled "MASS OF THE ISLANDS" which begs for ukulele accompaniment. -- WEBSITE