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Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country through the electric energy she displays on stage and the old soul that's conveyed through her songwriting. Her studying of music began at age five; she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Vocally, she has been compared to Eva Cassidy, but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, and Nina Simone.
With a voice echoing Jeff Buckley, the arrangement dexterity of Nick Drake, and the explorative spirit of Thom Yorke, David Tyler Fox is poised to make his mark on the music world. David has seen early success touring and recording with members of The Posies, REM, Big Star, and Gregory Alan Isakov. His debut album, Aquarian Dream, was featured as “Album of the Day” on iTunes and he recently played a sold out show supporting The Posies at the legendary Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX. His new single, The Preacher, is available now.
Jessie Marks (Santa Cruz, CA) crafts dream-folk inspired songs with deep soulful vocals and piano at the forefront, weaving in space-synth, angelic vocal harmony, and violin to host a lush, dream-like atmosphere.
Kendra McKinley is a San Francisco Bay Area singer, songwriter and bandleader whose songs burst with color, wonder, sensuality and wit. Finger painting with the sounds of chamber pop, jazz, soul and psychedelia, McKinley draws from a deep well of empathy. Whether she’s performing solo with a guitar and a looping pedal, fronting a full funk band, or collaborating with artists both local and around the globe, McKinley’s confident, honeyed voice enacts a gravitational pull on all who hear it.
Aviva le Fey sings heart songs – some for love lost, and others for humanity forgotten – with a tone and cadence that somehow conjures both the vintage pop of the Fifties and the dark, dreamy sounds you might hear coming from that haunted backwoods bar in 1990s Twin Peaks, Washington.
National emerging folk/indie artist Joel Van Horne, aka Covenhoven, has dubbed his new critically acclaimed album the ocean record, because he wrote the songs while touring and exploring the west coast. Chapter 3 in the Covenhoven story, “A Kind of Revelation” continues his over-arching theme of immersion in a place, and letting that place become the centerpiece of the music.
From Danny Fernandez:
“Art is my catalyst for connecting with the people who relate most to my inner self. Growing up in Los Angeles, inspiration has met me through many unique art forms such as graffiti, tattoos, Hip hop, punk & skateboard culture. When I moved to Santa Cruz I quickly fell in love with nature and the surrounding beauty. I became deeply moved by man's relationship to nature and I attempt to symbolize that mystery through my work. I'm recognized for my close attention to detail, fine lines, symbolism, and use of variety of mediums. I currently reside in Santa Cruz, making art by the seaside."
Red Light Lit is a San-Francisco based reading series and small press created in 2013. Red Light Lit’s multimedia performances are a mashup of live music, photography, storytelling and poetry set to a live score. The performers explore love relationships, sexuality and gender.
Kendl Winter, born in Arkansas, moved to Olympia, Washington after high school, drawn to the evergreen forests and the lively and thriving music scene. She put three solo records out on Olympia’s indie label, K Records, and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before beginning The Lowest Pair in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi.
Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in The Black Feathers’ musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draw the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted.
Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences.
From Laura T. Lewis: “Raised on the northern fog banks of the San Francisco Bay, there was always a drum kit in our living room and a half-finished clay project in the basement art studio. I was regularly scolded for singing at the dinner table and dancing in the outfield (I wasn't cut out for sports). Every early memory has a soundtrack.”
Jamie Coffis is a founding member of Santa Cruz based rock and roll band The Coffis Brothers. The singer songwriter and keyboard player has been touring the country since 2009 and recorded 4 albums with his band in that time.