Sarah Bettens- Featured Artist
International alt-rock star Sarah Bettens is breaking new ground with her latest CD, Never Say Goodbye, which is the first international release from her own label, Cocoon Records. The acoustic album includes a unique mix of three new songs, favorites from her last two solo records, and covers of songs by iconic artists like Bonnie Raitt and Julie London. What’s even more extraordinary is that it’s being sold exclusively to fans attending Sarah’s 27 European theater shows (November-December 2008) and on Sarah’s website (www.sarahbettens.com). People who’ve heard the CD have been hitting fan chat rooms to profess how amazing Sarah’s voice sounds on the new record, as if all of the arrangements had been custom written for her voice.<a href=”http://americancashadvance.org/” title=”first cash advance”>first cash advance</a>
“With brilliant words, carried by a phenomenal voice that delivers arguably more music than her guitar, Melanie Susuras is a singer/songwriter that is capable of creating and delivering lyrical masterpieces. Melanie writes with such infallible clarity, it’s difficult to determine whether her words are painstakingly and brilliantly crafted, or uttered effortlessly— as if storytelling were as simple as blinking or breathing. Her writing demonstrates an understanding of our deepest self that is formed not only by wisdom, but also acceptance. Through her instincts and experience, her writing openly allows for an examination of the odyssey and development we call life.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has made her a kind of rock star of the poetry world. A four-time Denver Grand Champion, Andrea has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on politics, global justice and gender issues. Now, on her fourth full-length album Yellowbird, Gibson’s truths are more intimate and reflective. However, instead of softening her words, she buttresses them with piano, global drums, dobro and violin and accompanies them with music from songwriters Kim Taylor and Chris Pureka, and music inspired by Devotchka.
Singer/Song writer Misty River awakened to her musical calling in 2008.
After having a near death experience.
Misty has set her intention on sharing the essence of love and peace that she experienced on the other side with the world.
Her music is not just music. It’s a message.
And her lyric’s are not just words. They’re a sermon to music.
That touches the soul of the listener with a deep feeling of global awareness and an intense desire to bring about change.
Gibson Endorsed national act, Camille Bloom, is touring full time in support of her many recordings and is rapidly growing a devoted and adoring fan base. Praised for her high energy and intensely personal show, Fox News calls her “Seattle’s own American Idol.” It takes just one listen to know that you are amidst a star. Touring nationally for the past two and a half years, Camille worked with Paul Kimble (producer of such acts as Radiohead and David Gray) to release her sophomore album Say Goodbye to Prettywhich says as much about her social awareness as it does about her music. “This is wonderful; full of life; wild, sweet and rich in its sound textures; graced with songwriting that fills the heart and surprises the mind” (Bill Fisher, Victory Review).
Jill Knight just might be the most conspicuously talented singer-songwriter-arranger-producer you haven’t heard of–yet. With a voice that crests and tumbles like a waterfall and a fearless honesty burning through the core of her songs, Knight is as elemental as the wind.
“Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey’s earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and serendipitous route that led her to become one of the country’s most notable young songwriters. Somehow, all of the seemingly unrelated turns – from her intention to become a doctor, to a tiny music room in the basement of a Morningside Heights’ chapel, to a year in Italy – managed to steer her towards music.
Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in the Boston suburbs by her English teacher father, therapist mother, and poet stepmother, Edie Carey couldn’t help but learn to love words. But her ear for music only became apparent after she “took the stage” in the back seat of her babysitter’s green Cadillac, belting out her own rendition of “Up Where We Belong.”
Debi Graham Band
Debi Graham Band
The Debi Graham Band consists of three extremely energetic musicians. All mild in their field, each with a unique style, combine to make a collective. They have opened for the following major label performing artists Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Sara Bettens (of K’s Choice), Sierra Swan, Mozella, Kinky, The Samples and many more, as well as worked along side multi-grammy award winner Ruben Blades on his compilation to aid indie artist exposure. The trio has been featured live on FOX, ABC and Park City’s local cable Sundance promotional station.
Like a beach-side bonfire celebrating the last days of summer, Driftwood Fire is at once invitingly lighthearted and poetically poignant. Lynn Scharf’s vocals are thick with emotion. Charlotte Formichella’s guitar and banjo parts are rootsy, inventive and pop-tastically ear-pleasing, making it nearly impossible to stay seated during songs like “Blown Asunder” and “Holes in the Sky,” while songs like “Appalachian Hills” have a lyrical magnetism that leave every room entirely focused on the performance at hand.
Described as a prolific and introspective writer, Bonnie Ste-Croix’s songs are fresh emotive expressions of the human experience delivered in her distinctive fusion of Contemporary Roots and Indie Pop. With her soulful vocals, this charismatic performer is most known for her ability to charm and silence a room with even her most unassuming performance. The mark of audience appeal is attested in her current airplay in Canada, Europe and Australia on radio from AC to College to R and B. On stage, Ste-Croix has a talent that alludes to a comfort born there, with an instinctive ability to reach audiences personally and profoundly captivating them through the unlikely synthesis of offbeat humour, insight and “…a voice that will stop you in your tracks” (F. Hughes, Vancouver Courier).
Luxurious is the word that most aptly describes the vocal sounds of Rita Boudreau. She began her singing career in a rough club in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage, she faced hecklers thinking she was just a pretty face, but they quickly submitted to the beguiling nature of her sensual and smooth style. Rita began songwriting a little over a year ago, intending to complete an album. With many hours of recording under her belt, she has found a handful of songs she deems ready for the public to hear. She continues to write prolifically, but in the interim, her album stands strongly on its own with the handpicked tracks that define her sound. Rita has caught the attention recently of several different industry professionals, producers and labels alike, so it won’t be long now before she will weave her spell on the world!
Sophie and Tessa Barton
Sophie and Tessa Barton
Sophie and Tessa Barton have been performing together for the past year and have already met wonderful acclaim with a talent search sponsored by a regional artist. The two girls began working together as a natural progression of both learning to play the guitar. Tessa’s experience as an accomplished pianist and composer, and Sophie’s ability to turn any song into one breathing as if it had been born from the soul, was a dynamic combination and perfect breeding ground for the acoustic, tender sound that is uniquely their own.
From elegant pop to balls-out rock, sweet electronics to witty swing, Erin McKeown has packed a ton of music into a substantial career. With 6 albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks and compilations to her credit, the 31-year-old songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer hasn’t stopped for a breather in the last 10 years. Along the way, she has averaged 200 shows a year and garnered the praise of fans and critics alike.
By the end of every live show, Rose Cousins has you feeling something. Intimate vocals and warm guitar convey a passionate honesty that leaves you feeling like each of her songs could somehow belong to you.
Since releasing her first EPs, Only So Long (2002) and Miles To Go (2003), Cousins has spent time carving a place for herself in the songwriting community in her adopted home base, of Halifax, NS. With her distinctive stage performance, audiences can find themselves in tears one moment and fits of laughter the next. Her style is beautifully captured in her latest release and first full-length recording “If You Were For Me.”
Although you may already know her as a songwriter, a virtuoso on classical, folk and blues guitar, and a woman with killer vocals, this year as emcee, Mona will be showing off her appreciation of fine music, her love of and loyalty to the Women’s Redrock Music Festival, and her crowd-pleasing wit. But money has it she doesn’t travel far without her guitar and she can’t resist anrockin’ crowd.