I want to use this spotlight to feature some of the talented singer/songwriters sitting in our inbox. These creative spirits span the styles of country, folk, Americana, and acoustic music leaving us with an excellent selection of songs to enjoy.
Links and information to these artists below. Be sure to follow, subscribe, share and show support for your favorites.
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Rebecca Moreland - Getting Used To You
Singer-songwriter Rebecca Moreland, born and raised in San Antonio, TX now residing in Nashville, has gathered high praise as an artist. In 2015 her single ‘Freak Soul’ was awarded top 10 pop songs of the year on Reverbnation. Rebecca’s powerful sound has earned her a place beside some of music’s biggest names, including support performances for Hunter Hayes and Chase Rice.
‘Getting Used To You’ was produced by the prestigious Johnny Garcia (Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood) at Nashville’s Quad Studios. The single is one of six tracks that will be featured on Moreland’s debut EP ‘Humani Affectus.’ Latin for human emotion, ‘Humani Affectus’ is part one of a soulful pop series covering universal themes such as individuality, loss, friendship, empowerment, disappointment and change.
- June 17th South – Nashville, TN
- June 21st Acme Feed and Seed – Nashville, TN
Chris and Daya - Envy of Stars
Chris MacVittie and Daya Rawat are the singer-songwriter duo better known as Chris & Daya. What they deliver is a classic folk sound, reminiscent of Jack Johnson meets Simon and Garfunkel with a touch of Emmylou Harris, a veritable “magic carpet ride of voice and harmony” with an accessible country feel, combining a timeless musical quality with heartfelt, resonant storytelling.
Chris & Daya’s debut release is called Envy of Stars and the two have been busy touring and promoting it at venues all over the United States and Europe. Some gig highlights include playing the Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, Florida, a Peace Day Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Millennium Hotel in London, UK, Hunter College in NYC, the Bastyr University Chapel in Seattle, Washington and the LION D’OR in Montreal, Canada.. Currently in the midst of several Canadian and US dates, you can stay current on their happenings by visiting their website.
Suzy Callahan - See Through
Suzy Callahan writes dark, dreamy folk songs and sings with an unfried, thick, creamy, dulce de leche voice. When she sings, she leans in. Recorded by Scott Tyburski mashing modern synths with traditional folk. Appropriately, he leans out. Several tracks mixed by George Shilling whose credits included Teenage Fan Club, Mike Oldfield, Mary J. Blige and James Brown.
See Through is about telling truths that your friends won’t – an acoustic guitar laced with truth serum. Diaries left open, Morse code, messages in a bottle, neon lights, lipstick-stained whiskey glasses, shipwrecks. These are all things Suzy can’t get out of her mind.
Ryan David Orr - Traffic Lights
For almost two decades, Ryan David Orr has been a major player on the American folk scene. A singer-songwriter and experienced musician, he has traveled all over the United States playing in many of folk music’s legendary venues. For Ryan, performing and writing is a family tradition. His grandmother played sax and clarinet and his mother was a professional folk singer. Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, Ryan traveled with his mother to venues and festivals up and down the west coast. So, it was only natural when Ryan started to join his mom on stage, playing the violin by age seven and learning the guitar at 12.
Ryan's forthcoming album kopascetic will be available June 13th via digital and CD. Discover more of his music here.
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Andrea Silva - Between the Bars (Elliott Smith cover)
Andrea Silva is a singer and songwriter from Bogotá, Colombia. At age 18 she moved to Los Angeles, California and started writing songs a year after. At the beginning, Andrea started experimenting with electronic sounds and released three singles that she recorded with different producers, until later on she fell in love with folk music and started writing the songs that will now be the contect of her upcoming EP that will come out by the fall of 2016 followed by a full album. For now, Andrea has been covering songs by her favorite artists singing in Spanish and English and will be releasing the first single of her EP entitled Wrong this Summer.
BONOMO - Water
BONOMO is a family of musicians on a mission to unify musical traditions - a band unique and familiar. Formed by NYC based Singer/ Songwriter/ Keyboardist, Adam Bonomo, BONOMO's music pulls inspiration from all walks of musical influences. Anything could happen and everything counts as inspiration. BONOMO's music holds to the past and present with their own style.
Since their formation in 2015, BONOMO has received much acclaim including a debut performance at Lincoln Center, 1st place prize at the CASC songwriting competition, and placing in the Indie International Songwriting Competition top 5.
Charlie Hager - These Days
Charlie Hager is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tn. He credits the majority of his musical abilities to his father, James Bernard Hager, a longtime West Virginia bluegrass player from the 1940's to his death in 1981. His writing styles and influences come mostly from Texas based singer/songwriters from Billy Jo Shaver, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and J.J. Cayle.
Charlie's new album American Saga is now available.
Becca Roth - No One Has To Know
Becca Roth is an LA based Singer/Songwriter, originally from Philly. She is recently signed to Independent label, Pop Cautious Records.
The new single, "No One Has To Know" is a lyrically intimate track carried by ambient swells and an indie folk arrangement. It is first and foremost a love story, about breaking barriers of vulnerability. The song can be experienced as expressing deep feelings of and longing for Sacred Reality in human relationships of love, and highlighting an authentic struggle and contradiction to what she was taught growing up in church.
Kevin Whitfield - Wake Up Sleeping Beauty
Kevin Whitfield is an Athens, GA based singer/songwriter with a Nashville inspired writing style. His appreciation for Ben Rector, Dave Barnes, and Steve Moakler mixed with his early inspiration by Don McLean, Jason Mraz, and The Decemberists produces a unique "indie-pop"-ish sound that promises—if nothing less—to give listeners a fresh perspective on familiar genres.
After asking Kevin about the song, he was awesome enough to give me the first, exclusive insight into the inspiration.
After the break-up I pretty much went all out trying to win this girl back. It wasn’t over for me, hence the line “The story won’t end if I never stop writing it.” It was my way of saying that I refuse to close the book on it. I believed that she was still in love and that I just needed to get through to her. “Wake up, Sleeping Beauty". You know you’re never dreaming too deep to reach.” The song is a play on the original story of sleeping beauty, and how relentlessly the prince pursued her. He’d climb the towers walls to search for her, shed his armor and fight to find her. And all of the things that were once important to him were so small from the towering walls of the castle he found her in."