As a performing artist, Susan Ruth released two critically acclaimed albums, How To Say Goodbye and Surfacing to Breathe (which features many of Peter Gabriel’s key band mates) following her debut album, Horse of a Different Color EP. Her fourth independent studio album, All I Ever Wanted Was Everything, released July 15th, 2014 Co-produced by Susan Ruth and Jim Kimball, the new album includes 13 original songs written or co-written by Susan. The album was created at Hot Closet Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Although Nashville is famous for its country roots and All I Ever Wanted Was Everything features many of Reba McIntyre’s key band mates, including Kimball (guitars/mando), Jeff King (lead guitar), Spady Brannon (bass), Tommy Harden (drums), as well as other exceptional Nashville session players, including Jason Webb (piano/keys), Jim Hoke, Tania Hancheroff (bgvs) and a handful of other talents, it is primarily a AAA/Pop format and has been getting comparisons to Colbie Caillat and Annie Lennox. Chris Gehringer of Sterling Sound in New York mastered the project. This is Susan Ruth’s first studio album in a decade (Surfacing to Breathe Aug 2004). This is Susan Ruth’s first studio album in a decade, as she has spent the past eight years in Nashville, TN writing for and with other artists. She's had chart success on several acts, including: #13 Eurodisc - "What If" - Ali Isabella #1 Eurodisc Belgium - "What If" - Ali Isabella "A Little Love This Christmas" - Ali Isabella debuted at #6 FMQB Top Ten – “Shine” - Erdem Kinay – Turkey O’Shea - One + One - debuted at #3 on the ARIA Country Charts and the top 30 on the all genre chart in 2013
Emily Mure is a classically informed, smoky voiced, singer-songwriter. Her newest album, Odyssey, called "introspective, unorthodox, and powerful" (Adobe and Teardrops) showcases her confessional and emotionally charged songwriting. Emily performs solo and with her chamber-folk trio, which includes Audrey Q Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and english horn. Emily's music and arrangements showcase her classical background and compositions, and put a new spin on modern folk music. She was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour, and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Garrison Starr, Darlingside, Cuddle Magic and Kris Delmhorst. Her songs have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC. "There was/is something about her songs and voice that made me want to go off into a quiet place and to be sure I captured each and every note. She surprised me too.. just when you're pretty sure you've got your basic coffee house folky singer-songwriter, she slips into that chamber mojo mode where people like Marissa Nadler and Meg Baird live, and then out of nowhere...I mean like an Ali left jab...you get a pedal steel, oboe and a cello thrown at you. Bam." -No Depression “(Odyssey is) an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop” -Direct Current Music emilymure.comRemind Me
Andrew Kalleen (of Lawrence & Leigh): "One thing they're not is a typical folk duo. Whatever magic these two share together as singer-songwriters is matched equally by an intense interest in studio trickery. Complimenting their soaring harmonies with collage effects bordering on musique concrete, Lawrence and Leigh's sound is brimming with ideas that keep obvious categorizations at bay. The music of Andrew Kalleen and Kristin Stokes seems to reinvent itself after every listen, so be prepared to spend some time with these tracks as they move from bare acoustic arrangements to electronic 4-on-floor grooves and back again in epic and rewarding proportions." -The Deli Magazine ( 3/10/11) “Extensive, fresh and full of depth both musically and lyrically, Lawrence and Leigh’s crafting has most definitely brought about a unique edge to the new music scene.” -Sound Sense Online (3/10/11) "There isn't a moment on Hills and Masts that isn't engaging...The record's hypnotic effect carries you through Stokes's operatic indulgences, visceral bluesy wails and '60s doo-wop backing vocals. These elements add nostalgic magic to the record's fuzz-saturated ambience ― embellished with echo-y effects, distorted clanging and street buzz recordings ― dropping you into an ethereal dream that weaves through generations of sounds.” -Exclaim! Magazine (3/8/11) “The music video for Lawrence and Leigh’s track “Glow” has to be seen to be believed...more than just a music video; this is a short film worthy of awards.” -Blogcritics (6/24/11) “The Brooklyn songwriting duo takes chamber folk to expansive new heights...a sound which melds the pop smarts of Elliott Smith and Over The Rhine’s Karen Bergquist with melodies that twist and turn, taking you on an aural journey.” -Jonathan Sanders - Hear, Hear! (5/2/11) "Lawrence & Leigh have succeeded in their mission to create expansive, unique music." -FensePost (2/23/11) "Nothing can really take away from Kristin and Andrew’s ability to create songs that demand every ounce of your attention once locked in...Lawrence & Leigh obviously have the power to do absolutely anything!” -FensePost (6/7/11) "What is difficult to classify, and articulate for that matter, is their ability to create such a powerful presence for a two-piece." -Static Multimedia (2/8/11) "Coming across like a blend of Dirty Projectors, Joanna Newsom, and the haunting richness of Fleet Foxes, the duo offer up dense harmonies and elaborate song structures with a melancholy yet occasionally optimistic tone." -The Mad Mackerel (1/3/11) “[Glow] is another example of their consistently beautiful song craft—a sepia tinged snapshot of multilayered instrumentation and free-spirited harmonies. Wonderful...The accompanying video is also well worth a viewing—it is a work of stunning visual art that brilliantly complements the shifting moods of the song.” -The Mad Mackerel (5/31/11) “MAGNET is proud to premiere the video for Vol. III standout ‘Chelsea Nights.’” -Magnet Magazine (1/12/11) “There’s a certain woozy glow to this record, made likely to entice searchers, seekers, and inbetweeners.” -Parasites and Sycophants (4/25/11) “Oddly entertaining and beautiful.” -Everything but Urban (5/2/11) “I have a feeling the talent that’s apparent in their first major release will remain. I’m excited to see what’s coming.” -Reviews and the Rest (1/27/11) “With only an acoustic guitar and piercing vocals, their songs had the normally chatty bar crowd on their seats, unable to look away.” -PopWreck(oning) (5/30/11) “I honestly simply cannot compare them to anyone, what they have going on stands out from the crowd and it is truly amazing.” -Honey in the Sun (7/26/11) “The trip-hoppy-1940s-magic they pulled set off Stokes’ vocals and Kalleen’s intricate compositions, proving the pair hypnotizing. I look forward to seeing them continue to kick ass, and you should, too.” -The Steam Co. (4/14/11) “Hills and Masts is an emotional roller coaster of strings, fixed piano, and dual overlaid vocals...'Chelsea Nights' renders cathedral ceiling echos and virtuoso instrumentals with a heavy suspenseful build up, leaking a thick cacophony of sound.” -Broken Heart Boy (3/7/11)Remind Me
Hailed by a class of 2nd graders as “wreely nice and kind” and “the coolest man on erth,” Arizona native Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the line between being a violinist and a fiddler. After studying classical violin at Arizona State University with Dr. Katie McLin, he spent four years touring the world as one of five fiddlers with “Barrage,” a Canadian-based, world music violin troupe. His travels, both with Barrage and personally, have led to performances in 47 states and 13 countries with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. Off of the stage, Taylor is a passionate advocate for arts education. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, a high school fiddle troupe in Gilbert, Arizona, Taylor regularly works with students and educators around the country to explore the violin’s unique relevance to a variety of genres.
NUA is an innovative new trad trio, bringing a fresh and unique sound to traditional music, creating their own distinctive original compositions, balanced with traditional and contemporary tunes drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions. Based in Toronto, Canada, NUA consists of three award-winning members: fiddle player James Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray and bodhrán player Jacob McCauley. The interaction between the three is what really makes the music shine, whether it be their soaring melodies or tasteful grooves. The original tune-writing of NUA gives their music its groundbreaking, adventurous quality, as demonstrated on their debut album BOLD. Bordering on progressive, while hinting at the traditions of the past, NUA’s compositions will take you on an exhilarating journey, creating an atmosphere and mood unique to the listener. The trio is also well known for their exciting incorporation of odd time signatures and polyrhythms, which give the music an electrifying lift and spontaneity. "Inventiveness abounds and the interwoven nature of some of the arrangements is impressively daring. They challenge you with an album that is creative, questioning, and inventive in equal proportions." (Tony Lawless of TradConnect) Each member adds his own distinctive sound and influence to the music. Although NUA is a trio with a sole melody player, the brilliant multi-tasking of each member is demonstrated countless times with perhaps a guitar-driven flat-picked melody, rhythmic fiddle playing, or melodic bodhrán playing to add to the mix. The ability for each member to take on multiple roles is one of the staples of NUA. This adds to a thrilling live experience, and a “you just don’t know what’s coming next” approach! "Bold is a thoroughly enjoyable album that leaves you almost drooling at the thought of how much fun these guys must summon up in a live setting." (Mike Wilson of Because Music Matters). NUA released their debut album BOLD on October 14th 2013 and are currently preparing for several tours in 2014.Remind Me
Singer Songwriter Sheldon Holder's eclectic brand of music fuses elements of Calypso, Jazz, Reggae, and Rock, and is quickly becoming a sound to be reckoned with in the Toronto music scene. With a successful album, critical acclaim on BBC radio, an award winning video for his song Prosper, and local and international performances under his belt, Sheldon made a bold move and came back to Canada after living in Trinidad since the age of eight. Sheldon`s music has been a driving force in the Caribbean`s underground music scene for more than a decade. He has also been highlighted in many mainstream events such as Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, The Tobago International Jazz Festival, and he was in Toronto in 2009 as part of Canadian Music Week opening for the Dirty Heads as well as Mishka More recently, Sheldon was praised in the New York Times by Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee who has used Sheldon's music in her runway shows in the Caribbean and abroad. In addition to his music, Sheldon has been heavily involved with a creative space called Alice Yard, and has been profiled globally, most recently as part of the Global Africa Project held last year at the MAD in New York City where his album cover was part of the exhibit. Alice Yard has been listed in the New York Times as one of the top ten places to visit in Trinidad and Tobago. It is one of the focal points for the subculture of the region for both music and art. In 2012 Sheldon forged his way onto the Toronto music scene to form his current musical incarnation including an array of accomplished Toronto musicians. He is currently getting set to unleash his new single Consumed, a track that has been crafted in collaboration with the likes of sound engineer Jeremy Darby of Cantebury Music who has worked with Prince; mixed by Andre Wahl who has worked with Shania Twain and produced by Tom McKay of Exeter Sound Studios.Remind Me
The Honeyrunners are a modern consequence of music alchemy; rock & roll mixed with the raw soul of a Motown band and the brashness of 90’s punk. This year saw the release of "EP 2" (Aug 5 via Fontana North), which garnered airplay in almost every U.S. state and hit the college charts in Canada after a debut performance on CTV Canada AM of the album's first single, "Under Control". 2014 has opened doors that will inevitably lead this band down a path they have sought out since teenagehood. In the two years since their inception, The Honeyrunners have shared stages with The Balconies, U.S.S., King Khan & BBQ Show, Head of the Herd, Gino Washington & more. They recruited Jeff Heisholt (The Trews, The Skydiggers, Peter Elkas) to play B3 on "EP 2", recorded at Toronto's coveted Phase One Studios. 2013 saw the band’s first single, “Jet Set”, featured in an international Bacardi campaign, followed by "My Garage", a hook-filled love letter dedicated to their stomping grounds and adopted by Coca-Cola’s music project, "52 Songs of Happiness". The placements garnered attention and The Honeyrunners followed suit in DIY fashion with three Canadian tours, two appearances on Canada AM, radio play across North America and 200+ gigs to earn their keep. In short, the band doesn’t sleep much and it seems to do the trick.Remind Me