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October 4, 2017

Sarah Lightman

Sarah Lightman hails from the East Coast. She grew up in Hightstown, NJ, and later attended college at Temple University to study musical theater. She has been submerged in performing arts her whole life. Much of her family are also musicians and artists. Her dad Aaron Lightman was signed with RCA Poppy Records, her cousin Toby Lightman is also a successful singer/songwriter, and her cousin Jonathan Russell (jazz violinist and movie composer) is featured playing violin on Sarah’s newly released song “Fear.” Sarah just released her EP Friday the 13th of January 2017.

“My music is rooted from personal experiences to help inspire others to heal from day to day struggles. I see so much sadness, pain, and sickness running wild in the world today, especially with the recent shooting in Vegas and the death of Chester Bennington. I feel the need to take responsibility for my own pain in hopes to help others get back on their feet. Suffering is inevitable, but by making the choice to see the wounds we already have, we can start to move forward toward a healthier place.”

www.sarah-lightman.com

 

 

September 28, 2017

Olivia Street

Lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, Olivia Street, was one of the founding members of Juno-nominated reggae band, Souljah Fyah.  She has found her own voice with King of Foxes, and brings the authenticity of an old soul to a decidedly modern sound. After releasing a 4-song self-titled EP in late 2013, which was met with positive reviews from fans and music bloggers alike, King of Foxes was honoured with a Project 10k20 grant from the Jim Pattison Group, which was used to fund Golden Armour. Produced by Stew Kirkwood of Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton, Golden Armour appeared on the Canadian independent music charts for 17 weeks since its release. King of Foxes has supported Econoline Crush, The Darcys, The Pistolwhips, and recently played the Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival.

“I was a classical violinist for 15 years. When I was 17, I got my first guitar (an American-made Fender strat, which I still own) and assumed the finger skills were somewhat transferable! I taught myself to play a Ricky Lee Jones song, Chuck E’s in Love. (Strange choice, maybe..) I started a punk band, moved to a reggae band, and eventually started fronting my own band.”

www.kingoffoxesband.com

September 27, 2017

Katie Ferrara  – Paving Your Own Road to Success: The creative side of the music business

Katie Ferrara is a singer-songwriter with an exciting journey of a music career. With roots as a busker on the streets of Los Angeles, her first big debut was at the Hollywood Bowl where she sang alongside Barbara Streisand, Anne Hathaway, and Josh Groban. In 2015, she was flown to New Zealand to perform after being one of the winners of the Toyota Feeling the Street Competition. In 2016, she was nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition with her original song Jackets. This year, Ferrara published the book “Stories from the Street”, a collection of true encounters from her experience as a busker in LA and abroad. She’s traveled and performed in the UK and Italy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Ferrara Busker’s Festival. After releasing three EPs, Ferrara is now working on her first full-length album.

Katie got started in music when she was 17.  She joined her high school choir and learned how to sing with other people. She also taught herself guitar while she was in college and attended open mics to share the music she had been creating. When she graduated, she met a producer and worked on her first EP then released it and started playing shows in the LA area. She wasn’t really making any money off her music as she explains “so I started playing in the street and that experience really launched who I am today as a songwriter and musician. It kind of gave me a job I could do every day to make money while working on my craft as an artist.”
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http://www.katieferrara.com

September 6, 2017

Briana Alexis – Female Guitarist, Back In The Day…

Briana got started in music after seeing a video of the Runaways and was hooked!  She started playing Jazz and her influences were John Schofield, Mike Stern, Charlie Parker, Emily Remler, and Jennifer Batten. Her first gig was in 1985 in which she had to pay to play at the Troubadour and sold tickets for her female metal band KrozzKut.  She got into the music business when she began working for Don Randall of Randall Amplifiers while supporting her band.  

Briana explains what she knows now that she wishes she knew when she started is to not get distracted and staying true to the music that influences and inspires her.  Her advice is to not follow musical trends and to always surround yourself with better players. Break out of your comfort zone.

Briana markets her business by staying connected with producers, engineers, managers, attending trade shows, appearances on panels, staying connected as a musician and on the business end of music. Her usual day right now is doing a lot of writing and getting involved in music production on independent products, and building her home studio where she’s been recording and building her library of soundtracks. She is currently in the middle of creating and producing a series of online guitar tutorials.

Interesting fact, Briana with her band ABSINTHE, performed at the purple carpet launch of the Guitar Goddess Magazine at the Gibson showroom in Beverly Hills.

www.brianalexis.com

 

 

September 20, 2017

Rebecca Sullivan

Rebecca Sullivan was born in New Zealand and came to this country when she was five years old.  She moved around a lot, living in three East Coast states before settling in California when she was in high school.  After a heartbreaking divorce, she decided to pursue her dream of making music and made her first album, Silver Slippers.  She has continued since then, working with various producers, co-writers, and musicians, and is currently working on an electronic project.  She is also pursuing a master’s degree while raising her two boys. Her music and videos are quirky and unique, reflecting her varied life experiences.  

“I would say that it’s important to keep making music/art.  I think it’s easy to make excuses and stop writing when things are hard, but that’s the time when we are potentially the most creative.  Most musicians have played for an empty room, and it can be soul-crushing, but it makes you stronger in the long run.  I’m grateful for the friends (usually other artists) who believe in my music, and tell me to keep making it.”

www.rebeccasullivanmusic.com