Joan Osborne- A Kentucky native, Osborne's singing career took off while she was attending NYU's film school. Inspired by singers like Billie Holiday and Etta James, Osborne's gutsy, passionate vocals turned "One Of Us," a track from her major label debut, into a massive MTV and radio hit. The disc went on to sell 3 million copies and led to numerous Grammy nominations. Osborne actively supports causes like "Rock the Vote" and "Planned Parenthood" and recorded "I'm Just A Bill" as a duet with Isaac Hayes for a "Schoolhouse Rocks The Vote" benefit album. Osborne has performed as a member of the Grateful Dead, toured with the Dixie Chicks and The Funk Brothers, and has released a children's album and a country record. After singing "Heat Wave" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" in the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," Osborne recorded "Breakfast in Bed," a set of soul and R&B songs from the late-'60s and early-'70s, for release by Time Life. Her latest release, "Little Wild One" reunites her with Rick Chertoff, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, the team that produced 1995's chart-topping "Relish."
Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer- WV mandolinist Johnny Staats literally burst on the bluegrass/country scene in 2000 with his Wires & Wood cd. Helped out by features in "The New York Times," the CBS evening news, "People Magazine," NBC's "The Today Show, the Ripley native's blistering playing combines a healthy respect for old time music with innovative jazz-grass compositions, and has taken critics and listeners by storm. Joining him is two-time National Flatpicking champion Robert Shafer. Shafer, who has won numerous state contests in both guitar and mandolin, was Staats' mentor. Shafer recently released a fine record with fellow flatpicking champion Steve Kaufman.
Rachael Yamagata- Before embarking on a solo career, Rachael Yamagata was the vocalist for the Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus for six years. Armed with a collection of songs more in the singer/songwriter vein, Yamagata landed a two-record deal with Arista's Private Music in 2002. Her self-titled EP was produced by Malcolm Burn with the full-length "Happenstance" following in 2004. Her songs have been featured on several TV shows including "How I Met Your Mother," "ER," "Nip/Tuck" and "The O.C." She has guested on CDs by Ray Lamontagne, Mandy Moore, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams and Bright Eyes. Yamagata's current release is a two-part release that includes the nine dark, intimate songs on "Elephant" and five rockers on "Teeth Sinking Into Heart."
The Low Anthem- The Low Anthem began in 2006 as a collaboration between Ben Knox Miller, a folk musician, poet, and visual artist from New York's Hudson River Valley and Jeff Prystowsky, jazz bassist and baseball scholar from Jersey. The place was Providence, RI, a post industrial town reborn as a college town and artistic hotbed. Teammates in the wood bat summer leagues in rural Connecticut, their mutual interests in Americana, baseball, and morally agnostic narrative necessitated the formation of The Low Anthem. They began collaborating with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2008. In June of 2006 The Low Anthem released its first full-length recording, a twelve song, self-titled LP. It was recorded by Grammy-nominated producer John Paul Gauthier. Its second full length record, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was released in September 2008.
Todd Burge- The dean of WV songwriters from Parkersburg, WV. Todd Burge's latest CD, "My Lost & Found," was produced by Grammy winner and native West Virginian Tim O'Brien.