Colin Hay - Familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and
vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who
Can it Be Now?”), has released a new solo album on February 17, 2015
entitled Next Year People on Compass Records. Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist,
regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and
around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in
the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit
shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
Piers Faccini - Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, Faccini
finds his inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. If his
songs were maps, they’d stretch from the English moors to the Saharan
dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean. Over six acclaimed albums, Leave No Trace (2004), Tearing Sky (2006), Two Grains of Sand (2009), My Wilderness (2011), Between Dogs & Wolves (2013) and Songs Of Time Lost (2014) Faccini has toured his music worldwide, recording and collaborating with numerous musicians and singers including Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Ben Harper, Rokia Traore, Patrick Watson and Ibrahim Maalouf amongst others. In 2008 he began touring as a duo with Italian drummer Simone Prattico
and although his albums are richly arranged, in concert, he prefers the
essential and paired down format of guitar, drums and voice to drive
his music with even greater intensity. Piers Faccini’s most recent album Songs of Time Lost was in NPR’s top ten world music albums of the year as well as Songlines top 10 albums of 2014.
Frank Turner - In 2017, Frank Turner will have played over 2,000
shows, written and begun recording new music, celebrated a decade since the
release of his debut album Sleep Is For the Week, and laid more road and
groundwork for a journey with no end in sight. There isn't a soul that will be
left behind if you choose to join him. Frank Turner is the author of six albums and has four
rarities collections to his name alongside a number of EPs and singles. A
Wessex Boy by inclination, these days his post is delivered to Holloway, North
London. He intends to spend the next 18 months, and probably the rest of his
life, on tour.
Owen Danoff- Washington DC native Owen Danoff wrote and recorded his first song - complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano - at age fifteen. Now an award-winning songwriter with a Film Scoring degree from Berklee College of Music, Owen has emerged as a multi-talented musician and folk/rock solo artist. Accolades include the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize, multiple Washington Area Music Awards (pop/rock vocalist 2014, pop/rock album 2014 for his album Twelve Stories, pop/rock instrumentalist 2014, and pop/rock vocalist 2015), and mentions and features in national media outlets such as the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Elements of Owen’s music have been likened to that of Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others – though the end result is all his own. Owen’s music combines a clear lyrical emphasis in the vein of the songwriters that inspired him with a love for memorable hooks and the energy of rock and roll. Owen’s first full-length album Twelve Stories is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Owen on both bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters. In August of 2015, Owen released his award-winning song "No Such Thing" (American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Writing Contest first prize) as a single on iTunes. Most recently, Owen was a contestant on Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice, and reached the Top 11. After having all four coaches express interest in working with him (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams), Owen spent his time working with Adam, as well as Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus in the process.
Laura Cantrell - Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, “The Radio Thrift Shop.” Beginning on WFMU in 1993, the program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years, then moved to WFMU.org and ran for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in 2005 and 2006. In her ten-year recording career, Cantrell has released three acclaimed albums: “Not The Tremblin’ Kind,” “When The Roses Bloom Again,” and “Humming By The Flowered Vine.” She has toured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called her 2000 album “Not The Tremblin’ Kind” “my favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life.” Cantrell recorded several Peel sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel’s death. Cantrell’s music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, “O” Magazine, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal. Cantrell’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “On Point,” and “Weekend Edition.” She has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” and the “Grand Ole Opry,” and appeared on the television programs “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and the Sundance Channel’s “Spectacle: Elvis Costello.” In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and www.VanityFair.com. Last spring, Cantrell released Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, a recording she made in honor of one of her heroines, the great Kitty Wells. A meditation on femininity in country music, the set takes its title from an original song written in tribute to Wells. At present, Cantrell is at work on her fourth album of original material.