Amina Shareef Ali
Based in Oakland, California, Amina Shareef Ali performs songs of love and struggle, of pain and wonder, of loss and redemption. Lyrics by turns poignant and sardonic are set against a backdrop of American music both traditional and modern, from folk to punk to country to jazz to rock and roll.
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Country music singer/songwriter from Texas. Currently living in Nashville. My brand of country music you will be sure to find something for everyone from classic country to Pop country and everything in between.
Luisa Lopez is a singer songwriter from Houston Texas and has been writing and recording in Nashville for 2 decades. Steeped in the influences of soul and country, which is at the heart of her storytelling, Lopez has developed her own distinctive sound on the Americana landscape.
Mercy Bell was raised in California and New England, and lived in New York City, and Arkansas before finally settling in Nashville. Her sound is deeply influenced by traditional roots music, folk and country western songs of the 1960s-70s, and songwriters of the 1990s. As an openly queer Filipino-American woman who has lived all over the United States and grapples with the hard truths of life, Bell offers a fresh and dynamic approach to folk music.
Born in Chattanooga and based in Johnson City, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accompanied interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band, her eclectic influences span decades, finding inspiration in old time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues.
Mylo Choy finds comfort in the spaces between things. As a mixed-race and non-binary person, moving between worlds feels like home to them. Born and raised in Wisconsin, they also developed a strong connection to Hawai'i, where their mother is from. For over 10 years they worked in outdoor education, living and working in many places including Maine and Hawai’i, but mostly between the woods of Upstate New York and New York City. They currently live in the Hudson Valley, exploring planting roots in one place for a while. Mylo’s range of work — music, graphic stories, and comics — uses the inherent tension of multimedia to bring to life their space between worlds. Inspired by nature’s ability to offer peace and perspective, their work reflects without dwelling and soothes without escaping.
Terry Blade is an award-winning Chicago-based singer-songwriter, known for using his unique sultry baritone to explore an artistic sound that fuses soul, r&b, jazz and blues with indie and folk influences.
Hen in the Foxhouse
Hen in the Foxhouse is the alt country project of Elena Krell, queer nonbinary Latinx witch and circus artist based in the Hudson Valley of New York.
The Kentucky Gentlemen
At first glance, you may think you’re seeing double. After taking a closer look, you’ll realize that you’re staring at twin brothers who bare their soul every time they hit the stage. CMT has raved, “For nearly the past decade, Derek’s twanging baritone and Brandon’s timeless Southern soul tenor have wowed audiences...that established trend continues.” Their sound was born and bred in the hills of their Versailles, KY hometown. Brandon and Derek didn't always have music pegged as their future. However, after deciding to attend college in separate states they realized they weren't happy and started considering their next move. Both knew they wanted to pursue music, so they decided to do it together and soon found themselves packing up their teenaged bedrooms and with their parent's help moving to Nashville, TN. These two are known for their positive and high-energy personalities and talents. Music and fan connection are of the utmost importance to them and you can both see and hear it in their interactions with their listeners. The young men have been galloping uphill and it looks as if nothing can keep The Kentucky Gentlemen from chasing the sun.
A troubadour of truth, DC resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. An award-winning, prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews blends Americana, folk, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies punctuated by honest, original lyrics. She is made for these times. Of Matthews, ASCAP VP & Creative Director Eric Philbrook says, "By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times." Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation adds, her gift is a "reminder of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides." Her new, hope-fueled, love-filled, social-justice album called Changemakers was just released March 26.
StormMiguel Florez is a trans masque, queer Xicane audio and visual artist who has been writing and performing music for over 30 years. He started out as a young lesbian-identified performer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, performing solo and in the all dyke rock band, Too F.I.N.E. Minds and moved to San Francisco in the mid-90s where he recorded two solo albums and transitioned into becoming a performance artist and filmmaker. Today he mostly focuses on filmmaking but still likes to take out his guitar and perform for his friends over the internet. His music has got a twang to it.