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Not Every Singer Writes Their Songs… But These Do!

This Friday we feature some of our singers and songwriters from our roster! Whether its playing the guitar, the piano, or just using their voice, they have been able to move crowds all across. Their voices and incredible lyrics have taken all of them through a journey that they won’t forget, and one that will continue with them!

FEMALE SONGWRITERS

JESSICA

Solo artist, Jessica is more than just your typical gal who can sing and play guitar. Her unique power voice and guitar skills can rock the house. Jessica has a versatile repertoire, but makes every song her own. Her major influences are Hayley Williams from Paramore, Kimbra, Jessie J, Amy Winehouse, and Adele. Jessica can play jazz, r&b, rock, soul, blues, you name it. The Las Vegas artist started playing at local coffee shops such as Sambalatte, and The Beat Coffeehouse back in 2012. A year later, she began to pursue her passion much more seriously. In April 2014, she was featured in The Outlet at Fremont East Studios that was internationally streamed. Jessica was also featured at Blue Martini, Nacho Daddy, LAVO Lounge, Sammy’s Restaurant, and Born & Raised.. and continues to perform at other local venues.

CHECK JESSICA OUT!

ZARNI

Brave but not brazen; honest but not brutal; familiar but not outdated, Zarni is an upcoming artist originally from South Africa that immigrated to the small town of Johnson City New York at age nine.

For those who like quirky, but not too quirky…Zarni’s music is the perfect blend of unexpected yet universal. Full-bodied piano parts support her memorable melodies and to the point, conversational lyrics.

In the past, fans and friends have seen Zarni in anything from noisy bars to intimate performance halls and whether solo or with a band, this singer/songwriter isn’t afraid to tear it up. Several showcases include WSKG TV, NewsChannel34, Winchester Community TV and the Steve Katsos show. Popular venues (The Bitter End, Endicott Performing Arts Center, The Binghamton Jazz Festival, Seven Seas in Cyprus, the Tanz Café in South Africa, the High Dive and the Showbox in Seattle) from coast to coast have showcased Zarni (with a couple dozen other unique venues in between). The young artist has also shared the stage with The Presidents of the United States of America, Anberlin, Stars in Stereo, Mary Lambert (of Macklemore) and Nikolas Metaxas. For two years Zarni was the only female Dueling Pianist in Seattle, at Keys on Main Dueling Piano Bar and thanks to that experience, she now has a repertoire that can span up to 4 hours.

LISTEN TO HER COVER OR ‘SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW’

MALE SONGWRITERS

GYASI

Gyasi is an accomplished Acoustic guitarist & singer/songwriter who has earned his degree in Jazz Guitar and World Music from San Francisco State University and now currently lives in Los Angeles. He plays Acoustic Hip-Hop, a cross between John Legend, Jason Mraz and The Roots. Gyasi has collaborated and played with a number of notable musicians including; The Park, Denizen Kane of the Typical Cats, and Brett Dennen who was an opening performer for John Mayer. He is is influenced by John legend, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Roots (Black Thought), Dashboard Confessional, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, and John Coltrane. Believing that music is his therapy, Gyasi loves to create and share his music to be an outlet and inspiration not only to himself but to others as well.

HIS ORIGINAL SONG ‘SHE’ FT. SANDRA MARTIN!

CAMERON

Cameron has had 2 years of experience with playing guitar & songwriting. He started playing in 2012 and has not put the guitar down since! Cameron started singing at the age of 10,he has had no professional training on guitar or singing. Venues he has performed at is the 2014 CES convention, Vegasonthemic, The Hard Rock Café, & also auditioned for the Voice in 2013 with passing 1st round auditions. His Musical influences range anywhere from Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin,2pac, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, & Allen Stone. His style of music gives a classic r&b/soul feel! He is geared towards making an audience feel something deep down in their soul with his voice & passion! He also has stated that “I’m just a dude with a hippie spirit that’s all about Peace, Love, & Togetherness”

LISTEN TO CAMERON HERE!

MATT SHOCKLEY

Matt was born and raised in the humble town of Griffin, Georgia. He grew up in a musical family and was exposed to music at an early age. Matt was a determined young soul and by the young age of fifteen had already taught himself guitar by ear. At the age of 21, Matt moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he recorded his first solo EP. In 2005, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream, and four years later began making a living from performing at colleges, clubs, hotels, weddings, and private events all over Southern California. Matt currently performs nearly 200 events per year.

CHECK OUT HIS COVER OF ‘GIVE ME ONE REASON’ BY TRACY CHAPMAN!