Marcia Ramirez is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN. As a singer, she has performed as a background vocalist on many albums and is currently an in-demand demo/session singer. She has toured as a singer/multi-instrumentalist with a long list of well-known artists, including Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Tanya Tucker and Henry Lee Summer. As a songwriter, she has had cuts by Jo Dee Messina, Brandon Rhyder, Rachel Williams, Melinda Schneider, Britt Savage, Tara Oram and many others.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Stephcynie (stef-sih-nee) and her sound are both appropriately larger than life. Engaging her upbeat energy while keeping her commitment to full transparency, Stephcynie's music reflects real life issues that resonate with a universal audience. Her smoky, enchanting tone encapsulates her refreshing take on R&B, yet remains true to her musical roots. Citing influences from John Mayer to Stevie Wonder, she is eager to bring substance filled music back into a commercial light. Her mission is to reestablish the popular standard by embracing music with a message and authentic production. Having sung on records ranging from the infamous Kid Rock to rising pop-country star Lauren Alaina and having performed with artists as notable as the legendary John Oates & Grammy winner Maren Morris, Stephcynie certainly breaks boundaries.
Her unique vocal style is the result of her classical training at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), whose Alumnae includes, Grammy Award-winning artists, Beyoncé, Robert Glasper and Brian Michael Cox. Upon graduating high school she continued her music studies in jazz at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, NY, where she became the first vocalist to win the school’s coveted Beacon Scholar Award.
Stephcynie has released two projects to date, Contagious Love (EP) and Mr. Edwards (LP) which are both available on all digital outlets. She is set to release her third project, I Don't Love You in the summer of 2018. For more information about Stephcynie and her coming projects please follow her on all social media platforms @stephcynie and visit her website: www.stephcynie.com
Kim Parent is currently on tour with Christopher Cross, is a staff singer at The Grand Ole Opry, works in numerous Nashville studios, and performs regularly in songwriter shows. She is also a new member of the Nashville chapter of the American Christmas Carolers.
Kim has been featured as a songwriter in Atlanta’s “Home By Dark” concert series, Montana’s “Big Sky Songwriter’s Festival”, Birmingham’s historic “Workplay”event center, and “Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series” in Huntsville, Alabama. She produced and hosted an 8-series songwriter’s circle In Tullahoma Tennessee. She was invited to perform at 2 Recovery events this summer in Nashville.
Kim is currently working on her third CD due out this spring.
Other artists she has performed with include Garrison Keillor, Lionel Richie, Carole King, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba MacEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Michael McDonald, and Trisha Yearwood, just to name a few. Her voice has graced many CD’s and neo-classic country hits over the past few decades.
Kim toured with legendary country duo Brooks and Dunn for 6 years, was a cast member of the popular TV show "The Singing Bee" for 6 seasons, and has written songs for Zomba music publishing and Don Goodman Music.
Her songs have been recorded by T. Graham Brown, Jonell Mosser, Ronna Reeves, Lucy Diamond from the UK, Gail Bliss, and several Canadian artists.
David Hughes was born and raised in Sweden but is now based in Los Angeles, California. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Hughes left for LA and a stint at the Bass Institute of Technology, BIT.
David received his first important break when Wayne Henderson of the legendary Jazz Crusaders asked him to join the band. Other credits include Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Burt Bacharach, Connie Stevens and Ray Manzarek of the Doors. He has played on countless sessions for TV shows such as Baywatch and for films such as Old School, in which he also appeared.
A composer since he was old enough to reach the piano keys, the release of Hughes debut CD Swoosh united his greatest passions - composing and performing. With the release of Foreign Shores he achieved a new musical level, with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances. Cruising Along Hughes straddles the pop and jazz genres and focuses on melodic tunes, using improvisation as a flavor rather than as main ingredient. Hopeful Romantic puts the focus on Hughes’ bass guitar with plenty of room for his fretless and fretted basses to soar. A new album is in the works and will feature vocals on many of the tunes.
Currently Hughes fills his schedule touring and recording with David Benoit, Christopher Cross, Tim Weisberg, the Orchestre Surreal, the Budman/Levy Orchestra and with recording sessions and local performances spanning jazz to rock and classical music. When he has time off, he likes to compose and ride his bike or ski in the SoCal mountains and sail in the Pacific Ocean.
Sean Giddings is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and producer from Kansas City. He currently resides in Austin, Texas where he can be found as a regular collaborator with Christopher Cross, Cory Morrow, Alejandro Escovedo, Mitch Watkins, Carson McHone, Ephraim Owens, and Tameca Jones. Sean is an in-demand studio musician, both as a sideman and as producer. He has released four of his own records under the name Fall River Footmen. As a sideman, Sean has had the opportunity to perform alongside many jazz legends, including James Carter, John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, Tatiana Mayfield, and Lyle Mays.
Evolution and a fiercely open-minded approach to composition are the hallmarks of saxophonist Justin Vasquez. His writing, filled with surprises and twists, crosses boundaries of jazz, contemporary, country, classical, and singer/songwriter aesthetics. His sound, aggressive and muscular, bears the lineage of greats like Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett and Michael Brecker yet is immediately identifiable. He obtained a B.M. in jazz performance from the University of Texas in Austin 2005. Recipient of ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award in 2009. Justin has recorded/toured/performed with a wide variety of musicians including Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Manhattan Transfer, Bob Brookmeyer (Stan Getz), Dave Liebman (Miles Davis), Tom Harrell, Gerry Gibbs, VV Brown, Gretchen Parlato, Janek Gwizdala, Jojo Mayer.
Keyboardist, composer, Mike Ricchiuti is an emerging artist with a refreshing contemporary approach to his playing and writing. Mike’s playing, while grounded in the jazz piano tradition, draws upon a wide variety of influences from pop to soul and funk, giving him an eclectic voice as a keyboardist/writer.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mike grew up on Long Island, and began taking piano lessons by the age of 7. As a young boy he studied classical music but Billy Joel was his musical hero. In his late teens Mike discovered jazz piano and decided to enroll at Berklee College of Music. In the fall of 1986, Mike left for Boston and discovered a whole new world of music. In 1991 he returned to NY to embark on his career, while continuing to study with Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner.
Most recently Mike has been touring with Grammy award winning singer Patti Austin as her pianist and musical director, as well as shows with the amazing singer songwriter, Christopher Cross.
In 2010, Mike performed with Sting on NBC’s “The Today Show” and CBS’s “The Early Show”, playing piano as part of a 45-piece orchestra promoting Sting’s “Symphonicity” tour. Other recording/performing credits include Harry Connick Jr, Jonatha Brooke, Chuck Loeb, Randy Brecker, Bob James, Michael Brecker, Chris Botti, Peabo Bryson, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, John Patitucci, James Ingram, David Foster, and Gloria Estefan.
Kevin Reveyrand has been participating to many musical projects as a bassist, upright player, composer and arranger.
As a very versatile musician, he has been performing for the last twenty years at the most prestigious venues of the world in different contexts, jazz, world music or pop music and is often called up to play in studio sessions.
For the last 10 years kevin has been playing with Charles Aznavour, Christopher Cross, Maurane, Billy Cobham, Souad Massy, Ivan Jullien, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Mike Stern, Nguyen Le...
He is also working on a instrumental album.
The numerous tours he worked for have brought him around the world...
World songs - Kevin Reveyrand
Bassist John Fremgen has performed with many jazz and rock artists including Christopher Cross, Butch Miles, PJ Olsson, Kirk Covington, Libby Kirkpatrick, Jamie Findlay, Abra Moore, Shelly Berg, Mitch Watkins, Rick Margitza, Gary Foster, Leni Stern, Ernie Watts, Tony Campise and Larry Koonse. He is an associate professor at The University of Texas where he teaches jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, jazz bass and directs the AIME ensemble. He has performed and taught across the USA as well as Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Italy and Holland. He records for the Viewpoint record label with which he has released three solo CD’s, Meanwhile, Pieces of String and If Not Now, featuring Peter Erskine, Mitch Watkins and Shelly Berg. He has also played as a sideman on many recordings, including the critically acclaimed PJ Olsson releases Words For Living and American Scream on Sony/Columbia Records.
Hailing from Columbus, Indiana, Brian started playing the bass at age eleven. His playing won him several awards throughout high school, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz award. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute. There he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music and also won the outstanding student of the year.
Since graduating, Brian has performed a diverse range of live shows as well as recording sessions. His playing spans the musical spectrum from jazz to rock and everything in between. Brian plays all types of basses, from a standard four string to a six string fretted and fretless. He also plays upright bass and cello.
Some of the artists he has toured and/or recorded with:
Jason Isbell, Robben Ford, Christopher Cross, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East,Sturgill Simpson, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Ben Hoffman, Shooter Jennings, Dolly Parton, Lindi Ortega, Amanda Watkins, Kristen Diable, Holly Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Miss Willie Brown, Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Secret Sisters, Katherine Mcphee, Sara Bareilles, John Scofield, Greg Adams, Natalie Cole, Minnie Driver, East Bay Soul (Ripa Records), Four Tops and the Temptations
Brian was on staff at the world famous Musicians Institute (MI) for ten years. There he taught private lessons and live playing workshops covering all styles of music. He has taught clinics and performance seminars in Japan and South Korea for MI. You can even catch Brian on screen playing upright bass in the 2003 movie "A Mighty Wind" starring Christopher Guest. He was the house bass player for VH1's, The Making Of The Partridge Family in 04'.
Brian is currently based in Nashville TN and keeps a busy schedule of recording and touring.
Wes Little is one of Nashville’s most adaptable and multi-faceted drummers, as well as a top flight arranger, producer and songwriter. Formally trained in performance and composition at the Manhattan School of Music and shaped by years of studio and stage work with major acts from across the spectrum, Little brings complete musicality to every kind of gig. Currently in the band of guitar great Robben Ford, Little has also performed or recorded with Christopher Cross, Chuck D, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Michael and Randy Brecker, Delbert McClinton, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He works regularly in New York and Nashville as a live and session drummer.
Based in Paris area France, Since 1988 he performed in various styles of music including latin music, pop, world music, jazz... He’s currently touring with Charles Aznavour and Christopher Cross.
He toured and recorded with Tully MARQUEZ, Rob MC CONNEL, Cheik TIDIANE SECK, Mario CANONGE, Etienne M’BAPPE, Orlando POLEO, Roberto FONSECA, Ostinato, Dany BRILLANT, IMUVRINI, Julie ZENATTI, Lara FABIAN, Marc BERTHOUMIEUX, Frank MCCOMB, Sergent GARCIA, ARTURO SANDOVAL, Richard GALLIANO, Olivier KER OURIO, Eddy LOUISS, Jimmy DROUILLARD, Jean Marie ECAY, Charles PASI, Dominique FILLON, Thierry FANFANT, Tricia EVY, Jean Felix LALANNE, Robben FORD, Larry CARLTON, Ron THAL, John JORGENSON, Paul PERSONNE, James MORRISON, Charles AZNAVOUR, Richard BONA, Christopher CROSS...
Doug Yowell is a drummer/ percussionist/ programmer who has been touring the world for the last 15 years with artists that include Joe Jackson, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Christopher Cross, Sharon Corr (of The Corrs), Ari Hest. Doug has been living in New York and working as a session drummer for over 20 years with album credits that include, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Glen Hansard, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Lenka, Misty Boyce, Eros Ramazzotti, Jimena Sariñana and many more (see discography). Performed live with countless artists including Lana Del Rey, Oz Noy, Laura Pausini and many more. Performed on TV’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman. Concert touring has included festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, North Sea Jazz, Montreux Jazz, Poori Jazz. While touring with Suzanne Vega they have opened for David Bowie, Sting, The Police, Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull.
Having studied Jazz with legendary drummer, Peter Erskine at 16 years old, his foundation and roots can be heard in his wide range of genres that he performs and records in.
For more information go to www.dougyowell.com
Born in Finland, educated in the US and Japan, Andy Suzuki's multicultural background has shaped all aspects of his musical universe. From Jazz to Classical, Pop/R&B to World music, this self proclaimed "citizen of Earth" is a strong believer in the power of cross pollination.
A few of the artists he has performed and/or recorded with are Dave Brubeck, Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Jan Garbarek, Oscar Castro-Neves, David Benoit, Michael Franks, Trilok Gurtu, Marcus Miller. For a further peek into Suzuki's sphere, including his three solo jazz CD's, please click the link below.
Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, and Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra in Montana.
Maestro Bay has appeared with nearly eighty different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tucson, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Richmond, Sarasota, Alabama, Arkansas, Canton, Eugene, Fort Worth, Springfield, Chattanooga, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Fort Wayne, Reno and Las Vegas Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Argento's Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).
Peter is the primary conductor for the ASO’s performances with Ballet Austin. He made his Austin Opera debut in January 2002 with André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and conducted La Traviata in November 2002, Turandot in November 2003, and The Marriage of Figaro in April 2005.
Other positions held by Mr. Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and four different conducting posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra with pianist Anton Nel have released a critically acclaimed CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music on the Bridge label. Gramophone magazine states “The performances advocate brilliantly for Hill. Bay and his Austin players are crisp and warm in the symphony, and they collaborate with pinpoint vitality with pianist Anton Nel.” With the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere performance of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records. Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is available on the Nexus label.
A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was also the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks. Peter can be seen conducting the Barton Strings in “Christopher Cross and Friends” PBS broadcast and DVD recorded at the Moody Theater. He conducted the Hanan Townshend score for the 2016 film “The Vessel.”
Peter was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in May 2016. He is married to soprano Mela Dailey and they have a son Colin.
Six-time Grammy® nominated German-born composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and many more. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone.