Joel Eckels: Writing from the deep depths of his soul, JOEL ECKELS says everything you've thought about the experiences you've had with music that feels the way you felt when you were living through it. It's an unfiltered honesty. He will take you there and you will relate. His sound comes from somewhere that is familiar but original, drawing influence from classic soul artists like Bill Withers and James Brown to his rock n' roll roots of the Rolling Stone's and Led Zeppelin. With lyrics that go straight to the bone and an affinity for the funk, this artist will truly move you while he grooves you...all night long.
Claire Holley writes songs that are literary, playful, meditative, and earthy. A native of Mississippi, she owes much to the southern tradition of storytelling, and just as much to the southern tradition of charm. With spare, delicate arrangements and a frank, lovely, and versatile sound, she sings deceptively simple songs. Claire began playing music when she was just two years old, when she and her grandmother, an accomplished jazz pianist, would play chop sticks on the piano at her home in Jackson, Mississippi. She began performing regularly while residing in North Carolina and soonafter signed with Yep Roc Records. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and, after falling in with some stellar west coast musicians, recorded
in a friend’s living room. She also began collaborating with directors and filmakers on their projects. She was nominated by the 2006
Theatre Awards for Best Original Music for the songs she wrote for the play,
See Rock City
. She has composed music for a feature length documentary, three short films, and two of her songs have been on ABC’s
Men in Trees
These songs and performances display Claire’s commitment to staking out new musical ground while still remaining true to her southern song-writing roots. She has released six records, and of her latest, Hush, one blogger wrote “…just plain, unabashed, good quality songs…delightful.” Last month, she appeared with the band Minnesota (featuring Peter Himmelman) on Mountain Stage for a nationally broadcasted performance (show airs on NPR Oct 19), and she is finishing up an EP with Powdercoat bandmate, Kristin Mooney.
Jesse Thomas: Jesse Thomas is a redheaded firecracker from Kentucky, whose whiskey soaked soul drips into every song that she sings. She will release her first full-length album, War Dancer, on Valentines Day.
In late 2008, with no money to her name, Jesse headed for Los Angeles. Alone. After a few open mic nights in the Valley and some raw demo recordings, she caught the attention of producer Jim Roach at Red Parade Music Group. Jim found something special in Jesse that countless others would soon come to recognize: A hilarious yet poignant personality shining through that smoky, battle scarred voice.
Jesse wrapped up her debut “Hazel EP" in the spring of 2010 for release in September. The EP debuted in the Top Ten on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart and was featured there as both a "New and Noteworthy" and "Indie Spotlight" release. Come February 2011, her song "You I Want" was featured at Starbucks retail stores in the US and Canada as their "Pick of the Week.” "Stay," also off the EP, became a YouTube sensation after being used in Teen Nick's "Degrassi."
Jesse performed at the Hotel Cafe Showcase during SXSW 2011 and has opened for the likes of John Mayer, Cary Brothers, Crash Kings, Owl City, Lights, and Angel Taylor. Through her live performances and home videos, Jesse’s unique brand of gritty charm has gained her many fans and made her debut record highly anticipated.
War Dancer arrives on February 14, 2012. The LP is named after a shop on the corner of "Jesse Street" & Victory Boulevard."