Dick Aven’s diverse musical influences have led him to create music that is often challenging to categorize. His personal approach to song structure, flouting convention and fusing musical genres has become a personal trademark. Collaborating with James Sanger Productions, Dick’s current focus–the production and persona “The Fool I Am” has created a groundbreaking melange that is powerful, innovative and irreverent. Perhaps the most striking quality that describes Dick Aven as an artist is his rare combination of developedmusical attributes all retaining a fresh sense of wonder. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lead and side-man performer, whose work encompasses orchestration, composition, improvisation and arrangement.
Using original and traditional lyrics, “The Fool I Am” draws deep from Dick Aven’s song catalog to breathe fresh life into a voice which spans hundreds of years and is sonically, architecturally and emotionally modern.
Luke is rising star in the Chicago area and has recently gained national attention with his music. He is a 20yr old alternative/pop/rock singer/songwriter who plays multiple instruments while he continues to turn heads when he performs with his band or as a solo artist. He has a unique voice and has been described as a combination of a young John Mayer and Bryan Adams with a little Gavin DeGraw.
Luke is set for 2016 new releases both (songs and videos) following up on his two releases in 2015, “Atlas” and “Atlas Unplugged”.
“Atlas” was a power pop/rock 5 song EP in which Luke teamed with renowned producer Stuart Epps. Luke then returned to the studio with producers/sound engineers Bobby Scumaci and Brad Showalter for “Atlas Unplugged” stripped down emotional acoustic renditions of tracks off “Atlas” along with additional new songs.
Luke is releasing a new single “Too Good For Me” on February 23, 2016 where Luke took the reins on producing along with writing and performing. He will release another single (TBA) followed by a full production CD later in 2016.
“There is an inspirational message in every song I write and I hope my music touches someone, somewhere and makes a positive difference in their life”.
Harp Samuels is an alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a unique, modern, emotional and beautiful style. Dedicated and passionate about art in all its forms, he is also a professional photographer who works in film, and has either shot or painted his own album covers and all related artwork. His debut release, Getting There, rides in on a wave of creative acclaim: the track ‘Ghost-Town’ received terrestrial radio airplay and ‘Taken by Beauty’ was featured at #14 on Grammy Award nominated producer Al Walser’s Weekly Top Twenty radio show out of Los Angeles.
Though this is his first solo EP, Harp is by no means new to the craft. He has traveled and performed internationally,
done session work for other artists and has composed music for television, having songs placed in motion pictures as well as scoring two short films. He writes, records and produces all of his own material, and is deeply involved in his own video productions, somehow finding time to collaborate with others whenever he has the opportunity. In love with travel, people, music, film and psychology, he cites influences from artists such as Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and John Mayer, as well as soundtrack composers Thomas Newman and John Powell.
Beyond the music, Harp has won awards for his photography and runs photography expos all over his native Australia. Stating an obsession with beauty in all its forms, he is doing music because of the emotional and healing impact it can have: That a vulnerable and well-crafted song can offer the strength to help us endure whatever we are going through at the most difficult of times, that is truly a noble thing to want to share with the world.
Nic Mcnamara was born in Johannesburg South Africa and was surrounded by music at a very young age. Upon moving to the states Nic started his musical pursuits while learning recording engineering from his father Stevin Mcnamara – an accomplished musician and studio engineer since the 1970s.
Nic has been playing music in some form or another his entire life. He began recording under the name Black Bears Fire around 2012 and has self released 2 albums, the 2013 debut Start Sleeping In and the 2015 sophomore release The Bottomless Blue. He is currently working on a followup expected to be released in 2016.
He has played with a variety of musicians in live settings but writes, composes and records the majority of his music. Nic currently lives in Southern Oregon and plans to tour rigorously in the near future while continuing to record and produce albums.