Your first instalment in a series dedicated to the most incredible female talent on the independent music scene today.
Not only is NYC resident, Becca Ayers, a distinctive singer / songwriter, she’s also a brilliant Broadway actress, gifted screenplay writer and star of the 2016 film, Snuggle Buddies.
Becca is brave, funny and unapologetic. Qualities that shine through any endeavor she takes on, especially her music. She’s released five stellar albums thus far: Lovesick, Live at Laurie Beechman Theater, Spazcandy with The Perfectly Violent Dream and Brainypants and Baresongs/F*#ksongs with her band, Baby Goes Bang.
Becca says that “My New Boyfriend”, off the Baresongs album is the most personal song she’s ever written. “It positively exclaims raw sexual feelings of a certain moment in my life,” she says. “Russ Rowland, my Baby Goes Bang band mate and one of the most open and encouraging people I know, emboldened me to keep going with it as we worked on the tune.”
With so many memorable moments in her life, it’s difficult to choose just one, but Becca says the week she got to go onstage as Morticia in the hit Broadway musical, The Addams Family, is at the top of her list. “Having my mom in town to share it with me and so many amazing friends come to support and being a lead on Broadway for an entire week,” Becca gleams. “Playing opposite the incredible light that is Nathan Lane was the thrill of my life.”
Becca Ayers is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. I wouldn’t be surprised if someday, there’s a motion picture made about this beautiful, extraordinary woman. When asked who would play her in the movie? Becca says, “Meryl Streep, of course. She can do anything.”
Two years ago, newly graduated from Chapman University, Jess Weimer packed up her mid-western Kansas life and moved to L.A. in pursuit of a full-time singing career.
It’s clear Jess was born with music in her veins. She wrote her first song at age three, entitled “Cheekybum”. “The lyrics consisted all of one word, “cheekybum” over and over,” laughs Jess. “I got a little more serious about songwriting when I was 13. I’m happy to say my songs have improved with age.”
An eclectic musical history has shaped Jess into the artist she is today – classical training on the violin, musical theater, chamber orchestra, a bluegrass fiddle band and singing in sign-language. January 2017 saw the release of her 4-song debut EP Until You Drop. A spirited collection of relatable melodies about body image, acceptance and staying true to yourself, that will make you click your fingers and sing along.
Jess would love to open for The Black Keys someday on an extensive European tour, where she’d take time out to visit her amazing friends in England and Germany – a reunion, she says, that’s long overdue. Some may think that’s a lofty dream, but I don’t. Just take a listen to this brilliantly talented artist and you’ll see. I have no doubt Jess Weimer is bound for superstardom.
Nashville native, Tamanie Dove, now living outside of Atlanta has been surrounded by music all her life. She credits her parents for being her greatest musical influence. “Both my parents were extremely supportive of anything and everything I did growing up,” she says. Having a Mom who worked in the music business afforded Tamanie the opportunity to be surrounded by remarkable talent, all of which has influenced the music she makes today. “I met so many artists in Nashville that I couldn’t narrow down the most influential,” she says. “Except Roger Miller had the most profound effect on my songwriting”.
For her debut album, Welcome Home, released in 2016 and produced by her son, Matt Mercer, she returned to her musical stomping grounds in Nashville. The video for the heartwarming title track plays like a home video of Tamanie growing up in the music city. Her 10-track follow-up, Peace, released this year is full of crowd favorites, including the decadent “Cotton Candy”, the haunting “Face The Music” and the tranquil title track, “Peace”.
Ever the consummate songwriter, when asked what three possessions she would choose if she were stranded on a desert island? Tamanie says, “My guitar, a case or two of Rum and a pencil & paper.” Don’t worry Dove fans, even a shipwreck won’t keep this songstress from doing what she loves and we’re thankful for that.
Author: Kim Carney – DJ ChixRock