Atlanta-based songwriter Anita Aysola infuses jazz and blues with classic rock and traditional Indian influences. Using lyrical wit, virtuosic piano runs, and a sultry-sweet voice , she seamlessly bridges worlds. Her debut album More Than Maybe showcases her broad range of influences from Norah Jones to Tom Waits. Her focus goes beyond jazz into traditional Indian music, most apparent in “Long Way Home”, a ballad channeling influences like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ravi Shankar.
Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter who blends the sounds of the Americas with cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk combined with sharp social commentary. She is the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner , a eight-time Austin Music Award winner,she also won Musician of the Year, Album of the Year(Up.Rooted), Song of the Year , Best Latin Band , and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education. She brings us her new personal EP, Lightbeam.
Karen Dezelle is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California whose acoustic indie folk songs played at SXSW and famed venues across the United States and UK, including the House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, Hotel Utah, and The Bitter End. After the success of her 2013 and 2014 albums, Lost and Found and Bloom, Unfold, Wither, Dezelle’s 2016 EP, Room For Two, pushed boundaries that are extremely personal and heartfelt even for her. She will be talking about an upcoming event she is singing at, Create a Smile.