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Looking Glass Entertainment, LLC in association with SAFE, Inc announces the third annual Songsmith Gathering, an unforgettable evening of song on August 19, 2012 at the Porter Center for Performing Arts. The event features a fresh set of songwriters handpicked to maintain the level of standards set by the preceding performers. Proceeds from the event will benefit SAFE, Inc, a non-profit agency offering programs and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Jill Andrews's songs are born from true-to-life experiences and have universal themes; they reflect Jill’s deep empathy and reveal her own vulnerabilities. Jill wrote “City Noise” after moving from Johnson City to Knoxville, where she learned how fast a city can be. The song is about finding true love in the midst of betrayal. “A Way Out” was written for a childhood friend who veered off course; the song was a way for Jill to inspire and encourage her.
The songs don’t always come easy for Jill – she needs a quiet space with no distractions and a piping hot cup of tea beside her. “I usually come up with the melody in my head first,” she said. “Then I’ll figure out how to translate it to the guitar.” And what usually happens is soul stirring, contemplative and focused: a story, a feeling, a song that warms you like a winter quilt – or chills you to the bone. Either way, when you hear Jill Andrews sing, you will remember it.
Moses Wood began his musical journey after a Blues Traveler concert inspired him to learn harmonica. Soon after he fell under the influence of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and found his real passion in the guitar. He has played with various ensembles, including the 7 piece funk band, The Bay State Love Machine, and a Bob Marley Ensemble, however has found his niche as a solo singer-songwriter. His debut album was released to a sold out crowd, as well as rave reviews.
Sarah Siskind began writing music at 11 completed her first album three years later. Regional songwriting competitions began to recognize her marriage of rustic Americana and contemporary country, and Siskind moved to Nashville at the age of 21, where she continued to release albums while attracting attention from industry veterans. Bluegrass icon Alison Krauss recorded a version of Siskind's "Simple Love" in 2007, and the song's subsequent Grammy nomination helped raise the songwriter's profile even further.
Chris RosserHe has won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folks and Merle Watson festivals, been selected as a New Folk Finalist and appeared on the mainstage at the Kerrville Folk Festival and showcased twice at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. With the help of a 1999 WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. He was awarded a 2003 Songwriter/Composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council.
In 1997, Chris' debut solo recording Archaeology won the favor of fans, critics and radio stations alike, landing in the Top 30 of The Gavin Report and Crossroads charts. It was also selected as one of the top independent albums of the year by Christine Lavin, the Internet FolkVote '97, The Performing Songwriter and more. He has since shared stages with folk and pop luminaries such as Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, David Wilcox, Tom Rush and more, and had his songs recorded by Tom Prasada-Rao (Christmas in the Ashram) and Blueground Undergrass(Archaeology).
SongSmith Gathering: the concept
Agency mission: SAFE is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
The purpose of the Songsmith Gathering, a Looking Glass Entertainment production, is two-fold. The first is to create an amazing night of song. The second is to generate funds to help finance SAFE’s ongoing work. Great music for a noteworthy cause
Be a part of the unforgettable event! For more information, call Kimberley Austin at 885-7233 or e-mail at email@example.com.