Xavier Rudd is a soulful Australian surf/roots artist from Torquay, Victoria, which is near the famous surfing location, Bells Beach. Rudd’s music is compassionate and always manages to render emotion in his fans. His songs include stories of the mistreatment of the indigenous people of his homeland; they tell of humanity, spirituality or the environment. The songs are written and sung with compassion and they urge the celebration of life. Rudd is skilled with a variety of instruments, include guitar, shaker, didgeridoo, Weissenborn slide guitar, Tongue drum, stomp boxe, djembe, harmonica, ankle bells, and slide banjo. It’s an experience to watch him perform his songs live, as he plays various instruments simultaneously, using a unique stage setup. But the real magic comes when he opens his mouth and his soulful voice spills upon his audience. As a teenager, Rudd really got into songwrighting. He started performing at his school, with solo gigs following. He drew inspiration from artists such as Leo Kottke, Ben Harper, Natalie Merchant and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, as well as music from diverse sources, such as Hawaii and Native American music. As with most solo singers, Rudd has experimented playing in a band. Though it was a short- lived experiment, as Rudd quickly found that it wasn’t the right way to go for him. “What I do now is just more me,” he says. “And it sounds full.”
Brandi Carlile is an American singer and songwriter. Carlile’s music has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, andfolk.
Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004 on the strength of songs she’d been recording periodically at home. Released in 2005, Brandi Carlile showcased those early songs along with several newly recorded tracks. Along with the Hanseroth brothers, forming the core of her band today, Brandi spent the better part of two years on the road honing the songs that would later become part of her album “The Story”.
Her second album, The Story, was released in April 2007. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and includes a collaboration with the Indigo Girls on “Cannonball.” The album was recorded in an eleven-day-long session with Carlile , the twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) and drummer Matt Chamberlain to capture the raw intensity of Carlile’s live performances. The crack in Carlile’s vocals during the title track, “The Story”, came out by accident and was a direct result of the way the album was recorded. Carlile herself describes the vocals as “technically wrong but emotionally right.”
David Fonseca is a Portuguese musician. He’s a singer-songwriter, but he also plays several instruments, like acoustic guitar and organ. He is mainly recognised because of his successful music career. David Fonseca has dedicated his life to his love of music choosing to become a pop / rock alternative musician. Besides playing various instruments and being the author of almost all of his lyrics, he is also responsible for the graphic designs on his album covers. He has multiple musical influences by names such as Sérgio Godinho, Jeff Buckley, B-52’s, Pixies, Roy Orbison, Aphex Twin, Twisted Sister, Light Crust Doughboys and Ryan Adams, all of whom had a huge role in his musical creativity and individuality. He also mentioned in an interview with radio station “Antena 3” that he has an addiction to the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Eddie Vedder is an American singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist. He is the lead singer and one of three guitarists for the American rock band Pearl Jam. He is notable for his “golden baritone” vocal style, and is considered a cultural icon of alternative rock. Into the Wild is the first solo album by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder based on his contributions to the soundtrack for the film Into the Wild (2007).
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released three studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. The band is known for its distinct vocal style which often includes the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.
Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American, rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and noted songwriter. She has won one Grammy Award (for the packaging of her “The Forgotten Arm” album). A Harry Nilsson cover for the “For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson” tribute album. Later appears on the “Magnolia” soundtrack to the highly acclaimed Oscar-nominated film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson that interweaves stories inspired by the music of Aimee Mann.
Aşa (pronounced “Asha”), was born in Paris in 1982 and raised in Nigeria. She is a singer-songwriter and recording artiste. Her stage name “Aşa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba. “I was a tomboy and when I was a teenager I became very shy because people made fun of me…in my own way, I was already attracting attention ! I got in the habit of never doing anything like everyone else. People didn’t understand my low-pitched deep voice, the choirs didn’t want anything to do with me. I had to get to church first if I was to have any chance of getting near the mike”