PERFORMERS: MOTOWN MELTDOWN
Now five years beyond his Runner-up Win on Canadian Idol, Country singer Jaydee Bixby has expanded his fan base through proven album releases, immense tour schedules and commitment to his craft. Jaydee has toured across Canada – several times- showcasing, headlining, festival slots and opening for high profile artists such as Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Carly Rae Jepson and Taylor Swift. His debut album “Cowboys and Cadillacs) was released in 2008. That year his first single “Old Fashioned Girl” went to #10 media base at country radio and #9 at CMT. This was followed by 3 more singles and a Christmas hit. Now at the age of 22, Jaydee’s musical abilities have flourished and he is ready to premiere his new found and mature writing style. www.jaydeebixby.com
Joani has been wowing audiences as a singer, musician and entertainer for many years, performing on T.V., radio, concert and theatre stages, and in nightclubs. As one of Vancouver's top studio singers, Joani's powerful voice has been heard on albums by some of the music industry's most popular artists such as Cher, David Bowie, INXS and Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few, as well as on countless commercial jingles. She has performed on stage with the likes of Sheena Easton, Del Shannon and Mellissa Manchester. Her current projects range from theatre, appearing in Jupiter Productions’ “Cruisin’ With the Boomers” to touring with the a cappella quartet The Euphorics and fronting her R&B band the Homewreckers. Even with concert tours, school shows, theatre, club work, sessions, song-writing and arranging, tennis and her family, Joani still finds lots of time to laugh.
The Vancouver blues legend hails from St. Louis, Missouri, moving to BC in the mid-'70s. He played his first professional gig in 1964 and has since worked with a virtual who’s who of blues history: Furry Lewis, Henry Townsend, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray and many others. The Juno Award winning musician is also an in-demand TV actor. His most recent album is Everywhere West, on Black Hen Records. www.jimbyrnes.org
Jazz and gospel vocalist Leora Cashe delivers an electrifying performance. An accomplished graduate of Edmonton's Grant MacEwan jazz program, Leora is " …as musically solid as the hits she performs". In 2001, The West Coast Music Awards nominated her debut CD 'Tears of Joy' for Best Gospel Recording of the year. December 2004 marked the release of Leora's second gospel CD, 'Inspiration' which received critical acclaim by enthusiastic listeners at home and abroad. She released her debut jazz recording entitled, "My Heart Stood Still," on June 4th , 2005 at the historic Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Another Side Now – The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Leora's latest CD was released on December 1st, 2007. www.leoracashe.com
Band leader, vocalist, harmonica player, rhythm guitarist, producer and song writer, Oliver has been delivering his own brand of blue-eyed soul with Oliver and the Elements and Incognito for over 20 years in Western Canada. Known for his soulful voice, funkifized playing, and his connection with an audience, he is an exciting and experienced musician with 2000 performances in his career, including stage musicals, TV and radio appearances and club and cabaret work all over Canada. He is also the proprietor of Aero Music, a full service music recording and production company, based in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver, Canada. www.aeromusic.ca
Warren Dean Flandez
With a sound as fresh as the present and a voice reminiscent of the past, Warren Dean Flandez’ artistic light is so bright it could illuminate even the darkest of rooms. Born in Yellowknife and calling Vancouver home, Warren grew up singing in the church, steeped in the rich tapestry of soul gospel music. Warren’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’ was produced by longtime collaborator Mike Southworth and features contributions from R&B songstress Divine Brown, The Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra, Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Andrea Martin (Roc Nation), and legendary songwriter Diane Warren. Following a successful run on CBC’s Cover Me Canada, Warren has garnered national praise from publications such as Toronto Star, The Vancouver Province and Montreal Mirror, which listed ‘Vintage Love’ as #2 on their top 10 R&B albums of 2011. Having been selected to open for the likes of Joss Stone and the late James Brown, Warren was also a featured artist on War Child Canada’s Get Loud Campaign, an organization that helps children affected by war. www.warrendeanflandez.com
Canadian born Melanie Dekker with 'a voice like chocolate' will tease you, unease you and sometimes play ten more just to please you. Melanie Dekker has performed for President William J. Clinton, shared the stage with Diana Krall, Faith Hill & Bryan Adams, and she was up for humanitarian artist & video of the year at the LA Music Awards 2008. Over Christmas 2009 Dekker sang in Afghanistan to sing for troops. In between touring in 2010 she recorded an uplifting & colourful new album called "Here & Now”. In the past two years her 200 concerts included shows in Finland, USA, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Czech Republic and Canada. She sings about attraction, longing and confusion and just completed a repeat European tour in February and March 2013. www.melaniedekker.com
For over forty years now, Roy Forbes has been a prominent and critically acclaimed artist who has made enduring artistic contributions to the Canadian music scene as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, producer and broadcaster. From his solo recordings that began with the 1975 album Kid Full of Dreams to his collaborations in UHF, to his work hosting CKUA and CBC programs, Forbes has proven to be an inspired artist who has never lost touch with the magic of music. www.royforbes.ca
Babe Gurr has been turning heads for years with her blend of roots/blues/world. Her warm and sultry voice, intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies and savvy personality add up to pretty much everything you want to see on a stage. Babe’s much anticipated album titled “SideDish” takes this artist in a new direction, exploring world music fused with her own unique roots style and writing. Italian, Spanish, Middle-Eastern, Brazilian and New Orleans influences are the backdrop of the musical landscape of her new release. Babe’s songwriting has recently received accolades; taking the win for the Sonic Bids Nashville Song Contest, garnering honourable mention for three self-penned tunes in the acclaimed Billboard World Song Contest, and being selected as a finalist for two tunes in the “12th Great American Song Contest.www.babegurr.com
From a long lineage of performers, Linda Kidder carries on the family tradition. Both a bass player and a performer, Linda has toured with kd lang, Gary Fjellgaard, Michelle Wright, and Norman Foote to name a few; plus an extensive list of studio work including Bon Jovi and Rita MacNeil. Linda has two CDs, 'Mom and Me,' singing jazz standards with her mom Betty on grand piano; and her recent 'Close to Bliss' featuring her originals. Linda has sung hundreds of jingles for television, radio and on countless album projects. Some of her highlights include "Letterman", "Leno" and the "Grammy Awards.” She is also a proud member of the musical group August. www.lindakidder.com
Lindsay May released her album 'Shimmer' on March 1, 2012; the first of two albums she recorded and co-produced. 'Shimmer', features her song 'Lie To You', which garnered her a Top 10 spot in Vancouver's Shore 104.3fm's Songsearch and a National Regional Finalist Placement in the New Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest. She is also Kerrville's 2012 New Folk Festival Finalist in Texas; a folk festival renowned for songwriting. “Every guitar slide, breathy harmony and note is Nashville-quality which is exactly where her music is geared. ”Grade A- the Vancouver Province" www.lindsaymay.com
Ali Milner’s fresh-faced appearance might make her look like a newcomer, but don’t be fooled — at 22 years old, she has already been recording and performing for eleven years. In that time she’s gone from being a promising teenaged favorite to a seasoned performer who is quickly becoming a familiar face in Canada’s indie music world. www.alimilner.com
Born and raised in Vancouver, 20-year-old Claire Mortifee has always had a great passion and talent for the stage. She has performed her original folk, soul, and hip-hop music at countless showcases across the country, not to mention appearing in over 15 musicals and plays since the age of 6. She recently decided to take a break from studying Gender & Equity at university in order to more fully pursue her career as a professional musician. She remains ever grateful for the opportunity to express herself and connect with others through the art of music. www.clairemortifee.com
Jane has been active in theatre, television and the studios for over thirty years. She has been nominated for countless awards and has enjoyed theatre roles in “When The Rains Come”, “Cabaret”, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well”, “Side by Side By Sondheim” and “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”. Her acting credits include the TV series “Neon Rider”, “21 Jump Street”, and “Danger Bay” and a starring role in the feature film “My American Cousin. Her first love is singing and Jane has performed as a guest soloist on numerous television productions and live musical specials as well as doing studio work as a jingle singer, voice-over and animated series talent. www.janemortifee.com
Singer/ Songwriter Lori Paul has performed on international stages, opening shows for world-class recording artists including BB King, Tower Of Power and Long John Baldry. Nominated "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, she's releasing her fourth album "Mighty Fine Time" in the spring of 2013. Steeped in the blues, r&b and pop music, Paul's writing has brought her back to the folk and country music of her prairie roots. Her albums are available on ITunes and CDBaby. www.loripaul.com
Jonas Shandel (Headwater)
Jonas Shandel has become familiar to West Coast audiences as one of the driving forces behind acoustic roots band Headwater, with whom he has recorded three albums and toured throughout Canada, Europe and the British Isles, garnering a reputation as one of Canada’s finest young folk and country groups. In 2009 he recorded his first (self-titled) solo album, turning out seven tracks’ worth of smooth vocal harmonies and hanging steel guitar, blended together with a tasty array of acoustic and electric instruments. Jonasshandel.com
Whether it’s for live performances or in the recording studio, Rebecca Shoichet is a highly sought-after vocalist on the Vancouver music scene. She has toured with artists Amanda Marshall and Tom Cochrane, and performs locally and internationally with the 10 piece, funk phenomenon, Soulstream. She croons in the French cabaret group, Mimosa, and also shares her powerhouse vocals with bands Side One, Famous Players, and Coco Love Alcorn. Bringing a life’s worth of musical theatre training and performance to her work, Rebecca’s versatility and skill has offered her roles in productions Joni Mitchell: River and La Cage aux Folles for the Vancouver Playhouse, and parts in such TV animation series as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Maya the Bee, and Kid vs Kat. And she’s thrilled to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser! www.mimosamusic.com
Solontra is a trio of vocal powerhouses comprised of Dani Fuentes, Katherine Flandez and Karolyn Haze. Following in the footsteps of musical supergroups like The Supremes, En Vogue and Destiny's Child, this soulful Pop and R&B ensemble will captivate you with their pitch perfect harmonies and cutting-edge style. This soulful Pop and R&B group is sure to rock the stage.
Kendra has been involved in music for 40 years, working with B.B. King, Martha Reeves, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers and Slade, as well as singing in sessions, commercials and performing in musical theatre. In 1986, Kendra first performed in Starry Night, an AIDS fund–raising variety show, developed by the Art’s Club’s David Harrison (who succumbed to the disease in 1995). She has produced and directed the show since 1995 and year 2010 marked the “25th" Anniversary Performance. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Shooting Stars Foundation, a special events organization, which is dedicated to raising funds for direct service AIDS organizations. She is the creator of all the Shooting Stars events which also include producing, Fit For A Queen, (a fantastic “Drag” Extravaganza), Gambado! (Dinner and Auction), undercover (a unique wine tasting), and co-producing Motown Meltdown and Soul Shake (40 guest artists "Do Motown). www.shootingstarsfoundation.org
David Steele is a multitalented vocal artist, session singer and songwriter, known for his powerful stage presence and awe-inspiring vocal range. He has worked or recorded with numerous internationally known artists such as; Motley Crue, Bob Rock, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Loverboy, Bette Midler, The Cult., David Lee Roth, David Foster and Cher. David sang on Disneys "So Weird", two songs on the movie "North of Pittsburgh", "Air Bud World Pup" ans appeared on TV's "Nightman."
The Sojourners originally came together to provide background vocals to Jim Byrnes' Juno award winning CD project, "House of Refuge". They have since come into their own and have released two CDs to date, "Hold On" in 2007 and their eponymous sophomore release, "The Sojourners", which came out in January 2010. The Sojourners have an active touring and festival schedule in North America and Europe and have shared the stage with a veritable who's who of musical legends, including Dr. John, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dixie Hummingbirds, John Boutte, Marie Knight and many more. Their recording of "Eyes on the Prize" from "Hold On" was selected for inclusion in a recent Time-Life compilation. "Freedom to Sing" celebrating the music of the civil rights era. www.thesojourners.ca
Sibel Thrasher has performed in all 1,000-plus performances of the Arts Club theatre’s all-time longest running production, Ain’t Misbehavin’, both locally and nationally. She also had great success in the Arts Club productions of Black and Gold Revue I and II, Blues In The Night, The Club, When The Rains Come, Tapestry, Little Shop Of Horrors and Buddy. Her extensive credits include recording in New York with legendary recording artist Roy Ayers, and in Canada with Long John Baldry and Linton Garner. She toured with the renowned Platters in the US, Japan and the Philippines. In 2004 she was in the movie “Fierce People”, starring Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane and enjoyed a 6 month engagement in Shanghai, China. She most recently returned from a tour of London, England and a concert in New York with a group she performed with many years ago (Ramp), which is enjoying an amazing resurgence which includes an impending album release. www.myspace.com/sibelthrasher
David Wills is best known as the lead singer of Stonebolt and currently performs as well with the high-energy dance band “The Dynamics”. With the current cultural revival of music from the earlier decades, and the fact that the members of Stonebolt still like to make music, the vote was passed and the creation of “Regeneration” Stonebolt’s newest album was realized. This CD is a compilation of the band’s biggest hits including “I Will Still Love You” and “Don’t Ya Hide It”, as well as three new songs written and recorded by the original members. In Canada Stonebolt became a popular radio act with a number of hit singles topping the Canadian charts and in 1978 became an international hit, recognized as world wide stars. The band had hits in the US, Europe and Japan and played concerts as far away as Osaka Japan. Stonebolt made regular appearances on national TV shows such as American Bandstand and Midnight Special and received a Grammy nomination. Stonebolt was a Canadian band that achieved international stardom and now the band and their lead singer, can now be discovered again by today's generation of music lovers. David is actively involved with producing other projects.
UK-born and Edmonton-raised, Garfield Wilson has had an extensive and diverse career in music for the past 15 years, which has seen him successfully lead a funk/soul cover band in Edmonton, a rock band which was a winner on Vancouver’s local CFOX Seeds contest in 2000, plus have his own solo career in R&B. Garfield also contributed his back-up vocals to Colin James’ 2001 Warner release Fuse, 2003’s Traveler and on Colin’s subsequent tours. He has worked in musical theatre with a leading role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, plus had a supporting role in Hair. Garfield has also acquired a lengthy list of acting credits, including work on Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Andromeda, The Dead Zone, Edison Force starring fellow musicians Justin Timberlake and LL Cool J, and most recently the ground breaking CBC TV series Village On A Diet.
Vancouver’s AJ Woodworth is one of Canada’s hottest young Country/pop performers, with a distinctive voice, look, and songwriting style. Her sound blends classic influences with modern themes creating a style all her own. The reigning BCCMA Female Vocalist of the year has new music and videos for 604 Records now hitting the nation’s airwaves. AJ first caught attention of the music industry in 2009 by winning the Canadian Country Music Associations’ New Talent Showcase Award. She was the lead singer on the 100th Anniversary theme for the PNE, and was featured in the song and video “Standing Strong and True, honouring Canada’s military forces. wwwajcountry.com
Most recently known from the hit television series The Real Housewives of Vancouver, Mary Zilba is no stranger to the music industry. A well known musical talent, Mary has garnered 7 Top 40 hits in Canada, and has previously released three albums. She is a successful singer, songwriter, and recording artist, and has worked with the some of the music industry’s elite talent including Grammy Award Winner Diane Warren. It was during the debut season of RHOV that Mary returned to her musical roots to co-write and perform “Hero” which has now arrived on iTunes, much to the delight of eager fans awaiting its arrival. This latest musical project reflects something that is very close to Mary’s heart, her son’s battle with Tuberous Sclerosis