Don't be fooled by the eponymous nature of the name. Ash Koley is a band comprised of two people: Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault. Phil concedes his name isn't as catchy, and Ash is narcissistic enough to agree to have the band named after herself.
Their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, their songs sketch together diverse melodies and lyrics, drawing on cross-generational influences from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm, and upbeat classic pop music.
Born and raised in East Belfast, Gareth Dunlop enters the musical landscape as one of the most talked about new artists from Northern Ireland. BBC Radio Ulster says, "his songs communicate with a depth and wisdom beyond his years" and they named him "One to Watch."
New York five-piece Jupiter One's fresh sound breathes new life into stale stereotypes of indie rock. Born out of an urge to create mini-orchestral pieces, Jupiter One has dedicated its life to producing well-designed rock. In operation since 2003,the chemistry of these five individuals has expanded the boundaries of songwriting by incorporating new textures to create a different aural experience for each song. Many fans have compared Jupiter one to the early pioneering works of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and the Beatles. Others have appropriated more modern Brit-rock and Euro-funk associations such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Daft Punk.
Blending elements of folk and pop, Michael Logen's music intertwines the poetry and lyrical depth of the folk tradition with the infectious melodies and subtle grooves of a modern pop singer/songwriter. Michael’s songs have been recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Delerium. In addition, he wrote Kristy Lee Cook's debut country single "Airborne Ranger Infantry," with additional cuts by Mat Kearney (“City of Black and White”), Wonderland (first hit single “Nothing Moves Me Anymore”), and many others. Also, Michael has written numerous songs with Jonny Lang that will be on Lang's upcoming release.
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Brent Maher (Moraine) become one of Nashville’s most successful and critically acclaimed producers and hit songwriters. Maher’s accomplishments include over 20 number one singles, numerous top ten singles and a wide array of platinum and multi-platinum selling albums. His credits read as a “Who’s Who” of recording artists including The Judds, Shelby Lynne, Nickel Creek, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina, Kathy Mattea, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Dave Loggins, Dottie West, Ike & Tina Turner and many more. Recently, Maher engineered the Grammy award-winning album “The Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price.
Dave Richardson was a Canadian police officer at the time he wrote the lyrics for the hit song “Wildflower”. The words were originally a poem written for his girl friend, which he passed on to his close friend David Foster. Richardson explained his lyrical inspiration in an interview: "In 1970 I was dating a nurse, whom I would eventually marry in 1971 (it only lasted four years, though - we were both not ready for such a commitment). One night I went to pick her up at her apartment, as we had planned on going out. When she opened the door I saw that she was upset to the point of tears. She still had a housecoat on and had her hair wrapped in a towel after a shower. She told me that two elderly ladies she had been caring for in the hospital had died that day at work, and she felt terribly sad about it, as she had come to know them fairly well over a period of time. Anyway, she more or less vented her feelings and I just listened.
Doug Edwards is a bass player/guitarist/vocalist-producer that currently performs with the classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack. “Wildflower” by Doug Edwards and David Richardson is one of the most performed songs in the history of Canadian popular music. Guitarist Doug Edwards (with Skylark at the time) fished the lyric out of a stack and composed the melody on organ in about half an hour - about as long as it took Richardson to write the words. The arrangement is built around a basic track featuring Doug Edwards on guitar, Steve Pugsley on bass and Duris Maxwell on drums - a first take run-through serendipitously captured by producer/engineer Eirik "the Norwegian" Wangberg.
It’s been nearly seven years since celebrated duo Azure Ray released their critically acclaimed album Hold On Love. It’s been a long wait for music fans, but thankfully that wait is about to come to an end. The highly anticipated full-length from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor is a sublime future classic titled Drawing Down the Moon, set for release on Saddle Creek in September. The record was produced by Eric Bachmann at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, mixed by Michael Patterson in Los Angeles, CA and features guest appearances by Andy LeMaster and Liz Durrett. With their three prior full lengths and the November EP the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Their undeniable talents lie in balladry so breathtakingly visceral that it soars straight through the ears into the veins until it pumps firmly into the heart.
“I have come across a lot of musicians and I’m telling you that Maddy is one of those, every now and then, if you’re lucky, you stumble across somebody who has this kind of talent…” Greig Nori, producer (Sum 41, Hedley, Marianas Trench, San Sebastian)
Maddy has been singing since she was a little girl and started writing songs when she was 13. At just 16 years old at the time, and the only solo artist finalist of MuchMusic’s hit television show Disband season 2, Maddy Rodriguez impressed several music industry pros. At 15 she auditioned for Disband and was selected from among 1,000 bands/artists to be part of the 13 artists featured in season 2.