Elizabeth & the Catapult
Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind of Marching band met 5 years ago at the beginning of college and immediately started writing songs together. Since then they've been through a long journey that took them from Linköping via South Africa where they met their American label in the Stellenbosch wine district, to LA where they recorded their fourth album, which was the first to get a proper release. Their record, Spark Large, was recorded by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo) and released last summer on U&L Records. Their songs are melodic and catchy but with tasteful arrangements and vivid instrumentation. Some people say that they get a smile on their face when they hear their music, but in a mellow kind of way.
Conventional wisdom says that singer-songwriters need a mythology. We
can't supply you with any Lanegan- or Earle-style tales of past drug
abuse or Adams-ish anecdotes of stupidity and arrogance in telling the
story of Rocky Votolato. But here's what we know: Rocky is a soft-
spoken, very kind, very hard-working 32-year-old father of two, born
in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene (where
he fronted the acclaimed rock band Waxwing). He has matured over the
course of five increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs
that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Emi Meyer grew up in Seattle, Washington. Having studied jazz and classical piano since the age of six, Emi discovered her distinct voice as a freshman in college. She has since been active as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Her ﬁrst self-produced album Curious Creature has garnered attention among music fans and industry professionals on both sides of the Paciﬁc. She just finished a degree in Ethnomusicology in California, and is now working on her next Japanese and English albums. Her song, Room Blue was recently featured as the Single of the Week on iTunes Japan.
Formed in 2002 while attending Cal Poly State University, Sherwood first
built a steady following around a self-released EP and self-booked tours in
2004. Eventually, the band’s dogged work ethic landed it a slot on that
year’s Vans Warped Tour and caught the attention of SideCho Records, who
released Sherwood’s first full-length, Sing, But Keep Going, in 2005.
Amid all that activity and more non-stop touring, Sherwood had grabbed the
ear of Tom Anderson himself, of MySpace fame, and soon the group was among
the first to sign with MySpace Records for the release of Sherwood’s second
full-length, A Different Light, in 2007. The album racked up sales of more
than 50,000 and reached No. 12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 38
on the Independent chart.
Spending most of his time in the studio recording other artists, Michael Rossback is no stranger to writing and recording his own music. After the world of producing started to take away from his own artistry, he moved to NYC and ended all outside recording that was not directly related to his own art. He has now released 4 independent albums and continues to write and record his own music. He draws inspiration from a variety of different artists and people. While he is a solo singer/songwriter, he is connected with a large community of other artists and writers.
Chelsea Williams is a street performer, but unlike the typical image one conjures up when hearing that tag, she has done something unheard of: in just two years Chelsea has sold over 50,000 CDs on her own - a number that eclipses many other artists signed to a normal record deal.
Among those who have taken note of her talents, and stopped by to see her play, are Adam Sandler, Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes, and Ron Howard. Crosby, Stills, and Nash even sent Chelsea flowers in appreciation for the quality of her cover of "Helplessly, Hoping" they found on YouTube. Chelsea Williams is indeed, a rare breed.
The story reads eerily familiar, a small town girl sets her eyes on the stars and captures the attention of a music mogul best known for launching the careers of some of this centuries biggest pop-stars. Katelyn Tarver is not a fairy princess but it appears her carriage has arrived.
Katelyn worked for three years touring the country and winning the attention of every audience she met. While out on the road with the Jonas Brothers in the Fall 2007, Katelyn caught the eye of manager Johnny Wright and soon after secured a management contract and an invitation to join the ranks of some of the biggest names in the business. Katelyn’s path to her dreams hasn’t always been a clear one but with a strong foundation in place, her future appears more promising then ever.
The JL Quartet