Homegrown and raised in the Northeast corner of Alabama, singer/songwriter Jess Goggans puts her entire soul into her music and every ounce of her heart into every single performance. Recognized for her sultry southern grit, soulful melodies and high-energy stage presence, it is said that you can literally feel her voice moving through you. Jess’ music defies genre; it’s been referred to as “get down music,” with influences of funk, rock and blues. She is accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the Southeast.
PRISCA is a soulful artist who is unapologetically showing all of her colors. Her magical versatility and strength as a vocalist, songwriter and piano player, create musical nuances that steal your breath as you experience her performance. PRISCA’s emotional intelligence is laced into the way that she uses her voice and writing which becomes the common thread in her music and her self-empowering messages. As 1/4 of Bravo Ocean, including Grammy nominated Nick Chahwala, Charles Malone, and Swedish artist Ulrika, this soulful pop songstress and recording artist has been called upon to write for both independent and label artists in the likes of Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Jessie McCartney, The Voice, American Idol and many others. She was hand picked by Kelly Clarkson to share the stage during her Piece by Piece tour, topped the charts with a #1 hit on iTunes for her song “Kamikaze” featured on KB’s album ‘100’, and has toured as a singer for Ben Folds during his symphonic orchestra concert series.
Ariadna, violinist, vocalist, and song-writer comes together with pianist David Harewood to form ARIDÉ - a duo; a musical hybrid, nurturing influences that span classical Russian, jazz, and futuristic soul, while expanding into new vistas to challenge aesthetic, cultural and personal rigidities. A call for “green music,” hybrid music, self-love music, excavating our collective trauma to heal ourselves and our planet through the soulful power of sound.
Rita Graham’s career as a jazz vocalist was jump-started when Ray Charles produced an album of lush standards for her in 1969. The album, ‘Rita Graham Vibrations’ is the only album project that Ray Charles personally produced for a single female artist on his own Tangerine Record Label. She has performed in Festivals, Night Clubs, Casinos and Concert Venues in Las Vegas, Canada, The UK, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Manila, Bangkok, and Russia. She originated the role of Coretta Scott King in the Civil Rights Theater Musical, ‘Selma’, produced by Redd Foxx Productions in Los Angeles, and off Broadway’s New Federal Theatre, produced by Woodie King, Jr.
From 1999-2009, Ms. Graham was known as ‘The First Lady Of Sambuca Jazz Café’, Atlanta’s premiere Showroom, where the CD, ‘Rita Graham Live at Sambuca Atlanta’ was recorded. (Available upon request) She performs in concert in the Sammy Blue/Rita Graham Classic Blues Duo and with ‘The All-Star Georgia Music Revue’, founded by Blues Legend, Sammy Blue.
The queen and curator of the event, Teresa Lynne was born to perform. "A sultry mix of Grit and Grace"...A fan once so aptly described Atlanta's Teresa after seeing her perform live. Combining soulful vocals reminiscent of Stevie Nicks, Etta James, and Coco Taylor, along with the powerful bravado of Ann Wilson and Robert Plant, Lynne regularly captivates audiences with her uncaged energy and mesmerizing stage presence. Her live show is backed by her talented band of musicians, Runway 27, which only amplifies the performance more. Known for her heart and laughter, Teresa Lynne is building her name in the world of music and dropping jaws along the way.
Sami Michelson (of Sami + Sean and Alchemy) is in fact one of Atlanta's most incredible vocalists and songwriters. There is something almost haunting in her voice but that may be from the inspirations she draws from. Versatile and adaptable, Sami is known for her ability to be delicate as well as powerful, soothing as well as edgy...and always an experience to witness.
Kathie Holmes plays keyboards and flute and sings in blues, rock, funk, country, and bluegrass bands throughout the Southeast. She majored in classical piano and flute performance at St. Andrews University and is a Regional Coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International. She will be representing Atlanta as a soloist with her original material at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January, sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society and is highly regarded and an in demand by top artists here in Atlanta! We are thrilled and grateful to have her!
Meet our Host:
Andi Monroe is a video producer that moonlights as a chimerical performer of so many hats that audiences find it difficult to determine which realm she will surface in next next. As a humorist, she produced award-winning satirical video, and as a stand-up, garnered favorable reviews from everyone from VH-1 show hosts to veterans. Her earliest years in stage drive a staunch support of live local vocal artists, especially the gifted women of Atlanta.
With special guest:
Dave Holland is a multi-percussionist who’s comfortable in nearly any genre. During an eight-year stint as a U.S. Navy musician, Dave played jazz, blue grass, concert music and rock n’ roll. It was his keen interest in world culture that lead Dave to travel to the Middle East, West Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean to study the music of those cultures. Today, he incorporates his passion for ‘all things rhythm’ into a career as a performer, teaching artist, drum circle facilitator, author and conference keynote presenter.