|Posted by JMWest LIVE on November 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM|
Jubilo Drive is an alternative rock band from Orange, California. Inspired by the scenic landscape of Southern California, Jubilo Drive has started a journey to create music that reflects the emotions of the geography they inhabit. The band was formed two years ago at Chapman University, when guitarist Jordan H. Kleinman invited bassist Hayden Vaughn to come jam in his room. Shortly after, Kleinman met and invited singer and guitarist Henry Kuckens to write songs with them. When the band moved off campus the next year, drummer Eric Cruz became a permanent member. Jubilo Drive draws inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, and Phish, among others. The band has concluded that their mesh of influences has resulted in their California sound. Jubilo Drive recently released their first self-produced EP, Redwood, and are currently in the mixing stage of their next batch of recordings.
Born and raised in Encinitas, California, Luke Williams is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter with a purpose to inspire others to discover and fulfill their dreams. At a young age, Luke was encouraged by his family to start playing guitar as a way to curb his boredom of childhood piano lessons. When he attended his first guitar lesson, his teacher discouraged him by telling him that his hands were too small to play successfully. Determined and motivated to create music, Luke taught himself old school classic rock riffs at home and soon discovered his love for the instrument.
In 2013 Luke will be releasing his first full-length album “From A Learning Heart,” which embodies the theme of encouraging others to do what they love and embrace who they are. Luke enlisted the help of session keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Seal and The Rolling Stones) to enhance the organic sound. Luke relates to his fans by recognizing that “we are all only human, we make mistakes, we have heartbreak, and at some point feel lonely, but ultimately we are all in this together.” His music is a soulful and hip contribution for spreading this powerful message.
Checkpoint Charlie is a pop/rock band based in Los Angeles, California and founded bysinger/songwriter Brian Aspinwall. From Aspinwall's warm, raw vocal melodies mixed with the thick and crunchy guitar tones of guitarists Jorge Sotomarino and Ben Bonomo, to the grooves of bassist Ryan Salhany and the solid rhythms of drummer Mason Amlee, Checkpoint Charlie is a force to be reckoned with. In 2012, the band began recording at the legendary Bay 7 studios. Working with the best of the best in the business, Checkpoint Charlie teamed up with up with legendary producer Mike Plotnikoff and former Yes keyboardist Igor Khoroshev to complete a masterful rock album.The band has recently mastered their EP with Howie Weinberg and the album is set in early 2014.
Singer/Songwriter Caitlin Linney is quickly making her mark on the pop/country music scene. In 2013 alone, she released her debut album, opened for Josh Turner and Easton Corbin, released a music video for her single "Home," and sang the national anthem at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To top off the year's successes, Caitlin won the Los Angeles round of KKGO Go Country's "Texaco Country Showdown"--the oldest and largest country music competition in the US.
While constantly striving to create her own unique pop/country sound, Caitlin has been heavily influenced by the various places she's lived, including her home state of North Carolina, as well as California and Tennessee. Her debut album, Home, is available for purchase on iTunes.
Hannah Mulholland is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She started playing piano at age five, and began performing shortly after. Soon after, Hannah fell in love with country music, and started writing songs of her own. When she was 12, Hannah taught herself to play guitar, and the whole thing started coming together. Since then, she has also learned how to play mandolin, banjo, and the autoharp.
Hannah has performed at venues such as The House of Blues,The Whisky, The Viper Room and Genghis Cohen. She also participated in the 2011 season of American Idol, where she reached the top 100. Recently, Hannah was cast as the lead role in a musical web series for Red Bull called "Exit Vine," which began airing in January of 2013. Her debut album is available now for purchase on her website, and for digital download on iTunes!
Nico Adams is a colorful, high-energy, and multi-faceted pop/rock musician and songwriter. Fusing his childhood influences of Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Elton John, his unique style of piano driven pop/rock has surfaced as a distinctively inventive sound. Nico’s music is filled with poetry, vignettes, and characters, covering different avenues of life. His sound is energetic, soulful, and playful, yet his lyrics speak to the human heart--of loved gained and love lost. He currently resides in Southern California, performing weekly at colleges, clubs, festivals and charities.
After graduating from UCLA with a musical theater degree, self dubbed "Soul Folk" artist Katie Boeck toured India as part of anall girl pop group. Making her way back to Los Angeles with a handful oforiginals, Katie cut her teeth into every major acoustic venue that New YorkCity and Los Angeles had to offer and recently raised over $5,000 on Kickstarter for her long-anticipated debut album, expected to be released February of 2014. A mix of a modern-day Joni Mitchell and a female John Mayer, Katie is the perfect combination of roots-y confessional folk with a contemporary, soulful freshness.
Belle Rousse is a southern singer-songwriter, currently spreading her magic around Los Angeles. She is a young woman of great optimism and talent, with a boundless enthusiasm for life, and a vision of setting hearts on fire all over the world with her music and her story.
Belle's drive, passion, self-confidence, and commitment propelled her to drop her southern lifestyle and drive across the country to Los Angeles to pursue her musical ambitions. In the one year that she has been in Los Angeles, she has performed at The House of Blues, The Mint, and The Guitar Merchant, among others.
Her first EP, "Expressionate," will be released in 2014. Of the project, music blogger John Irvin writes: “Belle covers a range of styles from folk blues to indie rock to even the occasional ethereal ballad...her songwriting delivers the widest range of moods and unleashes the most personal creativity.”