Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata is not your ordinary singer/songwriter. Yes, she has released numerous albums; had record label deals; toured the world multiple times with sell-out concerts; built a loyal and ever-growing fan base; earned her place as a media 'darling'; made appearances on Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly, "30 Rock," "One Life to Live" and "The O.C."; been an NPR profiled artist; made a cameo appearance as herself in Sony Pictures' To Write Love on Her Arms; had song placements in hit TV shows including "NCIS: New Orleans," "Vampire Diaries," "Grey's Anatomy," "Alias," "How I Met Your Mother," and in and Hollywood movies including "Hope Springs," "Prime," "Monster-in-Law," and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"; been nominated Best Female Vocal by the Chicago Music Awards (2012); opened for artists including Patti Smith, David Gray, and Pete Townsend; and performed at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, SXSW, Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, and Bonnaroo.

But there's so much more...

Rachael has performed with Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow at Senator Harry Reid's 2008 fundraiser for President Obama; at the White House Cherry Blossom Festival for First Lady Michelle Obama; twice at Deepak Chopra's Sages and Scientists Symposium; as part of the R.E.M. tribute concert; with Steve Earle and Allen Toussaint for the Woodie Guthrie tribute; collaborated with artists including Toots and the Maytals, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Conor Oberst, Jason Mraz, and Katherine McPhee; and Australia's "The Voice" winner Karise Eden reached #1 with Rachael's song "You Won't Let Me." She's toured with many of said artists, as well as The Swell Season, Sara Bareilles, Amos Lee, Liz Phair, and more. Rachael was invited by the White House to take part in its Official White House 'Tweet Up' in the West Wing with fans, and was one of Chopra's music playlist selections featured on Oprah Winfrey's website.

Artist/filmmaker/photographer Gregory Colbert, best known for his acclaimed project "Ashes and Snow" which, to date, is the most attended solo exhibition by any living artist in history, asked Rachael to be a guest vocalist on his upcoming project.

Rachael and John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) covered director Robert Altman song "Let's Begin Again" featured in the opening scene and end credits of the documentary, "Altman" (2014). Medeski said, "Rachael blew my mind with her performance. She's a natural jazz singer."

Fans span the spectrum from 14-year-old girls to 65-year-old men, from spiritual healers, helicopter pilots, and military women, to hostage negotiators, heads of television networks, and single mothers. Rachael continually hears from fans that her music helped them through something in their life. Famed Korean photographer Jungman Kim calls Rachael 'his muse' and writer/journalist/ broadcaster Katherine Lanpher cites Rachael as the only twice invited guest of the Barnes & Nobel series, "Upstairs at the Square" (with novelist Alaa-Al-Aswany, "The Yacoubian Building" and Bill Clegg, "Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man" and "90 Days").

On the business front, Rachael was a guest speaker at 2013 Chicago Ideas Week, and profiled in two separate Topspin Berklee School of Music marketing classes with her Pledge Music DIY campaigns being used as part of the course curriculum.

Rachael breaks the mold of the singer/songwriter stereotype, and the DIY indie-artist model as, for the past four years she has be working without management representation.

CD releases to date include "Heavyweight" EP (2012), "Noisetrade Mixtape" (2012), "Chesapeake" (2011), "Elephants" (2008), "Loose Ends" EP (2007), "Live at the Loft" (2005), "Happenstance" (2004), and "Rachael Yamagata: EP" (2001).

Her latest album, currently titled "Tightrope Walker," is slated for a fall 2015 release. It showcases her calling card ability to articulate humanity's struggles within relationships and the freedom that comes from celebrating that which we face alone and head on. The production is riskier and cinematic -- think Tom Waits meets Roberta Flack, Nick Cave hanging with Rufus Wainwright. Rachael confounds a labeled genre and instead embraces the production that serves the story. The paradox of her art mirrors that of her career and proves that we are never simplistic, but always full of surprises.

Sanders Bohlke

It's been seven years since Sanders Bohlke's eponymous debut- a folk album hailed as passionate and praised for its honesty. But that doesn't mean that Bohlke has been quiet in the interim. To fill the spaces between, he's released a slew of standalone singles and EPs, including "Search and Destroy," a 7+ minute track that expands in an unyielding cascading rhythm and "The Weight of Us," a string-laden ballad that Popdose referred to as "sound[ing] like a stark personal statement… a hauntingly lovely song."

The wait is over, though, as Sanders releases his new album Ghost Boy on February 19, 2013 via Communicating Vessels, one of the new crop of cutting edge Southern record labels, based out of Birmingham, Alabama with Jeffrey Cain (of Remy Zero) at the helm.

Lead single "Ghost Boy" is arguably Bohlke's most infectious melody and fully realized flirtation with pop music, and could easily hold its own with the biggest indie singles of the last few years. On this new record, Sanders continues his evolution as a songwriter with lush soundscapes that layer brooding and billowy textures against his soulful voice. Once again recorded with Jeffrey Cain, they've perfected a sonic world that deftly highlights both the beauty and the dark romance of Bohlke's songs.

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