Durango Songwriter's Expo Allstars

Durango Songwriter's Expo

We all need to be inspired to create. Few things are more inspiring than spending quality time with smart, talented, like-minded people who understand what you do...and are passionate about it, in fact. You WILL be inspired at the DSE.

Do you really know what's going on in the "industry"? (It's changing!) Have you been honestly critiqued by more than your friends, family and current fans? We learn through failure, through trial and error. You have to be willing to try yourself against your peers so that you can get better at your craft, your art, your job. You'll LEARN at the DSE.

You will be motivated to create, produce, direct and manage more projects by the time you leave the DSE. You will not only see that you CAN do it, you'll be more inspired to do it...and you'll be far more equipped to take action, to "just do it."

AND limited to 200 attendees with 30-40 top music industry people there to help YOU.

Since 1996.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. Will Champlin is on the verge of holding his own among an industry of Giants. Will has evolved into a World-Class Artist and producer. From his time spent studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston to spending time in Nashville taking his songwriting to the next level, there's no doubt that he is a musical Timebomb!! Will is also an accomplished and versatile piano player. His influences are Stevie Wonder, Billy Preston, Bruce Hornsby and others. Will's father has been a lifetime member of the infamous Rock band 'Chicago'. His mother is an accomplished songwriter and vocalist. Both parents strongly encouraged and fostered his natural musical abilities. In 2006, Will toured extensively as frontman/lead singer for the Salvador Santana Band opening up for Carlos Santana and The Los Lonely Boys in Major Concert Venues in the U.S. In 2008, Will won for best R&B/Soul at the 'Hollywood Music Awards' for his song from his self-titled debut, 'Now that we're fallin'. Being the great performer and songwriter he is, Will has had the opportunity to work with many top songwriters in the business such as Andreas Carlsson, Keith Thomas, Michael Caruso, Rivers Rutherford, Eric Bazilian, as well as many others. Recently, Will Champlin landed his first major cut on Heather Headley's Audience of One Pop/R&B/Gospel album produced by Keith Thomas. Will is an artist with an R&B/Rock/Pop Style that has been inspired by honesty and inspiration in his music and lyrics. In which his current project and fans will attest too. Wills tenacity and passion is evident in everything he does. His charisma and soul is portrayed in every song. Will is determined to change many peoples lives with his music and songs.

Jamey Geston

Jamey Geston, is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter who plays guitar, bass, ukulele, piano and learning mandolin. Her music has an organic mix of indie, blended in a folksy beat, and flavored with pinch of acoustic pop.She is really inspired by a lot of British artists and bands, "because a lot of them seem to know how to phrase things well, so poetic and lovely. Her music reflects traces of Gabrielle Aplin, Regina Spektor, and even a bit of a throwback to the 60s with Joni Mitchell.” Over the pass year she has had some amazing in opportunities which include: Opening for the Legendary Folksinger Judy Collins, Nathan McEuen and Leroy Lee (Australian Songsmith), sharing the stage with Jeff Bridges, Kenny Loggins and Will Champlin (The Voice.) This past October '13 she was a top finalist in Santa Barbara Independent Battle of the Bands, a solo artist against five all male bands, and featured artist in The 2013 Santa Barbara Independent Band Guide - "The 805’s Next Great Music Maker,” In fall '12 she was a finalist in Zoey's Cafe “One to Watch” Emerging Songwriter, making her the youngest contestant to advance to finals. In January she was selected to perform two shows The NAMM Show 2014, chosen from over 400 submissions. She has been recording her first EP and hopes to release it soon, Jamey has attended Durango Songwriters Expo for past five years.

Kate Graves

Kate Graves writes little songs....little songs that are raw.
Sometimes they are sparse...sometimes filled with lots of little words. Often they are written about things like tasting sweet orange on your lips and wanting to kiss someone, so that they might experience tasting sweet orange on their lips. Kate Graves likes kissing. And singing. She hopes you will listen in. Hear her tunes at www.kategravesmusic.com

Chi McClean

Chi McClean was born and raised in New York before heading out to California in a beat up truck looking for a change. Settling in San Francisco, he began to develop an honest, introspective approach to his songwriting that ultimately formed the building blocks for his debut release, "Something Out There", and recently, his latest effort, "A Thing Or Three".

Chi writes acoustic rock songs marked by a haunting Southern style. Many of his songs take a straightforward look at love, loss, and in the end, opportunity. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Free, The Faces and The Allman Brothers, Chi's music borrows from the classic tones and song structures that formed the pillars of the 1960's rock scene while presenting listeners with a contemporary and wholly unique perspective.

Robert Postel

A Santa Barbara native with a mix of Americana, Country, Blues and Folk.

Not yet mastered along with some work demos. Studio takes were at Robinson Ekienberry's pad.

The Bass and pro quality lead guitar and fills are our missed Kenny Edwards, Harmonica is our local Tom Ball and Bill Flores sliding on his National.

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Sierra Reeves

Alternative/ Folk

Susan Marie Reeves

Susan Marie Reeves has been writing music since she was 11, took up piano at 7 & guitar in her teens. Susan plays guitar, strumstick, ukulele, piano & the washboard. She tours locally in CA & across the country selling her new CD. Susan Marie is an award winning songwriter. She won the Silverton, Co jubilee contest & the Kauai Music Festival songwriter contest.

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

$8 w/dinner reservations (preferred seating), $10 advance show only (standing room only), $15 at the door

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SOhO Restaurant and Music Club


Durango Songwriter's Expo Allstars

Tuesday, June 11 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Tickets Available at the Door