Independent singer-songwriter Ryan Horne brings his insatiable creative thirst to the table with his latest release, 'Vanilla Lightning'. 8 albums into his 10-year career, Horne has arrived at a clear musical vision, and it is grand. With the success of each solo album, strong television placements in shows such as FX's Sons of Anarchy, The WB's Hart of Dixie, MTV's 16 & Pregnant, various commercials and other syncs, and solid writing cuts on various artists records, Ryan has made it clear he will be around for a while as an accomplished and prolific artist/songwriter/performer.

Nathan Angelo

In the ever-changing landscape of modern pop, Nathan Angelo shines as a refreshing alternative, embracing the classic elements of popular music and celebrating the backbeat of American tradition. As the revival of music in the 60’s and 70’s brought together the heritage of the Great American songbook, the flair of jazz and heartache of the Delta blues, Angelo integrates these forms into his own music with great ease and delight. Like many Motown and Stax artists, Angelo’s musical craft was cultivated at a young age in the pews and platform of the church. It was there that he first witnessed the power music had to transport people beyond their present experiences.

As a seasoned performer, Angelo has captivated audiences across the country with his tight band and high-spirited live show, selling over 30,000 albums along the way - an impressive feat for an independent artist. Fans of Nathan Angelo recently rallied to fund his latest project on Kickstarter with totals reaching 10K over the projected goal. The new album began with a creative vision rooted in Angelo’s love of classic soul and R&B. His dream was to create an original record that brought listeners back to the infectious, danceable sounds of the era.

Out of the Blue (Sept. 2013) channels the vibe with success, featuring fresh, amusing songs with sounds reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. In order to capture the energy of the live show, Angelo and his band spent two days in the world-famous Quad Studios in Nashville recording analog onto 2” tape. The project incorporates the signature “call and response” singing style common to Motown as well as the distinct orchestration: horn sections, strings, guitars, snaps, claps, tambourine and the unforgettable keys. To complete the aesthetic, Angelo’s breathtaking falsetto and honest, quirky and charming songwriting reach surprising new heights, satisfying listeners with an all-around experience of nostalgia, energy and emotion. The timeless and unique artistic direction of this record coupled with its phenomenal execution and production allow Out of the Blue to emerge as Angelo’s most exquisite work to date.

Dwayne Shivers

Dwayne Shivers is an indie blues duo, fronted by songwriter Micah Dalton. After over 10 years of touring, six releases, and critical acclaim as a genre bending soul folkster, Dalton noticed that certain songs and sounds hidden in his recordings resonated both live and on tape with fans in a more meaningful way. Songs with soulful biblical motifs, bible belt blues, and more intentional lyricism along with warm, uncompromising sonic tones, drew a more polarizing response from listeners. Raised a preacher’s son, Dalton says. “I wasn’t having a good time with the solo songwriter thing as much anymore. I got so lost in the shadows of what I didn’t want to do, that it felt like I need to re-name the act in order to be myself. Micah Dalton, as an artist, meant something that I didn’t want to perpetuate anymore – the whole thing is like a Trojan horse to get back into myself.”

In a loaded 2013, Dalton got married, moved to Brooklyn, and worked several jobs to supplement while facing an obvious professional crossroads. The he eventually worked over a batch of songs and put them to tape in Athens, GA in late 2014 and early 2014 with producer Paul Reeves. “Paul had a vision of a bunch of guys who met up in a country barn and played loosely into the night with the raw materials they could find around them. He used that theoretical scene as the main creative centering point throughout the process. It felt more like writing a film in that sense.”

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