On Your Radar: Diamond Hotel, Meghan Cary, & Shawn Taylor

Diamond Hotel

Diamond Hotel is an original four-piece indie folk-rock-noir band hailing from the Hudson Valley, NY. We play an eclectic array of harmony-infused swampy rhythms, smoldering ballads and gritty rockers written by lead singer, Raquel Vidal.

The songs voice nostalgic wit and grit as they relate to the human experience. Bandmates David Hollander, Seth Masten and Todd Giudice amplify Vidal’s message and vibe — Hollander’s dark tremolo guitar, Masten’s tight, fresh bass rhythms and Giudice’s nuanced drumming and vocal harmonies express and enhance all the depth and imagery evoked by the lyrics.

Diamond Hotel has been gathering a listening audience at festivals, music venues and radio stations throughout the Hudson Valley and the greater New York metro area since 2015. Our self-titled debut album has been out in the world since April 2017. Now we’re back in the studio working on a fresh batch of songs and excited about releasing our next album. Soon.

Meghan Cary

Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into music and sang my way out of the abyss.” Cary continues to share the healing power of music with the community that has rallied around her message of hope and being heard.

Known for her raw honesty and ability to connect with and engage her audience, Cary brings people to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and lyrics that resonate universally. Cary’s song “Sing Louder”, a call to raise our voices together to make a difference, has become an anthem for the music-loving community.

In fact, “Sing Louder” resonated so well with audiences in her live shows, that Cary was inspired to include some of these fans on her new record of the same name. Cary gathered 48 music lovers in the studio to raise their voices with her on two tracks, “Sing Louder", and “Responsibility”. Many of them stepped far out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a microphone. They sang with passion, joy and abandon, and it was a profound experience for Cary and all those involved. That energy was captured on Sing Louder.

“Music is the most potent tool I know to break down walls, slip through barricades, and connect with each other. And when we authentically connect, we can change the world,” said Cary. “Now more than ever we need to be courageous enough to transcend emotional, intellectual, and political barriers, and raise our voices…together.”

Cary began her career on stage as a theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. She’s written a one-person show with music, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, which she continues to perform around the country. She is also currently composing music and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical, “The Accidental Caterer”.

After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing continue to win over audiences, and garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Stevie Nicks, and even Bruce Springsteen.

In response to life’s inevitable curve balls, Cary’s mantra is: “If you don't know the words...Sing Louder!”

Shawn Taylor

With thumping thumb, dancing fingers, wailing harmonica and gritty, soul stirring vocals, Taylor's songs ooze American roots; wandering roots. He's drawn many comparisons, including Tom Waits, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Rush, but his unique lyrics are colored by his own working class, wandering roots. He's been an oysterman, cabinetmaker, father, Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ and full-time troubadour from New England to Nashville, for ten years. He’s shared the stage with legends such as Maria Muldaur, Vance Gilbert and Peter Mulvey, and released his 4th CD, “Balance,” in April 2017.



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