Whitney Myer

Whitney Myer

With the release of the Whitney Myer Band’s fourth and final album, appropriately titled, "The End Of The Beginning" in the spring of 2013, Whitney embarks on a new project as a solo artist. Her forthcoming EP is titled, “Articles of Luminous Nature” and is comprised of Whitney's core influences: soulful vocals, intricate rhythms, and stacked harmonies and electronic synths. Using a loop pedal to layer live and electronic instruments, percussion and vocals, Whitney is a solo artist with a full sound.

Whitney Myer grew up in a musical household. Her father played in a 90's ska band called The Mudsharks, touring with such acts as No Doubt and Sublime. Whitney grew up in the moshpits of Mudsharks concerts and developed an appreciation for music and live performance on a molecular level. She began writing her own songs at age 13, with her father backing her up on guitar. They started playing shows the following year, and in 2005 she recorded and released her first album with the Whitney Myer Band--which was her father, uncle and the bassist from the Mudsharks backing her up. The album, Last Days, explored the intersection of Whitney’s father’s jazz and funk influences with her own teenage angst.

After earning a degree in Spanish, Whitney quickly returned to her music, releasing a second album in 2010, Dream Killer. The album skyrocketed the band to popularity in their hometown of Reno, as well as all over the West Coast. They bought a tour bus and began traveling the country, playing over 165 shows between 2011 and 2012 and appearing at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, TX. Back in her hometown, the album, Dream Killer won Best Album, the band was voted Best Band, and Whitney was voted Best Musician three years in a row by the Reno News & Review.

During a rare free weekend, Whitney had an uncharacteristic urge to drive San Francisco to audition for NBC's "The Voice." Six months later she was seen by 6 million people on the nations number one television show, singing to celebrity judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and garnering adoration and support from all four of them.

After “The Voice,” Whitney wanted to return to the roots of her music and perform it in a more personal way. She began writing songs that were closer to the pattern of her own soul. To do this, she had to break away from the comfort of the band that was literally family to her and make music that was completely her own. Her solo work is a creative project that allows Whitney to blend musical styles and creatively realize all of her life experiences in a truly unique and unfettered way. The first album from her new project will be released on April 26th, 2013 at the Grand Sierra Resort in her hometown, with a summer tour schedule to follow.

Lindsey Pavao

"A bartender from Sacramento, Lindsey always knew she had musical talent - but didn't start performing seriously in public until recently. But the relative newcomer's natural ability was apparent to the coaches immediately after she performed her own unique interpretation of Trey Songz' "Say Aah."

The indie-rock, guitar-playing singer counts Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Fiona Apple and Bjork among her biggest influences"

- NBC's The Voice

After Lindsey’s rendition of “Say Aah,” country singer Blake Shelton recognized her Fiona Apple influence and said, “I love your voice.”

Christina Aguilera, the first to push her button, said, “I enjoyed every second of that, actually. I thought it was such a creative choice and so original to do that song, and to do it so well. You have such a unique quality and tone to your voice. I don’t want to touch that I just want to play with you and have a great time experimenting.”

Cee-Lo Green also stated that he enjoyed the performance and said, “It was so cool sounding, it took me a minute to catch what record that was… It’s probably the coolest thing that’s happened on the second season so far.”

So how did Lindsey feel about three talented, famous celebrities fighting over her?

“It is so bizarre to have such successful artists fighting to work with you,” said Lindsey. “It felt like one of those dreams that are so real, but something that is happening is so bizarre you know it has to be a dream...but it wasn’t!”

Lindsey ultimately chose to work with Christina Aguilera. Lindsey said that she was told before the audition to go in there without any preconceived notions of these judges and listen to what they had to say.

“Christina understood me right off the bat,” said Lindsey. “She knew I'm not trying to be a pop singer.”

Lindsey said that she also thinks Aguilera knows exactly what she can improve on, and that Aguilera is very open-minded to what she wants to do with songs and how she likes to change them.

“Unique” is a word that has been attached to Lindsey Pavao since her performance was previewed on the internet and aired on television. Lindsey takes it as a compliment but also plays it down as she feels there’s a lot of “unique” music out there, just not getting the attention by mainstream culture.

“For a lot of people who don’t listen to many independent artists out there, or only listen to radio, what I did was really unique,” explains Lindsey. “But for me, I'm like… this is going on all around you all the time.”

Lindsey doesn’t believe she was chosen because she’s a super strong singer but because she can offer something different.

Lindsey was told by her former boss at a bar in Nicholas, Pinkies Bar and Grill, that she had to audition for The Voice. She hadn’t really seen much of the show but liked the concept about the coaches not being able to judge by sight and that the show seemed very open to new kinds of singers.

“I hope it really opens people's ears to the diversity out there right under their noses,” said Lindsey about her opportunity on this platform. “When I think about that, I think about how lucky I am for this opportunity.”

The week after Lindsey appeared on The Voice, her performance was on the iTunes songs chart at #25, and rose as high as #4.

“I cannot WAIT to release my own stuff,” exclaimed Lindsey. “Singing just makes me happy and I’ve always had this fear that lots of people really dislike it when I sing, but no one would tell me. So it’s cool to hear strangers, who don’t owe me any politeness, say they like what I do.”

For now, fans must watch to see if Lindsey Pavao continues to progress through the show’s competition and onto the live shows where America gets to vote on who they want to hear more of and who goes home.

Lindsey says, “You should definitely tune-in to see how I do!”

- Article from Turlock City News

A San Francisco group that started in 2010, Odd Owl blend elements of indie rock, dance, world and soul music, creating a sound that's high-spirited, yet intimate and honest. From 2010 to 2011, they toured the West Coast and recorded two EPs: Fly By Night (2010) and It’s The World I Love (2011). They become a quartet in 2012 with the addition of drummer Adam Wadenius and bassist Stephen Munoz. Playing their first show as a full band, their sound took on a crackling new energy. Expect to see more of Odd Owl as they become major player in the bay area music scene.

Mad Noise

What do you get when you compile a group of musically-inclined individuals named Mogli, Khalil, Pharaoh and Chris? An identity crisis with some rhythm. Our courageous musical warriors united in June 2010 and immediately started battling for turf on the streets, corners, and alleys of San Francisco in a DIY-styled effort to spread, what a wino in North Beach would shortly dub, MAD NOISE.

Out of amazement for their sheer audacity, the East Bay Express's Rachel Swan was the first to recognize the group's tenacity. After a year of a grueling campaign on the streets, crashing food festivals and farmer's market, MAD NOISE has been recognized throughout the Bay Area press as "Best Live Act" (Daily Cal), "Best Hyperliterate Busking Outfit" (SF Weekly), and now been "Best Local Band" through SF Bay Guardian's readers poll. So, at this point, you have to start wondering exactly how is it that three college students led by one gonzo graduate student have finagled their way into every possible type of music venue in the area while winning the admiration and loyalty of fans young and old? All in the space of about a year of street performing? There-in lies the magic of MAD NOISE!

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