Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few.In her 3rd full-length album, All or Nothing, Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet - 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need. An album of love songs. Not yet a veteran, but more than a newcomer, Ike is and always has been an anomaly. As a singer/songwriter who purposefully refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre, Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." A recent segment on NPR's World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's up-and-coming artists.

Jason Brown

His critics say “he is acoustic pop at its finest”. Jason is an up and coming singer-songwriter from the Washington D.C. area. Drawing from musical inspirations such as motown, john mayer, michael jackson, ray charles, shane & shane and justin mcroberts. Jason is a healthy blend of pop, folk and soul. His passionate and honest lyrics combined with a voice that will light up any ear is something that everyone can appreciate and relate to. If you’re not convinced, just experience his music live. His infectious onstage presence will capture you from moment he begins. In the summer of 2011, Jason released his widely anticipated ep titled “Love(!) Love(?),” filled with songs about love and hope. “I grew up in the church, so naturally most of my music is positive and hopeful,” Jason says. In the fall 2013, the singer-songwriter released his sophomore ep titled “before.during.after”. The album was his first concept album, which chronicles the different stages of a relationships.

Arsena Schroeder

Breedlove sponsored artist, Arsena Schroeder, is a solo-acoustic performer on a mission to evoke wonder and awe in the lives of each listener. Crafting original songs soaked in singer-songwriter, acoustic, and pop-soul genres, issues of empowerment, love, and cryptic faith are lyrically intertwined in a mix meant to free and fuel the soul.

Arsena began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist in the Fall of 2009 and has since then performed locally, nationally, and internationally at venues such as The Evening Musein Charlotte, NC, Ebenezer's Coffeehouse in Washington, DC, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, PA, and Ponticifia Madre Y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology, Arsena turned down a full-ride to graduate school to pursue her passion in music. She now heads up theUnplugged + Live House Concert Series, an intimate showcase of touring and local singer-songwriters in the Charlotte, NC community, and works with the international organizationRawArtists: Charlotte. Her artistic twist of cover song interpretations, impromptu/free-styled songs, and original music has sent a ripple in the independent music industry and deemed her as a true Godsend.

Her first self-produced release, The Abundantly EP, released January 1, 2013 on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Spotify, & CD Baby. Since then her vocals have been compared to the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae, & Tracy Chapman. She's been critically reviewed as, "The next Alicia Keys", "The cry from the wilderness", and a powerful vocalist to be on the lookout for. Her next release, "For My Artist Child" is scheduled to release late 2014.


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