The 9 Songwriter Series

The 9 Songwriter Series

Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring songwriter collective and live show based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing together in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and often sitting in each each other and making up music on the spot. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists in one evening and often for only $10? To date, over 300 different artists have participated in "The 9", at shows in DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Justin Trawick

Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg, VA and now residing in Arlington, VA close to Washington DC. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin's lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion.

Justin has opened for Brett Dennen, Bob Schneider, Pat Green, Ingram Hill, Edwin McCain, Pat McGee, Cowboy Mouth, Sara Bareilles, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Gourds, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Robinella, and Jenny Owen Youngs, and Basia Bulat.

Tara Trinity

Tara Trinity Villanueva, singer, songwriter, pianist and all-around performer attributes her profound dedication to music to her mother, Maritza.

Near Trinity’s hometown in New Jersey, Maritza encouraged a local piano teacher to take a chance on her three-year-old daughter. Trinity quickly proved her brilliance and the child prodigy proceeded to win multiple classical piano competitions. Trinity discovered her voice while performing with the bilingual children’s traveling choir, Voces Celestiales. She entered won the Tito Puente Award three consecutive years in the instrumental category of the Hispanic Youth Showcase in Newark, NJ. She then played the role on Broadway of Aurea Agron in Paul Simon’s musical, The Capeman, alongside Ednita Nazario, Mark Anthony, Ruben Blades and Sara Ramirez.

When the show closed, Trinity continued to develop her passionate connection with music in both piano and voice. She was accepted into the esteemed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University on a musical and an academic scholarship to study classical piano performance. Indiana University offered Trinity invaluable opportunities where she excelled at the guitar, sang as an alto II in the Grammy-award-winning ensemble, the Singing Hoosiers and its subgroup, Vocal Jazz. She sang bass in Indiana University’s only female a cappella group, Ladies First, who opened for The Four Tops. Testing her vocal range, she sang soprano in the highly competitive IU Soul Revue, sponsored by the African American Cultural Institute.

Also at Indiana University, Trinity returned to her theatrical background while starring as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy and served as the musical director for Into the Woods.

Trinity tested out her songwriting skills by entering and then winning the Indiana University Unplugged competition with her originals "Perfect Love" and "A Christmas Song". After earning two bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and art history, Trinity has enhanced her musical versatility by embracing international music such as Afro-Venezuelan and Polynesian percussion, African dance and singing in various languages. When her music is on pause, Trinity writes for New Latina, an online magazine, works for multiple businesses as a graphic designer, and runs an online support group for mothers dealing with mental illness. Trinity is also the co-founder of the polynesian dance company, Aloha Island Revue, whose mission is to share the island culture through dance and music for people of all ages.

She stays true to her Puerto Rican, Hawaiian, and Filipino roots by singing in Spanish and playing instruments like the ukelele. Trinity's free spirit and soulfulness allow her to successfully execute all genres of music. Currently she is working on her first EP with help from her band students. She is an inherent musician and a true novelty in an industry constantly seeking a new sound.

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Aaron Tinjum

Hailing from the suburban comforts of St. Paul, Minnesota, Aaron Tinjum was born with a background in F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan and Prince. A former high school English teacher, Tinjum switched tracks in 2011 and moved to Austin to pursue a life of music and food trucks. It is in Austin where he met violinist extraordinaire and former mariachi Katie Smith, and subsequently formed his new project, The Tangents. After releasing their debut single 'Tongues' in May, they are now poised to release their debut EP "Mirrors in the Dark" this Halloween on iTunes, Amazon and other distributors.

Kevin de Souza

Kevin de Souza is from Silver Spring, Maryland and plays the bass guitar. He likes romantic comedies, peanut butter cups, and you. He also just released his first record.

The EP is called "Remember Your dreams, Pay Your Child Support", and the six tunes thereon showcase Kevin's energy, musical versatility, and direct, honest songwriting. You can check out and download RYDPYCS on Kevin's website or on iTunes. Tell your friends.

Dave Farah is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Northern Virginia. Somewhere buried beneath Jonathan Safran Foer novels and moleskin notebooks full of random thoughts, he found a space where words in patterns made sense. Eventually poetry turned into spoken word which turned into lyrics and he started writing music. Dave graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a double major in Video Production and Creative Writing and have since been focusing on writing, recording, and touring ever since.


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