2013 Musical lineup
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Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza were born within five years of each other. Raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother, they dove into music young. Hannah was first to take classical lessons on piano. Then it was Sarah on violin, Liza on harp and Eva on mandolin. Liza switched to the drums upon discovery of her passion for polyrhythm. Then in the early 2000s, they started working up and performing songs with their father. Over time, Eva stepped forward as the lead vocalist. Andrew Holbrook with SHEL became SHEL with Andrew Holbrook—and then just SHEL.
The 31st Annual Country Showdown is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.
The Country Showdown begins each Spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US. Winners advance to their respective State competitions held at leading fairs and expositions. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals. It's the last step before the prestigious National Final held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The audience cheers on the Regional Winners, as they compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the National Title. A uniform judging system is used at all levels of competition to help ensure fairness.
Hard work… determination… sacrifice… those three terms aptly define what Savannah Jack is all about. Years of hard work and a determination to succeed at the highest level has sharpened the skills of and paved the way for Don Gatlin, Mike Ulvila, and Jay Darby. Each had fronted bands in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Florida respectively before getting together in 2004 to create an incredible sound with a concentration on extraordinary three part harmony.
In 2004, The Long Players began packing Nashville clubs and theaters with faithful front-to-back renditions of classic albums. The combination of The Long Players as "house band" with the amazing variety of guest artists they have enlisted over the last six years to bring these classic LP's to life has become a staple of Nashville's local music scene and has garnered national attention with feature news stories from NPR's All Things Considered, the AP Wire Service and Reuters / Billboard Magazine.
At each of the band's public shows, The Long Players have chosen to take a portion of the proceeds and donate it to charity. On more than a few occasions, the money has gone directly to musicians to supplement health care expenses when insurance wasn't enough. At other times the money has been donated to organizations like Music Cares, The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Alive Hospice and others.
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.
Rogers, one of music's legendary voices, has put his indelible stamp on classics like "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "I'll Fly Away," "Amazing Grace" and "In The Sweet By And By" and turned in beautifully poignant performances on more recently composed songs such as "Peace" (written by Michael McDonald & Beth Nielsen Chapman), "Grace" (written by Michael W. Smith & Martin Smith) and "The Rock Of Your Love" (written by Vince Gill, Al Anderson & Leslie Satcher). Guest artists appearing on the album include The Whites on "I'll Fly Away," Winfield's Locket on "In The Sweet By And By" and Point of Grace on "Circle Of Friends."