Anjali Ray was born in Illinois and raised in New Delhi, India, until the age of 10 when she moved to the US with her family. In the years since, she’s been a glowing example of this country’s rich multi-cultural brew, retaining a strong connection to her homeland through her practice in Hindustani classical singing. But she’s also been a student of western classical music on the piano, and a burgeoning jazz musician. Her main artistic focus these days, working both in Chicago and Los Angeles, embraces a polished pop sound deeply informed by these building blocks. Her album “Indigo” has achieved enthusiastic praise including consideration for a Grammy nomination for its sophisticated hybrid of seductive melody influenced by the likes of Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, chilled grooves, and soulful singing, all caressed with instrumental flourishes borrowed from India. Anjali’s latest project is an EP titled Giant, a pop collection which celebrates feminism and activism in America today. The album is dedicated to those just now finding their voices and taking to the streets to march for their rights.
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Luke Schmitt will never stop making music. He will be jingling car keys and mumbling lyrics to himself long after he loses control of all other bodily functions. After fronting the Chicago prog rock band Buddy Nuisance, singing and playing rhodes, he joined AM Taxi on organ, background vocals, and a mean tambourine. The meanest. Luke has also toured with Deals Gone Bad, done sessions for various Chicago artists, and currently fronts his own band, Luke Schmitt And The Cold, Cold Ones. #rockandrollmusicforeveryone