Lara Bell is a rising singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. A natural songbird, She’s performed numerous live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various known venues since she was 16 years old. Her third time back at Uncommon Ground, she is thrilled to share her stories through songs in an organic atmosphere. She is an accomplished musician of classical piano, guitar, and ukulele. Raining with innocence, Lara brings a freshness to the music industry with her romantic honesty; she has been writing for almost 7 years and has a few singles available online. Plans of an album are in store for the near future. Her genre diversity captures the crowd's attention. Able to adapt to many styles, audience members have compared Lara's music to Jewel, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, with a little bit of heartfelt country roots. In 2018, Lara has promising plans of recording and releasing more music, plus traveling to new places/venues to expand her career as a growing independent artist.
Shealeigh is a 19-year-old independent singer/songwriter from the Chicago area, whose musical introduction began with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 12. At 13, she wrote the song “What Can I Say”, which was featured on the fourth season of the Radio Disney/Disney Channel program “Next Big Thing” in 2011, as well as in the Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel” and steadily climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Kids music chart. In February 2017, Shealeigh self-released her debut EP “We All Need To Go Places” via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. A collection of four melancholy stories, “We All Need To Go Places” is a product of navigating self-dependence, and being in between a fresh start and what comes next.
Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Growing up the daughter of music lovers and in a city filled with talent, music quickly became her sole passion in life. Before even learning to drive, Althea began sharing the stage with many notable bands such as X Ambassadors, The Shins & Sylvan Esso. Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems.”
In 2016, her duo, Future Stuff, released their debut EP. She has spent much of the last year touring the country with Future Stuff opening for blues legend, Doyle Bramhall II and Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos. Quote via Sheryl Crow (Twitter/Instagram): “Saw a young duo called future stuff last night at City Winery Nashville. They blew me away! Check them out!!”