Hannah Rand: With tunes that grab you and won’t let go, this just turned 23-year old singer songwriter has already garnered national acclaim, winning a Grammy Foundation contest in 2013 with her song “Start Over.” Another original, “Where Did Love Go,” was chosen for an independent film, and her arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was the centerpiece in a holiday advertising campaign for the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2012.Sometimes compared to Birdy, Christina Perri, or a young Sarah McLachlan, Hannah is still uniquely her own person, with an indie pop/indie folk sensibility in her arrangements, and a musical sophistication well beyond her years. Hannah is a fresh, original talent, and only getting better every day.
Nikki Morgan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago but with the heart of a true Carolina girl. As a singer and a writer her style takes the form of country/folk with a beautiful splash of soul and often explores the duality and truth that lies in the many facets of life. As she continues her journey, you can find her belting out at various venues and open mics around the city.
Imagine if the Fleet Foxes went to seminary. Or if Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young were all one guy. Or if Joe Pug channeled James Taylor instead of Bob Dylan, shaved his head, and started wearing glasses. Matthew Black taught himself to play guitar while listening to the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and 90s monster ballads. The literal son of a preacher man, he moved a lot when he was young, learned to observe the world from the outside looking in, took what he saw and turned it into music. He wrote is first song when he was sixteen and hasn't stopped since. Self-taught, restless, rambling, he has a sound that comes from the roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the streets of Metro Manila, the rattle of a nearly-empty El train, his own fall(s) and redemption(s). Now, he lives in Chicago, where he performs for crowds large and small, singing intimate songs that tell stories about how this world has broken his heart, and also tell about the hope, love, and mystery that he's found among the pieces.