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Two voices — one given, one earned. Singer, songwriter and performer Annie Bosko has married the two, recognizing what so many others fail to see — that a powerful and beautiful vocal instrument is, in isolation, incapable of taking her where she has every intention of going.
Born and raised a farmer's daughter and the middle of 5 children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. She's entertained audiences up to 300,000 people, played the Grand Ole Opry, received a standing ovation at Ryman Auditorium and has toured the country opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wynona Judd, Big & Rich, Josh Turner, Pat Benetar and more. She has shared the stage and performed with Adele, Darius Rucker, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and the list goes on.
Annie has penned songs for Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Ty Herndon, Rita Wilson and more. Her single, "Crooked Halo" was featured as a Highway Find on Sirius XM The Highway and the music video topped the charts on CMT. Rolling Stone magazine praised her as the #2 new country artist to watch, describing her as the "California girl next door with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow."
Her artistry and vision crystallized in her latest EP with songs like "Crooked Halo" and "Fighter." Themes of strength, empowerment, vulnerability and self-determination run throughout. And they're understandable, given her past, as well as her deep-rooted need to create and perform. "I’m much happier onstage than I am off, so it’s completely an addiction in that sense," she says. "Writing songs is the same way. It’s never been a choice – I have to do it. So treat every show like it's your last and give it your all. You never know when Bruce Springsteen’s going to be in the audience. True story."
Annie's gift was apparent at a young age, but, it was not the classic story of the musical family. "My parents didn’t know what to do with me. My dad was a farmer and my mom was busy with 5 kids. It was like, 'Oh my God, we have this freak singing child. What do we do with it?' They were scared getting into entertainment too early would mess me up."
Her first taste of the business was singing for a Disney soundtrack at the age of 14. In her late teens she met producer, David Foster, who brought her on tour to belt out "I Will Always Love You" and introduced her to Celine Dion. "I remember discovering that Dolly Parton had written "I Will Always Love You" and feeling the intense hunger in my heart to write songs, not just sing them.
An affinity towards country music and songwriting led Annie to Nashville at age 19. "I remember hearing Patsy Cline's voice for the first time like it was yesterday," she says, noting that Cline was the first singer she ever heard. "I could hear the emotion in what she was singing and knew that's what I wanted to do. I’d read the liner notes on albums I loved by Deana Carter, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, etc. They were all in Nashville, so I knew I needed to be there."
Moving cross-country – "I drove here alone and lived with a single mom I didn't know." Annie sang demos, worked at restaurants, cleaned houses and worked her way into writing appointments. After years of practicing guitar, writing songs incessantly and playing her original material wherever she could, publishers and agents started to take notice which led to her first publishing and agency deal. After multiple record deal offers fell through, Annie took matters into her own hands and started independently releasing music. "I've always been fiercely independent and run against the grain," she says. "I realized I needed to get my music out there myself and start cultivating a fan base." The release of her first single, "Crooked Halo", started a domino effect that would forever change her life.
Her ballad "Fighter," might be the song that best expresses her determination. "The idea was to really let this song be a banner that we can all carry in those times when we need it most." The song has been recorded by numerous other artists and Annie has performed it for veterans, cancer patients and inmates; passionate about the healing ministry of music.
Annie has certainly needed that spirit to keep working toward the kind of career she hopes to have. "I look to Sheryl Crow as a great example," she says. "Like her, I put in a lot of time as the working singer. We were even born on the same day and I've always aspired to emulate her as a singer, writer, philanthropist and musician." I mean, she’s in her 50s and still making amazing records. How cool is that? I feel the ultimate success would be to have that kind of longevity."
And then there's Mr. Springsteen, who isn't a bad role model, either. "He was at a show I played at a bar in the middle of Idaho, of all places," she says. "He stayed for the whole set and was very complimentary. He said I really knew how to rock, which coming from The Boss was the highest compliment."
"That means a lot because I respect him as one of the greatest writers and entertainers of all time. On a personal note, I relate to him because we both grew up in big Catholic European immigrant families. My grandpa couldn’t afford shoes, couldn’t really speak English and never went to college. But he bought a few acres, built something with his own hands and was able to send my dad to college. Coming from that and watching my dad work six days a week showed me dedication and work ethic. The weather isn't always favorable, but you reap what you sow. These songs are my seedlings and I'll do everything it takes to bring them to harvest."
Abby Litman is a folk singer songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA.
Inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and landscapes like the northern coast of Maine, her songs weave introspective poetry, intricate guitar melodies and authentic vocals to invite the listener into her world. Also a visual artist, Abby draws from the aesthetics of american wildflowers and the whimsy of Shel Silverstein to illustrate her original music with ink and watercolors.
Carmel Helene grew up differently than most kids. Born in San Francisco, her father was a black conga player for jazz great Cal Tjader and her mother was a white hippie who hung out at Haight and Ashbury. As a result, Carmel’s musical influences ranged from Whitney Houston to Dolly Parton, and from Willie Nelson to Pantera. She began her professional music career performing with hard rock, top 40 and jazz bands. Yet she always had a love of country. “Country is in my soul”, said Carmel. “As a matter of fact, going back quite a ways, my great-great-grand parents traveled through the Wild West across the plains in a covered wagon. My great-great-grandfather led his 20-mule team and worked the land. I come from a long line of hard-working, pioneer women. Growing up I would listen to my mom play banjo and we’d sing along to Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. They remain two of my favorite singers and songwriters to this day.”
Broadening her repertoire, Carmel started doing session work for national commercials and television, including McDonald's, C.S.I., Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC Super Bowl, BET Jazz, Perrier and others. She has also contributed to a number of film recordings including "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers", as well as co-writing and performing two songs in the TV movie "Christmas at Water's Edge". That led her to write, produce and record her 2010 self- titled debut EP, Carmel Helene. Carmel continued to develop into an extraordinary and talented performer, touring extensively with Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel and Johnny Hallyday.
Redwood Black came to life in 2017. Members JT Harker, Joe Devenney, Alex Seller, Todd Coogan, and Joe Conner, previously were known as the band Honky Tonk Boombox. Residing in the metropolis of Los Angeles, California, their sound combines the richness and depth of California’s country music heritage and a rock/pop edge that only comes from being immersed in the LA music scene. The band will release it’s debut single “Murder In Georgia” in the coming weeks. To get all the latest news and updates, sign up for their mailing list below. See you on the road!
Born and raised in the south, Dixon's musical upbringing centered mainly around rock, soul, gospel, and R&B. His father's record collection and his mother's hymnal formed the basis of his musical knowledge, until he left home for The University of Georgia, where he continued to learn and surround himself with talents far superior to his.
For the last 6 years, Dixon has called Nashville, TN, home, while continuing to tour extensively. 2015 saw the release of both his debut and follow up singles, "Dead Man," and "All of My Pain." Both singles, accompanies by music videos, received a strong welcome from the industry and fans alike.
2016 was a busy year for Dixon, who shared sold out venues with acts like Chase Rice, Kaleo, LANco, and Ryan Hurd. Riding the momentum of his 2015 releases, Dixon has been writing with some of Nashville's top up-and-coming artists, as well as playing shows nationwide, including his first international shows in Mexico. 2017 hasn't slowed down, with a new single--Madam D's--released in April topping out in the Top 15 on iTunes, and follow ups South Carolina (Sept) and Whiskey and Wine (Nov) rounding out the year.
Redwood Black / Abby Litman / Annie Bosko / Carmel Helene / Drew Dixon