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Char Seawell  // Posts published by Char Seawell

20 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Michael Ashe

SiS Featured Songwriter:  Michael Ashe

TV commercial jingles… 60-70’s rock… folk… heavy metal… punk rock: if musical influences were a sandwich, for singer-songwriter Michael Ash, these styles would be the listed ingredients. And he would, as his favorite quote by Warren Zevon states, “Enjoy every sandwich.” Unlike modern times, where listeners enjoy a myriad of choices when it comes to ...

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20 Sep Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church

SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church

What motivates songwriters varies widely from artist to artist. But whatever the motivation for starting a songwriting journey, time and experience often transform an initial vision to meet the needs of the writer and the culture. For songwriter Steven Church, the journey started with a desire to impress the world and ended with a desire ...

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16 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Erin Jordan

SiS Featured Songwriter: Erin Jordan

“Playing a real song is like keeping a wild animal for a pet: gorgeous and terrifying, it lives in your house, but it is never really yours…” Kristen Hersh – Rat Girl. Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter Erin Jordan, inspired by this favorite quote, has sought that “real song” through the eyes of a poet first and ...

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15 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Member Larry Murante Chosen to Perform for Official 2017 FAR-West Showcase in Bellevue

SiS Member Larry Murante Chosen to Perform for Official 2017 FAR-West Showcase in Bellevue

Imagine two floors of a major hotel reverberating with a variety of “unplugged” music flowing out of rooms and down the hallways in an ever-shifting scene until the wee hours of the morning. Then imagine a hotel conference room turned into a first class performance venue with artists chosen from a pool of some of ...

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10 Jul Posted by in Blog | 1 comment

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jim Hanna

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jim Hanna

The childhood home of singer/songwriter Jim Hanna was one infused with the sounds of Americana. “There was always music in the house. Dad played several instruments including tenor guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, piano, and the occasional ocarina/kazoo/harmonica. Dad’s siblings all enjoyed playing as well, so there would be music whenever they got together – which ...

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10 Jun Posted by in Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Val D’Alessio

SiS Featured Songwriter: Val D’Alessio

Ask a songwriter when their writing journey began and you will usually find memories tied to a certain age or a certain musical experience. But for Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Val D’Alessio, the writing muse is inextricably woven into a specific place – one whose unromantic nickname belies its effect on her songwriting career: a group ...

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15 May Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Nate Manuel

SiS Featured Songwriter:  Nate Manuel

Playing to sold out stadiums, having #1 hits on the Billboard Charts, climbing the stairs at the Grammys to receive accolades… these are often daydreams that enter the thoughts of up-and-coming artists. But for Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Nate Manuel, his dreams come true not with notoriety but in a kind of anonymity where the music ...

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27 Apr Posted by in Featured Artists | Comments

SIS Featured Songwriter: Tobias the Owl

SIS Featured Songwriter: Tobias the Owl

The owl, in ancient traditions, is symbolic of wisdom…a guide to see beyond the obscuring veil of deception and illusion. The spirit of the owl is associated with an ability to see beyond what is hidden to most. And thus, it comes as no surprise that the journey of Seattle songwriter Tobias the Owl is ...

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29 Mar Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | 1 comment

SiS Featured Songwriter: Paula Boggs

SiS Featured Songwriter: Paula Boggs

“Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass” A long way from the rainy Pacific Northwest, a budding guitar player from Virginia sat in front of a TV set watching “Here Comes the Brides” which is set in old Seattle. In watching the interplay of two characters, Candy and Jeremy, young Paula Boggs, “found her first songwriting muse at a time when ...

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27 Feb Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jean Mann

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jean Mann

“glass spilling over, pouring out the past, room fills up, a story’s cast”  –  Jean Mann                              The stories that spill from the past of singer-songwriter Jean Mann are as rich and varied as the images that fill the lyrics of her six albums. ...

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