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Featured Artists  // These are articles about our featured artists and will go in the special area of the homepage.

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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SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

Songwriters discussing their craft often focus on structure and style, or perhaps a particular genre that inspires their stylistic choices. However, songwriter Andy “Roo” Forrest’s writing process begins at his feet… literally. “I walk. I have written everything while walking. I sing, tap out rhythms, talk to myself and make noises while I walk and ...

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SiS Featured Artist of the Month: Jaspar Lepak

SiS Featured Artist of the Month:  Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak has become, according to Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine (South Africa) “… a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these ...

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Michael Wansley (aka Wanz)

Michael Wansley (aka Wanz)

Michael Wansley, aka The Wanz, Tee Wanz, or simply just “Wanz” has had quite a year. After a seemingly routine and quick recording session with up and coming local hip hop stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wanz has been catapulted into the spotlight with #1 hit Thrift Shop – including a video that has spawned ...

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Jean Mann

Jean Mann

“Jean Mann is a very special talent!” – Cyndi Lauper “I love your voice and music!” -Jacqui Naylor Top 12 finalist – Lilith Fair NW Talent Search 2010 Noted alt-folk indie-pop singer songwriter, Seattle-based Jean Mann has a lot to write and sing about. Having toured extensively since releasing her first album, blossom (2000), this ...

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Bill Derry

Bill Derry

Bill Derry is a musician and songwriter who has been regularly playing live throughout the Pacific Northwest for many years. He says he just “likes to perform” and has many variations with his band, solo, duo, trio, etc. playing a mix of classic rock, folk, and jazz. He has a a very laid back and ...

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