Description: Join us on Sunday November 25, 2012 for Koffeehouse Sunday Sessions featuring Emily Herndon, Katie Ekin and Noah Needleman! Join us early for our JAM Session featuring Jimmy Nash, Chase Bell and Rustin Cole Sailors!
Emily Herndon has only ever wanted to be a musician, though she might have become a pirate if given the opportunity. Despite giving up on her pirate dreams, Emily is pretty happy with the direction she's headed in.
She moved herself to San Diego, California, where May Stands Still was born. Blending her love of folk music and beautiful harmonies, May Stands Still embodied the styles that Emily has always felt most passionate about. Working with Asha Sukumar and Wesley Switzer, May Stands Still recorded the EP “Matter of Time” in 2010. The EP was a great success, gaining radio airplay and a legion of dedicated fans. May Stands Still decided to make the move to Los Angeles, where they recorded their full length album, "When You Come Home," which will debut November 1.
Emily began branching out in the music scene, challenging herself to take on different styles and genres. She started playing with several notable acts while in LA, such as Jessie Payo, Parker Ainsworth, Lucky Diaz, and Brooke Parrott. Emily established herself as an eclectic songbird, even earning her a showcase sharing the bill with Tristan Prettyman and Jason Mraz.
As she branches out as a solo artist, Emily Herndon blends pop, folk, and indie rock for a seamless and utterly unique sound. She seeks to combine her quirky personality, heartfelt lyrics, and love of dinosaurs to translate to great music for the masses.
At just 21 years old Katie Ekin has won 10 songwriting awards, including Best Song and Best Performance at the WCS Hollywood competitions. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California Katie grew up listening and watching her father perform in a band. She’s always had a heart for music, but in her younger years she was too shy to show her talent.
That soon changed when she picked up the guitar at fifteen and wrote her first song. It began a pattern, which has led her to have written nearly 200 songs. “I get asked a lot about how many songs I’ve written, and it always surprises me to see peoples reactions to my response. Songwriting is such a daily routine for me, I never think about it being foreign to other people. I could spend the whole day in my music room playing around with melodies and chords.”
Her songwriting style is mature beyond her years, using her own experiences to pull from. “Songwriting isn’t just my passion, it’s my lifestyle. Growing up in Santa Cruz you hear a lot of surfers say that, but I really feel its true with myself and music. My days revolve around a melody and my guitar knows more than any one person. It’s my diary.”
Katie’s sound is definitely her own. It fits into the pop-folk-indie category, but when you hear her songs, you know they are hers. It’s that magic sound. With her powerful songwriting, captivating performances, ambition and award winning songs, you are sure to see much more come from this young singer-songwriter.
Between gigging, writing, recording, producing, directing, and teaching music, Noah Needleman keeps pretty busy. Mostly to distract himself from the painful anonymity of being a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles. He studied music in college, majoring in Music Theory & Composition, which makes him more of a nerd than a rock star, but shows how much he loves his craft. Noah came to LA from Napa, California, (where he still visits for the free food and wine from his family,) and insists that if he could live anywhere on the planet, it would be Los Angeles. “After I travel anywhere, coming home to LA is like coming back to the Chocolate Factory,” he says. Noah has been a featured musician on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and has won awards for his song “Get By” in the documentary film First Generation. Noah’s EP 6s & 7s can be purchased on iTunes, and his band Uncle Daddy is set to release their debut LP, Good Mourning on June 26th, 2012. *You can also find Noah on YouTube, where his guitar lessons, original songs and cover performances have gained him over a million views. http://www.noahneedlemanmusic.com http://www.youtube.com/noahneedleman http://www.youtube.com/noahneedleman Twitter- @NoahNeedleman http://www.GoUncleDaddy.com