Description: Join us on Sunday February 17, 2013 for Koffeehouse Sunday Sessions at The Charleston featuring Shani (7PM), Allison Gray (8PM) and B (9PM)! Doors open at 6PM so get there early and reserve a table for the night (fantastic food and drinks!). Also, join us early for our signature JAM Session between 6PM and 7PM with performances by Chrissy DePauw, Chuck Roberts and others to be announced!
Allison Gray's music has been classified as pop, folk, adult contemporary, soul, singer songwriter, and almost everything in between. But listeners and reviewers agree that her music is both appealing and addicting. If you look around at the crowd during her live shows, you will see fans from all walks of life spanning a 30 year age range. Her soaring melodies, dynamic vocals, and honest lyrics have garnered her an ever growing internet following, and her local fans are the most loyal you will find.
Like many artists, Allison came from humble beginnings. She was raised in Seattle by a single mother who encouraged her passion for the arts. Gray began studying piano at age 3 and was classically trained in ballet, opera and jazz. After singing the national anthem for the Oakland A's she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Though a career in opera seemed the obvious choice, she often found more fulfillment in her songwriting. After graduating high school, she moved to California to pursue a career in mainstream music. After a string of development deals and independent record deals fell through, Allison teamed up with producer Mark Jordan in 2010 to release her debut EP Off My Mind. Listeners were quick to respond, and praised her for her original style. While drawing from her classical roots, she also took influence from timeless greats such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Mercury, and The Beatles. Her voice has been compared to Amy Lee, Tori Amos, Pink, Joss Stone, Natasha Beddingfield and Kelly Clarkson.
Gray's music has been featured on Michael Buckley's "What the Buck", Lifetime, MTV, NBC, Kia Motors Advertisements, and the Canadian based reality series The Ave, which follows internet celebrity Gregory Gorqeous. After her success on Youtube, Allison began to expand her fan base on a global level. Her songwriting has earned top honors in the Great American Songwriting Contest, the 100% Music Songwriting Contest, The Malibu Music Awards, The Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Maurice's Small Town Sound Band Search. She has also been honored by California State Northridge as one of their artists of the year. After 2 consecutive tours promoting Off My Mind, Allison went back into the studio to record her next project. She is currently recording her new album Barricades, which will be released in 2013.
B is one of the hottest new Pop/R&B sounds of the decade. Formed by sisters Brittany and Breyanne, this groundbreaking music duo is becoming the pulse of an innovative music scene. B has released four singles, including their recent smash hit and disc jockey favorite, “Plastic,” and are currently recording their much anticipated debut album. These gorgeous sisters are taking ground with intoxicating sounds that are hitting the airwaves. Whether you are new to the Pop/R&B world or a long-time veteran, B is a talent you don’t want to miss!
SHANI is a Los Angeles native singer/songwriter and pianist with a grassroots style of doing things. She's her own breed---a mix of Adele, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones --something like an Adorah Barektor. Shani graduated from USC’s Thornton School of Music in jazz piano, songwriting, and composing. She helped pioneer the prestigious Popular Music Program led by Chris Sampson, and received the Popular Music Department Award for excellence in her field upon graduation. In 2009, Shani released her self-recorded and self-produced, album “Warm Rain”, and toured the West Coast with fellow singer/songwriter Amanda Holmes. Shani’s ability to combine relatable, heartfelt lyrics and catchy, unique melodies captivated her audiences and helped turn these listeners into the beginnings of a growing fan base. Currently, Shani continues to perform as a featured artist at the world famous Universal Citywalk in Hollywood, where she released her studio album “Merry Go Round” in December 2012. She has felt truly blessed to share the 5 Towers Citywalk mainstage with artists such as Cee-lo Green, Colbie Callait, and Carly Rae Jepsen, and recently, to perform at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Shani is now working on sharing her new album with the world via live performances and T.V. and Film placements. So far so good; her song "Perfect Sky", can be heard in the new Indie film "Mordy to the Max".