An Evening to showcase Artists from the Motor City and Celebrate the Holiday Season
At the age of 22, Michigan native singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin is navigating the industry like a veteran. With a celestial voice and lyrics only an old soul can write, Olivia’s blend of vintage folk and modern pop is reaping rewards across many genres. She’s a current Great American Song Contest Winner, has won a John Lennon Songwriting Award, was a quarter finalist on America’s Got Talent, is featured alongside musical greats Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett on the Republic Records companion album to Mitch Albom’s book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, and has feature songs in national and indie movies and tv shows. Her achievements extend nationally as she was selected to perform at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and has been a finalist in both the LA Music Critics Awards and The Detroit Music Awards.
Olivia played more than 250 shows in 2016 spanning from Los Angeles to London. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she plays the ukulele, piano and guitar in addition to singing and songwriting. Self-described as “top end of mediocre, low end of fabulous,” Olivia’s fun and vibrant personality makes her audience feel right at home. Whether performing at a local coffee shop or at Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls.
Lake Orion, Michigan born singer-songwriter Jilian Linklater wanted to be a pediatrician before she came to Nashville almost seven years ago. But when she discovered that songwriting was a viable career path on a trip she won to Nashville in 2008, she packed up her songs, moved to music city and put her career in medicine to rest.
After a 4 year run at Belmont University where she simultaneously majored in songwriting and broke the high jump record for the Bruin’s track team, her success has further proven she chose the correct career path.
Jilian has had song placements in Amazon series ‘Eat the World’ with Emeril Lagasse, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, A&E’s ‘Born This Way,’ and Degrassi. Her EP “Walking Stories” has accumulated over 6 million streams collectively on Spotify and most recently, you can hear Jilian’s single “Starts With a Seed” in an Uncle Ben’s ad as well as her upcoming single “Time To Go” in the newest Disney Classic’s Trailer. She also has credits as a songwriter with cuts on Christian recording artist Jason Gray and country trio MamaDear.
Fun facts: Lover of tiny houses, swing dancing, and the color yellow.
Hailing from the cityscapes of Rochester, Michigan (just north of Detroit), recording artist Trey Simon has been hitting the ground in the music realm since 2012 and has been captivating ears with his dynamic Soul and Pop sound that has defined his artistic merit, as well as his image as an artist fast on the rise. His sound and persona is best described as authentic, original, passionate, determined, timeless and professional. He has an insatiable knack for fashion and speaking to the public on passionate topics based on his life story: Blended Culture, Urban/Suburban Life, Homelessness, Children of Divorced Parents, and Unity through Music.
Since his inception into the music world, Trey has had the opportunity to grace the stage and open for national industry greats such as Andy Allo, Nick Thomas, Andy Grammar, Andra Day and Stokely, lead singer for the ultra Talented R&B Band Mint Condition. Soul, Pop, Gospel, R&B and Rock are all sounds heard at a Trey Simon show. With every performance the audience will hear influences by an eclectic group of National and Legendary artists Influencers; John Legend, Nat King Cole, Sam Smith, Stevie Wonder, BB King, John Mayer, etc. The list is extensive.
Trey’s hometown has shown their love for his music through a sold out show at The Historic Cliff Bells, a packed house performance at the beautiful 20 Front Street, many appearances on “Live in the D” and WDIV Channel 4 and a host of festivals and concerts.
Simon released his debut “What The Future Holds” in 2014 that did well locally as a promotional EP. Now currently working on his next project, he’s in the studio with Grammy Award Winning engineer, Quentin Dinnard, and also with Grammy Award Winning co-writer, Ashlie Rose (Tattoo). The project is s slated for release in 2018. Trey Simon’s highly anticipated EP has received positive reception among the industry and music community collectively and will be competitive in the marketplace. Trey is on a mission to ignite unity in the name of timeless music that makes an impact of love, romance, hope, change and triumph.
Detroit-based trumpeter, composer, and arranger Jimmy Smith is among the most sought after musicians in the Midwest. He holds a Masters degree in jazz performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music, and is an alumnus of The Berklee College of Music as well as Wayne State University. Also a music educator, Jimmy has held numerous artists in residence positions in the NYC public schools, and is a certified music teacher in Michigan.
He recently released his second album as a co-leader (with The Hughes/Smith Quintet), EVER UP & ONWARD which was selected as one of AllMusic’s “Top Jazz Albums” in 2015!
“…inspired by the grand Motor City jazz scene of the 1950s and early ‘60s, these players update and extend that tradition with excellent writing, arranging, and playing for the 21st century.” Thom Jurek, All Music Guide April 2015
Jimmy is a member of The Woodward Horns and The Will Sessions Band. An active freelance musician, he has performed with a number of regional and national artists/acts, including The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Verve Pipe, Alexander Zonjic, Mitch Ryder, Stewart Francke, Jill Jack, Karen Newman, Melvin Davis, Pat Lewis, Johnnie Bassett, The Paul Keller Orchestra, Ben Sharkey, Nicole New and Bobby Murray.
Originally from Macomb, Michigan, Bianca Brengman began her classical, Russian ballet training under the tutelage of Desiree Brengman, her mother. Years later, she continued her training at the Rochester School of Dance under Cornelia Sampson, Samantha Shelton, Deborah Dawn, and Michael Anderson. Bianca started her undergraduate education at Wayne State University, studying Dance and Business. There, she was guided by Meg Paul, Ariel Osterweis, Biba Bell, Lisa LaMarre Wilmot, and Nicholas Leichter. She was selected to work in residency with Ralph Lemon, Dwight Rhoden, and Desmond Richardson.
After two years, she transferred to Oakland University to complete her dance studies. At Oakland, she worked with Greg Patterson, Stephanie Pizzo, Ali Woerner, and Thayer Jonutz. During her career at Oakland she was selected to be in residences with Laurie Eisenhower, Rodney Brown, Stephanie Martinez, and Loni Landon.
Bianca’s senior year included being a Repertoire Company member, along with producing her very own show called, “Revolution of Love” including five original works. She graduated with honors, receiving her BFA in dance and a minor in business.
She now continues to dance, working for the Detroit Lions Organization as a Detroit Lions Cheerleader, and also, still continuing to produce works being performed around the city of Detroit.