A great evening of storytelling in song by some of Detroit’s best female songwriters.
Odysseus spoke of songs upon the seas, carried by the winds for the ears of sailors, sung with intent to capture should one find themselves astray. Siren songs. We read about these sirens with mythological reverence, but sometimes, during the rarest of occasions, we find one in our midst. Michelle Held may very well be one.
Singer-Songwriter and multi instrumentalist Jen Sygit has three solo albums under her belt with her latest release “So Long Pollyanna” named as album of the year by both John Bommarito (107.1 fm Ann Arbor, MI) and The Progressive Torch & Twang (88.9 fm East Lansing, MI). “So Long Pollyanna” was also nominated for two Jammie Awards (WYCE Grand Rapids, MI) including Best Song for “Sugar High” which later won Best Country Song at the Garden State Film Festival in 2014 for its use in the independent film “Buffalo”. Jen is also a member of all-female string band Stella!, roots rock band Lincoln County Process and back-up singer for recent Voice contestant Joshua Davis. Now, besides regionally touring and playing shows, Jen can also be found hosting the weekly radio show “Eclecticana” (WLNZ 89.7fm Lansing, MI) and has been commanding the airwaves for almost a decade.
Holly was born in Minnesota but she moved to South Dakota at age five and then to Oregon when she was fourteen. She lived with her older brothers, baby sister, and her parents. Even when talking about her father now, Holly’s eyes brighten up. She recalls how he would just sit back and listen to her play piano for long amounts of time. At the age of six Holly would sit down at the piano and be able to play any song she had heard. At one point her mom signed her up for piano lessons but after getting rebuked about her form etc. by the teacher. Holly promptly quit and learned on her own. If you ask her now she would say that she is grateful to not have been stifled by music theory “my music comes through my soul not some notes on page”. Holly’s music is characterized by soft melodic chords and the often blues/jazz influenced guitar songs that rip the listener out of their comfort zone. Her music could be related to those such as Ingrid Michaelson, Joni Mitchell, and even Taylor Swift.
Ever since her first “gig” as a 6-year-old singing in her elementary school’s annual talent show, Carly Bins has loved to perform. Now a 17-year-old metro Detroit high school senior, Carly is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a voice that’s a cross between Colbie Caillat, Melissa Etheridge and Taylor Swift. Her mature look and stage presence lead many people to believe she’s far older than her actual age.While Carly writes mostly for her acoustic guitar, she also writes for and plays the electric guitar and ukulele. When inspired, she is known to dabble a little on the piano.