Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a songwriters round and a chance to get up close and personal with some of Michigan’s best songwriters…
Aaron is a Michigan native and brings an incredible energy and enthusiasm for performing. Covering vocals, mandolin, and guitar, Aaron pulls audiences in with a mesmerizing sound that gracefully blends southern rock, Americana, and folk in a manner that transports listeners to peaceful, joyful, simpler times.
When you listen to Aaron, close your eyes and you’ll instantly picture yourself strolling down a wooded trail, meandering through fields, or casually skipping stones at the beach – whatever your perfect vision of being one in nature is, Aaron will take you there!
Joe Jaber has one of those voices – a brutal howl one moment, soft and cool the next – deep and rich and soulful enough to tell any tale. And oh, the tales it tells.
But Jaber’s vocal capacity is far from his only strength as an artist. Demonstrating a broad musical style ranging from Americana, blues, rock, folk and country, the singer/songwriter shows off his writing chops on his latest record, “Something New,” as a creative storyteller with a gift for creating a connection between his experiences and those of his listeners. Although each of the tracks stands strongly on its own, collectively the record explores a deeper narrative, unfolding layer by layer, song by song.
Jaber has been writing and performing songs that tell stories grounded in his own experiences for more than a decade. Now on his fourth record, he’s an award-winning artist with a quickly growing fanbase who see and hear their own stories in his. Raised in a rough and tumble pocket of Metro Detroit coined as ‘downriver’, Jaber grew up in a neighborhood with tons of kids and not a lot of adult supervision. His youth was shaped by great times marred by its share of tragedies. This is the well from which he pulls his stories, but for all his grit, his writing is balanced with an equal dose of determination and hope.
Together with his producer, fellow Detroiter Bryan Reilly, Jaber has created a true concept album, collaborating on the Intro and Outro and bookending the arc of the tracks in between by weaving the record’s song titles into the lyrics. Stepping off with a pared-down bluesy, acoustic porch-stomper, the Intro sets the stage for the tales to come, but it’s the hard-rocking, Tele-driven, house-shaking Outro that brings it all back home. Like any good storyteller, Jaber tells us where we’re going, takes us there, then tells us where we’ve been.
The record’s first track to be released, “Hard Times in the City,” will hit with an accompanying lyric video. A timely, classic blues-rocker, it’s got a rhythm and drive that crosses genres and generations. But it’s the second release, “Let Me Go,” accompanied by a fully scripted music video, that is most likely to draw attention. Imagine the soundtrack behind a slow-motion shot of a cinematic battle scene just before the action erupts, or the closing credits of a particularly harrowing episode of “Sons of Anarchy.” The heavy, cinematic intensity with which “Let Me Go” is weighted is slow moving, with something volatile simmering just below the surface.
“I think the reason people relate to my songs is they see themselves in my stories,” says Jaber. “I’m writing about challenges we’ve all been touched by.”
“Something New,” is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2021
Singer/Songwriter Lilly MacPhee writes songs that are intimate, yearning, and ethereal. Her extraordinary voice will remind you of Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. Her original song, “Cold” was selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition 2020. Her music has found an audience on radio stations such as 93.9 The River, Ann Arbors 107one, and 101.9 WDET. She recently performed at notable venues and festivals like Wildwood Amphitheater, The Michigan Theatre, 20 Front Street, and Burns Night Scottish Festival; as well as performed for charity events sponsored by Make A Wish Foundation and Miles For Medics. Touching the hearts of fans spanning from Detroit, Michigan to Dublin, Ireland with soothing vocals, delicate melodies, and poetic lyrics – Lilly MacPhee’s songs will warm your Mia Green is a young singer-songwriter from Michigan who has penned more than 100 introspective songs about life and relationships that have won her songwriting contests, helped her develop a following and gain play at an expanding number of shows around Southeast Michigan. It’s been said of her music “that her beautiful voice carries her sound and is punctuated with simple acoustic guitar progressions.” She is inspired by the clever lyrics of Gabrielle Aplin and Ed Sheeran. During the quarantine, Mia has written quite a handful of new songs that she is excited to be able to share on stages again.
Mia Green is a young singer-songwriter from Michigan who has penned more than 100 introspective songs about life and relationships that have won her songwriting contests, helped her develop a following and gain play at an expanding number of shows around Southeast Michigan. It’s been said of her music “that her beautiful voice carries her sound and is punctuated with simple acoustic guitar progressions.” She is inspired by the clever lyrics of Gabrielle Aplin and Ed Sheeran. During the quarantine, Mia has written quite a handful of new songs that she is excited to be able to share on stages again.