After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Steve Taylor returned to Michigan and became a fixture in the Detroit music scene. Blending soulful music and intimate lyrics, Steve Taylor performs all over Michigan as a solo acoustic artist and with his band, The Steve Taylor Three.
Ginger Chanel Johnson
Ginger has been a fixture in the local youth music scene since she was in 5th grade, playing in the bands We 3 & She, The Euphorics, and the acoustic duo, Cayenne & Ginger. She is mainly known for her strong vocals and eclectic songwriting. She was recently honored as a 2019 National YoungArts Merit Winner for Classical Voice. Ginger has spent many years in the theatre as well and will be majoring in Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma in the fall.
Nominated for a 2014 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording for The Long Way Home, in 2012 for Outstanding Vocalist, and in 2011 for his album, Begin Again, which was characterized as “a stunning collection of songs” by the Detroit Free Press, Jeff Scott is redefining the notion of the singer-songwriter for today’s adult listeners. Jeff has just released his third CD, Nola To New York, a return to his pop-jazz-soul roots, and has been performing shows in support of the material throughout the metro Detroit area.
It has been a long road for the metro Detroit native, who grew up surrounded by the melting pot of singer-songwriter pop, R&B, jazz and rock that defined the airwaves in southeastern Michigan. Jeff developed an affinity for music early on, and discovered at age 8 he had a natural ability to both play the guitar and sing, as well as write songs. School bands led to more serious efforts, and from the age of 15 to 19, Jeff and his groups were booked most every weekend for weddings, school dances, society events and corporate shows. His love of writing was noted at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, where he received his degree in creative writing and was honored with Phi Beta Kappa membership.
The culmination of Jeff’s initial creative efforts came in the early 1990’s, following winning a “Best Singer” contest sponsored by the former WNIC radio in Detroit, with his song, “Show A Little Faith” in heavy rotation. After touching the edge of success with The Big Picture (national winners of the Marlboro Music Talent Roundup) and a CD produced by Andre Fisher–Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole–and opening act duties at major festivals for Hall & Oates, Richard Marks, Eddie Money and Smokey Robinson), Jeff walked away. For 17 years. Worn down by the juggling act of creating music and the business of music, Jeff chose to devote himself to a corporate career, albeit on the creative “side” of business, which ultimately led to disillusion and a total refocusing on what was important in his life. Music.
With the release of Begin Again in early 2010, Jeff reentered the music scene with a definitive statement of life, love, hope and redemption, ending his self-imposed hiatus of 17 years. Given the interest in the work, he assembled a group of musicians to replicate the music live. A second CD, The Long Way Home followed in 2012, featuring a collection of powerful Americana and pop, with the single “In California” featured multiple times on WDET-FM 101.9. With the release this second album, Jeff moved to a new plateau of songwriting sophistication and honesty, reaching an even larger audience with his beautifully crafted songs, including collaborations with Sally Barris, a Grammy® nominated songwriter. Since then, Jeff has been a sell-out draw in listening clubs in metropolitan Detroit. He has performed at the area’s largest music festival–Ford Arts, Beats and Eats–multiple times, The Fillmore, The Magic Bag, The Ark, Cliff Bell’s, Dylan’s, Black Crystal Cafe, Boo’s, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and more, and has been featured in HOUR Detroit magazine, and on many metro Detroit television and radio programs.
Find out more at www.jeffscottmusic.com.
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 Nashville-based college junior, 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.
Carly has performed extensively in Michigan and Ohio, including multi-day music festivals Electric Forest and LaureLive; the Ohio State Fair; the Michigan State Fair (she was the 2015 Michigan State Fair Superstar); listening rooms; and other local festivals, wineries, breweries, etc. – as well as opening for a number of local, regional and international touring musicians. She has also served as a volunteer musician with Giving Songs (a 501(c)(3) that supports families with legally blind, multi-disabled children) since 2013, recording multiple songs for the non-profit and performing at several fundraising events.
Carly’s debut EP, 3 A.M., was released March 22, 2016. Her single – Not Meant to Be – was released on July 18, 2017. And her latest single – Home – was released on September 7, 2018. All are available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Spotify, etc. Physical EPs may also be purchased at any live performance.