14 independent artists. Each week we will have a top 10 plus new songs to try and break into that top 10 this week's artists are 10. Sydney Rose "All I Want to Say" 9. James Reid "Come and Love Me" 8. Heather Ragnars "Crazy Love" 7. Geary Nelson "Tonight She'll Hold Me" 6. Art and Wick "Dusk" New Artist Carrie King "Clear the Air" New Artist Mark Espinoza "Look Into Your Eyes" 5. Greg Drews and the Truth "Goldmine" 4. Aaron Richard "The Same Kind " 3. Maxine Maclennan "Good and Gone" New Artist Jeannie Caryn "Hey Baby (The Hayloft Song)" New Artist O'Neill & Jones "No Excuse" 2. Coffee and Flowers "When You Fall in Love" 1. KJ Wood "Fred Astaire" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/support
Heather Ragnars is a singer-songwriter, composer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. Her first EP, Bench Warmer, came out in November 2018. The album can be described as a mix of folk and retro R’n’B with clear influences from the 50’s, 60’s and strong female vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beth Gibbons of Portishead. Heather has twice been voted as one of the Top Ten Singer-songwriters in Montreal by the magazine Cult MTL. She has played shows in Canada, the United States, West Africa and Iceland. Recent performances include the Melodica Reykjavik festival and performances at the Wiggle Room, where she shares the stage with Montreal's finest burlesque artists.
Born in Iceland and raised in the United States and Canada, Heather was raised in a musical family. She was exposed to various types of music throughout her childhood including traditional choir music, opera, musical theatre, pop and rock’n’roll. She started taking piano lessons at a young age and soon began taking classical voice lessons in the hopes of one day performing on Broadway. When she discovered songwriting, she knew she had found her calling: her songs are heartbreaking, yet barefaced accounts of the many things we think but don't say.
While perhaps most known for her regular gigs at the Wiggle Room in Montreal, Heather has performed at various festivals and venues throughout the years including Le phare des mamelles in Senegal, Smitefest in the U.S.A. and The St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival in Canada. She maintains strong ties to her homeland of Iceland most recently performing at the Melodica Reykjavik festival in August of 2019. Heather has written two psalms for the Women’s Church of Iceland, one of which appeared on a compilation CD and book by the same name published by Kirkefondet in 2019 (Himlen og Jorden må feste - salmer og sange fra hele verden).
In the spring of 2019, Heather took a 15-week masterclass in film composition under the guidance of Mehdat Hanbali. She is currently studying Composition in the Music Department at Concordia University where she also studies Jazz Voice.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Art & Wick is an indie band created from the collaboration between Christian Artieda and Amy Smithwick. Our debut album is available anywhere you listen! www.artandwick.com
Maxine MacLennan is no stranger to music fans across Canada. She has performed extensively throughout Canada and parts of the United States doing shows and high profile showcases for music industry events. She has been a guest on television shows including the East Coast Music Awards (CBC), The Country Beat, (CBC), Up and Coming (ATV), Breakfast Television (ASN), The Tommy Hunter Show (CBC), That Country Feelin' (MCTV), The Joan Kennedy Show (ATV), and many many more. And these days, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, she can be found performing on Facebook's Ultimate Nova Scotia On Line Kitchen Party (COVID Series) and Christopher Cross Music at Home page. Every show draws between 5,000 and 10,000 viewers. Maxine gives special thanks to the administrators of these venues, and especially Malcolm Joseph Pitre.
Maxine's latest release, Pieces of Me, magically captures ten all original compositions in her own vocal style. The songs are all from the heart and written about the special people and places in her life that have impacted her in some life changing way. Pieces of Me is truly pieces of Maxine. This latest album was co-produced by Maxine, Jon Matthews and Richard Wood and recorded at The Sound Mill in Emyvale, Prince Edward Island.
Prior to releasing her latest album, Pieces of Me, Maxine has recorded and released three other albums, mostly in the country music genre. The three albums Love This Deep, Dream On and There is a Heart were all released and distributed in Canada. A number of singles from all three albums garnered major air play in the Canada, US and Europe. Some even in the Top 10 in Europe and US and Top 20 in Canada. She has also been included in numerous compilation CD's over the years, with various musical artists. Country Music Television (CMT) embraced a number of Maxine's videos including Baby I'm Only Lonely, Fork in The Road, and The Millionth Time, playing them in medium to heavy rotation.
Music is part of Maxine's heart and soul! She started in the industry at 12 years old as the lead vocalist and the the drummer in her father Gordon Gallant's country music band. She played at country dance halls across PEI, selling out to crowds that wanted to hear this young girl perform. From there the rest is history as lead singer in several bands over the years ... country, pop, roots, and east coast music.
Over the last few years, her passion for writing and performing has grown fearlessly. And new songs are spilling out of her on a daily basis!
I've always had a big-time passion for music and a deeply rooted connection to writing and performing it. I become someone else when there's a guitar in my hands. I've never played the music; it truly has always played itself through me.
Bring it on! I've been writing lyrics and singing songs from the moment I learned how. It's time to get some support! I am ready to go out and do what I know I can do. See Less
Coffee & Flowers is an acoustic duo from Tuscany, formed in January 2019 by the singer Gianluca Niccoli and by the acoustic guitar player Alessandro Moschini. The duo is based in the little and famous town Montecatini Terme in the Valdinievole area. The repertoire proposed by the two musician is a mix of original (genre acoustic rock/pop/songwriter) and many famous italian/international songs. After 3 singles ("When you fall in love" reached 115.000 streams on Spotify) the duo released in July 2020 the debut album "Capatosta", available on all the main music platforms in the web.
I started playing music at a young age, my father who was a country singer and performed in local clubs in Ill, they would rehearse at our house and I watched and listened to his band as a young boy, and I knew I had to play music. With guidance from my father and Dick Johnson his lead guitar player, I watched and learned how to play the guitar. As a young teenager I was with a Rock group in the 1960s called the "Panik" we played all over Illinois, we recorded records, toured several States, performed on TV shows, in Chicago we did the "Kismit" show and in Memphis, TN, we did "Dance Party". I started writing songs at that time and have many songs, some good, and some well, not so good but you have to continue to write to get better. I started singing late in life, and focused on that for many years and soon did both, lead Guitar and lead singing in bands. Elvis and the Beatles were huge influences on my musical direction, and also many other artist, too many to mention. I sing, and perform all my own harmonies and backup singing, I play the guitar, Lead/Rhythm, Bass guitar, Drums and I attempt to play some keyboards now and then. I love to write songs that have interesting melody lines and good beats. I consider myself a music creator, and love doing it. I write, produce and arrange all of my own material, it is fun...
Atlanta based songwriter Greg Drews crafts vocal driven American Roots music with an abundance of warmth and space. His songs blend the recline of California Roots Rock, harmonies of Southern Appalachian Soul and the gentle swagger of the Texas Troubadours - all echoes of time spent living in those locales.
As a band, Greg Drews and The Truth operate from a simple set of guiding principles: be honest with the music and genuine in the delivery, stay open to different configurations, collaborate, tell good stories and bend in the breeze. They create a sound that seems to know when to pull from roots and when to swing and sway from the trees - structures are loose and chemistry is undeniable.
The Truth is: Chris Nosek (drums/uke/mandolin), Jay Gore (vocals/harmonica/drums), Mark Grundhoefer (guitar/vocals) and Stephen Grundhoefer (bass).