Emerging artists from the radar of Livingston Taylor
Stephanie McKay is a singer, songwriter and musician, hailing from the Bronx, Nyc. Throughout her over-20-year career, she has collaborated with artists including Anthony Hamilton, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Talib Kweli, DJ Spinna, Roy Hargrove, Toshi Reagon and BigLovely, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Katalyst, Tricky, Carl Hancock-Rux, Kelis and more. In addition, she’s released several solo albums to international acclaim, including her debut McKay (2003, Go! Beat/Polydor/Universal), which was produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Tim Saul, and Tell It Like It Is (2008, Pias/Muthas of Invention). McKay has performed her music worldwide at festivals including Glastonbury (UK), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands) and Solidays (France) Her latest Ep is entitled "Song in my heart" released June 15th on Ropeadope/Modern icon label.
Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company. Kemp has also composed for WGBH Public Television/Boston.
Kemp’s album, “Sometimes In Bad Weather”, is a thoughtful tapestry, exploring the intersection of American Roots music, Jazz, and African Folk influences. Kemp’s second release, “Edenton” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Grammy-nominated Holmes Bros providing additional vocals. Kemp composed the credit soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. It is now the theme song for Mr. Nader’s weekly radio talk show.
Kemp taught kindergarten and 1st grade in the Newton Public Schools system for 38 years. He wrote the
children’s book/song “Snow”. He has since retired yet continues his storytelling in elementary schools. Kemp
looks forward to exploring all aspects of his artistic interests.
When you listen to 29-year-old Chelsea Berry and her Joni Mitchell-type voice, you’d never guess that she was formally trained in opera and classical music. You’d be even more surprised to learn that she started touring at the age of 15, accepting every invitation she was given to play at festivals, coffeehouses, and bars. Right away, however, it’s plain to see that Berry is a woman who knows that her success depends on her commitment to hard work.
Longley has a gift for culling musical treasures as though straight from thin air. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share them with listeners on her self-titled album-her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.
Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic soul-folk blend that is equal parts introspection and celebration. With a global spirit and DIY-passion, she has lovingly carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. These experiences are reflected in her lyrics, touching on both personal journeys and the divine. Anchored by intricate guitar playing and an old-soul voice, Emily’s music offers progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and is currently at work on the next.