Emerging artists from the classroom 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.
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.