2017 Emerging Artist Contestants
Nia and Ness are a dancer-poet duo whose work is informed by the complexities of their relationship, and aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of our individual identities. Along with being an artistic duo, they are also in a long-term, committed relationship. They use their bond, connection and intimacy to pull feelings and ideas out of each other that they might not have been able to grab onto personally. This ability to see each ot
her in ways that no one else can or will drives a large portion of their art, and allows the audience to come into their world and experience the depths of their lives with them. Nia and Ness use the similarities and differences within their identities and life experiences to create work that is filtered through their personal experiences to ultimately connect with their broader humanity.
Amanda Hughey has been playing acoustic guitar and singing for over 16 years. Amanda’s style and vocal soundings are
easily fallen in love with, yet hard to categorize. There hasn’t been anyone to make a clear cut as to who she “sounds just like”, but if you could make a (very generously stated) grand mix of Colbie Caillet, Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, and Lauren Hill- the blend would form something along the lines of Amanda Hughey.
It is hard to find an artist that sings and writes, from a place of such vulnerability. Every song she writes makes you feel like you are right along-side, on the journey of her life. Her goal is to get her music out to as many people as possible, due to how relative her music is to anyone with air in their lungs.
Halle Johnson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist catering to the genre of Soul Rock. With a noticeable edge and soulful sound, Halle takes an “organic” approach to creating and performing timeless original tunes. She ha
s rocked stage at iconic venues such as Amplyfi, Los Angeles Recording Academy, Hotel Café, The Apache, Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, Stompin’ Grounds, and the Grammy Museum. In 2014 she was selected by producer Don Was as a top 10 finalist for the national Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Contest.
Recently, Halle has returned from her independent tour on the east coast performing in New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, and Austin, Texas. Her music is her diary; so listen closely to the life experiences that transcend through her lyrics.