CASSANDRA KUBINSKI / MATT CUSSON ~ LIVE in the GRAND HALL at WORKSHOP13 ~ Ware, MA
CHRIS PELES in Association with Workshop13 Proudly Presents the SINGER/SONGWRITERS SERIES in THE GRAND HALL at WORKSHOP13 featuring CASSANDRA KUBINSKI and MATT CUSSON !
Friday July 14, 2017
Door @ 7:30PM
Show @ 8PM
CASSANDRA KUBINSKI is a rarity... a talented singer/songwriter working in a tradition very similar to the legendary solo artists of the early to mid 1970s. She proves that the art form is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent.
- BILLY JOEL
New York-based singer-songwriter and autism activist Cassandra Kubinski blends pop and theatrical musical stylings with a heartfelt approach to lyrics: telling stories, digging into love, regret, healing, and adding a twist of wry humor.
Her lastest EP ONWARD debuted worldwide October 2016 in the Top 100 Billboard Heatseeker Charts. According to Kubinski, "this album took a while to manifest... all of the songs are directly from my experience as a 20-something grappling with love, growing up, and forging my own path despite the millions messages the world tries to force on you about who you should be and what love and life should look like." The 6-song EP shimmers with piano melodies, nature and travel metaphors, and the fusion of organic and synthetic elements crafted at Whitewater Studios (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor) with producer Rich DeCicco (Sam King, Emma Love). Now available for download and streaming everywhere.
Kubinski's autism anthem "Not So Different" garnered online traction and spurred a collaboration with the Goo Goo Dolls and Mary Ramsey of 10,00 Maniacs. Both bands lent their talents a new recording which available as "Not So Different" by Ladies First feat. John Rzeznik on all digital music retailers. Other notable collaborations include Grammy Award Winner CHRIS BOTTI on her 2012 album "Just Being Myself" on the lush, romantic Paris-inspired number "Je T'aime," and BILLY JOEL, her main songwriting inspiration.
Kubinski's music has been featured on ABC, NBC, Bravo, MTV and Lifetime's "Dance Moms". These include 11 song placements and millions of YouTube views: currently 951,094 views of dance"Drizzle" (song "Echoes") and 502,702 YouTube views on the lyric video for the single "Swim (Open Waters"). Her voice can be heard on commercials for Snickers (Brady Bunch Super Bowl 2015 spot), Plenti, Homegoods, Kohls, Maybelline, and more, as she moonlights as a voice actress.
Kubinski has performed alonside The GOO GOO DOLLS, 10,000 MANIACS, ANNA NALICK, NELSON, and DICKIE BETTS, and on college stages at Buffalo State University, UCONN, URI, and Nichols,. She also serves on the Board of Women in Music.
Music, photos, videos, press and more: http:www.CassandraKubinski.com
MATT CUSSON, an award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist, continues to wow audiences and prove that he is the real deal. He is a gifted self-taught musician who excels in jazz, pop, singer/songwriter and soul, as demonstrated by his expert writing and arranging skills on his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album of 2009. That same year, Matt won (by unanimous vote) the JOHN LENNON Songwriting Contest's top annual prize - the Maxell Song of the Year - for his jazz ballad "One of Those Nights". That song also won the Billboard Songwriting Award in the Best Jazz Song category, and came in second in the International Songwriting Competition, as well as being nominated for a 2011 Los Angeles Music Award for Best Male Vocalist and Best Jazz Song. In 2013 Matt was also a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition with his lullaby, Once Upon A Time.
Matt attended Berklee College of Music, where he performed in the exclusive "Singer Showcase", which highlights the school's top eight singers. He cites many musical influences, such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright, Djavan, Miles Davis, and John Mayer, just to name a few. Even more impressive is the list of artists he has performed with, including STEVIE WONDER, JAMES TAYLOR, THE ROOTS, BABYFACE, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, INDIA ARIE, BOYZ II MEN, PAULINA RUBIO, BeBe WINANS, JOE, JON B, LIVINGSTON TAYLOR IIJames Taylor and many others. More recently, Matt has been working and touring with his mentor and friend, BRIAN McKNIGHT, star of Broadway and TV, MEGAN HILTY, 5 time Grammy award winner, CEE LO GREEN, and JAVIER COLON, winner of the first season of THE VOICE. Matt has also played, sung, written, produced and arranged for countless artists and continues to find a large portion of his work in the recording studio.
Matt is a three-time "AMATEUR NIGHT at THE APOLLO" winner, and has a long list of television shows that he has made appearances on, including THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, "THE VIEW", RACHAEL RAY SHOW, LIVE with KELLY and MICHAEL, LIVE with REGIS and KELLY, THE BRIAN McKNIGHT SHOW, CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER and MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER. MATT was also a regular as the one man band and also a musical guest on VH1s, BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE with NICK LACHEY, where he co-wrote and arranged several bumps and songs for the show. He was a featured performer on the international "MICHAEL JACKSON - MAN IN THE MIRROR" tour in 2010. Matt's single, "LEAVING L.A." is receiving rave reviews and being played all over the world. His 2012 Christmas EP, Its Christmas Time, is a regular play on Sirius XM Radio and numerous radio stations during the holiday season. His sophomore album, ONLY HUMAN, was released in the Spring of 2017.
"You can tell right away when Matt starts playing that he is the real thing". - James Taylor
"Matt has an incredible gift". - Brian McKnight
"Matt Cusson is honestly one of the most talented musicians I've ever met. When I heard him live for the first time, I was blown away not only by how well he sang and played, but how easy he makes it seem. I became an instant fan. There are a lot of artists out there, but few even come close to the amount of talent he has. He combines Jazz, R&B, Pop like nobody I know. He's so good he makes you want to go home and practice your scales. If you haven't had a chance to hear Matt, you're missing out on a world class artist." - Javier Colon, Universal Records and winner of NBCs The Voice
Music, photos, videos, press and more: https://www.mattcusson.com
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