Songwriters on Stage
Each month, the Maine Songwriter's Association presents Songwriters on Stage, a showcase of some of the best songwriters Maine has to offer. The show features three seasoned performers and an emerging songwriter to kick the evening off. It's an opportunity for listeners to discover new music or come hear local favorites in one of the best listening rooms in Maine. The April concert features Brad Hooper, Tom McKeon, Jenny Van West, and Karen Gray.
Brad Hooper is a two-time Maine Songwriters contest finalist, Best Music nominee and full-time working entertainer living in Western Maine. Hooper maintains a solid show schedule of hundreds of professional shows each year and has earned the respect of his fans, friends and contemporary peers. Hoopers vocal quality often has him pegged as a blues man, but his content spans many genres making it difficult to pigeonhole the guy. Americana, roots, blues, folk, country, youll have to decide for yourself. The timber and raw emotion of his voice styling is clearly Brad Hoopers trademark. Genre aside, one thing seems to be certain: Brad Hooper is the real deal. No flash, no gimmicks, just solid guitar playing and soulful vocals. (http://thebollard.com/2009/07/15/brad-hooper/). With his signature hat and shades in place, Hooper sets his passions free, filling the moment with insightful original songs and unique takes of songs that have marked his way. Sit back and enjoy the ride, it is clear Hooper still does. http://bradhooper.net.
Tom McKeon is a native of Maine. Hes been playing guitar and singing since he was a kid on the mean streets of Hampden, Maine. He looks for ideas for songs in history books, current events, the natural world, and of course by stealing from other, better musicians. He cites Mark Knopfler, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Chris Smither as influences and tries to put together songs that tell unusual stories.
He has collaborated with midcoast musical mainstay Sheldon Bird in the acoustic duo Ironbridge and is currently working in a new group called Wooden Nickel, with Scott Andrews.
Award-winning Jenny Van West's original songs hit with passion and humor on the many facets of human vulnerability, and are delivered with potent stage presence and vocal horsepower listeners have compared to Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Her loves of roots country, blues, gospel, and traditional fiddle styles pervade her vocal and instrumental work and have earned her TV and radio appearances. Her song "Nellie" won the 2015 songwriting contest of the Maine Songwriters' Association. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two sons. "Something Real" (2015) is her first album.
Karen Gray has been playing, singing, and song writing seriously for about 5-6 years. She likes to write about her journey in life. Happiness, sadness, and triumph. She works very hard at her craft, and loves performing. She will be enjoying a week at SummerSongs East, a songwriting camp in Upstate New York in August.
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14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011