Composer and percussionist William Johnson was born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in Southern California. William has produced and released three solo albums and recorded on over two dozen music projects across the globe, receiving positive press on top Latin jazz websites, and radio air play throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Having spent eight years in the Air Force, William traveled extensively across the globe and developed a love for diverse forms of music. Drawing upon his Latin heritage, he began to study the congas and bongos, which later developed into a passion for a number of other cultural styles. With over twenty years of music experience, William has shared the stage and performed with internationally renown musicians. In 2009 William started a percussion instruction podcast that grew to reach thousands across the globe and founded the yearly worship event Heartbeat for Worship, which ran from 2007-2013. William Johnson graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelor of arts in history, and completing an MA in ethnomusicology from Liberty University early fall of 2017. William is a registered NARAS (Grammy Awards) voting member of the Nashville, Tn chapter and regularly works as an independent recording session musician out of his personal recording studio in Pinehurst, NC. William continues to instruct classes, private lessons, clinics and master classes in college campuses, music stores, schools, and online to students of all ages.
Michael Daughtry is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He graduated from Berklee College of Music where he received a performer/songwriter award for infectious song crafting. He gigged at the Charles Playhouse following several Blue Man Group performances in Boston. His current songs reflect the trials and joys of life. He, along with his band, has recently received recognition from artists such as John Ford Coley, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Rosanne Barr, Luenell, Guy Torry, Jocko Sims, Bleu, and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Skye’Redd is a hiphop artist from Fayetteville NC. When young Skye would admire his dad being the frontman for a few bands and constantly performing. Skye began producing and shortly after took a big interest in writing music. Since then Skye has recorded over 200 songs and released 3 projects. One being Wallflower the EP, available on all music stores. Currently Skye is working to further his career in music and is developing his own merchandise “Gingersnap” and his next project “Chrysalis” all produced and audio engineered by Skye’Redd himself. Skye’Redd dreams to inspire people who are challenge by self doubt, mental illness, and poverty like himself. Skye wants to teach kids to look up to their families, and hero’s within the community and to do so through music.
Lucky Lou is a Fayetteville based musician who has been playing acoustic and electric guitar for over 7 years. Though still relatively new to the music scene, he has made waves since he has shown up. He has featured at events like Hope Mills:Unplugged, Java Expressions LIVE, and also the Antigus Fashion Show. A very spirited individual, Lucky Lou plans to leave his mark on the world through the best means he knows how…his music.
KAITLYN LUSK has quickly gained international acclaim and won the hearts of audiences with her incredible voice and captivating presence. As featured soloist with Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings – Live she has performed with over 75 of the world’s finest orchestras and on legendary stages such as Radio City Music Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Het Concertgebouw.
In 2003, Kaitlyn made her major orchestra debut with the Baltimore Symphony at the age of 14. The following year she had three show-stopping performances with the Boston Pops- in their New Year’s Eve showcase, and just 5 months later when she was invited back to sing her refreshing renditions of MGM songs famous by the young Judy Garland. In addition to her live performances, Kaitlyn’s first studio album, No Looking Back, features some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the industry today. The project was produced by the
award-winning composer and arranger, Kim Scharnberg. Her recent show FilmSong features a 75-minute tour de force of songs from blockbuster movies. As special vocal artist, Kaitlyn has further deepened her love of film music by joining the 21st Century Orchestra and Maestro Ludwig Wicki in several concerts featuring the music of Ennio Morricone and other classic cinematic songs. At Howard Shore’s request, Kaitlyn performed the Academy Award winning song “Into The West” as part of the Grammy Honors in New York City. Most recently, she can be found as featured soloist on the album, Lord of the Rings Symphony released on BR Klassik.
Brother Ellis is a folk duo made up of Jacob and Kylie Warren. Both natives of North Carolina, they write and sing in the tradition of the Ol’ North State. Jacob is a singer/songwriter and plays banjo and guitar while Kylie provides harmonies and the occasional tambourine. They have been performing together for over five years; four of which have been in the Fayetteville area. Many local artists influence them; The Avett Brothers and folk duo Mandolin Orange. Both Kylie and Jacob are committed to the growth and health of their community and seek to do so by bringing people together through music.
Shy Suber graduated with an Associates Degree in Audio Production from Full Sail University in 2017 and is now a Freelance Producer, Musician, and Recording Engineer that works independently out of his own home studio based in Hope Mills, NC. He has worked with a wide range of extremely talented local, regional and national artists of many genres ranging from Pop, Rock, R&B, Gospel, and Jazz. His services include Composing, Songwriting, Recording Sessions, Mixing and Mastering, Guitar tracking, and Live Performance.
Kia Walker is a vocalist, instrumentalist, recording artist and music educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC) and a Master of Divinity Degree (with Church Music) from Campbell University Divinity School (Buies Creek, NC). Her most recent recording project is entitled “Troubador” and boast a collection of popular hymns arranged
in the Jazz tradition. Kia and her husband Skip are the proud owners of The Blue Violin Music Education Center in Fayetteville, NC where they train and educate vocalist and instrumentalist of all ages and nationalities in Classical, Jazz and contemporary music.
You can visit Kia online at www.theblueviolin.com