ANOUSHEH is known for her epic melodies, and the Grammy-nominated songwriter has captivated audiences both overseas and in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. She started writing at her piano as a young girl, and found a home in her first album, “Let the Ground Know Who’s Standing on Him” (2005)– an intimate collection of piano-driven musings and haunting melodies.
Shortly after this release, Anousheh went outside of her genre and into the whirlwind of International House music through her-chart topping collaborations with Deep Dish and DJ Sharam. What started as a few simple collaborations resulted in unprecedented success, including a top ten spot on the UK pop charts, global radio play and trip to the Grammys in 2006 for her “Say Hello” Best Dance Recording nomination.
Anousheh released a six-track EP in 2012 (“The Trouble I Find”), and in June 2014 Anousheh decided to turn to crowd-funding for her next album. With the help of some amazing friends, family, and fans, Anousheh was able to raise enough funds through Kickstarter for the production and release of her long-awaited, full length, “Make Noise” – released independently in February 2015.
BLACK LIQUID. After releasing 19 albums, opening for major artists such as DMX, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Slum Village, Immortal Technique, Inspectah Deck of the Wu Tang Clan, Rapper Big Pooh, Doodlebug, Styles P of The LOX, Bone Thugs N Harmony, as well as headlining one of the largest venues, The National, in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia several times Black Liquid is actively creating a platform for himself & others to be heard. Not only by doing two FM radio shows a week, Hip-Hop For The Rest Of Us on WRIR 97.3FM and Hip-Hop 101 on WDCE 90.1FM, where he is currently the Hip-Hop Director, but also by creating and maintaining two live Independent Hip-Hop event series, Face Melt Friday at Strange Matter, as well as a MC and producer battle series BYOB at The Camel.
In addition, Black Liquid has cultivated & taught a Hip-Hop Creative Writing curriculum in both public & private schools, as well as, Bon Air Juvenile Detention Center, spoken at the University Of Richmond & Mary Washington University, and given commencement speeches at both Franklin Military Academy and Fox Elementary. He also has been featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, RVANEWS, and has been printed several times in various publications, & appeared on the CBS 6 news. Currently, he also writes & covers Hip-Hop for RVAMAG and is in the process of finishing his 20th album.
Black Liquid remains as not only an example of what is possible when effort is multiplied by faith, but a testament to the advantage that is adversity.
SKYE HANDLER: Woodbine, MD. FOR TODAY: Pure, fast and stripped down—just the basic essentials of rock n’ roll, no filler. Musician and conceptual artist, Skye Handler’s medium is rock n’ roll. After spending some time at RISD, he went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in 2008. Most recently, Handler has polished a few groups: Viva Viva of Boston, Beat Awfuls of Lexington, KY, and his own current project in Richmond, Lady God. First impressions may frame a guitarist and his band, but this unit is a far cry from the actual scope of his set up. The purest versions of his songs are essentially sound collages recorded via 4-track machine in a series of single takes. The impromptu nature of his creations may conjure an experimental understanding of the music, but his art is really more akin to photography’s “decisive moment”—the point at which the art is done, and the rest completes itself automatically. Much of Handler’s personal work is accompanied by multi-media contributions of his own, or with collaborating artists. http://bgeproduxions.bandcamp.com
In a time where many rappers often limit themselves to empty metaphors and basic punch lines, CHANCE FISCHER has established himself by delivering upper echelon lyricism. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Chance was influenced by varying styles of rap ranging from No Limit and OutKast in the south to East coast lyricists like Jay-Z and Big Pun. Though he has been writing since the age of seven, Fischer decided upon a serious recording career during his junior year at Cornell University. Chance’s music is progressive, energetic, and pensive. He describes his sound as eclectic, slick-tongued and quick-witted.
Fischer’s technique hasn’t gone unnoticed by rap’s frontline tastemakers. Chance has been featured on websites/publications including Pigeons & Planes, RVAMag, The Smoking Section, Style Weekly’s Music Issue, All Hip Hop, RESPECT Magazine, among others. Chance’s music has been deemed “conversational” by Rob Markman, former Deputy Editor of XXL Magazine and correspondent for MTV News. He’s also made a name for himself via live performances, opening for major label artists (Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Mac Miller); and performing at Atlanta’s A3C Festival, and Richmond’s Fall Line Fest. Chance was recently tapped by Jesse Vaughan to perform a spoken word piece for Attorney General Mark Herring’s documentary on heroin, “Heroin: The Hardest Hit.” His album “Thy Will Be Done” releases this summer.
THE TIDE ROSE is a nautical folk duo from Richmond, Virginia. With ethereal harmonies and timeless melodies, The Tide Rose takes you on a nostalgic journey to a place you’ve never been.
HEATHER TAYLOR ‘hat’ / junction hill. Acoustic singer/songwriter Heather Ann Taylor created the concept for her band junctionhill around the soul connections she made along the way with several talented artists that allowed her to share her joy of acoustic performance. junctionhill is a mix of folk, country & jazz with a unique original sound. Heather has been influenced by all music genres; her inspirations include Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Alison Krauss & Brandi Carlile. Involved with the arts since a small child, Heather danced professionally in the Tidewater Ballet, attended The Henrico Center for the Arts and studied dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. It was there she learned guitar and started writing and performing, providing lead female vocals for the Yard Onions, a popular alternative band, led by bass player Dave Jenson. She has also been a member in the band, Stones of Jordan, collaborated with local talent Zach Artis, and has sung with artists such as Janet Martin, Doc Grin aka The Mash-Up Band, Dismal Swamp Lords and most recently Tony Jackson, of Jackson Ward. She currently is blazing a trail up and down the east coast with popular band Cha Cha’s Cadillac, a Rockabilly Country Punk band, led by guitar player and singer/songwriter Sean Contreras; they are currently working on their third cd. Heather’s vocals and percussion can be found on their second cd, Battle Hymns. As she continues to aspire to have her songwriting heard through junctionhill, with local talent Jon Becknor, percussionist and banjo player, of the Hazeltones, and as solo artist hat.