Seth Rollins made a big splash in America’s living room when he appeared on American Idol as a contestant. Seth and his son Samuel, who has autism, were featured in one of the audition round episodes, bringing worldwide attention to the daily lives of families who live with autism every day. His rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me” was lauded by both Kristin Chenoweth and Simon Cowell. Ms. Chenoweth declared “I love your voice, I love everything about you”. Seth Rollins heard “YES” from all 4 judges. Though he didn’t make it past the Hollywood round, his featured appearance and dismissal was one of the most talked about moments that season. Seth continues to develop his skills as a writer and musician. He says “my son is such a source of joy and inspiration to me. I am constantly amazed by all of his abilities”.
A self-described ‘late bloomer’ musically, Ben Taylor didn’t start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. “My scholastic career was not successful. My attention wanders, and I like to follow it. It’s a creatively lucrative process for me. My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers.”
Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk-urban pop music for 25 years with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and subtle sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). A self described “guitar driven songwriter,” Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.
Graham Colton is a singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City, OK. Graham’s songs have been featured on numerous TV shows including American Idol, Oprah’s Big Give and many others. Graham made his national television debut on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s also performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In the short time since her graduation from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled quite an impressive resume for herself. While most known for her stop you in your tracks voice, Liz has quickly built a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. In the past two years, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. A recent Nashville transplant, Liz is currently touring the country in support of her current album, Hot Loose Wire.
Aja Page, daughter of Richard Page, lead singer of the multi-platinum band Mr. Mister, and music industry veteran, is a unique vocalist who’s career arc has little to do with the music business. Aja is currently working on her teaching degree and is planning to teach kindergarten and first grade. Aja has a wonderful gift with children and plans on integrating music into her work with them. She also has an interest in teaching children with disabilities. Aja would like to make an album of lullabies some day.
Glen Phillips is a singer/songwriter based in California. He’s also the lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket having written such hit songs as “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”. Follow Glen on Twitter @glenphillips and check out his website: glenphillips.com. You can also get to his site by clicking the photo above.