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Kelley McRae: On her first two albums, with songs like ‘Johnny Cash’ and ‘Sparrow,’ Kelley McRae made a name for herself as a songwriter who was not afraid to wear her broken heart on her sleeve. “I’ve always been able to draw from that well of loneliness and longing really easily” she says. “I’m a sucker for a sad song, cause I think if you can take pain and turn it into something beautiful, there’s redemption there. But this time around, I went looking for a new well.” On her third album, BRIGHTER THAN THE BLUES, McRae documents the lengths she was willing to go to find this new inspiration
Thomas Kivi: Thomas Kivi is an alt-roots songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a day-and-age obsessed with the next new thing, Kivi has toured the U.S. and Europe playing songs that honor his folk and country influences–painting lyrical pictures of tragedy and triumph in 21st century America, with songs that are as old as they are original. From the somber finger-picking story of a schizophrenic mother’s suicide “Bridalveil Falls,” to a traditional country song about a tragic barn-fire “Crying Child,” to the existentially urgent, upbeat anthem “Anything (The Whistling Song),” Kivi’s poignant lyrics and simple melodies harken to older songwriters like Bob Dylan and Townes van Zandt while also fitting into the contemporary context of alt-roots acts like Avett Brothers, The Mountain Goats, and Dispatch
Sarah Pray: Sarah Pray has a gentle, almost child-like voice. Though innocent in tone and melody, her lyrics stand as the testimonials of a young songwriter well traveled and mature beyond her years. Born from two years on the road, A May Morning is an album about the hazards of the heart, the pain of loss, and the search for contentment in this sometimes lonely world.