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Marina Vittoria
Music - Pop, Folk, Alternative
Every so often an artist comes along whose music is so alive, pure, and refreshing, that the artists is instantly recognized as a natural. This term easily applies to singer-songwriter Marina Vittoria, whose debut album, is "For the People."The title track's birth gives insight into Marina's creativity and spiritual nature. In her own words Marina states, "I woke up one morning with a song completely written. I just basically played the melody on the guitar and wrote down all the words as they flowed out of me. It was as if I wrote it while I slept. The song is about nature and all living things, and how we as native people of the land fit in. I want so much for people to feel each other and recognize that before we are our own individual heritages, we are the people of the land...the earth." Marina was the winner of  the 1998 Folk Factory People's Choice Award, top-ten winner of the 1999 Mid-Atlantic Music Contest, and a guest on WXPN Radio station in Philadelphia . She is a chosen performing artist in the Indiegrrl National Tour, an international organization of female artists.(Indiegrrl is the winner of the 1999 Online Music Industry Award with write-ups in both July 1999 issue of Seventeen magazine and June 12th issue of Billboard magazine.)  Marina was introduced to music by her brother when she was 10 years old. She became fascinated by the concept of combining spiritual essence with pop music. Early influences of this style included the Moody Blues, George Harrison, and Donovan. While Marina may cite British bands as her main influence, "For the People" reveals a variety of influences from English traditional and Celtic music to straight-ahead pop and rock. Producer/drummer, Dad Shaw (whose credits include working with Van Morrison, Etta James, Jerry Garcia and the Saturday Night Live Band) has surrounded her with some of the most stellar veterans of the Philadelphia music scene: guitarist Chuck Anderson, bassets Steve Beskrone, Bob Tanager on mandolin and fiddle, and Joshua Yudkin on keyboards. She is now performing with her own talented band featuring Jesse Brine as back-up vocals, Dave Looms on bass, Eddie Wallin on drums, and Dave Lefkowitz on lead guitar. Marina presents both folky sweet sounds as well as harder modern rock. "I like not to be pigeonholed in one genre. I want the freedom to try different sounds as the songs are meant to be heard. They fit me on how I am feeling in the moment."
Marina Vittoria - For The People Marina's web site
Too Much Of One Thing 

email: marinasong@aol.com

Suggarsnail - Peggy Gordon & Stacy Mullins
Music - Rock, Pop, Country Rock
Peggy Gordon’s journey to singing began over 20 years ago when she was singing in her hometown Roy, Washington. When she was in high school, she accompanied her friend to a few guitar lessons. Her friend lost interest, but Peggy’s had by then caught fire. She took over where her friend left off and her guitar is now her constant companion. Shortly thereafter, she joined the US Navy and began traveling, absorbing the music of musicians heard everywhere. Several years later Peggy with the help of a friend, Stacy Mullins, decided to turn her music writing skills into an album and record her first Compact Disk and formed the duo, Suggarsnail. Peggy gets the inspiration for many of her songs while driving down the highway on long road trips. One thought leads to another and miles later, she hears the song. She says, “It’s a gift.” Suggarsnail delivers a self produced album that holds nothing back. The decision to produce her own debut album presented some of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of her musical life, making a life long dream come true. She has written and produced a CD filled with introspective, self-musing lyrics backed by rock-solid vocals and musicianship. This album features the electric guitar, bass and vocal work of guest artist Majin Rahman. Suggarsnail will appeal on any given song, to fans of Jewel to Sheryl Crow to Joni Mitchell. Peggy Gordon has an emotional foundation to her songs and her melodies grow out of a pure, emotional place. Because of performances that come straight from her soul and lyrics that come straight from her heart, nobody drives the material home like the composer.
Suggarsnail - Escargot Suggarsnail's web site
You Move Me, Love 

email: dreamdolphinpro@yahoo.com

The Wyrd Sisters
Music - Folk, Electric Folk (with horns!)
The Wyrd Sisters have shown that a strong background in song writing and vocal harmonies is the kind of winning combination that makes them currently one of Canada's most inspiring talents.  Known for creating a rare and special relationship with their audiences, an evening with this group is an evening to remember.  Their songs appeal to the lover, the fool and the dreamer in all of us. Their voices caress the audiences with their spine shivering harmonies, so tight that one voice blends into the other creating a haunting and seductive sound.
Wyrd Sisters - Raw Voice Wyrd Sisters web site
This Ain't Livin' 

email: wyrds@escape.ca

Brenda Dickey
Music - Pop, Rock, Folk, "Folk with a Twist"
The youngest of five children, Dickey began playing guitar and writing songs at the ripe age of six, mostly out of curiosity for music but eventually out of a need to express her feelings. Music has always been a prominent part of her family, not only as a celebration of life but as an essential part of her culture. The gift of music and obvious talent is abundant in Dickey's family. Her grandfather, Joseph Giamarino, had a career as an opera singer in Sicily, then moved his family to New York. Her aunt, Marie Del Mar, flirted with the idea of being a New York starlet, but found her success as a Bill Blass seamstress. Together with her mother and sisters, she sang in church and at home or wherever an audience was willing to listen. Essentially, the formative years were her training ground for what is now a life long career and dream. Dickey taught herself to play the guitar and picked up things along the way to improve her skills. What started out as a natural talent has progressed into 25 years of devotion to her innermost expressions of life, love and spirituality. In Her Own Words: Music is a gift and more importantly, insight into spirituality. A gift is meant to be shared and I give it freely, imparting to the listener a piece of myself with pure honesty and passion. Each song is a reflection of me, exposing my vulnerability and opening a window to my soul for all to see. People appreciate the truth and I believe I deliver many truths in every performance. I hope something real is taken away by the audience so that our lives, in some way, connect. I've what I do and I pray that it is embraced in the spirit in which it has been given.
Brenda Dickey - Jack Pot Hwy Brenda's web site
My Time 

email: Littlefieldmusic@xprt.net

Melissa Warner
Music - Rock, Acoustic Folk
Described as "gorgeous (and) soaring" by Salt Lake City Weekly, Melissa's vocals are the heart of her sound and she often performs accompanied only by her acoustic guitar. Melissa's music lends itself very well to instrumentation, as is strikingly apparent whenever she performs with her band. In the Fall of 1997, Melissa began work on a CD of her original music. She met drummer/producer Adam Sorensen, who in turn  recruited Doug Wright to play bass and multi-instrumentalist Dan Salini to play fiddle and steel guitar. Electric guitarist David Prill eventually joined the project, and in the process of working on the recording, the group became a performing band. The CD, entitled Emperor Norton, is a collection of eleven of Melissa's songs, sparsely arranged to showcase Melissa's emotive voice and poetic lyrics. The CD was released on July 30th, 1999. Currently, Melissa continues to perform locally, both solo and with her band. On July 1st, Melissa and her band won Utah's 1999 NXNW Finals at Salt Lake's Zephyr Club. Melissa Warner has been playing music most of her life. She began classical violin lessons at the age of eight and continued to play for nearly ten years. She loved being able to make music, but always felt confined by the rigidity of the classical style. Modern music offered her the headroom she found missing in classical music. She joined her first band, November, in 1989 as a bass player and violinist. Melissa also had her first experience as a singer in that band, singing backup vocals for Salt Lake City singer/songwriter Gina French. Eventually, Melissa felt driven to create and perform her own songs. Using her knowledge as a bass player and classically trained musician, she quickly began writing extensively. Her songs are her own and are memorable upon first listening. Melissa's music could be described as the best of two worlds: Rock and Acoustic Folk. 
Melissa Warner - Songs From Emperor Norton Melissa's web site
Dandelion 

email: melissa.warner@geog.utah.edu

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