2017 Musicians

We thank Kevin Hellman, of San Diego CityBeat, for producing our terrific musical lineup year after year!

Amanda Cogan is a singer/ songwriter based in San Diego. She has been playing in the San Diego music scene for the past 6 years; hosting open mic nights, booking venues around town and playing a multitude of venues including; House of Blues, Del Mar Fairground,Tin Roof, Tipsy Crow, Sycamore Den and more. She is known for writing emotional songs from life experiences and delivering them with a rich soulful voice.

Annachristie  Annachristie has a soulful huskiness and power that could break glass. Her compelling songwriting style lends itself to an emotionally evocative experience for her listeners time and time again. As the lead vocalist and writer for Annachristie and The Sapphires, Annachristie explores new measures of Folk and Americana by marrying the genres with styles more grunge, dreamlike, and enduring- reminiscent to the rawness and unabashedness brought to light by many of our favorite music rebels of the 90’s. With this, Annachristie and The Sapphires create a sense of nostalgia even for those who might be hearing their music for the first time.

Christine Marie Frey Christine Marie Frey announces “Fusing Music with Mental Health.” Christine’s music is dedicated to the advocacy of Teenage Mental Health Prevention from the direct perspective of an actual teenager experiencing it.

“I could not face the fact that I was being diagnosed as Bipolar. I would NEVER give my real diagnosis to anyone because I was afraid they wouldn’t look at me or treat me the same. I told a new classmate one time I was Bipolar and the first thing she did was step back & start walking away! It was then I realized what stigma means….and it was then I decided to do what I could to prevent it.”

There is very limited information available on what it’s like to experience a mental illness as a real life teenager. Christine created www.christinemariefrey.com to help other teenagers gain insight, provide coping skills & inspire hope. Christine’s most successful coping mechanism is MUSIC….playing guitar, writing lyrics, singing, creating videos…..a creative outlet that relates to multitudes of teenagers. Her site highlights her music and mental health videos that resonate with other teens trying to deal with similar mental illness challenges.

Dannie Marie  SoCal pop country artist Dannie Marie brings her brand of  “bro country with a dose of estrogen” to San Diego. She will perform country hits and original songs as part of an acoustic trio. Dannie Marie’s new CD, which includes nine original tracks she wrote and recorded in Nashville with a full band is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Her music sounds like a mix of Kelsea Ballerinia and Florida Gerogia Line.

In addition to playing local venues in her hometown of San Diego, Dannie Marie has performed at Arizona’s Country Thunder; the Colorado River Festival where she won first place at the local round of the 34th annual country Showdown; and the legenadary Viper Room in Hollywood.

Donna Larsen  Donna Larsen is a Billboard Award Winning songwriter, and Executive Producer for San Diego Indie Acoustic Original Artist Showcases. This songbird’s sensitive melodies, thought provoking lyrics and highly original “PopCoustic” music will fill your heart and resonate in your soul. She thrives on writing and performing music that is positive and spiritually alive, and joyfully shares it. Donna cherishes her experiences of performing in North America from Alaska to Oaxaca, Mexico, and in Europe from Prague to Budapest and Vienna. The richness of these varied cultures has contributed to her music becoming more insightful and spiritually centered.

This prolific songwriter is currently in Noisy Cricket Recording Studio producing the CD for “In My Own Backyard”, her original Children’s Picture Songbook. This beautifully illustrated Picture Sing-Along Songbook/CD Set offers up heartwarming and imaginative songs about all that is real and imagined in a child’s backyard. Characters come to life through her music, written to take you and any child into a wonderful fantasy world filled with faeries, dragons, unicorns and more!

Ginger Cowgirl Ginger Cowgirl is a San Diego-based country band dedicated to the spirit and style of vintage honky tonk, rock ’n’ roll and Americana music.

Featuring award-winning vocalist Stacy Antonel, the band is composed of both veteran country players and young newcomers to the genre. They cover an eclectic selection of hand-picked tunes, lovingly exhumed for your listening (and dancing!) pleasure, from artists like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis and many others.

Beyond reinterpreting the classics, Ginger Cowgirl is currently recording their first EP of indie country material, deploying the stylistic musicianship and instrumentation typical of traditional country music within a more modern musical framework. In February they played their first show in Nashville and will be returning to Music City in the summer of 2017.

King Taylor Project  Sandi King and Joshua Taylor formed King Taylor Project in 2016 in San Diego.  Initially conceived as a flexible soul/blues/jazz platform featuring an expandable roster of support musicians, KTP has evolved into a collaborative band that celebrates the songwriting instincts of all its members. Sandi and Josh are joined by core members David Ryan “DavyRocket”, Norgren, Josh Weinstein, Jay Chu, and Eric Strickler. KTP cherishes their extended musical family and has provided live and studio backing support for other artists as well as having been supported by other great musicians on stage. They Tour and record independently and co-host and produce The About!…Podcast, a comedic arts/entertainment show primarily featuring guests from the music industry.

Marissa Marissa Grace Music 2016-1Grace As quoted by the Daily Californian, Marissa Grace is ‘the one to take notice of now’. This young San Diego based singer/songwriter/musician and her band have been featured on KYXY radio’s Jeff and Jer show, KUSI-TV’s Good Morning San Diego, and have performed for large crowds on stages across the county, including Petco Park, the 2015 San Diego County Fair, 2015 America on Main Street Festival, San Diego Waterfront Park, Belmont Park’s Summer Family Nights, Oktoberfest in the Village, and more.  This past year, they opened for the 10th Anniversary of ArtWalk NTC. Known for her ‘radio ready vocals’, Marissa accompanies herself with a signature Riptide Ukelele, as she and her band entertain with unique versions of pop covers and their own original music.  They also infuse choreographed ‘live’ dancers to some of their onsite performances. Marissa Grace has donated her time and talent to the Ronald McDonald House of Charities, SHARP Hospital, and United Way. To learn more about Marissa Grace Music Band, visit www.marissagracemusic.com

Nina Francis San Diego Music Awards 2017 ” Best Singer-Songwriter” nominee Nina Francis is a versatile signer and an accomplished guitarist. Laced with undertones of pop, folk, and jazz, Nina’s music blends timeless songwriting craft with modern sensibilities to create a voice all on her own. She is indeed” An artist to watch” (Bart Mendoza, Beach & Bay Press). In May 2014 the “promising young singer-songwriter” (George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune) received her degree in Popular Music Performance from the University of Southern California. Upon graduating, Nina moved to her hometown, San Diego, and immediately began to ” gig like a maniac” (Paul Hormick, San Diego Troubadour). Nina has played 300+ shows since. San Diego has quickly acknowledged Nina for her immense talent, passion, and unwavering work ethic. In May 2016,  She landed a well-attended monthly residency at San Diego’s singer-songwriter venue, Java Joe’s, home stage of Jason Mraz, Jewel, and more.  Nina is currently recording her first full-length album set to release in Spring/Summer 2017. Until then her self-titled debut EP is available now for your listening pleasure.

Sahara Grim Quartet The Sahara Grim Quartet is a blend of jazz, rock and funk. The Quartet is a local San Diego band lead by singer/song writer Sahara Grim, a second year Jazz vocal major at UCLA. The band consist of Seth Irby on bass, Jake Nuffer on lead guitar and Alex Allen on drums. Growing up together and studying under the same teachers, has produced a band with a strong, connected musical dynamic and creative sound. The group’s original Jazz inspired compositions are tinged with fusion and funk. They even put their unique stamp on the Jazz standards they perform, while retaining key elements of the originals.  The band has performed at venues around town; such as, Humphrey’s, House of Blues, Tin Roof, Croce’s Park West, ArtLab, Lestats, Upstart Crow Trading Co. as well as at various events such as Adams Avenue Street Fair, San Diego Bay Fair, Point Loma Concerts At The Park, and Ocean Beach Street Fair.

STAGE 4 Jazz Stage 4 has had the opportunity to perform for many events that have enriched our experience as a band. From Television to Charity events, STAGE 4 has been fortunate to be able to give back to the community. We continue to support those events that provide funds to help improve the quality of life for all of us.  We look forward to continuing to offer our services to such worthy causes.