Meet Some Of Our Artists!
Daniel Panetta (Toronto)
Throughout the course of his musical career, Daniel Panetta has won the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life and all over the world. He is a classically trained vocalist with a 5-octave range. He has a deep love for virtually every style of music and masterfully performs them in 6 different languages. Although he is only 25 years old, he has been performing professionally for 20 years. As a result he has developed a strong reputation as an consummate entertainer with remarkable stage presence.
Unbenounced to many, Daniel has grown up with Asberger's Syndrome. He had to work tirelessly to learn to relate to people on a one-on-one basis. As a result he was the victim of extreme bullying - a circumstance he turned around by earning 2 martial arts black belts. He will be speaking on the challenges of growing up with a disability in the hopes that more youth will understand that kind challenge and become more accepting of people who deal with them.
Nashville's own powerhouse rebel, Phenix is making a name for herself standing apart from the common flow. A visionary singer/songwriter and producer, Phenix has crafted a sound completely her own. She has been described as a soulful warrior with catchy pop melodies and gutty rock edges - a style she labels "Roxul Pop (rock and soul-flavored pop)".
Although young, she dealt with the divorce of her parents when she was 9 and fought and overcame severe depression. It was her 'warrior spirit' that helped her fight through it. Now she is on a mission to share awareness of depression and to instill that fighting spirit with today's youth.
Soap Box Duo (Edmonton, Alberta)
Alexander and Jenesa MacMullin are a Canadian pop duo with a folk undertone, combined with hints of both rock and jazz. Since coming onto the scene early fall of 2015 this prolific pair has saturated the Edmonton and area music scene, playing more than 250 live performances to date! Their unique sound is influenced by the music of The Civil Wars, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.
Their passion is to use music as their ‘soap box’ to encourage and inspire others toward justice. The couple writes and performs about topics that stir their hearts, from personal experiences to being an empathetic voice for the burdened. Most importantly is there desire to bring awareness to sexual abuse. They create catchy melodies and unique instrumentation as a foundation for their lyrics; lyrics that they hope will be both heard and felt by their listeners.
The KAJ Brothers (Orlando FL)
The Orlando-based KAJ Brothers are a unique trio of pop, rock and R&B talent featuring masterful harmonies and exciting musicality. The band previously had success with stylistic interpretations of classical contemporary and R&B hits but showed its versatility by releasing all original pop/funk music with the 5-song EP Chivalry. Their version of Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight climbed all the way to number 4 on the AC top 40 national charts, and they also have a highly acclaimed acapella version of the National Anthem that stirs the soul.
The band has a 2-fold mission. First, it is dedicated to 'making chivalry cool again' - a concept almost completely lost on today's youth. Secondly their goal is to stop human trafficking.
Briana Renea (Portland OR)
Briana is a popular and award-winning country-rock singer from Portland OR. She is a staple on the fair and festival circuit throughout the Northwest. She is also an award winning songwriter and a first class entertainer. Her goal is to use her music to reach kids and teach them the keys to becoming a successful leader.
Tristn (NYC, NY)
"I’ve been an independent artist since before I graduated high school. While searching for a channel to express my art, I also discovered the value of “passion” and that I have so much of it. One of the most difficult challenges for an artist in my opinion is wondering whether or not what we create will matter, “does it mean anything?”
I’ve also always been a musician, a writer, a performer, a designer, a filmmaker... etc. I decided that it’s okay to love doing all of them, as long as I make art with passion.
My music is my message, and my performance is the language that most can relate to. I’m just glad I have the opportunity to share it with everyone."
Tristn will be sharing her battle with suicidal tendencies in the hopes of letting others know that they can turn their thinking around and do great things.
Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you are doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention and makes you take notice. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing.
Alayna was voted as the recipient of the "Female Songwriter of the Year" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International) for three consecutive years (2013-2015), "Co-Writer of the Year" 2016, a CMA Emerging Artist 2017 and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry.
At 3 years old Alayna's mother passed away. Her dad was never in the picture. Subsequently Alayna suffered both mental and physical abuse from her custodial grandparents, eventually resulting in her having PTSD. She is now sharing her story to bring awareness to the signs of pysical and mental abuse.
Nicole Nelson (Nashville)
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Nicole Nelson brings a fresh explosion of old country and new blues to the stage. Her earthy flair expands the traditional singer/songwriter sound, and her ingenious take on everything from Johnny Cash to Beyonce will cause you to fall in love all over again with your favorite songs. After studying Commercial Music at Belmont University, Nelson spent time in LA as a contestant on the NBC hit show The Voice and was awarded Video of the Day by Beat100 for her YouTube cover of John Legend’s All Of Me. In the words of AMB Magazine, "Nicole Nelson is surely an artist to look out for."