Heather Styka - www.heatherstyka.com
Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread and to get a little messy on the way. Beneath sweet, soulful vocals (Portland Press Herald) and nimble finger picked guitar (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from her extensive touring. These are the sort of songs that take you on a journey and haunt you all the way home.
Styka started writing and performing as a teenager, honing her craft among Chicagos folk community. At the age of 28, Heather Styka has performed for over a decade, released four full-length albums, and toured from coast to coast. She was a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has performed at the Folk Alliance International and FARM conferences as an official showcase artist.
Mala Gassmann - www.malamusic.ch
Red haired Singer-songwriter and violin player Mala brings folk music right from the Swiss mountains, all the while honoring her celtic, american and classical roots. Her voice shines with simplicity and lightness, going right to the listener’s heart.
Currently she’s writing on her second solo album, that was inspired by her 3 month stay in Austin Texas, right in the the heart of the so called “singer-songwriter folk family” scene. It will be released in 2018, marking her debut as solo artist.
John L Keck - www.johnlkeck.com
John L Keck is a Kansas City songwriter who writes lyrics with the intent of capturing emotion and depicting a moment in time, much like a photograph can define the light. With roots in the South and the Midwest, John's music is a modern blend of traditional american and a willingness to be undefined.