Music To My Ears
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Every artist has a different reason for creating their music and they are here to talk about just that and play unplugged and personal.
Wisconsin singer/songwriter Jerrika Mighelle, formerly of sister folk trio QuinnElizabeth, has branched out from the family tree and penned seven tracks of expertly crafted and emotionally resonant folk songs for her debut solo album, “Like The Sea”. Independently released on January 27, 2017, “Like The Sea” is a weighty and atmospheric gem, rife with raw emotions and existential longing. In her debut, Jerrika reflects on existence, love, loss, and life’s big questions. Her music has been featured on Eau Claire's Blugold Radio and NPR's Simply Folk.
She is currently on tour in support of her album.
Andy Hanson is a singer-songwriter from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Andy finds inspiration for his songs in the highs, lows, optimistic, and fragile moments in life.
Andy has been fine tuning his craft playing local gigs and events around the area, including hosting and playiing at the "Hope for the Heart: A concert that celebrates comfort in the face of depression, fulfillment in the face of anxiety, and hope in the face of defeat" and event Andy help create.
After overcoming much long-standing self-doubt regarding his ability to sing, Micah Ryan wrote his first song at the age of 20. At the age of 21 he got his first guitar and began the arduous task of teaching himself to play. Micah Ryan now has over 50 original songs and is continuing to grow in his abilities with various instruments.
Intrigued and inspired by the ability of music to unite people who would otherwise not come together, Micah Ryan continues to pursue his passions with the dream of changing the world through music.
In his debut solo EP, Unsaid Things, Micah Ryan masterfully captures the heart through his ability to share his life experiences in the form of music. His lyrics and music have the power to surface emotions and experiences long buried and are sure to move you deeply.
Fifth Element is a six-member, contemporary a cappella group made up of students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since the group's creation in 1998, it has performed music from every genre ranging from Pop, Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop, Country, Classical, Choral and Jazz to original compositions by members of the group. Along with performing
Rose Mish grew up in Pine Island, Minnesota receiving violin and piano training under the close supervision of her father, a music teacher. She began as a Suzuki student then switched to traditional musical training as she entered middle-school. Rose first became interested in composing when she started taking piano lessons, and she wrote many songs while in high-school. She also developed a passion for playing jazz styles and improvising on the violin beginning in 5th grade playing with “Jazz Strings,” an extracurricular ensemble for high-schoolers. After receiving her music composition degree from UWEC in 2015, Rose now lives in Eau Claire teaching private music lessons at Offbeats and Carlson Entertainment, performing at weddings and other local events, and working at Chipotle. In addition to teaching and performing, Rose enjoys writing songs and arranging non-classical music for strings in her free-time.
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Micah Ryan is a singer/songwriter from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Micah began playing piano at the age of four and has continued to pursue music since. In school he was recognized quickly and placed in a group for gifted young musicians in which he worked personally with Bobby McFerrin and traveled to experience music in its various forms. He began taking drum lessons at the age of 10 and continued playing in a band for 9 years, all the while also pursuing piano.
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at venues and putting on two concerts throughout the year, Fifth Element also tours all across the Midwest. The group performs concerts and puts on workshops in high school and elementary schools, teaching students about the history of music, a capella music, the human voice, and an introduction to vocal percussion, as well as telling students of all ages to continue singing throughout their lives.