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Grayson Foster and Zach Cannella, Kate Barnette

When: Thu., April 12, 7 p.m. 2018
Grayson is a 24 year old Nashville based Indie Singer/Songwriter Artist with a passion for timeless music, gripping films, and laughing at himself and his friends. Early on in Grayson's life, he balanced sports and music while drifting through the perils and social excitement of high school. Fridays consisted of classical voice training followed by football games under the lights. His passion for both has not dwindled at all. Inspired by artists like Afie Jurvanen, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, and The Kings of Leon; Grayson uses guitar driven grooves and intriguing melodies to take listeners to a cinematic world of happiness, sadness, and apathy. Grayson has worked in the industry as an intern, writer, artist, producer, and even distributing royalties for a publishing company. With themes of pain, loss, and anxiety, Grayson ventures into the dark portions of human behavior while also touching on life’s humor, nostalgia, and passion. These are all encompassed in a vail of levity, making sure he never takes himself too seriously. Zach Cannella, a Chicago native, arrived in Nashville with a different outlook on the genre of country and a unique interpretation on what makes an “indie folk” musician. Cannella studied music composition at a music conservatory in Chicago, but discovered songwriting was his most honest form of artistic expression. His sound plays off of his classical training, which sets him apart from most acoustic folk artists. Raised in a small north-Georgia town, Kate began singing in church at the age of three. She soon discovered a passion for performing and did it everywhere she could – musical theatre, school talent shows, voice recitals, etc. She experimented with learning several different instruments over the years including piano, trumpet, drums, ukulele, and bass, but recalls picking up her dad’s acoustic guitar for the first time in middle school and falling in love with it’s tonality and rhythmic qualities. She began teaching herself and using it primarily as a tool for songwriting – one of her dearest passions. By the age of 18, Kate had written close to 100 songs, dropped out of school, and moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. After only 6 months in Nashville, she grew bored of songwriter rounds and moved back home to Atlanta to put together a band and start cutting her teeth as a professional musician. Her vocal style is truly unique, with influences such as Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, and Stevie Wonder. Kate’s sweet and sultry, yet soulful vocals paired with her acoustic rhythm playing immediately catches the attention of every listening ear in the room. She is known for studying and listening to other instruments and applying the phrasing and musicality of each one to her singing. No performance is ever exactly the same, which truly creates a magical experience when seeing Kate perform live. Her “timeless” songwriting is a craft she has truly mastered over the last decade, each song telling a story and containing incredibly catchy melodies. Kate is now is 22 years old, making a living as a full-time musician and playing alongside some of Atlanta’s top musicians. Her self-titled, debut album “Kate Barnette was released on Jan 12, 2018, which is a collection of some of her favorite songs she has written over the years.


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