When local Austin, TX native Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit the ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over ten years. She began melting faces in 2005 when she joined Austin based band 8 Million Stories as the group’s lead singer and songwriter. The band made a name for itself playing in and around Austin and got a publishing deal with Riptide Publishing. Tameca was a part of the band for 2 1/2 years before the band called it quits. This left her without someone to help her create original music. So, she turned to covers to continue playing, grow her audience, and pay the bills.
Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others. She made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more. The Austin Chronicle called her interpretations “sonic pretzels” that “juxtapose(s) crunchy jaggedness with her infectious, honeyed voice.” Her WTF ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. She received major love from Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin. Billboard said she “raised the roof,” while The Austin Chronicle called her performance “showstopping.”
Guitar deity and fellow Austinite Gary Clark Jr., who faithfully attended Tameca’s shows whenever he was in town, asked her to sing on the song “Wings” for his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rolling Stone called the song a “slinky duet,” while Andy Langer for Esquire Magazine called the song one of the best songs in the month of September and noted that “the tweaky processing of Austin soul starlet Tameca Jones’ voice adds an early-Parliament-like trippiness.”
Tameca made her festival debut at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival. Austin360 wrote that her “big, sweet, soulful voice” kicked off the festival in the most epic of ways. Her music filled the morning air and the crowd around her grew bigger and bigger as her set went on. She ended the set with her debut single, “Hot and Bothered,” a Motown inspired cut produced by Josh Moore (Max Frost). The track is on both Spotify and iTunes. The music discovery website PureVolume debuted the single on their page and remarked that the song made it “easy to see why so many see the potential in the singer.” Independent music site, The Joy of Violent Movement, called “Hot and Bothered” “a sexy and slinky and old-school soul-inspired” song that is “contemporary and upbeat.”
Tameca Jones is set to release her highly anticipated debut EP in February. There is little doubt that she will soon be the next big name to break out of Texas.
It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary existence.
Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.
Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments, that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.
In recognition of her dedication to her craft, Bestfan.com said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”
Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.
Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.
Midwest born, Texas raised soul singer Alesia Lani is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Alesia spent much of her childhood in Texas with her mother and brother and started not only singing but writing her own songs at the age of 8, soon she was participating in local talent shows and invited to sing the national anthem. While honing her singing prowess, she also studied multiple forms of dance such as ballet, modern and jazz. Her passion for music never dimmed through the years, in fact it became greater.
Alesia has also shown a flair for modeling, appearing in a number of fashion shows during the Texas Music Conference, Austin Fashion Week as well as being featured in national music videos such as Chalie Boys "On My Momma" as a member of the Elev8tion Models. In 2013 Alesia felt it was time to focus on her musical career and began appearing on numerous shows as well as consistently recording and releasing music and catching the attention of numerous blogs. In late 2014 she signed with local RnB imprint KeyzStreet Music and released her single "The Way", which caught the attention of sites such as singersroom.com, hiphopsince1987, and Solange Knowle's blog Saint Heron. Soon after on Valentines Day 2015 Alesia released her debut album "First Imperssion" , which only strengthened her momentum, the album garnered much fanfare as she firmly established herself as a rising star in R&B music.
Since the release of "First Impression" Alesia has performed at numerous festivals and for media outlets such as the Austin Chronicle, all while establishing herself as a headliner who brings a powerhouse performance every time she graces a stage. She has steadily built a committed following and recently won "Best New Artist" as well as "Best R&B Artist" at the 2015 Austin Hip Hop Awards, that same year on November 19th 2015, the Austin City Council proclaimed that date "Alesia Lani Day" in Austin, Texas a huge honor for any artist.
2016 started off with a bang for Alesia, releasing the song "Love You" which was met with extremely positive response and became her most successful single to date. She was invited to perform at the 35 Denton Festival, which highlighted the rising soul singers performance as one of the top moments of the entire festival. Still riding on that momentum, Alesia returned to Austin to turn in a string of strong performances for the South by Southwest Music Festival, including a headlining spot on of the festivals largest stages along with labelmates Brenden Foster and Cha'keeta B, her week ended with being named the #10 female vocalist in Austin at the Austin Chronicle's "Austin Music Awards", well deserved after a strong year for the new artist. The ccompass on this young starlet is trending up and Alesia shows no signs of slowing.
The Peterson Brothers
The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with old-school blues, soul and funk to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation.
Led by Glenn Jr., 21 and Alex, 19, the Peterson Brothers have toured throughout the United States, and had the opportunity to play with and open for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King and other musical greats. They have also played festivals throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, King Biscuit Festival, Old Settler’s Music Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival Lancaster Blues & Roots, Allentown Blues, Brews & Barbecue, and many more.
With a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall, The Continental Club, the Peterson Brothers have been referred to as, “The future of Austin music” by Mark Murray of Sun Radio, and “Some of the most talented musicians I have seen come out of Austin” by Jamfeed.
The blind, one-man fusion band, known for his live looping of drums, bass, keyboards, vocals/cheek percussions and syncing up with diverse talented musicians in the business is working on a new project, called D's House of Mad Jackson. D channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of modern funk- it comes as no surprise that his mastering of the electronic ASR keyboard holds an arsenal of key original beats that is putting a revolutionary spin on the growing electronic music industry.
Jon Keyz is one of the most talented musicians and producers out. His signature sound has established his name and made room for him here in Texas.