A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Neil MacNaughton's love of music knows no bounds. He started singing as a boy soprano in a Church choir and went on to sing in high school concert and jazz choirs, and star in several school musicals. It was in his late high school years that MacNaughton started to write songs and perform them at coffee houses and open stages in Oakville and Toronto, Ontario. In school, he learned trumpet, trombone and euphonium. On his own, he taught himself guitar, so he could accompany himself on the many songs he was writing. Over the years, MacNaughton has played in several bands, but mostly as a solo artist. He has five indie albums to his credit, including his latest - and most accomplished - effort, the twelve-song, 2014 release, Pieces Of The Trip. Neil MacNaughton performs weekly as the host of Open Stage at Oakville's The Moonshine Cafe. Influenced by everything from Dvorak to the Doors, MacNaughton relishes the opportunity to play with musical styles and lyrical themes to create new songs that are both comfortably familiar, yet fresh and inspiring.
For more about Neil MacNaughton, please visit www.neilmacnaughton.com
Born in New York City, Luke Dante was exposed to both music and media arts since youth. His father, Paul Dante trained him in the ways of video editing and cinematography, while teaching him to sing and play a variety of instruments. Luke's musical styles range from reggae dub to punk to funk to hip hop, and more. In 2016 Dante graduated from Sheridan College with an advanced diploma in media arts and now works as a sound effects editor in Toronto.
To hear more of Luke Dante's original music, please visit his Bandcamp site
A powerhouse at the mic, Leslie Hudson can cut through a crowd of sound with a caress. With nine solo albums under her belt, and several collaborative efforts to boot, her songs span more than 25 years of writing every genre from rock to geek to faerie and demonstrate not only her versatility as a musician but her refusal to be contained. With a background in Celtic culture and a lifelong interest in folklore, Leslie's songs are rooted in the art of storytelling. Whether those tales are inspired by modern media, pop culture, ancient myths or twisted retellings of childhood fairytales, every song she writes tells a story. "Yes, I'm prolific," admits the busy songwriter. "I wasn't always this way, but these days the songs keep coming and I need to keep sharing them. If I can make you laugh, break your heart or bring you to the boiling point I've succeeded. It's my Bardic calling and my privilege; it's my life."
You can discover more of Leslie Husdon's music at lesliehudson.com
Singer-songwriter, Daniel Wilson captivates listeners with his trademark, soulful voice and keyboard style. Rooted in early classical piano training, Wilson broadened his musical palette by studying blues, soul, reggae and R&B. Influenced by Motown and the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, Daniel has developed a style all his own. An impressive catalog of over 120 songs demonstrates his commitment to the art of songwriting. His words paint powerful pictures, conjure up raw emotion and capture the heart of the listener. Thematically, Daniel's lyrics are often reflective and spiritual, touching on subjects such as love, heartache, the beauty of life and the tragedy of the human condition. Couple this with his unique vocal phrasing and fans are treated to a strangely familiar, yet refreshingly different listening experience.
For more about Daniel Wilson, please visit www.wilsondanielsmusic.com
Charlie Jacklin is not only a skilled songwriter, but also a brilliant music producer, arranger, and recording engineer. His love of music stems from childhood, when he was a exposed to a wide variety of styles by his family and friends. As the owner of his own music production business, Kerr Village Productions, Jacklin enjoys working with all kinds of musicians and musical styles. This eclectic circle of influence brings a richness to Jacklin's songwriting that is unique and captivating. Jacklin cut his teeth as a lead vocalist with his band, Volition Aire, where he was also the chief songwriter and guitarist. Jacklin's song on New Christmas Tunes is the only track that was not written in 2016. Although never previously recorded, Jacklin wrote the song ten years ago with his father, Steven. It was an interest in recording that song that helped propel the New Christmas Tunes project to fruition
For more about Charlie Jacklin's music and the music he has produced, please visit Kerr Village Productions