June 2017 Festival Musicians
Nancy Just’s voice has been called “haunting” and “beautifully unique”. It took root in the Midwest as a child & reached maturity in the Southwest and United Kingdom where she started playing out as a singer-songwriter. Now based in Colorado, her lyricism is transparent, stark & her delivery emotionally evocative. Ms. Just’s songs carry us to places we think about privately but don’t often don’t verbalize. Her background as a therapist releases audiences from their daily weight: As they lean in, anticipating the next line, they touch.
Katy Koller is a singer/songwriter living in Fort Collins, CO. Originally from California, she has come to embrace the inspiring community of Fort Collins, using it as a muse to write songs about love, heartbreak, and the struggle of being land locked.
Rae McAlister is a Colorado native recently returned home from beautiful Coeur d’Alene, ID. She’s been writing and playing Folk Rock music for over 20 years. She has played Fort Collins venues such as Thursday town square concerts, Mishawaka, Avogadro’s and local clubs as well as events nationwide. She’s currently working on a new album and offers all music for free download on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/rae-mcalister
I’m an acoustic musician singer-songwriter and play an eclectic blend of covers and originals. I consider myself to be a cross between indie-rock, pop, folk, with a hint of blue grass. I like to call it acoustic feel-good music. I enjoy to sharing my stories through song promoting positivity and smiles. If interested to learn more about me you can visit www.jourdanhines.com
The Come Alive Project
Over the years I’ve played in many bands, taught music, recorded musicians, and have worked to help others achieve their goals. It’s been incredibly rewarding, I’ve had a lot of fun, and have learned a lot in the process. However, now it’s time to set out on my own path. It is time to live, create, breathe and believe.This new adventure is about putting art into the world for others to enjoy and feel inspired by. No matter where this path may lead me in the epic journey of life, my goal is to dream big, be present, share my gifts and what I’ve learned, and always, without exception, keep smiling. The gears are set into motion as I’m eager to complete my first solo album release titled Come Alive (planned release July 2017). It will be a six song EP that features my originals with a couple eclectic covers. If you would like to help support me on this adventure please check out my Kickstarter campaign The Come Alive Project and become a backer!
Ashlee K. Thomas
Ashlee K’s introduction to music began at the age of four, when she began studying violin in the Suzuki method. Though twelve years of violin gave Ashlee many fantastic opportunities, such as playing with the Utah Symphony, Igor and Vesna Grupman, and Joseph Silverstein, and receiving a music scholarship to college; picking up the guitar and writing songs the songs she sings is when Ashlee truly found her musical voice. A lyricist by nature, Ashlee K Thomas’s words are refreshingly honest and to the core. She quickly developed her own musical style of beautiful melodies intertwined with daunting key changes. This sound, combined with her writing and natural gift of pitch, evolved into the unique genre that can only be called Witchfolk; but, if that name scares you, call it Earthfolk.
Genevieve has been cultivating her own unique sound over the last few years, drawing inspiration from the natural world around her. Genevieve plays both originals as well as selections from a project based on the writings of Ram Dass. A soft, melodic voice, and smooth flowing rhythms, accompanied by the occasional whistle solo all come together to create a gentle, honest sound that continues to expand over time. ”
Gitali & Jonathan (CLOSING GRATITUDE CIRCLE / FOR THE LOVE OF SUMMER )
Join Gitali and Jonathan as they draw you into estatic rhythms and heart opening melodies through the transformational practice of bhakti singing, chanting, dancing, and meditiation! Kirtan is call and response chanting of yoga mantras accompanied by musical instruments. It is a chance to feel your voice and to tap into the vibrations of sound generated through your own body through mantras in the company of others. Its also lots of fun! You do not have to know the words or have a great voice. Like all Yoga, Kirtan is practice, presence, and community.
Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist from Colorado. His focus lately has been in percussion, having played tabla for nearly 5 years as well as vibraphone, marimba, Cajon, and Handpan. He is a part of the local groups, More Than Physics, Bhakti Roots, and Blue Canyon Ritual.
Often described as quirky and kind, Gitali’s music captures her love of the authentic oddities of life and the spirit that lies within them. An award winning performing songwriter, recording artist, yoga teacher, session vocalist, and arranger, Gitali (aka. Tania Alexandra) is now taking her music to new depths, combining her deep love and practice of mantra and Bhakti Yoga with her zeal for songwriting and performance.