Sherilyn Lee is an award winning poet and essayist. Her poems have been published recently in The Mochila Review, Common Ground Review, The Rockhurst Review, The Lindenwood Review, Four Ties Lit Review, Emerge, the museum of americana, and other journals. She was selected as a Juried Poet for the 2013 Houston Poetry Fest. Sherilyn was a finalist in the 2010 National Poetry Series Open Competition and short-listed for the 2012 Phillip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her essays have appeared in Kauai Back Story, Quiet Mountain Essays, and Prism Review. Sherilyn earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives in southern California where she is a referee with The Enforcers of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.
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Caroline Klidonas is a storyteller and creative entrepreneur. She is currently working on redesigning and launching her digital safe space called The Silhouettic, a place where she shares stories steeped in the soul for anyone seeking emotional support or spiritual insight. Originally from Pennsylvania, Caroline is a recent addition to the Los Angeles Area.
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“There is little doubt…Kasi Jones is a star.” Or so says, legendary mix/master engineer, Dave Pensado, in a sentiment shared by many. When asked her opinion on that statement, Kasi just laughs, flashing her signature dimples and replies, “I’m just grateful to be doing what I love with people that I love.”
A natural born soul singer armed with a tone that has been described as velvet, and a rawness compared to Jimmy Page’s guitar riffs, Jones got her start singing in the basement of her Seattle home, “I was such a shy kid, I would slip away whenever possible, with a book, or when it wasn’t raining, go outside and sing to the birds…I thought I was Snow White.” But it was only when her second grade teacher after hearing her sing in a school production asked her to write a going away song for another student that she bridged the gap between her two loves, singing and storytelling, penning her very first original song. “It was terrible!” she exclaims, “But that’s not what mattered…it’s amazing the magic that happens when someone believes in you.” The magic hasn’t stopped. Leaving the Pacific Northwest she relocated to LA, but had a hard time keeping her feet planted there. From doing club gigs in Tokyo by night while starring in Tokyo Disney Sea’s production of Big Band Beat by day, to performing in the award winning, Lovelace: A Rock Opera at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Jones stayed busy treading the boards and honing her craft internationally, but made a decision to return to Los Angeles and pursue her solo music career. Since returning to Los Angeles, she has graced television screens as a finalist on NBC’s hit show The Voice, and shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians of our time, including backing rock n roll legend Roger Daltry at the world famous Hollywood Bowl, to opening for Grammy award winner Robin Thicke. Then there are her current projects, Broadway bound musical The Boy from New York City and the upcoming release of her all original Intergalactic Soul debut EP Beautiful Liar… Jones takes it all in stride. Citing the words of aforementioned Robin Thicke, she says, “…we were posing for a photo-op after the gig, and he complimented me on my performance AND my dress (swoon)! Then he wished me luck with my career, and simply said, ‘Keep working’…so that’s what I intend to do.”
Neara is a songwriter, vocalist, and touring/session musician from Wisconsin. Now an LA resident, she has toured the globe with indie and major label artists including Bridgit Mendler, Lili Haydn, and Haley Reinhart, and has released multiple albums of original music. As an independent artist, she is a rare talent in the music industry: a distinctive voice with the ability to interact seamlessly with any project she works with.