Meet week 3's winners in Songriffic competition
Updated: Dec 16, 2019
On November 18th, Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call hosted their third round of Songriffic. A diverse group of singer-songwriters graced the stage, offering their original works of art and their own unique spin on popular covers. With over 15 performers in the show, we had six winners. The in-the-round format set the tone for an intimate experience for both the singers and the audience. Original artists are judged on the song's composition, lyrics, melody and delivery.
Meet the 6 finalists and a few honorable mentions from November 18th's competition round:
Top Original Song: Sam Chetkin
Sam Chetkin, 16-year-old singer-songwriter, surprises his audiences with his unique spin on classic pop hits. His sweet, rich tone, mature dynamics, and upbeat personality shine through in his performances. Sam has performed at the Hampton Beach Seashell Stage, the Hard Rock Cafe, Lawn on D, SOWA and at many area festivals. Sam took the win for his performance of his original song "Stay", which was well written and emotionally delivered. His consistency in his vocal ability along with the natural flow of the story told in his song was well received. Actively focused on writing new songs, he plans to record an EP in 2020. You can see him perform on First Night in Boston, hosted by NBC. Follow him @SamChetkinMusic.
Top Original Song: Lina Cooper
Lina Cooper is a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and artist from Donetsk, Ukraine currently living in Boston. She is currently a student at Berklee College of Music double-majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production and Songwriting with a minor in Conducting. Lina won Top Original Song for her performance of "Girl with a Plan", which was displayed with great emotion, poise and vocal consistency. She has the ability to capture the essence of her strength and life experience in her music. After many years studying classical music, attending multiple music academies and being hyper-focused on collaborating with musicians writing new music, Lina has a successful career ahead of her. She was recently interviewed by City Blackout, where she had the opportunity to talk about her upcoming releases and performs a few times a month with the Lina Copper Band. You can follow her on social media @linacooper.
Top Original Song: Melissa Fine
Melissa Fine is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter out of Boston, MA. Drawing inspiration from her many influences, she fuses elements of old soul with modern acoustic pop to create unique and riveting music. Melissa experiments with intricate layering and harmonies, a technique that brings cohesion to her diverse writing style. Melissa won Top Original Song with her original song "Holy Water", which written with Sophie Lasher in Nashville. Her smooth vocal tone combined with her poetic and confident delivery, left the audience mesmerized. Melissa is a student at Berklee College Music currently double majoring in production/engineering and songwriting. She was nominated New Act of the Year for the New England Music Awards and also played a starring role in the production of RENT, put on by the Uncommon Theater Company. Melissa runs a monthly Open Mic at the Middle East in Cambridge, is Vice-President of the songwriters club at Berklee College of Music and loves collaborating with fellow Berklee musicians. She is now gearing up for her first show with her band "Mel's Finest" coming up on December 9th at the Middle East Upstairs with Zach Seals, Charley and Joy Johnson. You can follow her at @Melissafine on Spotify and all other social media platforms.
Top Cover Song: X'ella
Coming out of Lowell, MA, X'ella (pronounced Ex El Uh) is a hard hitting rock band that brings a blend of modern hard rock, punk, and classic roots together to create an energetic and melodic feel. Through their debut concept EP, Method To My Madness, released on August, 29th, 2018, they describe the constant struggle in dealing with mental illness and the acceptance of one's "inner demons". They performed an acoustic set at Loretta's and won Top Cover Song with their rendition of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. X'ella combined vocal harmonies and instrumental stops that made for a unique experience both in watching and listening to the performance.The band has been working hard playing shows since forming in 2016. They were nominated for Best in State for the New England Music Awards and will be releasing new music in the coming months. Follow @xellamusic on Spotify, Instagram and Fb.
Top Cover Song: Chris D'Agostino
Chris D'Agostino is a 24-year-old indie/pop singer songwriter whose voice effortlessly fills all corners of the room at every performance. Chris won Top Cover Song with his version of Pink's "Give me a Reason". At the first note, the audience was gripped. With his pure tone, technical consistency and brilliant range, Chris pleasantly surprised the audience. He regularly performs throughout Boston at cafes and clubs. In the last year or so, Chris has been on a writing spree. In June of 2019 Chris released his debut single “Grey Horizon", which can be heard on Spotify @chrisdagostino. Chris has years of experience on stage, performing in Theater Production in his school years. His comfortingly warm presence makes him a welcome voice in any environment. Chris D'Agostino has a diverse musical appetite, with influences stemming from Jeff Buckley to Chris Cornell to Queen. Follow him @chrisdagsmusic on instagram.
Top Cover Song: Alaina Ray
Alaina Ray is a 17-year-old Indie/Dream singer songwriter with dynamic vocal range and confident delivery. She won Top Cover Song with her version of "Blue" by Gracie Abrams. Alaina performed with confidence showcasing her breathy, smooth and powerful vocal tone. She's dedicated to booking shows, learning new songs and connecting with local musicians. She spent this last summer traveling with the All You Got Tour, performing at venues all over New England. She will be showcased at the Middle East Corner on Wednesday November 27th with Reece Gardner and also at the Aloft Hotel in Seaport on January 17th. Follow her @alainaraymusic
Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call is looking forward to meeting the upcoming performers in the last two future dates for Songriffic. The time for each event is 7:00PM-10:00PM. All ages are welcome to participate, and you can enter any number of weeks.
To participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 781-558-0305. Updates will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Honorable Mention: Dan Corbo
Written by Jacqueline DeModena of Artists on the Move
Photos by Patty Duffey Photography of Artists on the Move