Songriffic, singer songwriters competition series, week 2 winners
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
On November 4th, Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call hosted their second round of Songriffic. There were 16 performers who played, ranging from 13 years old to songwriters who have been on the scene for over 20 years. 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 5 finalists and a few honorable mentions from November 4th's competition round:
Top Original Song: Matt Jackson is professional musician and songwriter who has played hundreds of shows local and afar. He loves to travel and performs with the same passion playing for a stadium full of people as he would for an audience of one. Matt played on November 4th with great confidence and an approachable demeanor. He made the audience feel comfortable, and then set the emotional tone for his winning song, "I Will Lay With You". The song was written about a friend of his who was going through a very hard time. His role was to be by her side. For someone who is always positive and strong, seeing her broken really affected the songwriter. His vocal tone along with the well composed song, captured the audience taking them on the journey he experienced helping his friend. Matt Jackson is streaming on Spotify and YouTube. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook @Mattjacksonlive. Learn more by checking out his site at http://mattjacksonlive.com/.
Top Original Song: Zola is a 16-year-old Cambridge based singer-songwriter whose unique perspective shines through in her music, drawing influences from R&B, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music, to create an original sound. She immediately struck the audience in awe with her vocal control, eloquently written words and welcoming disposition. Her original song, She Knows", won for Top Original Song, which you can find on her Spotify Channel under Zola. She wrote and released her debut single, "Real to You" , at only 13 years old, which she then followed up with her EP "In Plain Sight", in 2018. Recently profiled in Jackie Bruno's "Uniquely Boston" segment on NBC10 Boston, Zola recently released her new single, "Lose You" , Follow Zola on all streaming platforms and get ready to hear more of this young songwriter.
Top Original Song: Melissa Mills is a Boston-based neo soul singer-songwriter who serenades audiences with sweet melodies, and powerhouse vocals. She performed half her set solo with a loop pedal, combining intricate vocal layers and rhythmically consistent loops, all the while emotionally connecting the audience to her song. She was then joined by keyboard player, Stephen Griffin, which added a beautiful element to her second song. Her original song, "Losing My Cool", took the win for Top Original Song. Melissa explores the wide spectrum of music, and passionately expresses her talents on every stage she touches. She is very active in the Boston community, performing as often as possible. You can follow her on all streaming platforms, social media and her website https://www.melissamillsmusic.com/.
Top Cover Song: Noah Kesselman stole the show with his rendition of "One More Last Chance" by Vince Gill. With his smooth yet gritty vocal tone combined with his exceptional guitar playing, Noah sets himself apart from the rest. Originally from Hamden, CT, and now a junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he is actively performing solo and with a full band. He is a natural blues guitarist, who began playing at 2 years old. Noah is inspired by his connection between himself and the audience. He reaches them with a mix of old-school rock and blues and a dash of newer, contemporary pop and R&B. You can hear his recent Single, "Breakin' My Heart", on Spotify. Follow him on social media and be up to date on this young artist on his website at https://www.noahkesselmanmusic.com/.
Top Cover Song: Kaia Mac is an 18-year-old singer, musician and actress from South Berwick, Maine. She performed her cover songs with poise, confidence and vocal control. She stopped the audience in their tracks with her rendition of "Come Out and Play" by Billie Eilish. In 2018, she auditioned and placed in the final 12 at New England Sings, organized by music artist and entrepreneur Kara DioGuardi, former American Idol judge. Before singing, Kaia was an avid Basketball player. She made the decision to take music more seriously and quit playing basketball. She is currently homeschooled and attends a self-directed learning center called BigFish. She studies music theory, music production (Logic Pro X), song-writing, and piano. She takes online college music classes through University of Maine and has her eyes set on Berklee College of Music. She plays a 3-hour music set with a mix of jazz, pop & R&B, performing at restaurants, cafés and bars from Rochester, NH to Portland, ME. She recently created an event called Locally Inspired with her friend Madison Person where local artists perform at Madison's Café (a local business that employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Expect more from this young dedicated musician. You can follow her at Kaia Mac Music on social Media, and hear some of her covers on YouTube.
Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call is looking forward to meeting the upcoming performers in the 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.
Written by Jacqueline DeModena of Artists on the Move
Photos and Edited by Patty Duffey Photography of Artists on the Move