And the Singer-Songwriter winners are...
1st Place: Tolan Shaw
Known for his work as lead singer for the award-winning San Diego based band, The New Archaic, Tolan Shaw is an accomplished singer/songwriter and a passionate musician. After branching off to pursue his own solo music, Tolan began to craft songs inspired by travel, spiritual discoveries, nature, and big questions of life. Though differing from the music of The New Archaic, Tolan's solo performance is equally as captivating, exposing raw emotion and soul, and brimming with dynamics. Tolan began to refine his solo show in 2011, performing regularly around San Diego and opening for touring artists such as Matt Costa, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, and The Format. After graduating from college, Tolan took off with his guitar on a songwriting journey to Latin America, through 11 countries, 72 cities, and more than 2,000 tortillas... His newest solo work is a blend of soulful melodies, bluesy tones, and lyrics inspired by that life changing trip. Tolan recently released his self-titled debut solo record, with hopes to make his passion into a career.
2nd Place: Suzanne HarperSuzanne Harper continues to expand her career in the music scene in San Diego. In the last year, her performances included Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (with Sugarland), House of Blues San Diego, Anthology, Moonlight Amphitheater, Valley View Casino, Pauma Casino, Fox 5 San Diego, 102.1 KPRI FM, and most recently KSON 92.1FM. Suzanne's original material includes more than 70 pieces, ranging from pop to country to rock. Her band Talk Like June can be seen performing all over the county. Suzanne's original material includes more than 70 pieces, ranging from pop to country to rock.
3rd Place: Chad Taggart
Somewhere along the winding path from his native New Jersey to his now residence in North County, San Diego, Chad Taggart has taken on a unique brand of music not quite similar to many others. With a background steeped in traditional and folk balladry, a sound has emerged that brings a relatable and contemporary spin to this once fading art. When not seen playing music throughout the various stages of this sunny city, Chad can be found gratefully interacting with other musicians as he hosts the Lestat's West Open Mic.
Songwriter finalists included:
1st place: $3,000, a guitar from Taylor Guitars, and 5 hours of studio time at Recording Arts and Technology Studio, plus tickets to an upcoming House of Blues show, an additional performing opportunity at House of Blues.
2nd place: $2,000, a guitar from Taylor Guitars, and 3 hours of studio time at Recording Arts and Technology Studio, plus an additional performing opportunity at House of Blues.
3rd place: $1,000, a guitar from Taylor Guitars, and 2 hours of studio time at Recording Arts and Technology Studio, plus an additional performing opportunity at House of Blues.
Josh Damigo has won multiple awards, including the 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Acoustic and the 2009 San Diego Music Award for his album "Raw". His music is similar to Shawn Mullins, Marc Broussard or Ryan Adams. Josh just released his sophomore album entitled "Hope".
Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play. Many of today's leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Jason Mraz, Serj Tankian, Taylor Swift, Mana and many others. For additional information, please visit us at taylorguitars.com
In May 2008, under the supervision of Recording Arts Professor Jay Henry, construction on a $5.5 million state-of-the-art Center for Recording Arts and Technology was completed on the campus of Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The new studio facility redefines recording studio architectural and acoustic design, raising the bar for audio technology education. The studio was designed by world-renowned acoustic designer and engineer Carl Yanchar, as well as engineer and producer Jay Henry, in which they were nominated for a TEC award in technical excellence in 2009. xserve.swccd.edu/ras
• June 14 Date of final round competition
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