Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 8:00pm
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Alexz Johnson is never quite what you'd think: she is always, instead, a surprise. While she writes intimate, down-to-earth lyrics, they're delivered with a larger-than-life, crystalline voice. Eight years ago she landed the lead role on Instant Star, a hit Canadian TV show which gave her a platform for her music. Alexz and her brother Brendan wrote the celebrated pop songs that her character, Jude Harrison, sang on the show. "I'm so grateful for my time on the show," says Johnson who still acts and enjoys it, "and for giving me this loyal audience," she says. "They've kept me going at times. At this point I know in my bones that there is an audience for what I do."
When Instant Star wrapped after four seasons, Alexz endured her share of off-camera drama in her music career, when both Capitol and Epic, respectively, ended up shelving her records due to internal conflicts .She is best known for her roles as Jude Harrison in the CTV series Instant Star, as Annie Thelan in the Disney Channel series So Weird, and as Erin Ulmer in the 2006 horror film Final Destination 3. She was nominated three times for a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (Instant Star), winning the award in 2008.
Today, she's landed in New York City & launched a campaign for a major tour and funding for her next full-length via Kickstarter. It's fitting that Alexz would be leading her career in an independent direction, as her influences have been such free spirited and strong women themselves. She has cited the haunting nature of Stevie Nicks, the poetic spirit of Ricky Lee Jones, the style and independence of Diane Keaton as muses.Her debut album Voodoo was independently released in 2010, followed by the demo release The Basement Recordings in 2011, with its sequel The Basement Recordings II and EP, Skipping Stone out in 2012, retrospectively.
Eileen Graham's debut solo album, One of Those Girls, is an honest and simply done, piano-driven collection. Cozy like a cup of tea, fresh like a lemon. Produced by former My Favorite Highway lead singer, Dave Cook, each song is colored by delightful hooks and a wash of uncertainty, leaving listeners transfixed by Graham's unforgettable blanket of a voice. A Northern Virginia native, the 25-year-old songstress grew up singing in school choir and playing her acoustic guitar in local coffee bars. She picked up piano through a year of music classes in college. As the former lead singer of the band Noble Air, Graham was featured on the premiere webisode of Aux Send, which landed in the Top 10 of New & Noteworthy Artists on iTunes in 2011.