THE ICARUS ACCOUNT
SHOWCASING: MARCH 9th @ 3:30PM
PRICING: $1750 / $1500 / $1250 / $950
The brothers Ty and Trey, that make up The Icarus Account, are living their dream as professional musicians writing songs that strike an emotional chord with their listeners. As The Icarus Account, they’ve learned a lot about writing and performing, but ultimately the goal has never changed. “We try to write songs that are honest and relatable,” Trey shares. “One of the most beautiful things about writing songs is that it proves how connected all of us really are. We get messages all the time where people tell us that our songs ‘say everything they are feeling but didn’t know how to express.’ To me it’s really humbling because I’ve never met that person before and yet they are feeling the same feelings that we had when we wrote the song.” The duo continues to pursue this passion of moving an audience. In fact, it is writing with that same purpose and passion that makes each of their albums feel new and unique.
THE ASIA PROJECT
SHOWCASING: MARCH 9th @ 5:30PM
PRICING: $2750 / $2650 / $2500 / $2250
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 450 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez & KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. Together they have been featured on TEDx, Button Poetry, & have worked with companies like Disney and To Write Love On Her Arms. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Okay, so maybe Asia isn’t the ninja we said he was but we can guarantee- you will have never seen them coming.
SHANE & EMILY
SHOWCASING: MARCH 10th @ 1PM
PRICING: $1250 / $1200 / $1150 / $950
Shane & Emily is a male/female duo consisting of Shane Anderson (vocals, guitar, keyboard, and looper pedal) and Emily Grace (vocals, ukulele, And U-Bass) based out of Tampa, FL. Shane is originally from Oshawa, ON, and Emily is from Fredericktown, MO, bringing together two very different upbringings and influences to create a fresh, upbeat and soulful sound in their original music and cover songs, which they play live every night all over the Tampa Bay and beyond.
Shane & Emily will be showcasing February 21st at noon and will be hanging in the Degy booth after. We’ll have plenty of giveaways and swag for you to bring home so don’t be shy!
SHOWCASING: March 10th @ 6PM
PRICING: $2000 / $2000 / $1700 / $1400
From the very start, funny man Ronnie Jordan has pr oven that he’s a comedy force to be reckoned with.
After only one year on the comedy scene, the kid voted “Wittiest” in high school was crowned “Rookie of the Year” by the famed Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta, GA. Ronnie is quickly making a name for himself as a comic’s comic who has shared dates with heavyweights: Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and Dave Chappelle. Ronnie became the crowd favorite on the King and Queens of Comedy Tour and served as an opening act on the Queens of Comedy tour which featured famed female comedians Sommore, Monique and Adelle Givens. No stranger to television, Ronnie has been featured on BET’s Comic View, Martin Lawrence Presents the 1st Amendment Stand-up, P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy. Ronnie is currently touring the nation’s colleges and universities on his “College Material Tour”.
Ronnie is an alternate but will be hanging in the booth making fun of Ari and Jeff during the Marketplace, so be sure to stop by!!
SHOWCASING: MARCH 10th @ 6PM
PRICING: $1500 / $1350 / $1100 / $900
Nelly’s Echo is neither a band nor a solo musician, but a concept of the musical experience associated with its creator and led by guitarist and vocalist Nelson Emokpae. Nelly’s Echo also features drummer Thomas Morris, bassist Jordan Parks, and keyboardist Kameron Ralls. The adult alternative pop/rock band, inspired by soul music and contemporary singer/songwriters such as Jason Mraz, hails from Baltimore, Maryland, though Emokpae is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. The band has self-released four successful albums (Live Love ‘N Laugh (2007), Secrets to a Happy Life (2009), Journey (2013), and Voices (2015) in addition to having their version of the Bill Withers Classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine” reach #7 on the iTunes R&B charts while also having their original song, “Voices of the People” named a World Cup 2014 Super Song Top 20 semi-finalist.
Since 2009, Nelly’s Echo has performed at over 500 colleges across the United States in addition to countless performances in the Mid-Atlantic region at tradition clubs and casinos. Nelly’s Echo has also been requested to showcase their talents for personal/private events for clients such as Andretti Autosports, The Democratic National Convention after-party, The Baltimore Grand Prix, Boordy Vineyards, and Maryhill Winery, to name a few. In the summer of 2016, Nelly’s Echo delivered their first TedTalk at TedX Wilmington.
Nelly’s Echo has had the privilege of not only entertaining soldiers stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba but also participated in Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Christina. Nelly’s Echo has taken great pride in sharing the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, & Boyz II Men.
Relying on lessons learned from his childhood in Africa and his everyday experiences, Nelly’s Echo storytelling style has led to some comparing their musicality & storytelling to that of Jason Mraz and John Mayer. In the end, the goal of Nelly’s Echo is to use music to reach the four corners of the earth, while sharing the message of positivity, life, hope, and love to everyone that it comes in contact.
“I had so much fun listening to you right off the bat…I find you so interesting and compelling. I would love to be able to collaborate Ideas. It seems like with you the sky is the limit…I want to go to a concert; I want to see the whole show.”
— Christina Aguilera, National Recording Artists
SHOWCASING: MARCH 11th @ 6:45PM
PRICING: $1500 / $1200 / $950 / $900
Multitalented singer-songwriter Rachel Brown has a unique voice that combines sweetness, sultriness and vulnerability, enchanting the listener. New York City born, with Bermudian, Ethiopian, and Southern roots, she creates a captivating fusion of pop, Caribbean, world, Hawaiian, country, and hip hop. Brown has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Quincy Jones, and John Legend, and has received multiple music awards. She won Perez Hilton’s “Can YOU Sing???” competition for her rendition of “Without You” by David Guetta featuring Usher. She was also the 2011 winner of the Abe Olman Scholarship from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as the 2010 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for Excellence in Songwriting. Graduating with honors from Harvard College in May 2010, she was named one of Harvard’s “15 Most Interesting Seniors.”
Rachel is a 1st Alternate at NACA Nationals so she could move up into a showcase any minute now! But she will be in the Degy booth either way so be sure to stop by and say hi!