Chick Singer Night Presents: Ava Supplesa, Melanie Meriney, NiCo, Kim McLean and Lauren Weintraub
The Bluebird Cafe
Thu, Feb 15 9:00 pm
Ava Suppelsa: At just 20 years old, Ava Suppelsa has already had a career that rivals musicians twice her age. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, she is a self-taught guitarist and accomplished songwriter. She played her first live show at age 13 and since has received national recognition for her songwriting from the International Songwriting Competition, Great American Songwriting Contest and more. In 2015, she was named a Young Arts Winner, a competition supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. Out of 11,000 applicants, she was one of 6 selected Singer/Songwriters. A captivating performer, Ava has performed at venues across the country and has opened for artists such as Grammy-Nominee Hunter Hayes, popular indie songwriter Andrew Belle, and will open for Clay Cook of Zac Brown Band in 2017. Melanie Meriney: Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Melanie loved playing ice hockey, reading novels, and writing songs. Melanie became an avid fan of country music, citing influences such as Shania Twain, Phil Vassar, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, and Miranda Lambert. While her mom always played country radio in the house, her dad instilled in her a love of rock music. Surrounded by Pittsburgh’s metal/rock/pop scene, Melanie’s songwriting and singing became a product of her environment: primarily country with an urban, pop-rock feel that comes from growing up in a Northern city. Her first EP “All the Good Songs,” produced by Phil Ricciardi and Mike Puwal in 2012 was her first attempt at distinguishing a unique sound for herself, its songs drawing upon her real-life experiences at first love, loss, and self-reflection. Kim McLean: With over 400 songs recorded, Kim McLean has also garnered a Dove Award for Gospel Song of the year, ASCAP and NSAI awards, Grammy and Juno nominations, and as an indie artist won Song of the Year honors for best Americana/Folk song for the Just Plain Folk organization out of 800,000 entries. Lauren Weintraub: Standing at five feet tall, Lauren Weintraub is proof that good things come in small packages. Lauren is a "half-pint dynamite" to quote April Boyle of the Portland Press Herald and a "rising-star" to quote accomplished songwriter Jeremy Schonfeld. At only 19 years old, her lyrics are mature beyond her young age as she captures her thoughts in her catchy tunes. Lauren is a rising star in the music industry showcasing her keen singer/songwriter abilities along with her guitar and piano skills. She has a deep desire to share her songs with a broad audience and has recently released her self-titled debut album recorded in Nashville and now available on iTunes. She works hard at her craft spending much of her free time writing, playing, practicing, studying and performing.