EVYNNE HOLLENS - BOOK WRITER
Evynne Hollens is a singer, writer, artistic director and vocal coach primarily known for her online videos & live performances. With over 50 million views on YouTube, she releases music videos every month; frequently popular music & Disney covers. Locally, Evynne can be found on Eugene’s many stages, from The Hult Center to Oregon Contemporary Theatre and most notably at The Shedd Institute for the Arts where she has created a concert series entitled The Contemporary Songbook Project. Currently in its 7th year and featuring talent from in and around the Pacific Northwest, the concert series is a musical revue-style celebration of the best of the new generation of songwriters working in the world of post-modern musical theatre.
In 2001 she co-founded Divisi, the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group, featured in the best-selling book & inspiration for the hit feature film “Pitch Perfect".
During the 2017 Holiday season, Evynne made her Broadway debut in Home for the Holidays, a six-week only LIVE Christmas Concert featuring winners of American Idol, The Voice, America's Got Talent, and The Bachelorette, at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre.
A proud member of Actors' Equity and native of the Pacific Northwest, she currently resides in Oregon with her husband and two children. Evynne is currently developing a voice lesson series produced by Creator Education, set to release in 2022.
ANNA GILBERT -
MUSIC AND LYRICS
Anna Gilbert, a singer-songwriter living in Portland, Oregon, composes songs about life, love, and loss. Gilbert’s songs are from the heart, and she hopes she can bring warmth, truth, and sweetness into the heartbreak and sadness that affects us all. Gilbert also spends much of her time collaborating and co-writing with other artists in addition to pursuing her own musical endeavors. She has collaborated with Charlie Peacock, Jeremy Larson, Daves Highway, Peter Hollens, Sam Ashworth, and Nate Botsford, just to name a few.
In 2016, Gilbert collaborated on three holiday songs; “December Song”, released by Peter Hollens, “Calling on Heaven” a co-release written with Nate Botsford, and a self-published version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” arranged with Wilson Parks and Jeremy Larson.
Although Gilbert and her band have spent the past few years touring the West Coast, Gilbert considers herself primarily a songwriter. She has written and sold songs with WORD Publishing, FOX, and Twenty Ten Music in Nashville, TN and has a song featured on the soundtrack for the Fox Movie movie “Change of Plans”.
Anna also formed and leads the new Portland-based electro pop band Shy Honey.
GABY MORENO -
Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter-producer Gaby Moreno has released 5 albums, earned a Grammy nomination for her album, Illusion (Best Latin Pop Album, 2017), an Emmy nomination (for co-writing the "Parks & Recreation" theme song), and won a Latin Grammy (Best New Artist, 2013). In 2006 she took the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the first contestant in the Latin category to win Song of the Year (she’s now a judge). Gaby also sings the theme song and voices a character (Marlena) on the multi Emmy Award-winning Disney children’s television series, “Elena of Avalor,” which features Disney's first Latina princess.
Her moving version of “Cucurrucucú Paloma” was chosen to play at the end of the emotional episode "God Bless America" for the last season of Netflix' original show, "Orange Is The New Black” .
Moreno has shared the international stage with pop music luminaries such as Bono, Andrea Boccelli, Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie, Buena Vista Social Club, Calexico, David Gray and many more. More recently, she has appeared on Live From Here (hosted by five-time Grammy winner/MacArthur Genius, Chris Thile).
Her new album "¡Spangled!" - a collaboration with american musician, songwriter and arranger, Van Dyke Parks - will be realeased on Oct. 4th through Nonesuch Records (Metamorfosis in Latin America). The ten-song set celebrates the migration of song across the Americas and spans more than a century, including a bolero from Panama, a bossa nova from Brazil, and an elegiac ballad from the Southwest United States—Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson's "Across the Borderline," performed with Cooder and Jackson Browne. The album also includes one of Moreno's own songs as well as the previously released track "The Immigrants" by Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder.