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 made music with Grammy Award winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow), Jeremy Larson (Sucre, Violents), Peter Hollens (Legendary Vocals), Troy Welstad (Pink!, Selena Gomez, A Fine Frenzy) and Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Sam Ashworth (H.E.R., Leslie Odom).
The Oregon native’s childhood memories are suffused with sound, melody, and the songs of James Taylor and Ricky Skaggs, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. Her father was a music major and teacher before becoming a minister, and both her parents performed in a bluegrass band that performed regularly. Gilbert followed suit, writing songs and accompanying herself on piano or guitar.
Gilbert's current projects include working on her Pop Project, Shy Honey - an up and coming synth pop band in Portland - and writing the music for MILAGRO. Gilbert also releases music monthly on Patreon as a creator. (Patreon.com/annagilbert).
"She's the surprise you've been waiting for,” Grammy Award winning producer Charlie Peacock claims. “Not only are her music skills in order, her personality is magnetic. She's the kind of artist I love to work with -- daring, teachable, funny, loving, and serious all at the same time."
GABY MORENO -
MUSIC & LYRICS
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.
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, and over 115,000 monthly Spotify listeners, she releases music videos; from original content, to popular musical theatre and Disney covers. Evynne is the co-owner
and Artistic Director of One Voice Productions, a digital media company that creates entertainment and educational content.
After 4 years performing at sea with Royal Caribbean Productions, she co-created and is featured onscreen in Voices, a virtual & live a cappella show, currently running on the largest theatrical venue at sea, RC’s Wonder of the Seas.
Evynne made her Broadway debut as a featured performer alongside her husband, digital creator and educator, Peter Hollens, in Home for the Holidays, a live Christmas Concert at the August Wilson Theatre.
In 2001 she co-founded Divisi, the University of Oregon’s award-winning female identifying a cappella group, featured in the best-selling book & inspiration for the film "Pitch Perfect." She won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for “Best Arrangement” of Divisi’s popular cover of Usher’s “YEAH!” which was featured on the Season 2 Finale episode of Glee.
A proud member of Actors’ Equity and native of the Pacific Northwest, Evynne currently resides in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and two children. She can be found on many stages, from The Hult Center with the Eugene Symphony, to Oregon Contemporary Theatre and regularly at The Shedd Institute for the Arts where she has created The Contemporary Songbook Project, a musical revue-style concert series celebrating the best of the new generation of songwriters working in the world of post-modern musical theatre.
REBECCA TOURINO COLLINSWORTH - BOOK WRITER
Rebecca is the creator and artistic director of Parley, a playwrights’ group and producing entity in Seattle, Washington. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, English), the University of California, Irvine (MFA, Acting), and the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. At twenty, she made her professional acting debut at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London, and she has since acted in regional theaters all over the United States.
As a teaching artist, she’s worked with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine; the Alliance Theater in Atlanta; the New York Film Academy in Soho; Seattle University; Meadows School of the Arts at SMU; Freehold Theatre Studio/Lab; Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive; and served for three years as Resident Playwright at the Washington Correctional Center for Women as part of the Engaged Theater Residency.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere at venues such as the American Theatre of Actors, Center Stage, and the Barrow Group. As a director, she has helmed over 70 world premieres in the last seven years alone. A homeschooling mother of two, Rebecca teaches playwriting, acting, and voice through her tiny home studio, Salvo.