Some of the best and brightest DC metro area songwriters pay tribute to the biggest names of the piano, including Carole King, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Kate Bush, Lady Gaga, Laura Nyro, Regina Spektor and more!
Jacqueline Pie Francis is a pianist, composer, and vocalist. She started playing music at the age of four, and composing at the age of six. She also held three Fellowships and received her M.A. in Poetry from NYU when she was 22. She went on to become an indie singer-songwriter, touring the Northeast, based in Brooklyn, then Boston. She’s been a featured performer at The Cutting Room, Arlene’s Grocery, Caffe Vivaldi in New York, and in the Boston area at Passim Center for the Arts, Natick Center for the Arts, and The Lizard Lounge. In 2009, she won a grant from the Passim Center of the Arts to complete her first EP, “Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne.” Eventually she landed back in the D.C. Metro area, where she is originally from. She released her album “The Sea” in 2015.
In 2019 she began her own business as a personal chef for busy families in Northern Virginia. She continues to compose and record and release singles, and also is the vocalist for a jazz trio called Dreamsville. One day she’ll finish another album. She has good stories. Her friends began to call her “Pie” in 1998 and it stuck. She bakes a lot of pies.
Cynthia Marie is a pianist, songwriter, & teacher with a background in classical, jazz, blues, and folk music. She studied classical piano with Bonnie Litten and Ann Tanabe, boogie-woogie piano with Caroline Dahl, and jazz piano with Debbie Poryes. She appears as pianist and/or vocalist, songwriter, or producer on a discography of over 19 recordings with artists from coast to coast.
Ari Voxx is a 2022 Wammie finalist and DC-native who’s been performing and writing music for years. Previously known for her jazz and neo-soul vocals, she now focuses on writing music that is authentically her, transcending genres, with influences like Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Soundgarden, and Imogen Heap. Now featuring her band, The Sad Lads, Ari’s sound is dreamy, indie, and melancholic – expect to feel retro vibes, catchy melodies, smooth, buttery vocals, and emotional lyricism.
As seen on Season 16 of NBC’s The Voice, Calista Garcia’s “new classic” style hearkens back to ’70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, but with a fresh modern twist, incorporating Latin, blues, roots and pop.
Calista released her second EP “A Beautiful World” in October 2021, mixed by Grammy Award-winning LA producer Jim Scott. A prolific songwriter who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, mandolin and harmonica, the accolades have piled up fast!
Calista is a 2022 Kerrville New Folk Winner, the 2022 SAW Young Artist of the Year, 2022 winner of 2 DC Area Wammies for best folk song & best folk artist), a 2021 Chris Austin Songwriting Finalist at Merlefest, a 2020 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project Fellow, a 2019 Strathmore Artist in Residence, a 2017 & 2018 Berklee Performance Showcase Winner, the 2017 Bernard Ebbs Young Songwriter of the Year and a two-time Grammy Foundation Young Songwriter Program Artist.
Calista also writes for the stage, having premiered her second folk-rock inspired musical, Crystal Skies in April 2018. Calista splits her time between Washington DC and New York City. She is on Takamine’s worldwide roster of Takamine guitar artists.
Jamie Kaye is a young veteran of the music scene in the greater DC area, beginning her professional singing career while still finishing high school. With her powerful clarion voice and commanding stage presence, she quickly became a first call vocalist for both original projects and cover bands. After her alt. pop/soul band Throwing Plates folded in 2019, she has busied herself with indie pop/rock outfit Dead Like Disco, Paramore tribute act CRUSHCRUSH and various agency events bands.
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