DE33 Kimberly Otte from Denver Colorado Sings and writes with Style!

Kimberly Otte from Denver Colorado Sings and writes with Style! - dHarmic Evolution Podcast

Hello–I’m Kimberly, and I was born and raised in Nebraska. I have always loved music, but never had the confidence to pursue it–until now. 

After high school, I went into the military and lived in Hawaii for a time; I then moved to Denver and graduated from the Denver Art Institute. For a few years after college, I went through a hard time — acting out, rebelling, suffering emotional abuse, and not loving myself — all of this was caused by intense pain that originated in childhood. I searched for love through men, but of course, never found it. When I realized I was headed down a dark hole of destruction and may never get back, I knew I had to change. Since then, I’ve been taking several baby steps toward turning my life around.

My “aha” moment came one weekend, when a friend took me to a class on transforming your life. In that class, they said to go back in your mind to when you were a child — and remember what you always wanted to do. For me, that was music. So, I got a voice teacher, Jenna Laurise, who has been instrumental in teaching me about music and helping me to grow spiritually and as a musician. I also started learning about Metaphysics and retraining the way I think.

Music is my lifeline. It’s my therapy and a transformational tool in my life. Through music, I find myself and love myself, again — and step out of the shadows of the past to face the future without shame.

My goal is not only to connect to myself through music, but to inspire others to find their inner voices. I hope I find a way to reach all — especially women and girls who may have taken a darker path at one time or another in their lives, and are trying to find their way back, as well. 

No one has to walk alone. No one should be judged for what their pain has made them do.

I hope I make people think, and feel, that there is hope.

www.kimberlyotte.com

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DE32 Katie O’Toole Produces music around the world, hear it here!

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Kati O’Toole. I’ve been the Head of Production at StudioPros for 7 years and counting. Like you, I love the process of writing lyrics, melodies, songs, recording music and releasing it. I’m an independent artist, singer/songwriter as well as a producer for StudioPros.

When I first started working at StudioPros, I wasn’t aware of online recording and how easy it was to collaborate online. Like you, I was skeptical of the process. Being someone that is always wanting to be 100% involved in the production of my own projects, I wasn’t even sure if I would like the process of recording online. After years of writing/recording/releasing material- I can say, I thoroughly enjoy the process!

7 years ago, Elad Fish, the owner of StudioPros made a bet with me. He said that I would one day stop recording albums at physical studios, and would one day convert to online recording. I didn’t believe him at the time, but now I hate to admit- he was right. Don’t you hate when your boss is right?

Life is busy. I’m a wife, a mother of a soon-to-be 11 month old and have a full time job (here of course, which I love). Getting into a studio to devote time to recording my projects is hard. I can say through personal experience, that collaborating online with StudioPros is a great outlet for recording your material.

I wanted to share with you my latest single, Gravel Road, produced by myself in collaboration with the StudioPros production team.

Check out Gravel Road:

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DE31 Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts take the West by storm with Outlaw Country!

Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts take the West by storm with Outlaw Country! - dHarmic Evolution Podcast

“Ryan has a rhythm that will move your body, a voice that will touch your soul, and a song that will touch your heart.”

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash and driven with a deep love for blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and lightning fiddle, the band is a beacon for the next generation of classic hearts. You’ll hear Nashville sounds and new country twists for sure, they’re just cut apart and patched into the bedroll of Western cowboy ridin’ hard to beat the posse. This is Modern Outlaw Country.

Recent highlights include being direct support for Blackberry Smoke,  The Marshall Tucker BandJunior Brown and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The band will be on tour in 2015 performing across the Mid-West promoting their second full length album, Up From The North.

Winner “Best Country Band, 2015”
– Westword Music Showcase Awards

Winner “Best Country Band, 2014”
– Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands

Winner “Best Country Song, 2014”
– Colorado Music Association

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DE30 Neil Barlow is a Songwriter from the UK, and knows how to put it all together!

Neil Barlow is a Songwriter from the UK, and knows how to put it all together!- dHarmic Evolution Podcast
Neil Barlow, an internationally published Songwriter from Birmingham England, has had the honour and privilege of writing and working with some great people from around the world; Gareth Young, Tommy Denander, Neil Taylor, Michael J. Scott, Vicky Fallon, Bob Lamb, Larrick Ebanks to name but a few. These are all massively talented people in their own right and are an inspiration to Neil to write even more. Writing when inspiration hits him, with heart felt lyrics and music that touches the soul.

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DE29 Katey Laurel has a heart of Gold, you can feel it in her Music!

Katey Laurel has a heart of Gold, you can feel it in her Music! - dHarmic Evolution Podcast

The artistic roots of singer-songwriter Katey Laurel are both deep and diverse. Born to free-spirited, nature-loving parents in the early 1980s, she spent the first years of her life traveling coast-to-coast in a Volkswagen bus. When her family eventually made a lifestyle change from the freewheeling hippie life to settling on a ranch adjacent to national forest and 70 square mile wilderness area in rural northwestern Colorado, the isolated environment spurred Katey’s young imagination.  She naturally turned to creative pursuits. A lover of horses from an early age, she began drawing and painting her equine muses, and also began studying piano.

She draws inspiration from many musical styles—from the bluegrass and Appalachian roots records of her family’s early “hippie years” to the classic rock of Stevie Nicks and The Who; from 80s dance-pop cassettes including Debbie Gibson and Paula Abdul to the alternative rock of the 1990s; and from the classical roots of her musical training to the piano-rock of Ben Folds Five. (Throw in a bit of Sarah McLachlan, Over The Rhine and Dixie Chicks for good measure.)

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DE28 Amanda Shaw from the UK is a Singer/Songwriter!

Amanda Shaw from the UK is a Singer/Songwriter! - dHarmic Evolution Podcast

Amanda Shaw is a singer-songwriter who simply compels you to listen. With her evocative, distinct voice as described by one reviewer, her accomplished vocals will ‘mesmerize’ you. Throughout her childhood and teens Amanda performed in many shows and musicals. Having written songs since the age of 13, her vocal and song-writing style has been shaped from her earliest to present day musical influences, some of her main influences include Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Lucie Silvas, Delta Goodrem, Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, and all styles of music from across a broad range of genres.

Amanda has recently had her song ‘Travellin’ played on UK TV Show ‘Hollyoaks.’ She also regularly writes with Maggie K De Monde. Maggie, – who had a hit in the 80’s with ‘No Memory’ for the band Scarlet Fantastic, was invited by the music college Amanda studied at (Sussex Downs College – FDA Music Production) to speak about her career in music as part of the course. They formed a co-writing partnership which resulted in Amanda’s tracks ‘Free Falling’, ‘Live For Now’ and more recently ‘Summer’s Day’ ‘Belle Epoque’ and ‘I Am Not You’ all of which are particularly pop-folk in style. Amanda is currently writing with country-pop writers based in the US, and is set to record a new album in 2015 (including new country-pop tracks she has been pitched by writers of a high calibre and who are receiving much radio play throughout America) with her acoustic band.

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