Saturday, January 17, 2015

Meet the artists! (My "Hope" CD Release Concert co-bills!)

Dear Friends,

This Just In!!

COMPLETE ARTIST BIOS FOR MY "HOPE" CD RELEASE CONCERT on Feb. 13th at Tin Angel! Just $675 left to raise of $800 CD fundraiser ending Jan.20! GOFUNDME LINK: [Photo credit: Barbara Kigozi, courtesy of the Leeway Foundation.]

Brooklyn-born, Haitian&Chinese-American artist Cassendre Xavier has shared the stage with Charlie King, John Flynn, Joe Crookston, Rupert Wates, Antje Duvekot, Tret Fure, Alix Dobkin, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Toshi Reagon, Pat Humphries of emma's revolution, Ubaka Hill, and the late Anne Rabson of Sapphire: Uppity Blues Women, among other folks, pop, rock, blues, and jazz artists. Since 2002, Cassndre has independently released 6 original recordings described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade, and Enya" (Steven M. Wilson, Borders Music), and her album Live at Tin Angel was honorably mentioned by Philadelphia City Paper's M. J. Fine as the number 9 of "Top 21 Local EPs of 2007". WXPN 88.5's Amazon Country host Debra D'Alessandro has said, "Her stage presence is one part sex kitten serenading in heels, two parts powerhouse kick-ass feminist troubadour poet. In concert with Cassendre Xavier, there is never a dull moment." Cassendre's 7th album Hope will be released at Tin Angel on Friday, February 13th, 2015. Visit Cassendre at:

Monica McIntyre
Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, and Sound Healer are a few titles used to describe Monica McIntyre. She weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors and sounds so unique that one genre simply does not cover it. Monica uses her cello as a conduit to seamlessly blend: Blues, Soul, Folk, Classical, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds into an unforgettable musical landscape.
  In September 2013 Monica self-released her sophmore album 'It Soon Come', produced by John Chelew, featuring: Marcia McIntyre (violin/vocals), Thea Bashful (vocals), Reggina Thompson (oboe), and Mike Jacobsen (percussion). In December 2014 she self-released and produced her third full-length album 'Mourning To The Moonlight'. For more information go to:

Phyllis Voren (COMEDY)
Phyllis Voren is a native Philadelphian.  Starting with acting in New York, she found work in television commercials, soap operas, and theatre. She also had small parts in films shot in New York such as "Annie Hall" and "Clean and Sober  She came to stand-up by way of comedy improvisation and performed with an improv group at the famed "Comedy Store" in L.A.  Her greatest moment was after the Comedy Store show Robin Williams complimented her work!  But finding that performing stand-up was her first love and combined her writing and performing talents she threw herself into the stand-up business.  Ultimately Phyllis went on tour performing stand-up comedy at clubs and colleges all over the U.S.,  She also performed in the Arctic Circle as part of a Department of Defense entertainment tour. Back home, she was awarded Philadelphia's Funniest Jewish Comic at  Funnybones Comedy Club (no longer in business) and was a regular performer at Dangerfields Comedy Club in NY.  Known for her amazing energy and intelligent and hilarious material she's had great success in Philly and NY comedy clubs. Visit Phyllis at

Roadshow Relics
Roadshow Relics have been together since 2006, performing dynamic harmonies that blend folk, country, blues, classic rock from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90' well as original tunes.
The current quartet combines the jazz and rock chops of bassist and percussionist Bill Busch, the mandolin, guitar, keyboard and harmonica virtuosity of Robin Cohen, the soulful vocal intensity of Debra D'Alessandro, and guitar magic and powerful vocals of Todd Oberholtzer.  From NJ house concerts to Roxborough and Germantown taverns, the Relics spread their musical joy wherever they go, achieving a sweet balance of polish and improvisation on unique interpretations of Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Hall and Oats, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Armatrading, The Who, and The Kinks, as well as more current artists like K.T. Tunstall and Colbie Caillat.  More info at

Tracy Mace
Surrounded by music her entire life, Ms. Mace is a former trumpet and French horn player who made the switch to voice in her late teens. Her primary music genre is Jazz; however, she also performs Classical, Folk, Spirituals, Rock and Praise and Worship. In addition to solo appearances, Tracy has performed with American Music Abroad, Bloomsburg University Choir, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Bagby Chorale several local Jazz Musicians.
 Venues in which Ms. Mace has performed include, Cathedrals in France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the West Chester Historical Society, Adventure Aquarium, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Zanzibar Blue, Caesars Circus Maximus and  Newtown Public Library. Ms. Mace is currently serving as the Worship Coordinator at Glenolden Church in Glenolden, PA. Visit Tracy at 

Hope to see you then!

She Love Herself Some Nappage (aka "Nappery")

Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
"renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur"
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)
Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & executive director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). 
Visit the Cassendre Xavier Music Gallery at CD Baby: 
Visit Cassendre's iTunes storefront:
Visit Cassendre's Amazon song singles page:
Official website:

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