Dallas, TX - Where will the next Norah Jones, Stevie Ray Vaughn or Eryka Badu come from? North Texas is brimming with outstanding younger talent, and just as the aforementioned took the music world by storm, there are others, unknown to many for now, waiting for their chance at stardom.
Beginning Monday, May 17, WFAA's Good Morning Texas will feature some rising musical stars with a full week of performances from some of the most promising acts in North Texas. GMT airs weekdays in high definition on WFAA.
"We have enjoyed some talented young performers on the GMT stage over the years, and helped a few get started in the process" said Dave Muscari, executive producer of the homegrown morning talk show. "LeAnn Rimes launched her career performing on this show, and there may be another just like her waiting in the wings ready to be discovered."
The week's lineup includes the following:
May 17: Anna Thomas
This 14-year old singer-songwriter has a rich family musical history that stretches from Memphis, Tennessee to her home in Dallas. She blends original jazz/pop/soul to produce an amazingly original sound.
Pop music rising star Salim Nourallah describes her this way: "I've been a working musician/producer for over 20 years and have never come across a young talent as formidable as Anna Thomas."
Immersed in music even before birth, her grandfather played sax in the legendary Stax record sessions in Memphis for Elvis Presley, the Box Tops (best known for Alex Chilton-penned hits such as "The Letter" and "Soul Deep") and Isaac Hayes. As many successful artists, Anna began her own musical journey in church, where she began singing in musicals at the age of 8, writing and arranging her own music, entertaining friends, family and the congregation. In 2008 Anna began working with Matt Gaskins, a multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the University of North Texas, first as a student, and then a collaborator. She continues to write with Matt as well as on her own.
May 18: Josh Goldberg
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Goldberg is a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He was recently accepted into University of Southern California's prestigious Popular Music program and plans on attending in the fall.
Josh has been a member of high school's prestigious Midi Ensemble for two years, contributing his vocals, piano, and original songs, and shared a Downbeat cAward with them in 2009 for Best Blues/Pop/Rock group. He was a finalist in the Dallas Songwriters Association 2008 Song Contest, and has performed for their Crossroads Songwriting Festival multiple times.
May 19: Tiger Darrow (with special guest Cary Pierce of Jackopierce)
A songwriter, guitarist, cellist and actress, 17-year old Tiger Darrow is a junior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She appears regularly as a headlining performer at venues in Dallas. Tiger was selected to perform at the 2009 State Fair of Texas "Girls That Rock" music festival, at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival Awards Ceremony and at the 2010 One Arts Spring Block Party.
She recently signed with Cary Pierce's label, foreverything music, to produce a 6 song EP. Her original songs include collaborations with Pierce (Jackopierce) who co-wrote the song "Only A Year" and served as producer on her recording. Tiger has also appeared in a variety of motion pictures including Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids3-D: Game Over, Shark Boy and Lava Girl, and more than a dozen others. She also starred in The Cassidy Kids with Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and Ann Ramsey (The L Word).
May 20: Madison Greer
As a singer, actress, writer, dancer and model, 18-year old Madison Greer lives through the arts. For as long as she can remember, she has been enveloped in the heart of music, theater and film as she listened to and watched her father, singer/songwriter/piano man, WT Greer, and his band add their special touch to the world's greatest tunes.
In the fall, Madison will be starting her second year in the prestigious 5-year Bachelor's/Master's dual degree program between Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. A 2009 Grammy Jazz Ensemble finalist, Madison has taken her jazz/pop/R&B fusion sound to the world stage in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Mexico and finally in Los Angeles, where she was a finalist on the ABC/Disney reality TV show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture. She is currently writing music for her debut album and is represented by Kim Dawson Talent for television and film.
May 21: Summer Ames
Before she could even walk, Summer Ames' grandmother's vinyl albums deeply influenced the independent artist from Dallas. The music of Connie Boswell, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell gave the Dallas based singer-songwriter an appreciation and a foundation she says she has built on ever since.
Summer has an engaging sound that blends pop, folk and a hint of jazz. Her debut EP, Complicated Daydream, gained international attention. Her song "Breaking Up the Love Scene" is currently nominated for an Independent Music Award, and another song, "Awakening," is to be featured on all domestic and international Delta Airlines flights for the months of May and June.
"These artists will perform mostly original compositions on GMT for the week," said Muscari. He added that some will provide free downloads of their music available throughout on the stations web site, WFAA.com/gmt.
WFAA is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly traded television companies, that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Dave Muscari, WFAA vice president/product development at 214-977-6490.