Past Artists and Performers
The Seattle songwriter and performer has been dreaming about a place in the clouds where he could perform and curate something special. It's been surreal seeing this monthly music series blossom into a place that feels removed from reality, where artists aren't afraid to try new things and have a conversation about their art.
Born in Chewelah, Washington, singer and songwriter Allen Stone describes himself as "a hippie with soul," and his music reflects both sides of this formula. His vocals and melodic style show the clear influence of classic soul and R&B of the 1960s and '70s, while his lyrics reveal an idealism and passion that recall the folk-inspired singer/songwriters of the same era.
Known under the moniker of SassyBlack, Catherine Harris-White is woman of power and peace who brings positive vibrations and challenges the status quo. As half of the American Hip-Hop/R&B duo, Thee Satisfaction, she brings a groove and trance like sensibility to her live performance that leaves feeling like you've just finished the best group meditation ever. Find Cat's songs for sale here.
The minute you hear Seattle by way of South Carolina's singer Austin Crane croon with his rustic, sad-eyed folk songs, you instantly wonder why his music isn't everywhere already. Listen to his song "By My Side" at the Fremont Abbey, or buy his band's music here and you'll be glad you did.
"Erik Walters, the former frontman of The Globes, makes wonderfully hushed music under the pseudonym Silver Torches. It’s music that is hard to tie back to The Globe’s spin on indie rock, until you consider the strong songwriting found in both projects. And with the more stripped back sound of Silver Torches, the Seattle artist’s songwriting is given an even bigger spotlight." - KEXP
Known as the "Seattle String Guy" because of his work on some many albums, from David Bazan to Macklemore, Andrew Joslyn has carved out a spot in Seattle music infamy. As a long time friend and collaborator with Kris Orlowski he has performed at almost every Tower Session. More information about Andrew can be found here.
Torry who plays with Kris Orlowski, has one of best voices in Seattle, singing on countless records and also serving as a full-time member of the band Pacific Gold. He’s been a stalwart guest on most of Orlowski’s Tower Session appearances and is one of the people that always brings a special sauce to every collaboration he is apart of. More on Torry here.
Tomo Nakayama is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. His music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP, and he has toured throughout the US and Japan at fests such as SXSW, CMJ, Sasquatch, and Bumbershoot. Fog On The Lens is his first solo album, made after nearly a decade fronting beloved Seattle chamber-pop band Grand Hallway, and composing for an acting in Lynn Shelton’s Sundance Grand Jury nominated film "Touchy Feely".
Tim Wilson is the lead singer of the pop-rock group, Ivan & Alyosha. With a voice that’s easy to love, strong stage presence and sense of melody, he has recently launched his side project under his name.The Tower Sessions were lucky enough to have him join the holiday themed choir this past December. You can buy Ivan & Alyosha’s music here.
Five years ago, Maiah Manser moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music. Since then, she has worked both as a solo artist, as well as with a variety of projects including: Mary Lambert (as a touring vocalist featured on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, Good Morning America, & VH-1's You Oughta Know), The Esoterics, and Pollens. Maiah began her solo career playing for EMPs Sound Off! 2013 competition. In Sept 2014, her song 'Hold Your Head Up' was featured in City Arts Magazine's Top 5 Most Attractive Singles. She is currently finishing work on her debut EP with producer Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean, Motopony). Often compared to female power houses like Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Björk & Adele, Maiah strives to fuse the digital and the organic in every aspect of her music.
Shenandoah Davis has been a force in the Seattle music scene, best known for her work performance solo under her name and as part of the orchestral pop group Grand Hallway. A classically trained pianist with a distinct voice and eclectic palate, the Tower Sessions were lucky enough to have her join the holiday themed choir this past December. You can buy her music here.
Sam has a texture and jazz swing to her voice that captivates everyone. She’s accompanied Kris for multiple Tower Sessions, including a special performances of the Gershwin Sessions and in the holiday choir this past December. Sam is working on multiple music projects, be on the look out for her music.
Bryan John Appleby is a singer/songwriter and composer living in Seattle, WA by way of the Central California Coast. He's quickly earned a reputation as a notable lyricist and a compelling solo performer, leaving new and old fans affected by his warm voice and intricately crafted lyrics.