Suzie Bradford’s sultry pop vocals are like a smooth sip of nectar. She’s been influenced by such artists as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan & Aimee Mann, but more often, this Washington-born singer/songwriter draws inspiration from those close to her—a community of fantastic friends and musicians. In 2003 she joined with guitarist/backup vocalist (and now husband) Ben Bradford to start the musical group known as “The Side Project.” They quickly began doing what they love best, playing crowd-pleasing adult contemporary music as often as they could. In 2010, they released their third album, “Wake Up Call.” The Side Projects’ music also has been played in Starbucks across the country and radio stations around the world.
Rochelle House grew up in California. Rochelle studied jazz, commercial music, and studio singing in Southern California, at Golden West College. While learning how to work in a recording studio, Rochelle discovered a passion for studio time that remains to this day.
In her twenties, she changed her artistic focus from music to child development, raising “four very beautiful human beings.” During this period she wrote “a bunch of folk songs” during nap time. When her youngest child started school Rochelle returned to music: going to jam sessions, studying with the free jazz vocalist Jay Clayton, and attending the Centrum jazz workshops. She took courses at the University of Washington and “mixed them up” with classes at Antioch University to get her BA, in Music/Jazz.
With so much the time spent in the recording studio as a youth, Rochelle had come to think of the recording process as an art form. Her first recording “Dreams of love” was well received by the jazz community. It earned her a nomination for Vocalist of the Year by Seattle’s Earshot Jazz organization.
Rochelle’s sophomore cd “Water” 2009 is an interesting mix of her own compositions and unusual pieces played by a world-class group of Seattle-based jazz musicians. The album is meant to encourage people to become familiar with the decisions that are being made about water ownership and the availability of clean water, with the hope that people will be inspired to help to make our world as good as it can be, for everybody.
Rochelle House performs music in many configurations, duo to orchestra, from straight ahead classic jazz groups, to her latest adventure the “New House Orchestra” which blends the sensibilities of Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin Music, Rock, and Country Music.
Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his wealth of experience and generations of fans bear witness to this affectionate accolade.