Each self-curated session features an artist responding to this moment through an original song and visual capture. These sessions celebrate the vast sound, feel, and artistry of our state. All releases and the collaborative compilation will be publicly available.
This program is supported by an External Agency grant from the Louisville Metro Government.
On August 10th, 1997 D’Coryia Cunningham aka “Coyia” was born an artist here in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been writing music since the age of 5. Listening and being influenced by top Hip-Hop and R&B Artists such as Eve, J Cole, Drake, Erykah Badu, Teyana Taylor, and Beyonce. She uses her upbringing in both Hip-Hop and R&B to create her Lyrical and Melodic approach to music.
Johnathan "JONJOHN " Johnson is from Louisville, KY. At age 34, he has accomplished many things in his career of music and entertainment. The soultry singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and director is a multi-faceted creative that uses his ideas and concepts to deliver quality entertainment in various platforms. Brought up in the church, where he began singing as a young child; JONJOHN developed his love for the arts- and began writing plays and directing them, as well as the choir. From there, he went on to sing and travel the world at a young age in various choirs, groups and tours. JONJOHN was also a Finalist on BET's SUNDAY BEST- a international Gospel television competition in 2009. He has starred in many stage plays and has also traveled abroad the nation on tours acting. In recent years, he has hosted many events, concerts, fashion shows- and has started a graphic and branding business of his own called "Merge Media" that is very popular locally and among his peers and many entrepreneurs for it's quality work. Johnathan is planning to release three singles this year and a special surprise in the fashion world, as well as a jazz compilation.
Tez is an artist, host, speaker, and member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and creator of IAmRoyalty Entertainment Group from Louisville Ky. He has been making music since he was a teenager and hosting shows for independent artists in the Kentuckiana area since 2010. The name Tez of 2Deep comes from his commitment to rap group 2Deep who hit the independent industry in 2015 with their hit single My Party My Show. After splitting musically Tez decided to become a solo artist and attach the name 2Deep for inspiration. To help with networking and resources Tez created the group IAmRoyalty. This is a group of artists, photographers, DJ's, model's, and more working together in order to reach individual and group goals. Tez has opened up for many national recording artists including the legendary group Bone Thugs and Harmony, singer Avant, and many more. Tez hosted the Louisville based radio show WkndwithTez for 3 years before the station decided to close in 2019. In 2019, he released the music project Finally Free which included his hit songs, Can't Worry, Bounce and Wind for me. The following year, He was awarded the Community service award from the AMPED organization and Alumni Brotherhood award of Kentucky from his fraternity Phi Beta Sigma. Tez and his wife Jessica also known as Hypewife, started a podcast We ain't Goals...We're just us to help couples with their relationship goals and navigate through current times. Tez intends to release his new album and continue giving content to his fans in 2021.
Sasha Renee is a Hip-Hop/Soul artist and songwriter from Louisville, KY. She won the Kentucky Urban Entertainment Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019. In 2019 Sasha Renee was also nominated for two Southern Entertainment Awards. She has released two official mixtapes and she most recently released her second studio album which is an EP titled F.L.A.V.A. In addition to being an artist, Sasha is the curator of the weekly Thursday night open mic known as The Louisville Vibe. It is the longest running weekly open mic still happening in Louisville as it started in February 2015. She has been published in blogs and magazines across the country, has performed on Louisville’s biggest stages and has a forever growing and engaging social media following.
Mixing elements of R&B and soul with their jazz roots, Kiana & the Sun Kings make music that is modern yet timeless, energetic yet contemplative. It is their ultimate goal to make music that dabbles equally in complexity and simplicity, crafting sounds for the jazz player and casual listener alike. In just three short years since their formation, the band gained traction from their beloved home base, Louisville KY, and spread that love to surrounding midwestern cities and beyond. With the recent release of their debut single “Metamorphosis,” this fiery septet will continue to push the sonic envelope. Keep an ear out for the release of their first EP entitled “Chrysalis” in early 2021.
Bridge 19 is a touring band based out of Louisville, KY. They offer a sound pallet of moody electric guitars, horns, accordion,
& pedal steel - with rhythmic stylings of Nola jazz meets americana. Vocal harmony is the corner stone, and makes Bridge 19 unique and transfixing. Bridge 19 somehow closes the gap between americana, singer/songwriter, vintage soul, folk, & pop. One of the few bands that you can both dance and cry to.
On August 14th, 2014 Chanson launched her independent music career with a full concert which was located at HARD ROCK LOUISVILLE. She is now the first African American female local artist to headline a show at Hard Rock Louisville. Because of this thrilling concert, the songstress has managed to build an empire of dedicated entrepreneurs willing to offer their time and talents to help her become the most successful entertainer to come out of Louisville. She has worked intensely with her brother, Harold Calhoun, (also known as SOLE) artist/producer. He has been producing for her since she was 13 and they have created an amazing debut album titled “ELEMENT”. This masterpiece is a monumental introduction to who she is and what she stands for, women empowerment.Since the 2018 release, the recording studio became a regular place of solitude for Chanson to craft the highly anticipated EP titled STRANGE, set to release in late 2020/early 2021.
On August 14th 2020, she became a full time CEO/founder and manager of Enchanted Boutique and Creative Space. This Frankfort Avenue creative Mecca is something for artists to have access to for putting on shows and selling their merchandise, as well as a whole list of other services/businesses that Chanson has utilized her talents to provide.
Tiny Tiny began as a solo project for songwriter Boone Williams of Somerset, KY. After releasing a slew of demos and underground recordings, signing with an overseas record label, and constantly reinventing Tiny Tiny’s sonic pallet, Williams went rogue. Fellow Somerset musicians Phillip Claunch and Aaron Todd joined the cast making Tiny Tiny what it is today. 3 friends in south central Kentucky, independently making freaky pop music. They are nice and you can trust them.