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with Marissa K, Benjamin Williams and Shae Brant
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Cassidy Zahar is a 19 yr old singer/songwriter from Bellis, Alberta. Although rooted in traditional classic country, Cassidy enjoys all genres of music and has been know to put an “original spin” on most anything. Because giving back to the community is of great importance to Cassidy she can often be found singing in Senior Lodges and Nursing homes, or taking part in benefit concerts of all kinds.
Cassidy is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Music Program In Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music. She is majoring in Performance (Voice) at McEwan University in Edmonton.
There have been several memorable moments for Cassidy such as singing the National Anthem for the 2009 Roar of the Rings, 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier, the 2013 and 2014 LRA Rodeo finals and most recently the 2014 CFR in Edmonton. In May of 2013, Cassidy was awarded the Alberta Men & Women of Country Music’s Dianne Branson, “Rising Star Award”. Being Runner up and earning a custom made guitar at the 2013 Ponoka Stampede’s Talent Search is also high up on the list of bests! In March of 2013, Cassidy travelled to Nashville and Pigeon Forge TN with the Global Country group. There she took part in The North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) music competition bringing home…Int’l Female Vocalist of the Year, Int’l Female Entertainer of the Year and Int’l Video of the Year in the 13-16 yr old age group. In both 2013 and 2014, Cassidy participated in the ATB Homegrown Talent Road to the Main stage competition at BVJ. On both occasions she made it to the Top 12 with a Top 5 finish in 2015.
Marissa K is a vibrant, imaginative singer-songwriter based in Edmonton, Alberta. As a fan of escapism, Marissa strives to transport her listeners through her songs into a unique, colourful world. She focuses her songwriting on storytelling, as her inspiration comes from her background in performing in dance and theatre. Her music evokes the vitality and nostalgia of songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Sara Bareilles, but has a distinctive, theatrical writing style that is all her own.
After six years of actively working in the Edmonton music scene, Marissa has performed at many local venues and most recently, has become a regular solo act at Branches Fresh Food Experience. Most notably, on October 30, 2016, Marissa’s debut single and music video, "Hush," were released at On The Rocks Kitchen + drink. This event was well-received and showcased Marissa’s songwriting skills, both through sound and visual art. The video features a stunning contrast of black-and-white visuals and an originally choreographed lyrical number, inspired by the song’s melancholy harmony and lyrics. Together they manifest the raw inner-workings of the mind of a young girl and her struggle to keep up appearances in the face of adversity. This is Marissa's first single and is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.
Marissa K’s debut EP, Postcards, was recorded, engineered, and produced by Erin Yamabe at The Audio Department, featuring local Edmonton musicians. Postcards includes six entirely original songs written by Marissa K. This EP is a culmination of Marissa’s evolution as a songwriter over the last six years of her career, each piece representing a different milestone in Marissa’s musical growth. It is available now on marissakmusic.com, CDbaby, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play
Benjamin Williams is a musician, singer-songwriter and producer from Edmonton, Alberta whose unique and buoyant zest has quickly established him as one to watch in the local music scene. At the ripe old age of 16, he possesses an unmatched ability to captivate you with his outrageously charming personality and musical prowess, whether performing at concert halls, coffee shops, festivals, charity events or busking.
He began his musical endeavours in classical guitar studies under the tutelage of Michel Forestier in 2004 and has been recognized with many accolades and scholarships, most notably in 2011, where he won the Alberta Music Festival Association Provincial Festival in Classical Guitar for Age 12 and Under, and 2013, where he again won the AMFA Provincial Festival, in both Classical Guitar and Music Composition for Age 16 and Under.
As an alternative/folk-rock artist and singer-songwriter, he has promptly made a name for himself among fans and peers alike and is garnering the attention of established professionals in the music industry. Among his most notable accomplishments, he claimed 1st Place in Parkland's Got Talent in 2014.
Benjamin is currently working with fellow musician Stephen Lecky as they produce and swap support for their highly anticipated debut recordings, which are slated to be released in the upcoming year.