Keaton Simons, Michael Tolcher, and Rachel Platten
Singer / Songwriter
A degree in Ethnomusicology isn’t standard for a singer/songwriter, but Keaton Simons isn’t a standard singer songwriter. He’s worked as a musical director, guitarist, singer or bassist for many artists, including Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg and the Black Eyed Peas. He’s opened for Coldplay, REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, and has written songs with Jason Mraz. His music has appeared on such TV shows as American Dad!, NCIS and Malcolm in the Middle. Keaton Simons is as down to earth as his music, which appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. He is currently putting the finishing touches on an album to be released late 2011/early 2012.
MICHAEL TOLCHER got his start at songwriting at the age of five and started performing with his church choir soon after. Still, he didn’t turn to music seriously until after his track career was cut short by injury. His first album, I Am, was released in 2004 and he began opening for such acts as Maroon 5, The Dave Matthews Band and Everclear. His song “Sooner or Later” was featured on Scrubs, and “Bad Habits” was featured on One Tree Hill.
RACHEL PLATTEN’s debut album Be Here is the brainchild of a transatlantic journey going everyone from London to LA, Stockholm and finally New York City. When she returned from her journey, songs swimming in her head, she took a songwriting course at Berklee and began recording her debut album. Since then she has opened for such artists as Ziggy Marley, The Strokes and Regina Spektor.