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Sarah Copus

Sarah Copus

Sarah Copus (Youtube Sample)

Progressive new age band 2002 now includes young daughter Sarah Copus. At 11 years old, Sarah was the lead vocalist on their latest album, "Celtic Fairy Lullaby", singing in Gaelic, Welsh and English, and also playing harp. Sarah also performed on earlier 2002 albums. At age 10, Sarah's soaring, angelic voice was featured prominently on the album "Trail of Dreams", which won "Best Vocal Album" from Zone Music Reporter. The addition of young Sarah to the group has earned them the nickname the "First Family of New Age Music".

An accomplished harpist, Sarah also plays violin, piano and baritone ukulele. More impressive is that she's already creating harmonies and vocal arrangements for 2002 and others. Sarah is also an active member of the Texas Celtic music scene, having given over 160 performances in the past 2 years, both solo and with various bands. She was featured on the cover of the Allen Image Magazine and has been invited to be a featured performer at the venerable North Texas Irish Festival in 2017.

Vin Downes

Louis Colaiannia Vin Downes (Youtube Sample)

Vin Downes began studying guitar at the age of eleven. His early interests were in electric guitar, but this all changed when he heard the opening notes of David Cullen’s “Along the Way” on a Windham Hill Records guitar sampler. He immediately immersed himself in the fingerstyle music of Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, David Cullen and Leo Kottke.

Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980's, Downes furthered his interest of fingerstyle guitar technique and music composition by earning a degree in classical guitar performance and music education from William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Vin Downes has released four studio albums, two of which were produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist and producer, Will Ackerman and award winning engineer/producer, Tom Eaton. He has also been a performing member of "The Gathering – A Concert Series presented by Will Ackerman".

Downes has recorded and performed with musicians including Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, Michael Manring, Eugene Friesen, Liz Story and Tony Levin.

Vin Downes is a public school music teacher in New Jersey, where he currently teaches classical guitar at Bayonne High School.

Amy Faithe

Amy Faithe

Amy Faithe (Youtube Sample)

Phoenix based, Amy Faithe has been known for her soulful and sultry vocals in the r&b/soul and jazz genres, while having released her critically acclaimed debut album, The Ascent in the world of new age. Along with the completion of this stunning work of art came highly-praised reviews and nominations for “Best Vocal Album” for both Zone Music Reporter and One world Music Radio for 2015. Faithe has since carved a space for a fresh, modern and progressive interpretation of the new age genre and this year delivers her second album titled, Peaceful Warrior. While Peaceful Warrior promises her undeniable, signature sound, Amy vocally intertwines more of her r&b musical influences into what she describes as “an intimate account” with many of her personal life experiences as inspiration for the compositions. Amy is honored and excited to be included among such brilliant talent for this year’s ZMR Award performances and wishes much love and luck to all of the nominees.

Jill Haley

Jill Haley

Jill Haley  (Youtube Sample)

"Jill Haley's National Park series has provided me a view to verdant valleys, soaring mountains, and desert landscapes. Her music adds a unique dimension that no other media can offer- I know what they sound like." - RJ Lannon

Jill Haley has released 4 recordings of original music about the United States National Parks. The instrumental music is scored for oboe, English horn, piano, guitar, French horn, cello and percussion. Her 3rd recording, "Mesa Verde Soundscapes," received the "Best Piano Album- with Instrumentation" award from ZMR in 2014.

She has been an Artist in Residence at 3 National Parks, Badlands, Glacier, and Mesa Verde. This afforded her the opportunity to live in the Park for an extended time while she was creating the music. She also creates oboe and English horn lines as a guest musician for artists at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Roads Studios.

Tonight she will be joined by Grammy award winning guitarist, David Cullen.

Al Jewer & Andy Mitran

Al Jewer and Andy Mitran

Al Jewer & Andy Mitran (Youtube Sample)

Al Jewer and Andy Mitran have been musical partners for about 17 years. In that time the duo created 5 CD’s and 4 DVD’s, which have generated numerous awards and nominations. In 2004 they were approached by producers of the Oprah Winfrey Show to contribute music to their production library, which lead to them composing hundreds of pieces that helped create Oprah’s “Harpo Sounds” music library. From there Andy and Al began composing music for film and TV as well as launching their own Perfect Choice Music Library which now contains over 13,000 mixes. The ZMR Awards honored them two years in a row with awards for their album "Desert Light" winning Best Relaxation/Meditation album 2014 and "Surrounding Sky" winning Best Ambient Album in 2015. Their current album "Transmigration" reached number 1 on the Zone Music Reporter international air play charts in the spring of 2016 and features 22 special guests and collaborators making it a true journey with friends. Al and Andy continue to expand their musical horizons and they grow their discography.

Michele McLaughlin

Michele McLaughlin

Michele McLaughlin (Youtube Sample)

Michele McLaughlin is a Contemporary Solo Pianist & Composer. She has released seventeen albums, many of which have received multiple nominations and awards, including “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. Her album, Undercurrent, debuted at #5 on the New Age Billboard Charts. Her original solo piano compositions are often described as “musical storytelling” and are haunting and contagious, relaxing and beautiful, peaceful and touching, energetic and inspiring. Her music is a regular favorite on Pandora Radio and is a bestseller on iTunes and Amazon, often landing her in the Top Ten New Age Charts. You can listen to Michele online via Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, Pandora Radio, iTunes Radio, Spotify, XM/Sirius and Music Choice Soundscapes. Michele performs and tours regularly and runs her own in-home concert series in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"McLaughlin is what I refer to as a "heart on her sleeve" composer, i.e. there is no subterfuge, no subtlety at work in her music – she presents her emotional intent of a song forthwith and front and center. It's a testament to her considerable talent that this baring of her soul always works so well, because in the hands of a lesser talent, the music would be melodramatic, overly self-conscious, and would grow tiresome. However, it's not just her technique and artistry, which is impossible to ignore, but also her artist's soul, which seems woven into every piece of music she writes. No matter how pyrotechnic she can be (and this woman can really play piano with the best of 'em), there is always the presence of heart, sometimes "in your face" and sometimes between the lines, but never hidden behind artifice." - Bill Binkelman – Wind & Wire and Zone Music Reporter


Seay Seay (Vimeo Sample)

With her distinct voice and evocative sound American recording artist and peace ambassador Seay (pronounced 'say') has gained prominence as both a vocalist and composer. Originating her signature vocals and uplifting sound the beauty of Seay's award winning artistry touches a universal chord and has drawn listeners from across the globe releasing acclaimed albums and singles in the Pop, World and New Age genres. With classical training in both voice and music, Seay's formative years were spent playing piano and studying voice and traveling with her family in the Far East and Europe. It was while living in England and returning to her families English roots, her music journey began singing on projects for song publishers Carlin, Motown, Warner Chappell Music, "I have always felt like I am a citizen of the world and much of my creativity reflects that."

In recent years, Seay has forged her unique sound honing her skills as a vocalist, writer, and in music therapy. "I have always felt a strong purpose to be a part of the healing in the world." Under her own label, Tuscan Sun Music, Seay has released 4 projects with a universal themes. Her debut cd '1 Voice' an evocative album of world influences and celestial vocals was named a Top 10 album of the year. Her seasonal album, 'A Winter Blessing' endorsed by the United Nations was named on Mainly Piano's Top 30 albums of the last decade. Her inspirational single and video 'All Around The World' celebrating those common ties that join us, has been apart of several humanitarian events which include the opening ceremonies of World Peace Day, Peace Day TV and the theme for Project Peace on Earth's "Love All" Simulcast live From Bethlehem, Palestine on Christmas Day 2012 for which she is a musical ambassador.

Seay's most recent album 'In The Garden' a beautiful project of elemental themes celebrating the earth, ocean and each of us as human beings, and featuring several guest instrumentalists has spent 5 weeks on The Billboard New Age Charts peaking at #3 alongside Enya and Vangelis with 4 months on the ZMR Radio top ten charts and reaching #3 for 2 months. Seay has also been blessed to work and perform with many gifted musicians, songwriters, composers, producers in film, television. Her recent vocal work includes he honor of singing on the world music project "Shanti Samsara" by Ricky Kej launching the United Nations COP21 Climate Change conference in Paris.

Seay is very honored to be performing selections of her music in the 13th annual ZMR awards with so many gifted artists.

Michael Whalen

Micheal Whalen

Michael Whalen (Youtube Sample)

Two-time Emmy® award-winner, BMI award winner and Emmy® nominated composer and noted music supervisor, Michael Whalen, is a veteran of 750 TV and film scores, thousands of commercials and numerous TV themes and corporate identity pieces. He is also a well-known recording artist having created dozens of solo albums and soundtrack recordings. His best known solo recording is the 2005 Narada recording “My Secret Heart” which features the song “I Have Loved You for a Thousand Lifetimes.” His newest recording “Dream Cycle” was released in February 2017. Michael has been an adjunct professor at The Berklee College of Music, The City College of New York and NYU. He is represented and published by Warner/Chappell Music..

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