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Published: 7/14/2009

Writers On The Storm showcase July 13th

SESAC had another successful Writers On The Storm showcase Monday, July 13th in NYC.  The showcase was held at Rockwood Music Hall and featured Tamara Hey, Tori Sparks and Nick Young.  For more info about each artist, see below.

SESAC's Linda Lorence Critelli, Tamara Hey, Nick Young, Tori Sparks, SESAC's Trevor Gale

Nick Young performs

Tamara Hey performs

Tori Sparks performs

Tamara Hey

(www.tamarahey.com or miserablyhappy.com)
Tamara Hey is a folk-pop singer/songwriter originally from the Bronx and now living in the East Village.  It has been said recently, "Tamara's songs are infused with typical New Yorker sarcasm and pure pop influences.  She is an impressive and thoughtful creator, a songwriter’s songwriter, and one of the best in NYC.  Refreshingly, Tamara Hey brings lighthearted optimism to a singer/songwriter genre often skewed toward the brooding and depressive."

Tamara has released 3 CDs on her own label, including her latest, "Miserably Happy"  and will this month,  release an album of children's music with fellow Berklee College of Music graduate Ilene Altman; the record is entitled "Leeny and Tamara - Sharing the Same Stars" and there will be a CD release party in NYC this fall.  In addition to being a private guitar teacher, recently, Tamara has ventured into new and exciting territory:  performing for babies in her interactive "baby music classes" around the city.

Nick Young

(www.burningdaylightonline.com /ww.myspace.com/burningdaylight">www.myspace.com/burningdaylight)
Hailing from Rochester, N.Y., singer-songwriter Nick Young and his band Burning Daylight combine power pop hooks with country-tinged roots rock to form an energetic sound that’s familiar, yet all its own. Since releasing their debut album "Whiskey & Romances" in 2007, recorded with acclaimed producer Dan McLoughlin (prior credits include Dinosaur Jr. & Weezer), Young and his band have been busy playing throughout the Northeast at such high profile clubs as the Mercury Lounge in NYC and the Paradise in Boston.  Young is set to complete his first solo record in Nashville in July with producer Jim Reilley, followed by an early fall release for the album.

Tori Sparks

Tori Sparks calls Nashville home, but spends most of her time on the road in the U.S. and Europe. Called “a knockout” by the Village Voice, Tori just released her third album, The Scorpion in the Story in June 2009. The album was co-produced with indie rock veteran David Henry (R.E.M., Ben Folds, Josh Rouse, Cowboy Junkies), and features players such as Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell), Jiill Sobule, Viktor Krauss (Allison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Lyle Lovett), Fats Kaplin (Mark Knopfler, Kevin Welch), and Barry Walsh (Gretchen Peters).  The thirteen songs on The Scorpion in the Story range from dusky, thumping blues, to sweet, folk-infused ballads.

Sparks’ previous release, Under This Yellow Sun, garnered five-star reviews from the likes of All Music Guide and many more. The album was licensed to MTV, Lifetime, and Oxygen Networks for use in their 2009 television programming. Her single “Cold War” was included on the Universal Music France double-disc compilation (40,000+ copies sold). Her song “Caged Bird” was named one of the Top 12 DIY Downloads by Performing Songwriter magazine.