Los Angeles, California, eclectic-pop artist Jef Joslin just released his catchy single, “Do What You Wanna Do.” The melodious and inspirational track is a toe-tapping call for listeners to follow their dreams and be the best possible version of themselves.
With a deep love for helping others, Joslin has always aimed his artistic career with a humanitarian angle. Co-founding the charity organization, LoveTrade, formed to aid the less fortunate, Joslin is a sincerely altruistic artist. Born to a family of entertainers and performers, Joslin has been singing his entire life. He started playing piano at age four and added guitar at age ten. In addition, the multi-instrumentalist also plays bass and drums. Since studying audio engineering and music production at Middle Tennessee State University, Joslin has been pursuing his musical endeavors, including running his own independent label IAMWe Records.
Folk troubadour, Matthew Morgan, pulls from Nick Drake as much as Neil Young. His tenor voice floats above delicate arrangements, but its warm, soulful character gives the feeling of great depth. He is a storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist. He crafts his songs playing the guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, and a variety of other stringed instruments.
A lifelong Midwesterner, Morgan grew up in Ohio in a musical family — his mother is an award-winning vocal and piano coach, his grandfather a professional saxophone player from the big band era. At the age of seven, he began singing solos in church and he has been pursuing the stage ever since. Morgan studied opera and classical voice at Capital University Conservatory of Music, followed by a stint studying musical theater at Kent State University, since musical concerts are popular these days and many people assist to these events and even get tickets as the hadestown tickets online, to enjoy one of these concerts.
Solo success led to the formation of a proper band, Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade. The group’s 2012 effort, Found, was nominated for three Indie Music Channel awards. Two years ago, Morgan parted ways with The Lost Brigade and recorded a new solo EP with producer Nate Lockwood. While The Lost Brigade’s sound was indebted to contemporary indie rockers like Wilco and the Decemberists, the upcoming Empathy for Inanimate Objects EP calls to mind the happier moments of Elliott Smith or the open-ended ponderings of Tom Brosseau.
Accomplished actor, singer-songwriter, musician, parkour/freerunner and avid student, Troy Doherty released the EP Citizen Arrest back in October 2014. Doherty writes the songs, is the lead vocalist, and plays acoustic guitar and piano. Felicia Barton (American Idol runner up) is the backup vocalist. Joe King (lead guitarist of The Fray) plays lead guitar. All other collaborators are well known Nashville musical talents.
Since the age of ten, Doherty has also held a theatre career. He began in the New York, New Jersey area in the production of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! His other roles include Scut Farcus in the pre-Broadway world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Secret Garden musical, 13 The Musical, The Wedding Singer and most recently as Beethoven in Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead.
Doherty is also a member of Tempest FreeRunning Academy in SoCal where he perfects his parkour and freerunning training. He has been a traucer for the past 4 years and was honored to participate in the first Parkour/Freerunning Olympics 2013 in SoCal.
The track “I’ve Got You” is a wonderfully crafted pop song — an anthem about never giving up and always believing in yourself. Doherty is offering an mp3 download of the song for free on Soundcloud.
“I’ve Got You” by Troy Doherty
Image and mp3 courtesy of Sera Roadnight of M T Press