A.C. (Drew Cummings) – Spotify
AC is a rapper/songwriter. He’s been writing and performing for 6 years. His influences are past and present rap idols, as well as his childhood and upbringing.
Brett Koolik – Spotify
Brett Koolik is 19 year old singer songwriter and classically trained pianist from Boca Raton Florida. He’s been playing piano since the 3rd grade. He is currently a sophomore studying biomedical engineering. Some of his musical inspirations include Carole King, James Taylor, John Mayer, and Kanye West.
EHADES makes music for people who sit in the parking lot and let the song finish playing before they turn off the car.
Gabriella Badmus is a Florida-native singer/songwriter at Vanderbilt University. She has been singing and playing the the piano and the clarinet since she was in elementary school. Her favorite artists are Aretha Franklin, Adele, and Lorde. She is currently working on her first single release and an EP, and she is looking forward to sharing her music with the world.
Karen the Computer
“We make audio files.”
Members: Donovan Taylor (Bass), Yigit Atay (Keys), Jessica Abbattista (Trumpet), Sterling Miller (Drums)
An economics major from Los Angeles California, he makes hip hop music, mostly rapping but he enjoys producing as well. Some of his favorite musicians are Lil Wayne, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bolden, Kendrick Lamar, and James Brown.
Lackhoney (Aly Lakhani) – Spotify, Soundcloud
Growing up with Indian and Pakistani parents meant young Aly “Lackhoney” Lakhani heard more Bollywood hits and Muslim spiritual music than hip-hop. But when he first heard artists like Audio Push in middle school, his world changed. He spent hours studying their videos, stage presence, and radio freestyles. Those early binge sessions laid the groundwork for his artistry.
He fused his influences with inspiration from acts like Smino, Chance the Rapper and indie rockers Arlie.
A clever lyricist and charismatic vocalist, Lackhoney is carving out a unique place in hip hop by embracing his own reality, from dealing with the racial prejudice he experiences as a Muslim to the everyday ups and downs of life as a student.
Lucy DK – Spotify
Lucy DK has been writing songs with her guitar since she was 14. Since moving to Nashville from England, she has worked extensively with Hip-Hop, Pop and RnB artists in the city, expanding her influences and developing her sound. She is currently working on her first extended solo project.
Mativo is a hip-hop artist from Lawrenceville, GA, and is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University.
When asked how he started making music he said, “I wrote my first song in 7th grade and since then it has slowly turned into my therapy sessions. If you knew me before you heard my music you’d probably be surprised by it, just because I’m very generally cheerful, but I think I owe that to how much emotion I work through when I’m making music, and that’s what I want someone listening to my music to feel, I want them to understand and be able to relate to this emotion that I’m presenting.”
Natasha Blaine is an indie pop singer-songwriter from Seattle, WA. Her music is influenced by R&B, folk, and jazz. Fascinated with music, particularly vocal jazz, from a very young age, Natasha began singing and performing at age 7, and started writing her own songs soon after.
Raya The First
Hailing from Chicago, Raya the First learned to create vibes that show off where she comes from. Drawing inspiration from Brent Faiyaz, Domani, and Frank Ocean, Raya sets out to take the classic chill R&B and gospel style and make it her own.
Sam started writing raps at 11. His biggest influences are Lecrae, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Tech N9ne, Mick Jenkins.
Sarah writes and records songs with raw ambience and honest lyrics.
State 28 (Matt Villa) – Spotify, Soundcloud
State 28 started as a silly middle school project when Matt decided he was tired of playing boring covers and wanted to write music instead. After releasing an EP and two albums in highschool, Matt took his mediocre project and turned it into a slightly-above-average band in college. He combined forces with Ross Clements, and they started to make some of the most honest, humorous, good-ol’ fun indie rock this side of the Mississippi. Tracks such as “I Don’t Sound Like Myself” and “Rock Climbing” discuss the ironies of college life through colorful storytelling, playful lyrics, and shiny synth and guitar melodies.
Sun Queen (Mary Nevins) – Spotify, Soundcloud
Sun Queen embodies the emotions of the masses, incorporating skillsets from Mary Nevins, Harrison Cates, and Ross Clements. Mary, the groups songwriter, has been playing music since she was a young lass. The xylophone was her first instrument, but she has been playing guitar since she was 12. Mary’s vocal inspiration is Amy Winehouse, though those ranges are sometimes just a little too hard to hit. Other influences come and go as the wind does in howling midnight air. Enjoy your life.
Shermarke Tadi is a rapper, producer and singer/songwriter from the “Zone 6” area on the east side of Atlanta Georgia. Raised a lover of all things Hip-Hop and R&B, this never went further than freestyling with friends or singing in chorus until arriving at Vandy. This newfound access to studio-quality equipment has opened all kinds of new creative doors.
Theo Kandel – Spotify, Soundcloud
Theo Kandel is a 21 year old artist and songwriter from New York City currently attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville. As a performer, has performed at notable venues in NYC including The Bowery Ballroom, The Bitter End, Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, and Rockwood Music Hall, and places in Nashville like the Bluebird Cafe, The Cannery Ballroom, Third & Lindsley, and the End. As a songwriter, Theo has written over 80 songs in his career, 21 of which are featured in a music supervision company’s catalog in Los Angeles to be placed in television and film. Often compared to John Mayer, Hozier, and Ed Sheeran, Theo seeks to blend these styles with his own to create music that is engaging, passionate, and relatable.