Songwriters' Showcase XI brings Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall to the stage along with three Arizona singer/songwriters who have thrilled audiences at TCA's In the Spotlight and Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night.
Adam Esrick, 21, received his first guitar at age 10. “I grew up listening to my parents’ Classic Rock and remember hearing Eric Clapton. His blues guitars and soulful singing really knocked me out,” he said. With the support of his parents, Esrick began his musical journey and his influences broadened to include a profound love of roots music, Americana and contemporary country.
At age 15 Esrick formed his first band and began writing songs at 16, encouraged by his then guitar teacher, now writing partner and producer, Billy Cioffi. Esrick had his first music meetings in Nashville late last year, making him determined and committed in his songwriting career. “I was motivated by the realization that the difference between winning and losing is how much work it takes to make it. I’ve just begun,” he said. Esrick is finishing his debut CD produced by Cioffi and Electric Lotus Studio owner, Olivier Zahm, and co-produced and mixed by multi-Grammy award-winning producer Val Garay. View Adam's performance:
Hailing from the land of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer-songwriter Amanda Soares has been surrounded by music her entire life. While most of her music is in the style of modern MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), she combines diverse influences into her repertoire – from the vast harmonic vocabulary of bossa nova to propulsive Afro-Brazilian rhythms like samba reggae and baião. Now living in Arizona, Soares has set herself apart through her unique interpretation of Brazil’s extraordinary variety of musical styles, combining her poetic Portuguese lyrics into a repertoire of original tunes purposefully designed to make her feel like she’s closer to home. Fortunately, that feeling translates to the audience; her naturally fluid style is reminiscent of the barzinhos and cafes of Copacabana as she transports listeners to other times and places, if only as long as the music lasts. View Amanda's performance:
Dezi “Dez” Strada is an original singer-songwriter from Chandler, originally hailing from New York, N.Y. Dez first picked up a guitar after watching Elvis Presley on an airing of Elvis’ 1968 comeback special. Ever since, he has had a passion for music because of the way it “moved him and the way it moves people.” Dez’s music can be described as Pop Rock. His major influences besides the “King” are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, John Mayer and more recently, Bruno Mars. Growing up in a family that loved all genres of music, the earliest melodies he remembers were those of mariachi music. On any given day the sound of Spanish guitars filled the air with the wailing lamentations of the mariachi singer. Dez calls it the “Spanish Blues.” The melodies are usually very happy, but the lyrics are usually about a woman who is causing a man to feel the blues. View Dez's performance: