Artist: Katie Perkins

Artist: Katie Perkins New song Take My Hand, sung by Katie Perkins, with lyrics by Linda Pestana, music by Brian Sargent WON Best Country Song for the July 2016 Akademia Music Awards!

“‘Take My Hand’ adheres to canonical country notions of aesthetic but exceeds the genre’s usual offerings in its smooth-as-silk diction and manifest melodic ingenuity.”
– From Akademia   http://www.theakademia.com/july2016_bestsong_country2.html

Katie Perkins demonstrated her passion and talent for singing at the very young age of 4, practicing every chance she could. At only 11 years old she was performing to growing crowds in her hometown of East Lyme, CT.

This promising singer’s career was almost cut short when, at the age of 16, she began to experience severe fatigue and shortness of breath. Katie was told she needed open-heart surgery to correct an undetected heart condition which she had lived with since birth. She faced an unthinkable choice. Without the surgery she was told she might not live to see age 30. If she underwent the surgery, she may never sing again, as the breathing tubes required could cause irreparable damage to her larynx. Without hesitation, Katie looked the doctor in the eye and said “I would rather sing for the next 13 years than to live and never sing again.” Seeing her resolve, the doctors agreed to use infant breathing tubes to minimize the risks to her beautiful voice and were successful in repairing her heart. This experience will forever shape her outlook on life, and give her the sense of purpose and passion which she brings to her stunning vocal performance.

Artist: Cheryl Branz

Artist: Cheryl Branz: “Letting Go” is Cheryl Branz’ 3rd studio album release. Produced by John McVey at Coupe Studios in Boulder, CO this album finds Cheryl breaking through to new heights in her musical journey. She performs throughout the region armed with her acoustic guitar, versatile voice and engaging personality. Once described as “Rachel Ray with a guitar” Cheryl is known for songs that range from the heartfelt to the hilarious.

Cheryl’s been singing most of her life. One of her earliest performances was an a cappella rendition of Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” in her 3rd grade talent show. She proudly sang every verse, every chorus and the bridge. She was unstoppable. In the 5th grade, Cheryl started playing the flute as part of a school band requirement. In hindsight, this was a poor instrument choice as it was impossible to play and sing (or talk) at the same time. In the 9th grade, Cheryl switched from band to choir in order to be in a class with more of her friends (not to mention the cute male choir teacher) and that’s when singing started taking over her life.

Artist: Leah Marie

Artist: Leah Marie, is a certified Holistic Life Coach, certified in Emotional Freedom Techinique (EFT-tapping), Stress Management Coach, Reiki Master, Practical Yoga and is a graduate of the Usui System of Natural Healing.  She also has extensive training in the care of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Leah is the international radio show host of the Mind Health Coach Program on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network and her current position is the Corporate Director of Programs for Family Care Plus.

Leah holds individual sessions, workshops and spiritual events at The Sweet Retreat when she is not working in health care facilities throughout New England. She also has facilitated meditation classes at the University of Massachusetts Second Half Learning Center.” www.mindhealthcoach.com

Artist Cheryl Albright

Artist: Cheryl Albright has traveled throughout the country singing for various churches, organizations, and special events.  Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Cheryl came from a family of singers, musicians, and community activist.  Her grandmother, mother, and the Southern Baptist Church were instrumental in exposing her to all genres of music including country western bluegrass, and classical.  She has performed with a variety of choral groups throughout the South, New England, and Mid Atlantic.  Cheryl believes the gift of song removes cultural barriers and transform lives. calbr39@gmail.com