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Eric Althoff

Rachel Levitin Once Played at DC Open Mics, Now She Hosts Them

Ever since she was little, Rachel Levitin has been making songs. She composed them with her father when she was small, and hasn’t stopped. One of her favorite experiences remains seeing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young near where she grew up in Chicago. Learn more about Rachel’s journey with contributing writer Eric Althoff, including her long-time partnership with Tony Lucca and the story behind Rachel’s song that she says is her best work to date.

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Eric Althoff

Nessa Dove Wants You to ‘Stay Strong,’ No Matter the Obstacles

If there is any doubt music can bring people together, DMV native Nessa Dove has a story for you. The Montgomery County singer has found her voice, in more ways than one. She relates one particular evening busking in the New York subway when a homeless man, whom many on the subway platform felt was dangerous, began to groove to her music. Before long, this man whom people had all but stepped over was enjoying the music together with other bystanders. Learn more about Nessa’s music and movement with contributing writer Eric Althoff.

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Maura Marcellino

Camille Lauren Will Change the Industry

It can be difficult to find someone so young with such passion, confidence, drive, and talent. About to turn 19 this month, Camille Lauren, born and raised in the DMV in places such as Prince George and Leesburg, exhibits all that and more. Full of multiple talents such as percussion, guitar, writing, vocals, and more, there is just no telling what great things she will accomplish. Contributing writer Maura Marcellino had the honor of talking with this brilliant musical prodigy that is sure to take over the industry.

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Cynthia Gross

Emma G Has ‘Faith In You’ That What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

New Zealand-born, D.C.-based activist, youth empowerment coach, author and award-winning musician Emma G is an extraordinary survivor who serves as living proof that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Her messages of courage and empowerment, undergirded by her lived experiences, carry a powerful message of hope and healing, reminding audiences everywhere that they can make it despite the odds stacked against them.

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Keith Valcourt

Geoff Downes: “The Drama Of Yes & The Heat Of The Moment”

Very few musicians have a CV as long and impressive as keyboardist Geoff Downes. Contributing writer Keith Valcourt catches up with Downes from his rain-soaked home in Wales to discuss his musical journey in legendary rock bands ASIA and YES and his favorite gear for this exclusive Alchemical Records interview.

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Eric Althoff

Matt Tarka’s “Good Morning, Sympathy” Born from Moving Encounter with a Stranger

Just before lockdown last year, Matt Tarka had finished tracking a few songs he’d planned on releasing throughout 2020. The shutdown proved to be a blessing in disguise for Tarka, who was able to continue fine-tuning his compositions. Among Tarka’s new songs is “Good Morning, Sympathy,” a poppy and upbeat tune absolutely baked with a certain sense of much-needed optimism.

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