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This show will feature Women in Harmony as part of OLS's Music Helps! series
Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.
Although she sang in public from the age of eight, Ms. Near’s professional career began with numerous performances in film and television, and a run in the Broadway production of Hair. Torn between a career as an actor or a singer, Ms. Near chose to pursue her love of music, especially that music which articulated the social conditions of the world community.
Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi’s voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility, giving it a unique flavor. Influenced at the tender age of 4, Tammi quickly found her musical roots in the soulfulness of Gospel music while singing, playing organ, and directing the choir in church. Her musical roots blossomed when she discovered the vocal gracefulness of Ella Fitzgerald, the rawness of Aretha Franklin, and the power of Chaka Khan. Tammi was struck by the heartbreaking loss of her mother at an early age. She embraced her Gospel roots for healing, remembering the whispering songs her mother sang to her as a child. Through the pain of losing her Mother and the challenges of life itself, Tammi found peace in God and the healing power of music. Naturally, Tammi continued to sing using her vocal versatility to spread her musical wings with many of the Industry’s most notable musicians; She is currently a vocalist in the two-time Grammy Award nominated Vocal Ensemble The Cultural Heritage Choir led by the Legendary, Linda Tillery. Tammi also received an invitation by renowned Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan, to sing background vocals for the tune “Steppin’ Out” on his record State of Nature, which received a 51st Grammy Award nomination.
She was raised on everything from Motown and Carole King to Mexican banda music and classic rock, with a heavy influence of gospel music. Tory Trujillo brings all of this and more to her expressive vocal work, whether she’s backing Holly Near, Laura Love, or Nedra Johnson, singing her own healing compositions, or performing sacred music in a ceremonial setting with Aleah Long and EnFull Circle (currently performing as DreamSpinners) and Ubaka Hill. She’s played on big festival stages for thousands and also, in private sound healing sessions for one person. Her first solo album, Still Point ~Music for Healing was released in March of 2014. This beautiful ambient music is a natural extension of her work as a Massage Therapist, Energy Worker, and Sound Healer.
Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2017, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year’s NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th, she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.
A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia home, Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2017, 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.
A 60-voice women’s chorus based in Portland, Maine, Women in Harmony is an affirming and inclusive community of women who sing for social justice and the joy of making music together. We seek to bring people together through music, and to make an impact on our community by presenting concerts of inspiring music beautifully performed. Visit us at wihmaine.org or on Facebook.
6pm doors – 7pm show | $25 adv. – $30 day of