Tina Shafer hosts the New York Songwriter Circle showcase featuring Seth Glier, Caleb Hawley, Will Knox, Berklee's Liz Longley, Mieka Pauley, and Jesse Ruben.
MIEKA PAULEY: Pauley graduated early from Harvard with a degree in biological anthropology. Her music career took off at warp speed shortly after. She performs an average of 150 live shows a year and was the Grand Prize Winner of NYSC's 2008 Songwriting Contest.
SETH GLIER: Glier's voice, with its earthy rumble and fluttering falsetto, has critics and musicians alike singing his praises. His lyrics amplify the cry of the ordinary heart. His infectious passion and energy fill his live shows and leave listeners talking for days after. He was a top finalist at NYSC's 2008 Songwriting Contest.
CALEB HAWLEY: Hawley is a Berklee graduate with a degree in jazz composition. He has traveled all over the country performing in various cities. He was a top-five finalist in the NYSC annual contest.
WILL KNOX: Knox is a London expat and recent Berklee grad, an alternative-folk singer/songwriter influenced by Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Damien Rice, and Jose Gonzalez. His achievements include winning Berklee's Songwriting Competition in 2006 and 2007, and Performing Singer/Songwriter 2007.
LIZ LONGLEY: John Mayer has called Longley's music "gorgeous." Her natural singing style led to her being voted the number-one all-time female vocalist in both the acoustic and folk categories on Garageband.com. She won Grand Prize in the Low-Budget Love Music songwriting competition, and was recently awarded Berklee's top songwriting honor, the Scott Benson Scholarship.
JESSE RUBEN: Singer/songwriter and recent Berklee graduate Ruben released his debut album Aiming for Honesty in January 2008, recorded with producer Clay Cook (John Mayer, Marshall Tucker Band). A trio of sold-out CD release shows followed in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. The first single, "A Lack of Armor," was a finalist in the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as an honorable mention at the 2008 New York Songwriter's Circle Contest.