Alicia Witt / Young Pandas / Ken Yates
You might know Alicia Witt from her work as an actor on shows including Friday Night Lights, Law & Order, and Cybill, and from the films 88 Minutes, Two Weeks Notice, Last Holiday, and Mr. Holland's Opus, to name a few. But she is also a classically trained pianist and accomplished singer-songwriter.
Wiltt's first music video, for the single "Anyway," has played on MTVu and VH1. She has appeared as a musical guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was featured on the cover of Sound and Vision magazine. Her music can be heard at aliciawittmusic.com.
For the last three years, she's been performing her original songs at venues across the country such as Hotel Cafe and the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and Joe's Cafe and the Living Room in New York.
Young Pandas is an indie supergroup consisting of songwriters Mike Maven and Manny X and bassist/producer Kyle Nagel. Their organic and acoustically driven sound is inspired by the danceable R&B of Maxwell and Robin Thicke mixed with the Soulful folk stylings of Amos Lee and Jason Mraz. In the last few years, on top of touring regionally and releasing online EPs that have seen huge downloading success, Young Pandas have produced records for numerous notable artists, as well as performing as the live backing band for Warner artist Outasight, Jon Hope, and LRG artist The Kid Daytona.
Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and receiving the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates’s ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today.” Yates’s EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has played numerous shows with veteran singer-songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, and is now in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s the Coffee House. He now lives in New York where he is working on a full-length album.