Casey McQuillen walked away from her experience of being on American Idol with new confidence and her own version of the golden rule: It’s not just about treating others the way you want to be treated, it’s also about treating yourself the way you would treat others. She doesn’t simply sing her songs; she talks about her experience with bullying, about her struggles with anxiety, her desire to fit in. At the end of each performance on her “You Matter” tour, Casey sings “Beautiful” – the first single off of her new EP - about a momen when, at 17, she looked in the mirror and wished she could change. That belief that life would be better if only she were beautiful occasionally haunts her today. She has produced 5 singles and three EP’s, all with her confident message that you are not alone.
Soulful and talented singer song writer Amanda Campbell hails from London’s east end where she was surrounded by music. Heavily influenced by Jazz, The Philadelphia Sound, Motown and Amy Winehouse, she followed her dream and started singing and performing her original music. With Zetland Streets, a band she founded with guitarist, David Mason, she recorded six original songs. Starting out on the coffee house circuit in L.A. singing with a Jazz group, she quickly caught the attention of several local producers for her singing and her song writing and is currently making a name for herself fronting The Strands. With her unique style and stage presence, she presents original material with passion. Campbell is now stepping out on her own while still singing as the groove of The Strands, writing and releasing songs with thoughtful and provocative lyrics that cross lines, pull heartstrings and create a sonic environment unique in the jazz and blues world.