New songwriting from Toronto and Cleveland
Diana Chittester's energetic solo show provides audiences with the full experience. Moving to Cleveland after college, Diana got her start at the Winchester Music Hall when asked to open for Michael Jackson's lead guitarist, Jennifer Batten, in 2008. Building a steady fan base around Ohio, Diana has performed at top music venues including the House of Blues. ArtVoice in Buffalo, New York, called Diana “a complex guitar acrobat” before her premier at Asbury Hall's 9th Ward live music venue owned and operated by folk legend Ani DiFranco. Diana has shared the stage with iconic guitarists and songwriters like Colin Hay, LP, Garnet Rogers, Michelle Malone, and Dan Bern, and she comes to Michigan with new music on the way.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a major new musical talent from Canada. Since being proclaimed Songwriter of the Year by iTunes, Royal has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft—maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound. Hehas two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, song placements on "Grey’s Anatomy," and "Private Practice." Royal's new album, "Ghost Light," just came out. It exudes raw emotion and emanates the feel of 1960s and 1970s songwriting. "This album for me was a full return to writing and recording simply for the joy of creation, like when I was a kid. A true letting go and allowing," says Royal. "I jumped around from instrument to instrument in the studio; playing piano and guitar solos, bass, keys, percussion, anything and everything I could get my hands on." There are various explanations for the term "ghost light" in relation to the world around us. There is the supernatural narrative—that every theater has a ghost, and that when the light isn’t lit, the darkness provides a chance for the dead to haunt us. And then there is the Royal Wood version of ghost light. The kind that lets someone truly shine from within—raw, honest and open … and that’s why he has named his new record after this mythical glow.