Songwriters Against Sexual Assault Founder/Director, Caroline Ferrante
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Caroline Ferrante is an award-winning Indie Folk/Roots Revival Songwriter for Film, Television, and Theater. She creates compelling human stories rife with emotion and grit.

“I love to write songs that take an unexpected angle: the untold story, the unsung hero. I like to challenge clichés, symbols, and assumptions by turning them on their head. I often employ paradox to take the listener beyond their own reality.

Roots, folk, blues, and Americana influences make my music feel familiar and accessible- creating a comfortable space, like a well-worn easy chair. 

That’s the music I like to make.”


Originally from Chicago’s south side, Caroline Ferrante studied theater and voice at Northwestern University and emerged on the D.C. music scene in 2011, when she opened for Birds of Chicago.

Cabbage Run Records signed Ferrante for her debut release, “Live from the Belfry” in 2014. The following year she began her artist-in-residency at D.C.’s O Street Mansion, where she explores the inclusivity of Americana music on her “Americana Radio Show”. She has shared the microphone with Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Jack Tempchin  (The Eagles), and Grammy Award-winner Paul Williams.

Ferrante's June 2017 EP release, "SKY", produced by Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids, received critical acclaim from No Depession…
 “A substantive statement from an important recording artist.” 
Skope Magazine…
“Caroline Ferrante delivers an incredible kaleidoscope of color with the powerful “SKY”.” 

Her single “Feels Like a Holiday” ranked #8 in the national “Top Ten Singles of 2017” award by Ark of Music. “Better Angels” & “Symphony” were featured in web-series, The Haven. “Brighter Day” was featured in the play, “The Goddess Diaries.” “River Flow” won runner up in the Convergence Music Project Songwriting Competition. She was chosen for Reverbnation’s National “Top 8 Trending Songwriters Playlist” for December 2018 & January 2019. 

Currently Ferrante is collaborating on The Empathy Project (scheduled release-February 2019) with producer Austin Bello. 

In this 8-song release Ferrante explores the power of empathy, and the perspective that comes with seeing things from the “flip side”. In this time of political animosity and cultural hatred, Ferrante delves deep into her own hopes and fears as an Americana artist. She explores her own gender, race, and culture identity through the lens of empathy—as a pathway to understanding. 

The Empathy Project is partially funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland and In Honor of Her, Inc.

www.carolineferrante.com

Songwriters Against Sexual Assault Founder/Director, Caroline Ferrante

Caroline Ferrante is an award-winning Indie Folk/Roots Revival Songwriter for Film, Television, and Theater. She creates compelling human stories rife with emotion and grit.

“I love to write songs that take an unexpected angle: the untold story, the unsung hero. I like to challenge clichés, symbols, and assumptions by turning them on their head. I often employ paradox to take the listener beyond their own reality.

Roots, folk, blues, and Americana influences make my music feel familiar and accessible- creating a comfortable space, like a well-worn easy chair.

That’s the music I like to make.”

Originally from Chicago’s south side, Caroline Ferrante studied theater and voice at Northwestern University and emerged on the D.C. music scene in 2011, when she opened for Birds of Chicago.

Cabbage Run Records signed Ferrante for her debut release, “Live from the Belfry” in 2014. The following year she began her artist-in-residency at D.C.’s O Street Mansion, where she explores the inclusivity of Americana music on her “Americana Radio Show”. She has shared the microphone with Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Jack Tempchin (The Eagles), and Grammy Award-winner Paul Williams.

Ferrante's June 2017 EP release, "SKY", produced by Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids, received critical acclaim from No Depession… “A substantive statement from an important recording artist.” Skope Magazine… “Caroline Ferrante delivers an incredible kaleidoscope of color with the powerful “SKY”.”

Her single “Feels Like a Holiday” ranked #8 in the national “Top Ten Singles of 2017” award by Ark of Music. “Better Angels” & “Symphony” were featured in web-series, The Haven. “Brighter Day” was featured in the play, “The Goddess Diaries.” “River Flow” won runner up in the Convergence Music Project Songwriting Competition. She was chosen for Reverbnation’s National “Top 8 Trending Songwriters Playlist” for December 2018 & January 2019.

Currently Ferrante is collaborating on The Empathy Project (scheduled release-February 2019) with producer Austin Bello.

In this 8-song release Ferrante explores the power of empathy, and the perspective that comes with seeing things from the “flip side”. In this time of political animosity and cultural hatred, Ferrante delves deep into her own hopes and fears as an Americana artist. She explores her own gender, race, and culture identity through the lens of empathy—as a pathway to understanding.

The Empathy Project is partially funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland and In Honor of Her, Inc.

www.carolineferrante.com

Meet Artist in Residence Crys Matthews: 
“DC’s Crys 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 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.”

Meet Artist in Residence Crys Matthews: “DC’s Crys 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 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.”

Linette TobinI didn't start playing percussion until I was in my 30s. I've studied extensively in Cuba, and have played with Afro-Cuban, Latin, West African, and American groups. In 2017, I founded my current group, Pangaea,which plays World Music and features musicians from various countries. I am also working on my first CD of original songs. 
Music is everything to me! It's social. It's emotion. It's excitement. It's creativity and color. It's meditation and solace.
I was raised with two sisters by a single mother; and I experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse early in life. I have worked professionally with women who have endured sexual trauma and domestic violence.  I have also encountered frequent and pervasive gender bias and sexual harassment in my own musical journey, as women are still severely underrepresented in the field of music. I believe passionately in women embracing, supporting, and encouraging one another to confront and overcome the prejudices that we face daily.

Linette TobinI didn't start playing percussion until I was in my 30s. I've studied extensively in Cuba, and have played with Afro-Cuban, Latin, West African, and American groups. In 2017, I founded my current group, Pangaea,which plays World Music and features musicians from various countries. I am also working on my first CD of original songs. Music is everything to me! It's social. It's emotion. It's excitement. It's creativity and color. It's meditation and solace. I was raised with two sisters by a single mother; and I experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse early in life. I have worked professionally with women who have endured sexual trauma and domestic violence. I have also encountered frequent and pervasive gender bias and sexual harassment in my own musical journey, as women are still severely underrepresented in the field of music. I believe passionately in women embracing, supporting, and encouraging one another to confront and overcome the prejudices that we face daily.

Meet SASA Artist in Residence Teporah Bilezikian:
"Nursed on spirituals, jazz, folk, and and formally trained in classical music and composition at Peabody and Oberlin conservatory, Teporah has a unique style; a cross between Laura Nyro and Eric Sati. A sultry, soulful vocal style intertwines with piano playing reminiscent of Debussy. Teporah's music offers an elegant touch to any occasion, whether it be an evening with friends at a local pub, a wedding, or special event. She performs locally throughout the DMV, both as a cover artist, and a songwriter, presenting songs about love, life, and social justice."

Meet SASA Artist in Residence Teporah Bilezikian: "Nursed on spirituals, jazz, folk, and and formally trained in classical music and composition at Peabody and Oberlin conservatory, Teporah has a unique style; a cross between Laura Nyro and Eric Sati. A sultry, soulful vocal style intertwines with piano playing reminiscent of Debussy. Teporah's music offers an elegant touch to any occasion, whether it be an evening with friends at a local pub, a wedding, or special event. She performs locally throughout the DMV, both as a cover artist, and a songwriter, presenting songs about love, life, and social justice."

Jorge Serafin

From Argentina.
I mix Flamenco, Mariachi,Tropical,Classical,Samba,Rumba and Middle Eastern music.
I play by feelings (don't know how to write or read music)
I have been playing guitar for about 6 years.
My own saying will be ( Miracles do exist, if you believe in something, But you must believe in your self, to make them become True).

Jorge Serafin

From Argentina. I mix Flamenco, Mariachi,Tropical,Classical,Samba,Rumba and Middle Eastern music. I play by feelings (don't know how to write or read music) I have been playing guitar for about 6 years. My own saying will be ( Miracles do exist, if you believe in something, But you must believe in your self, to make them become True).

Meet Artist in Residence Lilith Mariana:

Lilith’s songwriting style is inspired by the piercing images and straightforward, melodic language of authors like Edgar Alan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.

Meet Artist in Residence Lilith Mariana:

Lilith’s songwriting style is inspired by the piercing images and straightforward, melodic language of authors like Edgar Alan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.

Meet Artist in Residence, Deletta Gillespie: 
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma now living in Baltimore, MD Gillespie is a multidisciplinary performing and teaching artist and has been performing on stage her entire life. Both parents were musicians in bands that backed some of the musical icons of the ‘50’s and ‘60s such as The Ink Spots and The Shirelles. Deletta made her stage debut in Kansas City at the age of five in her mother’s nightclub act.

Her musical highlights include opening for acts such as New York Voices, Hiram Bullock and Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, and for British music legends Paul Carrack and Judi Tzuke. She’s also performed for the late Michael Jackson. Deletta has worked all over the US, and in Canada and Bermuda. Along the way, she fronted an award winning showband in Atlantic City and on the Nevada Casino circuit. Deletta has also sung alongside Broadway performers like Michael James Leslie, Carolee Carmello, and Sharon Wilkins. Gillespie originated the role of Chloe in 7:32, an original musical and national runner up in the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She also spent a year at sea singing onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

The uber talented Gillespie is also a published writer, playwright, and actor. Her solo show, 'Panties UP, Dress DOWN: Things My Mama Used to Say' has been performed throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC corridor. She also played the role of Katherine Johnson in the Baltimore rock Opera Society's 'The Determination of Azimuth'. It is the same story as the in the movie "Hidden Figures", although "Azimuth" premiered twenty months earlier than the film.

Meet Artist in Residence, Deletta Gillespie: A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma now living in Baltimore, MD Gillespie is a multidisciplinary performing and teaching artist and has been performing on stage her entire life. Both parents were musicians in bands that backed some of the musical icons of the ‘50’s and ‘60s such as The Ink Spots and The Shirelles. Deletta made her stage debut in Kansas City at the age of five in her mother’s nightclub act.

Her musical highlights include opening for acts such as New York Voices, Hiram Bullock and Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, and for British music legends Paul Carrack and Judi Tzuke. She’s also performed for the late Michael Jackson. Deletta has worked all over the US, and in Canada and Bermuda. Along the way, she fronted an award winning showband in Atlantic City and on the Nevada Casino circuit. Deletta has also sung alongside Broadway performers like Michael James Leslie, Carolee Carmello, and Sharon Wilkins. Gillespie originated the role of Chloe in 7:32, an original musical and national runner up in the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She also spent a year at sea singing onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The uber talented Gillespie is also a published writer, playwright, and actor. Her solo show, 'Panties UP, Dress DOWN: Things My Mama Used to Say' has been performed throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC corridor. She also played the role of Katherine Johnson in the Baltimore rock Opera Society's 'The Determination of Azimuth'. It is the same story as the in the movie "Hidden Figures", although "Azimuth" premiered twenty months earlier than the film.

Meet Artist in Residence Jacqueline Francis:Jacqueline holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and is likely to be found thinking, musing, writing, singing, cooking, baking, bumping into things, or contorting her face. A rare and multi-faceted talent, her stage presence is charming, and funny. She has a knack for storytelling, an expressive face, and is known for her off-kilter choice in cover songs. Jacqueline has been a featured performer at venues like the Cutting Room, Bitter End, and Club Passim. She took a two-year hiatus to take care of her mother, who was diagnosed with ALS. After her mother's passing, she returned to music and released her first full-length album in 2015. She is currently working on her second album of original music, and as the lead vocalist in her jazz quartet Dreamsville.

Meet Artist in Residence Jacqueline Francis:Jacqueline holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and is likely to be found thinking, musing, writing, singing, cooking, baking, bumping into things, or contorting her face. A rare and multi-faceted talent, her stage presence is charming, and funny. She has a knack for storytelling, an expressive face, and is known for her off-kilter choice in cover songs. Jacqueline has been a featured performer at venues like the Cutting Room, Bitter End, and Club Passim. She took a two-year hiatus to take care of her mother, who was diagnosed with ALS. After her mother's passing, she returned to music and released her first full-length album in 2015. She is currently working on her second album of original music, and as the lead vocalist in her jazz quartet Dreamsville.

Meet SASA Artist Charmaine Michelle:
As a jazz musician and composer, Charmaine Michelle harnesses all the sounds of African Diaspora (Soukous , Blues, Gospel, Reggea, Soul, R&B, ,etc.) in order to share the uncensored stories of the human experience. She strongly believes jazz which was birthed from the Black struggle in America is the world’s first universal art form to unify truth seekers of all races and religions. She counts Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Hugh Masekela, Sweets Edison, Donvonte McCoy, Russell Gunn and Roy Hargrove as her main trumpet influences.
As a spoken word artist and writer Charmaine Michelle, delivers words with the conviction of a country preacher but with the rawness of Baltimore’s streets where she honed her craft at international-soul singer Marc Evans’ epic open mic “Acoustic Thursdays”.
Charmaine Michelle has performed with the Peabody Brass Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo, Alex Norris, Steve Wilson, classical pianist Kyungwha Chu, Sudanese Rock Sensation mOsno, folk artist and activist Paulo Greogry’s 2nd8nature, Grammy- Nominated songwriter and saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr , spoken word artist Aquil Mizan, Ama Chandra, Brooks Long, the funk group CTW, Ray Gaskins, Marc Evans, Teporah, The Dale Acorn Big Band, Donvonte McCoy Quintet, KREation, Artists against War, The Ernie Williams Project the Randallstown Jazz Workshop Ensemble.

Meet SASA Artist Charmaine Michelle: As a jazz musician and composer, Charmaine Michelle harnesses all the sounds of African Diaspora (Soukous , Blues, Gospel, Reggea, Soul, R&B, ,etc.) in order to share the uncensored stories of the human experience. She strongly believes jazz which was birthed from the Black struggle in America is the world’s first universal art form to unify truth seekers of all races and religions. She counts Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Hugh Masekela, Sweets Edison, Donvonte McCoy, Russell Gunn and Roy Hargrove as her main trumpet influences. As a spoken word artist and writer Charmaine Michelle, delivers words with the conviction of a country preacher but with the rawness of Baltimore’s streets where she honed her craft at international-soul singer Marc Evans’ epic open mic “Acoustic Thursdays”. Charmaine Michelle has performed with the Peabody Brass Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo, Alex Norris, Steve Wilson, classical pianist Kyungwha Chu, Sudanese Rock Sensation mOsno, folk artist and activist Paulo Greogry’s 2nd8nature, Grammy- Nominated songwriter and saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr , spoken word artist Aquil Mizan, Ama Chandra, Brooks Long, the funk group CTW, Ray Gaskins, Marc Evans, Teporah, The Dale Acorn Big Band, Donvonte McCoy Quintet, KREation, Artists against War, The Ernie Williams Project the Randallstown Jazz Workshop Ensemble.

Meet SASA Artist in Residence Erin Frisby: “I like music that commits, that has a strong presence. We’re all passionate people. We don’t shy away from controversial topics, and we don’t worry much about playing the ‘right way’ to match a specific genre,” says Erin Frisby, singer and multi-instrumentalist for Washington D.C. based rock band, FuzzQueen.
Erin, Ben Tufts, and Chris Stelloh toured nationally for four years together as Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, a band remarked upon by the likes of PopMatters, Sound Opinions, and Gaper’s Block to have a knack for seamlessly bringing together diverse influences and sounds.
Joined by bassist, Clinton Cole, the trio’s new artistic venture, FuzzQueen is poised to introduce a completely unique sound that draws on 70’s rock, acid folk, 90’s indie, psychedelia, social activism, and post apocalyptic literature and film.”

Meet SASA Artist in Residence Erin Frisby: “I like music that commits, that has a strong presence. We’re all passionate people. We don’t shy away from controversial topics, and we don’t worry much about playing the ‘right way’ to match a specific genre,” says Erin Frisby, singer and multi-instrumentalist for Washington D.C. based rock band, FuzzQueen. Erin, Ben Tufts, and Chris Stelloh toured nationally for four years together as Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, a band remarked upon by the likes of PopMatters, Sound Opinions, and Gaper’s Block to have a knack for seamlessly bringing together diverse influences and sounds. Joined by bassist, Clinton Cole, the trio’s new artistic venture, FuzzQueen is poised to introduce a completely unique sound that draws on 70’s rock, acid folk, 90’s indie, psychedelia, social activism, and post apocalyptic literature and film.”