If you’re longing for some real music that you can feel in your heart, lyrics that speak to your soul, and a live performance with the power to blow the roof off the sky, you can stop right here. If you’re tired of all the staged choreography, blinding light shows, capes, costumes, lip-synching and auto-tunes that seems to have taken over live performances, you have found a place to rest, refresh, and renew. Welcome to the world of Laura Cheadle.
Along with her Family Band, she has opened for some of the biggest names in the business and won numerous awards, including “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri-State Indie Music Awards. She has performed on stages from NYC to London, appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewer’s choice, the “NBC 10” Show, and the National reality show “Next Great Family Band.” Laura was recently featured in Curve Magazine, named one of “100 Women We Love” in Go Magazine, and declared a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active Charity Work.
As Traveler Guitar’s newest Brand Ambassador, her solo career is starting to explode, performing a set at NAMM2020, filming specialized performance and educational video segments for Next Level Guitar’s site, and having recently been honored with the Musician of the Decade award for her body of work and trend-setting style. One of her original compositions was recently included in a popular TV show, and she participated in a Philadelphia Film project with a seamlessly acted feature role in the short film “Ether.”
Never one to measure herself according to the trends of the times or the female singer “flavor of the month,” Laura has carved out her own lane since she began performing as a child, and she has done it the old-fashioned way, on pure talent. Gifted with a voice powerful enough to shake rafters, and tender enough to navigate the entire range of the emotional scale, Laura Cheadle is a singer commanding more than just a listen or a look. Her albums, like her concerts, are an experience. Inseparable from the truth of the songs she writes, the raw emotion that tears out of her reaches deep into your heart with the kind of performance her audiences remember long after the last notes have been played.
Norman Taylor is a singer/songwriter/acoustic blues and soul performer from the Philadelphia area. His musical style is based in the country blues of people like Robert Johnson and Skip James, and contemporary acoustic blues men like Keb Mo, Eric Bibb and Guy Davis. Norman also draws influence from country, 70’s rock, soul, gospel and a variety of musical forms.
Taylor has been an opening act for blues men Guy Davis, Corey Harris, singer-songwriter Phil Roy, Pat Wictor, Alexis P Suter, Warner Willams and Jay Summerour, Chris Smithers, Marcia Ball, Trombone Shorty, Janiva Magness, Popa Chubby,Cedric Burnside Project,Jarekus Singelton, Bobby Rush and the legendary rock band ZZ Top. In addition to these openers Norman has also played festivals such as Piccolo Speleto Early Bird Blues festival in Charleston SC, Down Home Blues Festival Charleston SC, Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival, Lehigh River Blues Jam, 2nd Street Festival in Philadelphia, South street Festival in Philadelphia, Nerfa Covention, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Camp Jam in the Pines–where he played on the same bill as headliners Ronnie Baker Brooks–and the State Street Blues Stroll in Media PA where he performed on the same bill with headliners Rory Block, Lonnie Shields, and Sharrie Williams, Alvin Young Blood Heart. Norman has also played the Roots Ramble Festival in Media PA and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Norman’s music has been played on Jonny Meister’s Blues Show on WXPN in Philadelphia and Tony Colter BB Kings Bluesville on SiriusXM Radio. Norman’s Blue Soul CD on Soul Stew Records was nominated for best acoustic blues album for 2014. His label mates include The Billy Thompson Band, Warner Williams, Jay Summerour, Eric Selby, Mary Hott, Rob Gillette, Abigail Palmer Group and Bob Eike.