The city of Philadelphia has a well-documented history of producing some of the most original, trend-setting, popular music in the world, and in keeping with that sacred tradition, is proud to present one of the area’s most gifted and exciting talents, Laura Cheadle, whose voice and performance style is an exciting blend of bluesy, soulful raw energy with a smooth, polished control.
Recently endorsed by Traveler Guitar as a Brand Ambassador, Laura has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry, won numerous awards, including the “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri- State Indie Music Awards, and Best R&B Vocalist. 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, the national reality show “Next Great Family Band,” and declared a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active charity work and mentoring of youth. A versatile, powerhouse vocalist, as well as a seasoned songwriter who has had one of her original composition on a popular TV show, Laura embodies positivity and confidence, and is a light-bearer for women’s empowerment and equality as she lives that message through her music and example.
With a funk-infused vocal style that is a mesmerizing blend of blues, soul, and timeless rock, she puts her own stamp on every song she sings regardless of the genre she takes on. Whether it’s a concert stage, an intimate club, or a giant festival, what you see and hear is what you’ll get: the undeniable, unmistakable sound of Laura Cheadle.
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.