This Is Your Song is a musical competition in collaboration with Funkadelic Studios and Bowery Arts + Science.
Originally hosted by John Arthur Greene & Ryan Vona, we are reviving this show with AJ Smith at the helm!
At the end of the evening, the audience picks their favorite ORIGINAL SONG, and the songwriter receives a special prize, sponsored by Funkadelic Studios and The Artist Co-Op!
All musicians welcome to submit; Message @ajsmithmusic on Facebook beforehand to get a spot! 8-minute/2 song slots; $10 at the door. We've got a piano, a bass amp, a drum kit (bring your own sticks & cymbal), and a DI to hook into our system.
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
About the host:
Denver-born songwriter and artist AJ Smith has opened for The Eagles and Lindsey Stirling, performed in the off-Broadway and West End hit Close to You: Burt Bacharach Reimagined, and has been featured on radio stations including iHeart’s DC101, Z100, and Eagle 97.7. Smith plays ten instruments and his style is born out of his genre-crossing experiences including touring as fiddler in folk-bluegrass band The Circuit Riders, winning Best Original Performance in NYU’s prestigious 2011 UltraViolet Live Talent Competition (the same contest in which Lady Gaga competed as a student), and charting at #3 in Australia for his club track “Summertime,” praised by BeatMyDay for Smith’s “majestic vocals.” Having received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in songwriting and film scoring from New York University, Smith has studied and worked with songwriting greats including Glenn Frey, Roseanne Cash, Phil Galdston, and Barry Eastmond. Smith’s mastery of songwriting led to his recognition by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Carole Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship.
Beaming with the sun-draped acoustic-pop leanings of Colbie Caillat, Grace Potter, and Sara Bareilles, 23-year old singer-songwriter Devon is a rising star on the NYC music scene. Writing and self-producing her music, Devon released her well-received debut album Love and Haight in 2014 and her sophomore album What If I in 2017. Her new EP Songs From The Back Of A Bar was recently introduced with the songs “ Passing Through ” and “I Bet You'd Like Me Better at Coachella, ” which are glaringly poignant prisms refracting the unique way in which she sees and feels the world. Follow Devon on Instagram to stay updated about the new music and upcoming shows: @devonsounds
Francis Aud is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/bandleader who writes and performs funk and soul music that is almost as charming as he is. A modern day entertainer whose main influences and inspirations range from the likes of the greats such as: Sam Cooke, Al Green and Marvin Gaye, and more contemporarily, Allen Stone and Paolo Nutini, Mr. Aud writes, singers and performs music to make you dance, laugh, cry, feel things in your loins, and smile so hard your face will hurt all while managing to be his cheeky, passionate, and honest self on stage.
Having performed throughout the greater NYC area at notable venues such as Rockwood Music Hall (Stages 1, 2, & 3), DROM, The Bowery Electric (sold-out), The Knitting Factory, alongside Sofar Sounds, and Mercury Lounge, Francis is a consummate performer who knows how to work and wow a crowd.
Francis Aud's debut EP 'Tender Things' is available to listen to on all platforms now and he looks forward to seeing your beautiful face at a show soon! He is currently compiling and working on new material which will appear on his first full-length LP due out in 2019.
Car Astor is a singer/songwriter from New York. Car was initially was a drummer and multi-instrumentalist, and grew up in the local music scene playing and writing in various bands. After graduating high school, she decided to sing and record a demo EP of her solo songs, which got her signed to Blue Élan Records. Car put out her first EP “Ties” in 2016, with the lead single “Potions” gaining over 6 million streams on YouTube to date. After taking a year to write and record, Car released her new single “Girlfriend” in October, with plans to release a full body of work in the coming year.
Emily Young is a New York-based vocalist and songwriter. She has performed across New York City at such acclaimed venues as Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42, Jazz at The Kitano, The Black Box Theater, and next up: Rockwood Music Hall. She can be found both at the microphone and behind the piano. Emily released her debut EP in 2018, which she both wrote and co-produced. Her original songs showcase her cleverly poetic writing, unexpected melodies, and catchy hooks, but her captivating voice is what listeners remember. Reminiscent of Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri, Emily effortlessly carries melodies from soulful and strong to wistful and sweet. You can find Emily writing in her tiny notebook at all hours of the day as she pulls inspiration from her life in the concrete jungle.
Kaycie Satterfield hails from Austin, Texas. She cut her teeth on Texas Swing, learning jazz harmony and developing her singing voice. Soon, her musical interest found a home in songwriting. After spending five years in Nashville studying music, she relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter. Her guitar-driven sound harkens songwriters such as Carole King, Fiona Apple and Feist. As an artist, Kaycie strives to be a voice for quiet hearts, as her influences were to her.