Get your TICKETS for Youth in Arts’ annual SING OUT! concert fundraiser, benefiting the ‘Til Dawn Scholarship Fund on January 8th at 7pm. The event celebrating ‘Til Dawn’s 25th Anniversary, is going virtual this year, and tickets are on sale NOW! Join us ONLINE for an amazing show featuring well-known ‘Til Dawn alumni headliners, Delta Rae and Drew Gasparini, as well as performances from Still Dawn, our chorus of ‘Til Dawn almus, and of course songs from ‘Til Dawn our award-winning teen a cappella group.
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About Delta Rae, the Great American-Southern-Gothic-Male-Female-Soul-Folk-Pop-Country-
When Delta Rae first took flight in North Carolina roughly a decade ago, it was a folky four-piece centered around the hair-raising harmonies and songwriting of the Hölljes siblings—Ian (guitar, vocals), Eric (piano, guitar, vocals), and Brittany (vocals)—and their longtime friend, Liz Hopkins (vocals). As the band’s sound began to evolve, so did its lineup, and the following year, they added Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass) to help flesh out their singular mix of Gothic American roots and gospel-tinged country…
On the strength of an early EP, the band landed a major label deal for their full-length debut, Carry The Fire, which came out to rave reviews in 2012, with Rolling Stone calling it a “unique blend of blue-eyed soul and Americana rock” and NPR hailing the “bluesy roar” of its “modern folklore.” The music racked up more than 30 million streams on Spotify, landed the band in the studio with Lindsey Buckingham, and helped earn them performances on The Tonight Show and Conan alongside festival slots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more. In 2015, they followed it up with After It All, a similarly acclaimed sophomore album that debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
By the time the band moved to Nashville and signed to powerhouse label Big Machine in 2017, they seemed poised for superstardom, but instead, Delta Rae found themselves in limbo, unable to record the music they felt most passionate about. Rather than give up, the band struck out on their own, leaving their contract and launching a Kickstarter in hopes of raising the $30,000 they needed to fund the record themselves. Within hours, they’d blown through their goal, and by the time the dust had settled, they’d shattered all previous records, raising nearly a half-million dollars from supporters to become the most-funded indie band in the platform’s history.
The Light marks Delta Rae’s first full-length independent release as well as the start of a bold new chapter that will include an upcoming companion album (The Dark), an immersive theater production, a live record, and more.
About Drew Gasparini, an award-winning musical theatre composer/lyricist, a singer/songwriter, and a teacher.
He is equally committed to forging a new sound in the intersection between theatre and pop, to nurturing the next generation of artists, and to throwing one hell of a party.
Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of The Karate Kid for Gorgeous Entertainment (book by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen), It’s Kind of a Funny Story for Universal Theatrical Group (book by Alex Brightman); Night Shift for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (book by screenwriters Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz); The Whipping Boy (book and co-lyrics by Brightman); and We Aren’t Kids Anymore (a song cycle). Other writing projects include the infamous, award-winning Super Bowl publicity stunt, Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, starring Michael C. Hall (book by Will Eno, lyrics with Nathaniel Lawler, directed by Sarah Benson); Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, a one-man-show starring Marc Summers, and Make Me Bad (both with Brightman); Crazy, Just Like Me (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest”); Turn of the Screw and #UntitledPopMusical (both with Michael Kimmel); and songs for Hit List on the NBC television series SMASH, the children’s cooking program “Monica’s Mixing Bowl”, and Hot Mess in Manhattan (“The Text Message Song”).
Drew’s unique brand of musical theatre concerts have been performed to sold-out houses around the world at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the St. James Theater in London. In Nov 2018 he was invited to present a night of his music accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The popularity of his sheet music has made him a top-10 best selling artist on NewMusicalTheatre.com.
Drew began his career as a singer/songwriter and continues to perform as a solo artist. He can also frequently be found alongside his talented sisters, Kasie and Chloe, performing their signature brand of original folk/pop as the band Saint Adeline; or joined onstage by his three best friends—Broadway’s Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock), F. Michael Haynie (Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Andrew Kober (Beautiful, Hair)—performing absurd and obscene musical comedy as The (M)orons. Drew currently hosts a monthly series at Rockwood Music Hall titled Drew Gasparini & Friends where he invites this generation’s young artists to share the stage with him. Represented by Concord Music Publishing, he has had songs featured on TV shows such as “Gainesville” (CMT), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), and ad campaigns for Hotels.com.
As an educator, Drew offers private vocal performance and songwriting coaching in NYC and has been invited to lead master classes at schools and theatre programs across the country including Boston Conservatory, PACE University, A.C.T., Actors Connection, Broadway Artist Alliance, BroadwayPlus, Rider University, The Torggler Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University, as well as the Guilford School of Acting in England.