Michael Howard is a songwriter born and raised in the wilds of Alaska. The philosopher and poet John O’Donohue said that the outer landscape of the land that we live in is reflected in our inner landscape of the soul and then reflected back out in the life of the music from a region. Michael Howard’s music is the shape of the Alaskan landscape.
As an up and coming songwriter touring the country nonstop following the national release of “The Martyr and the Magician” (2015, Independent), he has quickly gained a reputation as a timeless storyteller in the tradition of the American folk singer, and critics regularly compare his unique voice to great artists such as Cat Stevens and Neil Young. “Howard’s voice is so different sounding, he’s transportive, it’s a crafted thing of remarkable beauty, a record for a sunny moment in one breath, the next your darkest hour…“You feel its greatness, it feels important…it’s so difficult to write words to qualify how good, how vital this record is.” “9 out of 10” – AmericanaUK album review (July, 2015).
Prior to pursuing music full time, Michael spent years as a community organizer and activist in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. You will hear these influences and the themes of society, politics and religion in his deeply compelling songwriting.
In his short career, Michael has been selected as a regional finalist in the NPR Mountain Stage Radio Show NewSong national songwriting competition, and he has received multiple awards, including the prestigious Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska. Michael has supported other acclaimed songwriters including Jeffrey Martin and Samantha Crain.
His second national release entitled “Gasoline Dream” is set to hit the airwaves in September, 2016 followed by national touring.
Caroline Cotter, Portland, Maine based singer songwriter, has played over 400 shows in 38 states and 6 countries since her debut album, Dreaming as I Do, released and reached #5 on the Folk DJ Charts in 2015. With a captivating soprano voice and award winning songwriting, Caroline’s travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to the coast of Maine, through the hills of Colorado, to the side of a bluegrass festival campfire, and into the depths of the human heart.
“Cotter’s new album is brilliant, the range of styles from a cappella to smooth vocals and jazz” – Bruce Swan, WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT.