Cancer Can Rock is grateful for the efforts of all the artists that have given of their time so generously by performing at our benefit concerts, allowing us to have a presence at their own concerts, or supporting the recording process directly.
The following artists have contributed to the foundation by participating in Cancer Can Rock produced events.
|Artist / Band||Small Bio||Music Type||Links|
|Justin Trawick||DC area musician, longboarder, eater of fried chicken, founder of @wearethe9, and host and co-creator of @thecircuslifedc podcast on iTunes.||Bluegrass infused rock/rap||Website
|Mary Ann Redmond||Mary Ann Redmond is an American singer known for her soulful and wide-ranging vocal style in popular and jazz music. She is based in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, but has performed in many locations across the United States and other countries. Both her live performances and her five CDs to date have earned her acclaim from audiences and recognition from the music industry, although she has never achieved national fame on a par with many of the performers she has worked with, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter. She is primarily a regional artist and has won an astounding 24 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies).||Rock / Folk / Soul||Website
|Eric Scott||Eric does many of the bass parts for Cancer Can Rock featured artists, as well as doing studio and performance work for others and fronting his own band.||R&B / Soul||Web Site
|Justin Donnelly||More than 25 years since his first album release, Justin Donnelly decided to do something a bit different. After years of songwriting for bands he decided to test new waters. He returns to the stage as a striped down singer/songwriter, a boy and his guitar.|
A staple of the alt rock scene during the late 80's 90’s and early 2000's the former singer for bands Too Vacant, The Spiffy Jones, Brain Cactus and Cherry Flavored Suicide has found a different muse.
While running his production company and writing for film and video he felt like something was missing.
“I decided to take the singer/songwriter path and craft songs that would translate on stage with just my voice and guitar.”
Songs that have been brewing for years started coming together. Passionate, melodic and naked, describe this new set of original material.
“I wanted a different view of the music, a different way of entertaining the audience and myself. Songs that speak of my darkest lows and the perpetual search for happiness and love are the themes. The songs make sense to me now and I want to share them.”
|Goodnite Neverland||"Two dreamers came together not knowing quite what would happen. They came together with a shared love for music that moved them, music that helped them through the dark times, and celebrated life and all of its mysteries. From the beginning, the music has been accessible and powerful. Their voices blended together like they had been singing with each other forever. After a few open mics in a dark lit bar, a commitment was made to their friendship, and to the music. The duo would call themselves Goodnite Neverland, and chase the dream as far as it led them.|
And so, Jesse Baskin and Sarah Marks started just like Peter Pan and Wendy heading off to a place between “sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming.” Sarah didn’t know how it could possibly fit into the life she had built with her family and a successful career, but Jesse helped show her how the music could actually lead her to form deeper connections with family, clients, and friends. All Jesse knew was that he needed Sarah and the music to help battle his own demons. The songs started coming, and they required both Jesse and Sarah to be fully realized. The dream started becoming a reality and they remembered the promise–they held tight to each other every step of the way. They found friends and fellow dreamers, whose passion for the music equaled their own. Like the rag tag lost boys from the story, they played together and poured their passion into every note.
|Sub Radio||Washington, DC's Sub-Radio makes smart, danceable pop rock that's always expanding its boundaries. The sextet's high-energy live performances and variety of outstanding vocalists have put them on the map up and down the East Coast. The band’s clean guitars, dancefloor rhythms, and powerful vocals have garnered comparisons to established pop-rock acts like Walk The Moon and Two Door Cinema Club. Multiple songs have been recognized in national songwriting competitions, and Sub-Radio has gigged heavily across the region, playing at the Cherry Blossom Festival, LAUNCH, Celebrate Fairfax, Dewey Beach Music Conference, and Firefly 2017. Following the success of their 2016 debut Same Train//Different Station, the band embarked on an ongoing series of monthly singles in April 2017. Sub-Radio is composed of Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar), Mike Chinen (guitar/keyboards), John Fengya (guitar/keyboards), Michael Pereira (drums), and Barry Siford (bass).||Pop / Rock||Website
|Jimi Davies||Jimi Haha (born James Robert Davies, Jr., December 2 in Maryland) is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, and founding member of the alternative rock band Jimmie's Chicken Shack. He has appeared on The Jerry Springer Show numerous times, both as himself (performing the song "Don't Fit In") and as a paid actor. His previous band was called 10 Times Big. He has also performed in the band Jarflys under the name Jimi Davies, and had a short lived stint as lead singer of metal band, Burn the Fields.|
|Yellow Tie Guy||YellowTieGuy is a nationally touring band from Waldorf, Maryland. We are proud to be a part of the amazing music scene in the greater Washington DC area, and our fans are the best in the world. So there.|
YellowTieGuy is currently recording their second album slated to be called, “Play on Words”
YellowTieGuy consists of:
Daniel W. Hill: Writer, Vocals, Guitar
Jason McKinney: Writer, Vocals, Guitar
Jamie Rasmussen: Bassist, Vocals
Cole Deiner: Drums
|The Last Year||In June 2013 Niki Barr and band mate Scott Ensign formed "The Last Year". The duo was signed to a contract with Shanachie Entertainment, home to such artists as Rusted Root, Leela James, and the Flobots. A five-song EP was released on August 13, 2013. The first single from the EP, "Sugar", was released in July 2013. The band made its public debut on July 12, 2013, at The Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland||Alt Rock||Website
|Todd Wright||Todd Wright is an American music composer, songwriter and producer from the Washington D.C. area. Todd has collaborated with artists such as Butch Walker, Toby Lightman, Lucy Woodward, Audra Mae, Cazzette and numerous Korean Pop Stars VIXX and Luna. In addition to Todd's domestic and international chart success, he is credited with many songs placements in TV and Film.|
Todd started out as a drummer before getting the itch to move from behind the kit to the front of the stage to allow his story telling abilities to really shine. After having success with GetawayCar and having their song 'Superstar' featured in the national ad campaign for Pontiac Vibe, Todd appeared alongside Butch Walker on his album Cover Me Badd, the two performed a duet of Elvis Costello's hit "Alison". Later, Todd toured with Lucy Woodward in support of her record While You Can. Todd also toured with Pat McGee Band and played shows with Better Than Ezra.
Todd has moved into full on songwriting and producing mode, trading in the touring lifestyle for traveling to write in Nashville, Los Angeles, NYC as well as International writing trips to the Netherlands, Germany and France. Todd, developed Chelsea Lee who went on to sign a record deal with Atlantic records and currently Todd is writing and producing for Cassidy Ford who has already signed a publishing deal with Young Guns Publishing out of Nashville and released and EP, Skin & Bones. Several of those songs ended up on Nick at Nites 'Hollywood Heights'
Todd took on an ambitious project, 40x40, to write, record and produce 1 song a week for 40 weeks. This 40-week project generated money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes as well as produced four complete albums. While working on this project Todd signed a publishing deal with PEN Music and alongside PEN, Todd is continuing to build a career as a songwriter and producer.
Alongside Mary Ann Redmond, Todd has penned a duet, "L'amour peut prendre froid", for French superstar, Johnny Hallyday and International superstar Celine Dion released late 2012. For this song, Todd and Mary Ann received the Washington Area Music Award for songwriters of the year and song of the year (2012)
Most recently Todd co-wrote a song that was released by Avicii label mates Cazzette. The Swedish duo released the single, Blind Heart, written by Cazzette, Ash Pournouri, Ivo Moring, Todd Wright and Terri B! aka Terri Bjerre.
|Michael Sheppard||In early 1996, after growing increasingly frustrated with focusing on projects showcasing the music of other talented musicians, an outlet for Michaels high-energy, no-holds-barred originals was needed. The resulting critically acclaimed team drives home his unique brand of original rock. Blending styles and influences from Richie Havens to King's X, and Dave Matthews to Seal!! I love mixing rock, funk, and pop influences with acoustic and electric guitars, strong vocals, and a kick ass rhythm section.|
In 1997 they released their first album, Beneath It All. This gutsy Milesh Records debut attracted national product endorsements and garnered impressive reviews and airplay on a variety of regional radio as they played the Mid-Atlantic extensively to support the release. In the spring of 2002, Milesh Records released the much anticipated second album, Ghost Of A Chance. Michael followed that with two solo records, Joyfully: A Christmas Wish in 2003, and Private Stock Vol. 1 hitting the streets in 2004! They continue a steady schedule throughout their territory as CD sales and venue attendance grows at consistent rates.
Taking his music to new levels, while earning rave reviews from fans and critics is nothing new to Michael and his group of seasoned professionals. As a member of Milkshake, a touring rock band for kids, Michael shares a GRAMMY NOMINATION for their 2009 release, Great Day! He has also earned several prestigious industry awards including 6 WAMMIE AWARDS (21 Nominations) for Best Male Vocalist and Best Artist/Group in the Rock/Pop, and Alternative Categories from the Washington Area Music Association; several Mid-Atlantic Readers Poll Awards, and 4 Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Awards.
Shared stage credits include Johnny A, Journey, The Tubes, Fishbone, Tony Levin, Tina Turner, Pat McGee Band, Steve Morse Band, Hootie & the Blowfish, Salt-N-Pepa, Seven Mary Three, King's X, Todd Rundgren, Creed, Summer Camp, Primus, and Rick Ocasek.
|Crooked Crow / Bruce Parker||Crooked Crow formed in 2001, upon the ashes of their previous incarnation, Acoustic Reign. Building themselves a strong following in the Washington DC area as a... band with a large repertoire of cover hits—plus a strong pool of original songs—Crooked Crow became a familiar name around town for parties and a rockin' good time. |
During the cover years, the band continued writing original songs and releasing CDs. In 2007, Crooked Crow began to focus primarily on playing their own music at “proper” live music venues.
Their original music is best described as high energy, straight-up rock and roll, featuring obvious classic and Southern rock influences coupled with modern lyric and rhythm stylings. The band's sound has been compared to bands like R.E.M., Tonic, and Vertical Horizon.
As a popular headlining act at many venues around the Washington DC metro area, Crooked Crow is now playing support and headlining at DC’s larger venues, including the State Theatre, the Fillmore, and the 9:30 Club. Building a following throughout the Northeast Corridor, the band plays often in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City and Boston, plus have headed south to Fredericksburg and Richmond, VA. Crooked Crow is also turning their attention further south, with shows in Raleigh and Asheville, NC in the works.
Crooked Crow has opened for and supported many regional and national headliners, including Cowboy Mouth, Sponge, Authority Zero, and Zebrahead.
|Honor By August|
|The Morrison Brothers|
|The Monster Band|
|More to come - still amassing this long list!|
Occasionally, Cancer Can Rock is offered a table at an event that is being put on by others, simply because they support our efforts and want us to receive proceeds and donations. Those who support us in that way are referred to as ride-along hosts. We thank every one of them for thinking of us in this way.
|Artist / Band||Small Bio||Music Type||Links|
|Bruce in the USA||Bruce in the USA has been an active participant in Cancer Can Rock for years and invites its large following to contribute regularly.||Rock||Website|
|Eddie from Ohio|
|Crowded Streets||Recreating the DMB concert experience with an incredible attention to detail, free flowing original jams and a sonic representation that is identical to the original band.||Rock||Website
The following is a list of the studio professionals who have contributed their time in support of the Cancer Can Rock featured artist recording sessions.
|Artist Name||Small Bio||Instrument(s)||Links|
|Andy Hamburger||Andy has played on several of the Featured Artist recordings and currently works in support of multiple bands.||Drums|
|Buddy Speir||Buddy is a much in-demand guitarist who splits time between DC and Nashville and has played on most of the Cancer Can Rock Featured Artist recordings||Guitars|
|Eric Scott||Eric does many of the bass parts for Cancer Can Rock featured artists, as well as doing studio and performance work for others and fronting his own band.||Bass||Web Site