Melora Hardin – “Dance” (ep.1) and
“Dial O (On the Little Pink Telephone)” (ep. 4)
While she is probably best known for her roles as an actress as Jan Levinson on The Office or Tammy Cashman on Transparent, Melora Hardin is also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, releasing three albums, Purr , The Melodrama and All The Way to Mars. Melora made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago and sang the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl’s concert version of Les Miserables.
Nina Baumer – “I’M Fire” (ep.1)
Chicago born and Australian raised, Nina Baumer developed a love for music and songwriting young and transitioned from classical singer into pop/soul with ease drawing inspiration from artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé. Ricky Martin dubbed her “a natural performer and pop star” when she debuted on The Voice. Settling now in LA, Baumer has fully immersed herself in the music scene and can’t wait to get back to playing live.
Conway – “Collect” (ep 2)
Kassia Conway is a singer/songwriter with almost 16K monthly listeners on Spotify. Her style has been compared to Karen O, Debby Harry and M.I.A. Kassia makes music that falls in the Venn-diagram sweet spot between pop and R & B, rock and hip-hop, accessible and arty. Her self-made video for “Big Talk” (featured at the end of ep. 1 of Fetish) went viral spurring a relationship with Columbia Records which led to tours with Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia and Charlie. Her songs have been featured on such shows as Good Girls, Girls, Star Trek Into Darkness, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Revenge, Catfish, MLB video games and many more. Also an actress, Kassia stars opposite Nicholas Cage in Looking Glass, and has several other film and television credits to her name.
Pepe Raphael – “Rumba de 5 Kilos” (ep 3)
Pepe Raphael was born in Madrid, Spain and began his performing career with the National Ballet of Spain before going on to perform as a dancer with Ballet Hispanico of New York and the Ballet Companies of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Ballet Tacoma, and the Oregon Ballet Theater. While living in Portland, Pepe explored many different facets of the performing arts including stand-up comedy as well as appearing on television inseveral series and movies of the week. Pepe has performed leading roles with the Portland Opera, Musical Theater Company and Musical Theater of Oregon. Pepe is the founder and leader of “Pepe & the Bottle Blondes,” and is the former front man with Pink Martini.
Chris Standring – “Dial O
(On the Little Pink Telephone)” (ep. 4)
A British-born LA-based Jazz guitarist known for his 1970s-style musical nuances, Chris Standring is one of contemporary urban jazz’s most prolific hitmakers. He’s had 13 Billboard Top 10 singles and 6 #1’s. Prior to his emergence as a solo artist with R&B flavored hits like Cool Shades, Hip Sways, Standring was part of the duet project Solar System with Rodney Lee. With over 165K monthly Spotify listeners, Standring’s music acknowledges the sometimes harsh twists and turns of life, but rather than give in to circumstances beyond his control, his music offers a truly uplifting way forward.
Sam Shelton – “Evening Wear” (ep.6)
Samantha Shelton is an actress, singer and songwriter. She has recorded two albums - Reservoir, on which “Evening Wear” is recorded, and Are You Kidding Around? as well as several EPs: I Do It My Way, Not Cool, Sea Legs and Cranky Moon. Shelton studied acting at the North Carolina School of the Arts and has appeared in such films as White Oleander & Inglourious Basterds as well as on television in shows like Bones & CSI.
Ben Lee – “Evening Wear” (ep.6)
Ben Lee is an Australian born musician and composer. Even before the launch of his acclaimed solo career, Lee attracted attention in his teens as a member of the Sydney band Noise Addict. His first hit as a single artist Cigarettes Will Kill You launched his career as a recording artist. Lee collaborated with Dan the Automator on Hey You. Yes You on the Modular label before launching his own label Ten Fingers. He has been a composer on the television show Camping and has contributed songs to shows like Grey’s Anatomy & Scrubs. He has almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ione Skye