DECEMBER 4, 2021
Family Promise Metrowest's
2nd Annual Virtual Concert
An Evening of Inspirational Family Stories and Music
Enjoy our virtual concert from the comfort of your favorite chair!
This live-streamed event will feature a variety of musicians who are coming together to share their songs and help us raise funds to support families in need across the metrowest Boston region. Listen to music from various genres, hear inspirational stories from our families, and use your phone or computer to bid on amazing auction items.
Help us celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our families this year!
Heralded as a great storyteller, folk singer/songwriter Ellis Paul plays 200 shows a year at venues coast to coast. His music has been featured on television and blockbuster films such as “Me, Myself, & Irene” and “Shallow Hal.” Finding inspiration from those around him and his own interactions, Paul has documented and told stories with his music for over a quarter of a century. His work spans over 19 albums and 15 Boston Music Awards. Paul’s songs like "The World Ain't Slowing Down" and "Hero in You” are among fan favorites.
Boston’s pop and R&B singer-songwriter Alli Haber, a graduate of Gann Academy in Waltham, is currently studying at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Her recent single “Youth On Fire” has exponentially expanded her fan base, which began with poppy singles such as “Too Young,” “Alive,” and “Melatonin.” Haber has toured nationally on the Boys of Summer Tour, Piper Rockelle Live, Cash & Maverick’s Whatever It Takes Tour, and New England’s All You Got Tour. She performed at First Night Boston in 2018 and 2019 and “Countdown to Christmas” in Celebration, Florida. Haber has released original music with producers Frankie Jonas, Jason Strong, and most recently Bruce Wiegner. Alli was nominated as “New Artist of the Year” for the 2019 New England Music Awards and will be releasing new music this Fall.
Boston-based, singer-songwriter, R&B “new pop” artist Zoe Behrakis has always had a passion for music. In 2019, Behrakis was invited by Nashville’s PCG Artist Development to join their nationally renowned Emerging Artist Development Program. Through this program she collaborated with GRAMMY-nominated songwriters/coaches Johnny Black and Mike Piazza on her 2020 debut single “Grace.” Behrakis notes that “Grace” is an anthem for everyone who has ever felt alone. Drawing from her own life experiences, Behrakis says that she “wanted to write a song about hope and how life can be so hard sometimes, but you are not alone, and you can come out of whatever you are going through stronger and better than ever.” “Grace” came out during COVID-19 when the powerful messages of compassion and strength were so needed. Behrakis is a psychology major at Boston College, a member of the college’s premier acapella group, is busy at work on her fourth single, and is working to incorporate Greek instruments like the Bouzouki into her songs as a way to show her pride in her Greek heritage.
A master weaver of American musical styles, folk/soul singer-songwriter Kemp Harris “defies categorization.” An award-winning public school educator, Harris has acted in numerous films and TV shows such as SMILF (Showtime) and has shared the stage with notables including Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, and Gil Scott-Heron. When not on screen, he has taken the stage with his smokin’ band, composed for WGBH Public Television/Boston, and written and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company. Whether teaching for over 40 years in the classroom, acting on a film set, leading a workshop, or performing on the concert stage, Harris says that at the end of the day he seeks genuine human connection and is “an old black man telling stories and spreading the love.”
Phil Stacey is a Christian recording artist. You may have been introduced to him as a finalist on the 6th season of American Idol, watched him perform on Ellen or the Tonight Show, seen him as a featured artist on tours with Michael W Smith or Natalie Grant, or even attended one of the thousand concerts he's headlined around the world in the last six years. His performances are marked by soulful and passionate performances combined with powerful testimonies that demonstrate the faithfulness of God.
Hip Hop violinist Rhett Price has gone from homeless to what the Boston Globe called a “YouTube Sensation.” Price has performed at parties with Matt Damon and Tom Brady, recorded for Chris Brown, and played shows with MGK, Young Thug, T-Pain, and many more. While his career was launched with 30 million+ views on his covers of popular hip-hop songs, he is now turning a new corner with the release of his brand-new originals “Muse” and “Party Animal”—the first two in a series of original music releases leading up to his album and national headlining tour.
With his soulful and honeyed tenor, sly humor, and an uncanny knack for melody, storyteller Chris Trapper has traveled the world, performing to a dedicated and ever-growing fan base with his guitar and songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper’s first foray into the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern-day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with Colin Hay, Martin Sexton, and John Prine.
NEVER SAY NEVER BAND
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Bobby Tynes’ love for music and the saxophone has taken him all over the United States and abroad. He has produced two original CDs, The Journey and Living Life. Bobby has performed with great musicians such as Danilo Perez, Howard Levy, Etta Jones, and many others. He has also opened up for Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Sultry vocalist Tracy Rose developed her unique blend of jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues due to her love for all types of music. Her lush tones breathe life into every song that she sings. Tracy has found great success as a vocalist and singer-songwriter and can be seen performing jazz, R&B, and her original music at jazz clubs, coffee houses, Bean Town Jazz Festival, the Fleet Center, and private events. Tracy and Bobby are the feature of the Never Say Never Band, performing throughout New England. When they are not performing, they spend a great deal of time together, co-writing and recording music in their home studio.
Ever since renowned guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his 2010 album, Living in The Light, Keller has been on the rise, earning two nominations for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, winning the International Blues Challenge “Best Self-Released CD Award,” and being chosen for Downbeat Magazine’s “Best Recordings of the Year.” Based in Vermont, Keller has performed for audiences across the U.S., including major festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Fest, Discover Jazz Fest, and PA Blues Fest and at many of the finest clubs, including B.B. King’s in Memphis and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.
The Saxyderms is a Boston area–based saxophone ensemble that performs music spanning jazz, classical, rock, world, and contemporary genres, including arrangements and new music created by their members. The 15-member group is New England’s largest permanent saxophone ensemble. The mission of The Saxyderms is to spread the joy of music to as many people as possible, provide outreach and education to young musicians, and further enrich the cultural and artistic heritage of Boston.
When song-sirens Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell penned a songwriting challenge tune, the Badass, Harmony-Laced, Folk/Rock driven, Americana Lady Crimson Calamity duo was born. Inspired by artists like Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars, and Fleetwood Mac, Crimson Calamity’s songs including “All in the Cards” and “Gypsy Heart” are infused with sultry rock and traditional country. The Tennessee duo’s shared talent for firecracker lyrics and well-seasoned harmonies contributes to their unique signature sound.
Kings Return is a Texas vocal cappella band of friends established in 2016. Their sound is rooted in Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and classical music. Kings Return wowed their fans in 2020 with a rendition of the classical Latin piece “Ubi caritas,” created during COVID in an ordinary stairwell. The blend of voices, the unusual acoustics, and the group’s talent created a “breathtaking” musical piece praised as “perfection.” The piece received over 14,000 shares and streams. The band continues to share other covers such as the Bee Gees’ “How Deep is Your Love” and Justin Bieber’s “Changes” from the hallway steps. With 77,000 followers, this quartet describes themselves as “a vocal band of brothers” and notes that their name “reminds us to be our brother’s keeper.”
Talia Pique is the lead vocalist for LadyCap. This Boston-based singer-songwriter’s reggae-soul blend of instrumentation, meaningful lyrics, soulful vocals, and mesmerizing melodies uniquely punctures the surface and reaches the core of listeners’ hearts. Pique has performed in events and festivals throughout New England and at music venues such as The BeeHive, Paradise Lounge, The Lizard Lounge, Regent Theatre in Boston, Harlow’s Pub, and New Hampshire’s Stone Church. Pique has shared the stage with Bob Marley’s saxophonist, Glen DeCosta, and the international reggae band, The Naya Rockers. In 2019 and 2021 Pique opened in Haiti for international artist Paul Beaubrun, as part of fundraisers to benefit Haiti.
Boston-based singer-songwriter Daniel Miller has been writing songs for over 20 years. Miller’s songs can be heard on numerous Country and Americana radio stations across the United States and the globe. He has opened for various national acts including Jamey Johnson, American Aquarium, The Old 97’s, The Mavericks, The Black Lillies, Scott Miller, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Sunny Sweeney, Mic Harrison, and Dick Dale. While defined as a Country, Americana, or Roots Music artist, Miller notes that he tries to not let that influence or limit each project. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Miller has a talent for centering his music on the locals that inspire him. Miller notes that his “focus isn’t on limiting a record to fit into a specific bin on a store shelf; it’s to tell a story.” Miller’s newest album, his first to be billed under the full band name Daniel Miller & The High Life, is based on his time spent in West Texas, planned for an early 2022 release.
TEMPLE SHIR TIKVA OF WAYLAND
A Youth Choir of 3rd to 6th graders who come together to learn and sing Jewish music for the joy of sharing their voices to celebrate Shabbat and the holidays, and enriching all with their exuberance and talent. Co-directed by Cantor Hollis Schachner and song-leader Lexi Weakley.
OUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES
We are thrilled to welcome back LBF from the ROR Morning Show as our MC for the evening. LBF is a long-time supporter of Family Promise Metrowest, having served as the MC for our Walk to End Homelessness for the last three years.