Featured Artists of Urban Myths
Born in Drogheda, County Louth Ireland, Swan Montgomery is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has become known worldwide as the lead singer and front man for the highly acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepagain. Over the course of the last two decades, Led Zepagain has travelled the world several times over while becoming widely renowned as one of the most accomplished and celebrated tribute bands of all time. A tenor known for his powerful high-pitched vocals and wide four-octave range, his solo work spans rock, world, folk, and traditional Irish music.
Swan was raised on Celtic music, art, and literature. At an early age he discovered and was inspired by the voices of Cat Stevens, Carol King, James Taylor, Irish folk singer Paul Brady, and the heavy metal guitar licks of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Thin Lizzy.
Led Zepagain built a global fan base and released five albums: Led Zepagain: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin (Vols. 1-3) and Led Zepagain: The Sound Remains the Same (Vols. 1 and 2).” They have had enormous success on the Spotify charts with hit covers of “Whole Lotta Love” and “Black Dog,” generating more than 8 million plays alone for “Stairway to Heaven.” The band has been twice featured on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”
Swan has performed alongside such artists as Roger Daltrey, Nuno Bettencourt, Howard Leese, Taylor Hawkins, America, Lemmy, Joe Bonamassa, Carmine Appice, Glen Hughes, and Dee Synder among others. Led Zepagain has opened for several established artists including Elton John, Joan Jett, 50 Cent, Tesla, Devo, and Loverboy.
Swan also contributed to the international trailer score for the film Dallas Buyer’s Club and composed the score for Urban Myths.
For nearly ten years, soulful singer/songwriter Beckah Shae’s been steadily gaining momentum, establishing her very own Shae Shoc Records with her husband/constant production collaborator Jack Shocklee and turning in seven studio CDs.
Along the way, she’s racked up top 10 Billboard Christian CHR radio singles like “I’ll Be Alright”, “Here In This Moment” and “LIFE,” and also scored a Dove nomination for the latter gem, served as a featured guest on tobyMac’s Billboard blockbuster Tonight album, collaborated with fellow multi-million album seller Montell Jordan on his latest Victory World Music project Shake Heaven and is also gearing up for two appearances on Dove Award winning rap luminary T-Bone’s upcoming album
Founded in Nashville in 2013 by Ashley E. Norton and Edward A. Williams, the duo has built a catelog of varied, intricate songs that explore the effects of the human condition. By 2015 Whitherward grew into full-time touring artist, embarking on several cross-country non-stop loops, while releasing four EP’s from their Subaru. Now, with the addition of band members Stephanie Groot on violin and Patrick Hershey on upright bass, the group produced their first full length independent album “The Anchor” (released May 20th).
Whiterward has been compared to a moder-day Simon & Garfunkle, Penny & Sparrow, The Civil Wars, and have influences of rock, folk, jazz, and trip-hop. The hard-hitting lyrical style, supported by thunderous vocals, string sections and dueling guitars brings a new dimension to the indie-folk world.
Throughout Northern Michigan, the name Drew Hale is synonymous with powerful vocals, compelling lyrics and haunting melodies. In 2016, Drew won the national Country Showdown competition held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, earning him the title Best New Act in Country Music, as well as the $100,000 cash prize.
Influenced by his Texas roots and artists such as Reckless Kelly and Eric Church, Drew’s music pays homage to the red dirt country scene, as well as paints a picture of his love for the people and culture of Northern Michigan, which he has called home since 2008. He and his band can be found touring throughout the Midwest and Texas, promoting their latest album, Roots and Wings (featuring Vince Gill on the track Pieces). They have shared stages and played festivals with some of Nashville’s biggest recording artists, including Tim McGraw, Frankie Ballard, Dierks Bentley, Canaan Smith, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery, LoCash, RaeLynn, and Adam Sanders. Whether on an intimate stage at one of the many wineries or breweries throughout Northern Michigan, rocking a bar on a Saturday night, or playing large festivals such as Common Ground in Lansing, MI or Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, MI, you can count on an eclectic show that delivers a dynamic combination of originals and covers that bridge the gap between country, roots rock, and blues.
The Crane Wives
Named one of Paste Magazine’s “12 Michigan Acts You Should Be Listening to Now”, The Crane Wives are an indie-folk outfit that have been making waves in the midwest since 2011. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, with a blend of folky acoustic and rock-n-roll electric instrumentation to support lyrical, organic music that is both accessible and innovative.
In the past year they’ve opened for acts such as The Avett Brothers and Lake Street Dive, were featured by Michigan Radio prior to their latest release, “Foxlore”, and have been the recipients of several local accolades such as the WYCE Best Rock/Pop Album of 2015 for their third album “Coyote Stories.”
The band has toured the US extensively to promote their four full-length albums, “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011), “The Fool in Her Wedding Gown” (2012), “Coyote Stories” (2015), and “Foxlore” (2016). Notable venues include Electrict Forest Music Festival, Daytrotter Studios, Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, Mile of Music Festival, Mile of Music Festival, and Wheatland Music Festival.
At the young age of 14, Lexi carried the lead role in an independent film called Blake’s Ballad. This dramatic “short” gained rapid acknowledgement and was invited to participate in the prestigious Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. Despite the positive attention she received from her role in the movie, she continued to place her musical goals at the forefront of her mind by composing two original songs featured in the film.
Her musical hero is Taylor Swift; she is often identified with her for a similar autobiographical songwriting and performance style. The two grew up consistently daydreaming about their futures in the music industry and writing songs about personal events and experiences in their lives. Taylor’s ultimate success has provided enthusiasm and motivation in the pursuit of Lexi’s dreams.
Lexi grew up with a mom who is a social media marketer and as a result, knew what a powerful tool the internet could be. She began posting videos of herself singing original songs as well as cover music on various social media websites.
In August 2012, Kerry Kessel of KALM Talent Group stumbled upon the young artist while doing an online talent search. After various discussions between KALM and Lexi’s family, they began an exciting relationship and Lexi is ecstatic about her future with KALM and thankful to Kerry for the effort made on her behalf by the entire KALM family.
Lexi just recorded her first studio album, self-titled “Lexi Ulmer.” She worked with industry veterans such as Tim Pierce, Gregg Bissonette and Gabriel Moses as well as producer Frank Rosato. It was released on December 3, 2012 and Lexi and production/management are in the pre-planning stages of a music video for what will be her first released single.