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RadioLive: September 4, 2014
Thu August 7, 2014
Songwriters Malcolm Holcombe, Callaghan, Chris Alvarado
The acts of writing songs and playing music have always been hopeful ones, however bleak the subject matter of the songs might be. With his latest CD, Down the River, Malcolm has once again given us a handful of songs that are testimony to the human spirit. In these songs, the old truths still hold. In these strange and troubled times, we need Holcombe’s witness as much as we ever have, and it is our good fortune to receive it.
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire to a musical family, Callaghan was classically trained on flute from age 6, then gravitated toward singing and playing piano. By 14 she was writing songs, and started trekking to London to record with various producers. At 18, she relocated to London permanently to live with her sister, while recording a number of independent EPs and playing all over the city.
A long-time Shawn Mullins fan, Callaghan contacted him in 2009 through MySpace while seeking a producer, and he agreed to a rare collaboration. An initial recording trip to Atlanta yielded three songs, prompting her life-changing relocation there in 2010, where she finished her first full-length recording. Callaghan is a dynamic musical force, combining shades of folk, country, rock and pop into a seamless fusion of feeling and melody.
Chris Alvarado is an award winning songwriter and recording artist who is currently based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This year started off with a bang for Chris. In March, he was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Music City Songwriting Contest in Nashville. The grand prize winner will be announced at a later date.
Chris also placed 3rd in the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival, and the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state.
All RadioLive performances take place at the Museum of Commerce, 205 E. Zarragossa Street in Historic Pensacola Village. Non-perishable food items for the benefit of Manna Food Pantries of NW Florida are accepted at the door in lieu of admission. Map and Directions.