The All-Star Showcase, Cafe at Broadway, New York City, Wednesday October 9th 2013

September 24, 2013

I am beyond excited to be performing in this tremendous event

Photo by Shell Sheddy

Photo by Shell Sheddy

The Inspired Word series presents the All-Star Showcase @ the stunning Cafe at Broadway in Manhattan’s Theater District. Featuring singers Ajo, Stephanie Demar, and Stephen Lyons; poet Jane Ormerod, and comedian Sarah B. Hartshorne.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

 The Cafe at Broadway

310-318 West 53rd Street

New York, NY

Doors open @7pm. Show starts @ 7:30pm

Cover charge: $10. Please consider buying tickets in advance—this event is hotter than the hottest hotcakes

Feature Bios:

Sarah B. Hartshorne is a plus-sized model and former America’s Next Top Model contestant as well as a comedian who’s performed at Broadway Comedy Club and the New York Comedy Club. Born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts, she was painfully shy kid until performing helped her come out of her shell in high school. Her major comic influences range from Margaret Cho to Brian Regan to Carol Burnett to Dan Akroyd. She’s also a winner of The Inspired Word’s LOL! Comedy Slam.

Jane Ormerod is the author of “Welcome to the Museum of Cattle” (Three Rooms Press, 2012), “Recreational Vehicles on Fire” (Three Rooms Press, 2009), “11 Films” (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD “Nashville Invades Manhattan.” Born on the south coast of England, Jane has lived in New York City for ten years and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor of the small press great weather for MEDIA.

Singer/Songwriter Stephen Lyons’ voice has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury, Morten Harket and Bono. Reviewers have described Lyons’ sound as angelic, mesmerizing, ethereal, soulful, and powerful. Originally from West Chester, Pa., Lyons now resides in Brooklyn, where he’s currently working on a new EP with producer Gian Stone of Stone Recording. He was the voice behind a nationally syndicated radio theme song that was heard by an estimated 8 million listeners daily. His version of the famous Simon & Garfunkel song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, was recently a semi-finalist for Best Male Vocal in the Unsigned Only competition and his original song “Fall” was recognized for honorable mention by Tina Shafer’s New York Songwriters Circle competition (which was responsible for helping to launch the careers of Norah Jones, Marc Cohn, Lisa Loeb, Gavin DeGraw, among many others). He’s performed at the Mercury Lounge, The BItter End, Long Beach Roxx NY Festival, World Cafe Live, The Cutting Room, and Caffe Vivaldi.

“The only people for me are the mad ones.” So goes the quote Ajo lives by, famously written by literary iconoclast, Jack Kerouac. ‘Bama-born and Chicago-bred, Ajo has lived a mad existence of her own, getting her start in music by making up raps and teaching TLC choreo in the schoolyard. By 2007 she was turf war-ing with the local EMT for practice space, and in 2008, met her mentor, Christine Correa – a 5 foot dynamo from India who taught her about Jazz. In the four years that followed, Ajo evolved from a once talent – show-dropout into dynamic songstress who has opened for the likes of Melvin Van Peebles. A highly-decorated poet, Ajo aims to infuse a confessional style of writing into her musical works, taking cues from other greats ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Tracy Chapman. She has performed at Gibson Showroom, Pratt Institute, The Paper Box, and on Nov 1st will be at the Tinderbox Festival, an annual showcase of established & emerging female-fronted bands.

Stephanie Demar is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Miami Florida but now living in New York City. She studied music at Indiana University, where she not only gained a local following but won Miss Talent at the Hoosier Sweetheart competition. She lived and worked in London after graduation, performing at The Corner Shop – still her favorite gig to date. Her love of singing and writing songs began at 7 years old when she and her best friend formed a girl group called The Dynamic Duo; two years later, she knew she wanted to be a performer after seeing Les Miserables on Broadway. Her eclectic pop, folk, alternative vibe is heavily influenced by artists such as Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Jewel, and Sara Bareilles. Her greatest accomplishment came in March of last year, when she won an original song competition presented by Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM; she was invited to meet – and perform before – English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding and her crowd following Goulding’s performance in the Coca-Cola Live Lounge.


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