Kenny & Amanda Smith
Kenny and Amanda Smith have each been singing since before they can remember. And they've been singing together since before most of us can remember. They were the IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year a few years ago and the bluegrass and Americana industries would argue that they have most certainly emerged. With many chart-topping singles and hundreds of sold out shows since then, Kenny and Amanda have redefined the vocal style that is bluegrass. They have taught harmony vocals at camps all over the world and have the ability to get people singing together in beautiful harmony in practically no time at all.
Kathy Chiavola is internationally renowned as one of the most respected vocalists in bluegrass and acoustic music. She grew up playing guitar and singing folk, blues and rock in Kansas City, MO and was awarded a scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she earned her bachelor’s and masters degrees in voice. She later studied in a doctoral program at Indiana U. with Metropolitan Opera star Eileen Farrell and moved to Nashville in 1980. She worked with The Doug Dillard Band, Vassar Clements, The Country Gazette, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor before forming her own group. Kathy has toured the US, UK, Europe, Japan extensively and was the first bluegrass artist to perform in the Faroe Islands. "It was nothing less than a volcano of a concert, a country and bluegrass victory, where the acoustic instruments and a big voice filled every corner." in the Faroes to Castleford, England "nothing short of incredible", to Kenilworth, England "The audience - not all bluegrass fans, were captivated....Awesome."
Ashby Frank grew up in central North Carolina in the small town of Tyro. By the age of 16 he had already won multiple mandolin contests in the region, including the prestigious championships at Merlefest and Galax. Now making his home in Nashville, Ashby has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with artists such as Marty Raybon, Special Consensus, Ronnie Bowman, Dale Ann Bradley, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The Crowe Brothers, The Lonesome River Band, The Earls of Leicester, and a band he cofounded, Mashville Brigade. When he’s off the road, Ashby is a sought after session musician, performance coach, and instructor. He teaches private lessons in Nashville and online, and has been a featured instructor at major camps and workshops in the US, Canada, and Europe. Several of his students have gone on to win State and National Championships. As a songwriter, Ashby has penned several #1 charting singles, and his song “The Story of the Day That I Died” (recorded by Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice) was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
Playing guitar and singing harmony with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike brought the Milton, Florida native to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007. Since that time, Brandon has found himself working alongside some of bluegrass, country and Americana music’s top musicians and entertainers. Currently, Brandon can be seen performing with country music superstar and Grammy winner, Patty Loveless (with whom Brandon made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015); contemporary bluegrass favorites, Blue Moon Rising; Appalachian-American media personalities, The Darrell Brothers; and Nashville-based acoustic country “supergroup,” The Likely Culprits. In addition to his work as a touring musician, Brandon also produces, engineers, and performs on records for artists from all over the world.