Kickin’ it Back Opening Act: Finalists

Congratulations to Ashley Leone and J. Klein!! And thank you to everyone that participated and voted to help us decide which of these up and coming artists will appear as our opening act – at our very special Kickstarter-inspired Kickin’ It Back Tour events!

Come see Ashley Leone when she opens for us on September 11 at City Winery Nashville!
Come see J. Klein when he opens for us on September 25 at Coach House, San Juan Capistrano!

VOTING HAS NOW ENDED. Thanks to all of our amazing finalists!  

Ashley Leonetwitterfacebook

Ashley LeoneSinger/songwriter Ashley Leone is an artist on the rise. Originally from Blue Bell, PA she has made her mark on Philadelphia having played nearly every venue in town. Ashley has opened up for world-class musicians like Norah Jones, Brett Dennen and Jeffrey Gaines, and has performed for fans of Maroon 5, One Republic, Bruno Mars and many more. It’s hard to believe she’s just 19 years old.

Finding influence from artists such as Imagine Dragons, Sam Smith, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jhene Aiko she has created quite a different niche for herself.

Beyond the infectious melodies of her songs, there is an undeniable soulfulness that always comes through in her music. Her honest heartfelt lyrics combined with her Indie style is a unique combination that’s hard to find.

J. Kleintwitterfacebook

J KleinSinger songwriter, Justin Kleinhoffer, professionally known as J. Klein, is an emerging artist that is currently performing regularly in many venues in the St. Pete, Tampa and Clearwater, Florida area.

In addition to live performances, J. Klein has established himself as an astute & prolific songwriter and is well-versed in the recording arts – serving as producer, engineer and session guitarist, vocalist, mandolin player & keyboardist.

He recently released his first official, full-length solo ten track CD, “Path Thru The Low Tide.”

Sarah Spencertwitterfacebook

SarahSpencer“Americana Sunshine,” an apt way to describe the music of a Florida native who writes pop songs that have been steeped in the influence of folk, country, and popular music of the last 20 years.

“I have an incredible love for great songs, no matter what they’re about,” says the now Nashville resident.

“But when I think about what I want to contribute to the musical landscape, I want to bring my best songs that have values I’d want my kids to listen to. I want to give people songs about good people doing great things despite their circumstances.”

Olivia Francestwitterfacebook

Olivia FrancesOlivia Frances is an old soul wrapped inside the effervescent free spirit of an 19-year-old girl. Wisdom shines through in her writing and dedication to her craft.

Olivia continues to hone her musical talents and took the step of moving to Nashville on her own after graduating high school. This change of scenery has enabled her to focus on a distinctive style that is a fusion of folky pop and country. It’s a true blending of her love of the catchy pop melodies and the storytelling aspect of country music.

The title track off her album, “Back to Happiness,” won Best Pop Song of 2014 in the Ohio Music Awards.