Richard Walton is a 2016 inductee in the Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame. He works as a musician in a variety of situations. He has professionally performed for over twenty five years throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. As a solo entertainer, Richard has a catalogue of over 400 songs; performing with his gifted musical memory. He can make any situation special for any age group and occasion. He currently performs at house concerts/parties, private corporate functions, restaurants, pubs, churches, senior centers, weddings, funerals and other special occasion events.
Richard leads an award-winning instrumental multi-genre ensemble, Richard Walton Group; which can be heard frequently on Pandora Radio and lots of other digital radio stations. In 2016, the group received nominations: WAMMIE (Best Jazz CD) & Maryland Music Awards (Best Jazz Group). Richard also works regularly in the music duos Rich & Famous (w/ original Appaloosa bassist/vocalist Frank Frazier), Three’s A Crowd (w/ vocalist Vicki Scarinzi) & Rich & Infamous (w/ guitarist/vocalist Bryan Miller)
He began his musical journey as a musician in Mid-Atlantic cover bands, eventually graduating to a career as a songwriter, publisher, bandleader and recording artist. In 1988, he formed the publishing & recording company Notlaw Music (Walton spelled backwards). His songs have been used on various compilation CD’s and been heard on numerous radio & TV outlets . In 2016, Richard landed a publishing deal for a number of his songs with an established world class publisher. As of 2018, Richard has released 11 worldwide distributed CD’s and earned over 40 songwriting awards.
Nelly’s Echo’s captivating storytelling and high energy performances have made him a very sought- after musician in not only the college tour circuit but also clubs and festivals all across the United States and overseas.
Nelly’s Echo was a contestant on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, and his cover of Bill Withers Classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine” reaching #7 on the iTunes R&B charts. He also performed for the troops at GITMO in 2011 which he describes to this day as one of the highlights of his very colorful career.
Nelly’s Echo has shared the big stage with the artists such as Trombone Shorty, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, & Boyz II Men to name a few. “Make good music the soundtrack to your life,” is one of Nelson’s favorite saying, and it sure seems like with Nelly’s Echo music, that saying rings ever true
Born and raised in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Hilary has always been a small town girl with big time dreams. She started playing guitar at the ago of 12 and soon became a self-taught keyboard player and songwriter. Hilary studied Music Education with a voice concentration at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music from 2009-2011, before moving on to run her own fitness business. Before long, she was itching to get back into the music scene and follow her dreams of performing music and making people smile!
Hilary re-located to Northern Virginia in August 2014 and took a brief performing hiatus to focus on some family goals. She returned to the acoustic gigging game in August of 2015 performing in local venues. Since her return to the live music scene, she has been able to gig frequently and build a regular following in Northern Virginia. Most recently, she has been songwriting with Grammy-winning writers and coming into her own stylistically. Her influences are incredibly varied and her style transcends generations and genre barriers with something new every week.
She can be found singing and playing your favorite acoustic covers from Bob Dylan through Beyonce here in Northern Virginia.
Brian Franke is an independent award-winning singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. He is known as both a frequently booked cover song musician as well as an original songwriter. His cover songs range from classic rock songs, to 90s alternative rock, to Top 40 songs currently on the radio.
Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo has been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to the Washington DC Metro Area since 2006. Whether performing original music or classic material, Alex’s voice is “reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra’s inflection” (Matthew Stabley, NBCWashington.com) and “sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan” (The Big Easy – MetroMusicScence.com). “El Rojo” to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst various other artists. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Derek Evry who is also a fantastic songwriter, singer, guitarist and band leader. Alex has also performed with several other local musicians for various tribute shows.
Ryan Paladino is part of the band Irresponsible. Irresponsible is an Alt-Rock band based out of Washington, DC, whose hard work has landed them headlining shows at such nationally-renowned venues as the 9:30 Club and Jammin’ Java. The quality and consistency of Irresponsible’s studio releases and live shows have established the band as favorites in the DC music community. With the release of one EP and two LPs over four short years, Irresponsible has received consistent airplay on the Local Lix hours of DC’s premier rock station, DC101. Five of their songs have been featured on the station, including the most recent single, “Burn With Me.” Irresponsible’s blend of lighthearted fun and serious musicianship sets this group apart from the rest!
Crowded Streets—the name inspired by Dave Matthew Band’s third studio album — is what you call this Virginia – based sextet. The individuals who form this outstanding tribute are each dedicated to the task of reproducing the unique sonic experience of a live Dave Matthews Band performance. The band has attended numerous concerts and studied all the live footage they can get their hands on. Crowded Streets boasts the same original studio line-up of instrumentation and each musician is as versatile and creative as his DMB counterpart.
Jason Masi got his start with Richmond, VA based group, Jubeus, opening for acts like Blind Melon, Everclear, and SOJA and releasing two well received albums, “Two Tone Circles” 2004 and “Natural Mood” 2007, respectively. He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band’s roots-jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul/R&B songwriter approach.
Billy “T” Wilde is an American singer/songwriter and Musical Entertainer, from the Washington DC are. His high energy and entertaining live shows has led him to become one of the most highly sought musical performers in the Mid Atlantic area. He has performed at notable venues like The 9:30 Club, and Jiffy Lube Live Concert Pavilion, opening for many National acts from Dave Matthews, Lincoln Park, Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Matchbox 20 to Journey. With the unique use of looping pedals he can stack layers of guitars, rhythms & Harmonies, and along with his percussionist, is able to reproduce the sound of a full band. In addition to his original music, Billy performs popular Rock, Blues, Country & Pop Hits from every decade from the 60’s to modern day. His blazing guitar riffs and powerful vocals, makes a passionate performance that leave audiences singing, Dancing and wanting more!
A Maryland native, Shane Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician. Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel. Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on Country radio, then added a modern twist…that’s Shane.
Heather Renee is a prolific writer and performer. She performs weekly in venues throughout the DC metro area. To demonstrate her writing prowess, she wrote, recorded and released a song every week for an entire year in 2008. This endeavor led to several song placements in Independent Films and garnered interested from labels to sell her work to rising artists nationwide.