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Honest Haloway

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Honest Haloway (Hal is pronounced like the name Al, not like Hall)

Recommended if you like: We take a lot of influence from indie rock / electronica bands. Some of the more popular bands would be "Local Natives", "Tame Impala", "Grizzly Bear" & "M83"

Story behind your band/artist name: I was going to call it Honest Hemingway initially, but at the time it seemed like there were a lot of bands doing a play on a famous persons name. For example "Com Truise" & "Gnarls Barkley". I didn't want it to come across as a joke so I changed it to Haloway because I thought it had a nice ring.

Band Members: Tim Kratzer (vocals, keys), Fico Lazzaro-Colon (Bass), Greg Balleza (Guitar, Keys), Paul Burgess (Backing Vocals, Guitar, keys), Ed Barnabas (Drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We all live in DC, except for Ed who is in Maryland. A few of us are DMV natives.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: - I (Tim) actually met Fico and Ed when trying out for their DC band "Cedars" I believe around 2005 or 2006. I never joined and ended up starting my own project. Many years later it all came full circle when I was looking for a bassist and drummer, Ed and Fico joined my band Honest Haloway.

- Myself (Tim) and Greg are both DMV natives. We actually met in Guitar class in 8th or 9th grade I think. That was about 20 years ago and we've been either working on music together or getting feedback from each other ever since. 

- Surprisingly we're all fans of the local sports teams (except Paul), which is not common in a transient place like DC. Anyways, we're all used to being disappointed.

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Official Website URL: https://www.honesthaloway.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/honesthaloway

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/honest-haloway/id447096970

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5rM7yR1sjTc2pXUD7Qbeqh

Other Links: https://soundcloud.com/honesthaloway
https://www.youtube.com/user/HonestHaloway

Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: indie rock/electronica

Kia Bennett

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Kia Bennett

Recommended if you like: Zhane, Sade, Badu, Roy Ayers

Story behind your band/artist name:

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What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northeast, Aquatic Gardens/Kenilworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: A native of Richmond, Virginia and a product of Howard University, Kia made her introduction into the entertainment world while singing with former Washington D.C. group "Entyme" along with other respected soul artists Geno Young, Sy Smith, and Yahzarah. Kia is a member of the new school RAMP (Roy Ayers Music Production) whose musical contributions provided the world with samples for hits like A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum", Mary J. Blige's "My Life" and Erykah Badu's "Amerykah's Promise". Ms. Bennett is best noted for her background vocals which supported international recording artists D'Angelo, Ledisi, Russell Taylor, Michael Bolton, Angela Stribling, Julie Dexter, and Deborah Bond.

In 2015, Kia made her debut performance at the famed Bohemian Caverns Jazz Club and the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club in Washington, D.C. These two lovely evenings were welcomed with four sold out performances. Kia performed in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia through The Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Series, where she gave two sold out shows as well. Kia has graced the stages of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, The Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Series, The Richmond Jazz Festival At Maymont, Drom, The Shrine, Gin Fizz, Silvana, LeftField, and The Bitter End in New York.

Kia was nominated as 2012 Best New Artist and 2017 Song of The Year (A Beautiful Forever) for SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards. Kia is also a Board Member and Governor of The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and currently serves as head of The Richmond Committee. She currently has an EP entitled, Duet of Daffodils and is currently working on her full length album.

Official Website URL: https://kiabennett.bandcamp.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/KiaBennettMusic

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kia-bennett/506761145?app=itunes

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1U9u1vGvCWL36YW1d30aAe

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/enchantress76/ 

https://www.instagram.com/rampmusic77/

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: soul, R&B, funk, jazz, dance, electronica, soulful house, broken beat