CELISSE HENDERSON is a musician, singer and songwriter. From songs of love and blues on the piano and guitar, to songs of joy on the ukulele, with some spoken word on the side, Henderson shares her gifts on multiple instruments and pairs it with her soulful vocals to create an evening of musical magic. She recently returned from an acclaimed tour Live from the Heartland with Matt Alber. She is also known for her work in the Broadway revival of GODSPELL at Circle in The Square Theater and her work on The Electric Company. Henderson recently released a live EP entitled Celisse LIVE @ Rockwood Music Hall which is available on iTunes.
STEPHANIE McKAY is a singer, songwriter, musician, and collaborator, hailing from the Bronx. Her career has spanned over 20 years, during which time she has collaborated with artists including Anthony Hamilton, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Talib Kweli, DJ Spinna, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Katalyst, Tricky, Carl Hancock-Rux, Kelis and more. She was eatured on Roy Hargrove’s Grammy Award-nominated RH Factor (alongside such luminaries as D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, Karl Denson, Pino Palladino, and Common). Her first two albums – McKay (2003, Go! Beat/Polydor/Universal), produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Tim Saul, and Tell It Like It Is (2008, Pias/Muthas of Invention) – were released to great critical acclaim. McKay went on to perform at Glastonbury (UK), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands) and Solidays (France) as well as two national tours in Australia (with Amp Fiddler and Katalyst) and an unprecedented seven-night stand in Greece. After a multi-year hiatus, Stephanie returns with a much-anticipated new collaboration, MKPower with legendary producer Bob Power (D'Angelo, Erykah Badu.)
TRISH NELSON, founder of BanterGirl, is a producer, performer, and writer from Los Angeles, who for the past 10 years has resided in NYC. She’s produced monthly shows at the Bell House, Joe’s Pub, The Slipper Room, Littlefield, Union Hall, Ace Hotel, Wythe Hotel, and BRIC, and has regularly worked with talent such as Women of Letters, Carolyn Castiglia, Dave Hill, Jena Friedman, Jessica Delfino, and John Hodgman. She has also helped to put together live shows and tours across the country for Broad City, Impractical Jokers, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, and Amy Schumer, among many others. She holds a BFA in Theater from Middlesex University in London, England, and an MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s PATP.
ISAAC OLIVER is an award-winning playwright, author, and performer. His debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was published by Scribner in June 2015. His stories have been featured on BuzzFeed, Gawker, Out, and inNext Magazine and Frontiers. He is a frequent guest in the Soundtrack Series, How I Learned Series, Dead Darlings, and Showgasm. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, Eddie Goshen is Dead, and the ten-minute plays 3, 2, 1, Film Forum and Come Here (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Short Script). He is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He lives in New York City.
KAYLN MARIE SCARDEFIELD is an actress and singer-songwriter based in New York City. She performs her original music regularly throughout New York and the US - Joe's Pub, Paul Colby's The Bitter End, Bowery Poetry Room and more. Scardefield hosts a songwriter night called The Acoustic Soiree once a month. As an actress, she has appeared in classical theater productions (Twelfth Night (Queens Players); Love's Labour's Lost (Snorks and Pins)), independent films (Kirk White’s F!CK New York, Jen Kim’s Arsenic and Pink Lace) and national commercials. In February 2015, she released her debut EP Where I Need.