Bruce Bergh’s Valentine's Day 2014 release, “Night Life” is a collection of original “Romantic Harmonies in the Big City” written 2011-2013 as a nightlife entertainer in some of Chicago’s finest dining establishments. Bergh performs on piano with vocal stylings in the Pop, Rock and Jazz Vocal genres. As a composer, he strives for memorable melody lines accompanied by jazz harmonizations with a positive message.
Bruce Bergh re-released "Christmas Time of the Year" CD November 15, 2013 with three NEW originals destined to become Christmas classics. The single "Christmas Time of the Year" has been placed into two movies for the 2013 holiday season. "Snow Bride" on the Hallmark Movie Channel & "Christmas in the City" later in December on Lifetime. Check out the new songs, "It's The Jingle of the Bells", "A Personal Santa" and "Jimmy's Housetop" a re-written variation on "Up On The Housetop" in the new release.
Bruce Bergh (Dr. MIDI) is a composer of Jazz Vocal, CCM, and Pop style music. Bergh has written hundreds of songs, commercial music and jingles, as well as arranged music for a large number of clients through the years at his Chicago, Indiana, and Missouri recording studios. As a professor of Music Technology Bergh has taught in several universities, done clinician work for MTNA, MENC, and NAMM conventions, and founded BIMT.net and DrMIDI.com.
Bergh studied at Sherwood Music School and the University of Chicago with a four year scholarship in music education and piano performance. He has been involved in the keyboard manufacturing business since 1978, with diverse responsibilities from Artist-Clinician to VP of Sales and Marketing.
Concurrently, Bergh founded DrMIDI Piano Service and operated three recording studios, assuming the responsibilities of owner, producer, arranger, conductor, engineer and talent. He has played keyboard with many fine musicians in numerous bands & groups in in cities all over North America. Bergh’s natural talent for marketing, advertising and turning a phrase was a beneficial advantage during the mid-eighties when he spent time creating corporate jingles for radio and television. During the same time, Bergh was the substitute organist for the Chicago Cubs playing for Harry Caray and the WGN Communications Group. He has written and produced numerous recording projects in the contemporary Christian music market as well as served at several churches as a worship leader since 1993.
Kristin Chambers moves through American songbook with the easy grace that comes from a lifetime steeped in song. On her new record Unravel Me, the Seattle-based artist glides between luxurious, sweeping ballads cascading with multilayered vocal harmonies, folk-inflected uplifting pop, and bluesy laments to lost love; all tied together with a lilting voice warm as summer sunshine. While each composition stands on its own, together they paint a portrait of a creative spirit striding confidently into the spotlight.
Chambers honestly cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and performing; whether for imaginary friends in her childhood bedroom or sold out crowds at venues across the pacific northwest. “Since I can remember there has always been a song to sing and a story to tell” says Chambers. “From that same time, I always had a journal, and the desire to record my experiences.”
This singing and writing followed Chambers from school and college to the New York City theater scene. Through talent, persistence, and plain ol’ grit Chambers started to make headway, landing both an agent and call-backs for some Broadway production. Then September 11th happened and everything changed. “There was something about the desperation and honesty of that time that got to the root of whether I desired to go on in theater” Chambers tells. “The answer was inevitable no.” She packed her bags and headed home to Seattle.
Recovering, reflecting, and ruminating on art and life, Chambers came to realize that she’d basically been writing original music her whole life, but had never matched the melodies in her head to the musings captured in countless journals. “I wrote my first song before I even knew what the chords were” she laughs, “I had to ask someone!” These days Chambers is coming up one one-hundred-twenty originals, and she writes a song a week.
Chambers career as a recording artist began with the 2010 release of her eponymous debut LP, followed by 2012’s Endless Road EP. Chambers released the ambitious, mature Everything Woman (2014) was followed by her award-winning 2015 release Snow Globe, a mix of five originals and five holiday classics.
While Chambers’ music shifts through a varied palate of moods and tones, as a whole it paints a cohesive portrait of a songwriter who has not only become a master of her craft but is also comfortable wearing that mantle. “I always want people to feel hope when they listen to my music” says Chambers. “I try to write from my authentic self, and I hope that comes through.” Chambers songs glow with palpable realness, and satisfy in the way only truly honest art can.
James Braidie Galloway was a jazz clarinet and saxophone player. He based his career in Canada since emigrating from Scotland in the mid-1960s. He formed the Wee Big Band in the late 1970s. One of his albums, Walking On Air, was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Juno Awards of 1980. He was the artistic director of the Toronto Jazz Festival from 1987–2009. In 2002 he was made a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Galloway died in palliative care in Toronto on 30 December 2014.