Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest

MIKE P. RYAN – EVOCATIVE & SINGING FROM THE HEART

Mike P. Ryan – Top Finalist | 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

1. Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?

My credo is real simple: be kind and be thankful. I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated and to show kindness and generosity whenever I can. I suppose the thing I try hardest to do is be thankful for what I have. I’ve seen the worst parts of the world and been to war five times. I know what real suffering looks like and I know how good I have it every day. I try never to forget that.

As a songwriter, I have a simple goal for every song–something I learned when I attended a Songwriting Seminar last summer with the legendary Songwriter Steve Earle. One of the things Steve said was “your goal as a Songwriter should be to make the listener feel the emotion you felt when you wrote the song.” He explained that when a listener shares an emotion with the Songwriter (who is a total stranger) it reminds the listener that they not alone in the world. Making that connection is something I hope to do in every song I write. Read More

JULIE LIVINGSTON – Music Helps Find Faith

Julie Livingston – Top Ten Finalist
2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Music, for some people, is profoundly more than mere entertainment. It’s therapeutic, healing and helps you find faith when you feel as if there is none left. Julie Livingston found there is more to music than just accompaniment and lyrics. In fact, Julie would rather sit at the piano and play for an hour than get a massage. Music and songwriting is her therapy, and she hopes to help others find their strength with her words and lyrics. Read More

Richard Berman – Lyric Driven Fellow-Traveler

Richard Berman

Authentic folk music creates stories that take you through a wide range of feelings and experiences. Richard Berman is a classic American folk storyteller and the Massachusetts based singer-songwriter a true craftsman of the art.

When asked about his genre, Berman says “I would call myself a lyric driven singer/songwriter in the folk tradition- but please don’t ask me to define that tradition.” Read More

John Carroll – Every Word and Note Counts

John Carroll Wildflower Festival Top Ten Finalist

“Music is something that has always been there,” says John Carroll. His mother is a church pianist, his father a drummer. When he was five years old John started piano lessons. But John says it wasn’t until high school that he took up the guitar and everything changed. Music became his platform of expression and gave John an identity.

“When I want to grapple with an idea or even just to write a fun story, music is my language.” – John Carroll

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Angela Easterling – A Lifesong Journey

Angela Easterling 

Folk ballads are a great way to tell a story and Angela Easterling takes this craft to a new level with her angelic voice. Bluegrass and country were all around, but Angela didn’t listen to it while growing up because she preferred story telling musical theatre. It wasn’t until she was older that Angela started listening to other types of musicians such as folk singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. The Grammy winning vocalist inspired Angela to follow and appreciate other great singers like Neil Young, The Byrds, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell.

Angela was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of her childhood was spent on a farm that has been in her family for seven generations since 1791. She embraces her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, “Earning Her Wings.”

The title song for her second album, BlackTop Road, tells of her family’s struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of development and represents a new step in her singer-songwriter career. Angela’s music has been featured in commercials for Southwestern Bell and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet.

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Lola Toben – Heartstring Lyrics to Feel Human

Lola Toben – Top Ten Finalist
Singer/Songwriter
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Seldom do you come across a young woman with a voice mature enough to sing jazz and blues like the greats. Lola Toben is a rare gem. Her rich vocals and lyrics are clearly influenced by her childhood favorites, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, the Moody Blues, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Toben is a composer, pianist, songwriter, singer, and music teacher. She also contributes to studio projects as a vocalist or musician. When asked about her favorite of these vocations, Lola says she loves performing best because of the connection she experiences with the audience. She says you just don’t get that in the studio. Read More

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BIG CITY OUTLAWS

Big City Outlaws is a high energy country rock/pop cover band that performed on the Bud Light Stage at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson. They have been entertaining the DFW metroplex since 2012.

This rockin’ group of musicians deliver country classics like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to keep the audience on their feet and singing along. Accurate renditions of classic rock includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, and Poison to current country artists such as Taylor Swift, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band.

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CHRIS CHISM RECEIVES MICHAEL TERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The Michael Terry’s People Choice Award was given to Chris Chism of Dallas at the conclusion of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. 10 finalists were selected from 300 applicants in a blind screening process. The top 10 then traveled to Richardson and performed live on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Along with the honor of the award, Chism also received a $500 cash prize.

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

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