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Collaboration Expands "Singers in the Round" to Three Michigan Cities

In an exciting development for music enthusiasts across Michigan, Broken Blanket, in collaboration with Sounds of the Zoo and Crooked Tree Creative, and Verona Music, has announced the expansion of their popular series, "Singers in the Round." This expansion brings the series to two additional Michigan cities: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, along with an ongoing presence in Detroit.

The series will showcase at iconic venues in each city: Aretha's Jazz Cafe in Detroit, The Clover Room in Kalamazoo, and The Stray in Grand Rapids. Significantly, the Detroit show will be live streamed across various platforms including social media, YouTube, and, one of the proud partners in this venture.This cross-state collaboration aims to bridge the musical talents from different regions of Michigan. The Detroit event will feature an equal mix of singer-songwriters from the West Side and the East Side, embodying the spirit of collaboration and unity in the music community. The goal is to foster increased collaboration among artists and to build a robust network that supports and promotes local talent.

"Singers in the Round" is not just a series of concerts; it's a movement towards creating a connected, vibrant musical community. These shows will take the form of monthly mini-tours, offering a regular platform for artists to showcase their talents and for audiences to experience the rich diversity of Michigan's music scene. Singers in the Round is a captivating and innovative “In The Round” style songwriter showcase that has been streaming live on YouTube and Facebook for the past six years. Showcasing 4-5 songwriters a month, this unique platform has been a beacon of creativity and resilience, continuing to shine even amidst the global pandemic. It has served as a virtual stage for over 200+ songwriters from across the United States, providing them with an opportunity to share their original compositions with a worldwide audience.

The Detroit shows are expertly hosted by the dynamic duo of Matt Kysia and Yorg Kerasiotis, who bring their own unique energy and passion to the proceedings. Their camaraderie and genuine love for music add a layer of warmth and authenticity to the show, making it a must-watch for music enthusiasts. For the Grand Rapids shows, Elle Lively of Crooked Tree Creative will be hosting and in Kalamazoo, Jennfier Hudson-Prenkert of Sounds of the Zoo. 

Singers in the Round is a celebration of the art of songwriting using the “Nashville Songwriters Round” as a template. Each episode is a journey into the heart and soul of the 4-5 featured artists, as they share not just their music, but their stories, inspirations, and the creative process behind their work. The show's format, which places the songwriters in a round, fosters a sense of intimacy and connection. It's as if the audience is invited into a private jam session, where they can witness the magic of music creation firsthand. This unique setup allows for a deeper appreciation of the craft, as viewers get to see the raw talent and emotion that goes into each song. In essence, Singers in the Round  is a testament to the power of music and the creative spirit. It is a platform that nurtures talent, fosters community, and brings people together through a shared love of song. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the show has continued to thrive, proving that music is a universal language that can transcend borders and circumstances.

The series is set to commence in February, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Michigan's musical narrative. Audiences can look forward to a series of intimate, powerful performances that celebrate the local music scene and its vast potential.

"We are thrilled to be part of this initiative that not only showcases exceptional talent but also fosters a sense of community and collaboration among artists across Michigan," said Elle Lively of Crooked Tree Creative.

For more information, tickets, and a detailed schedule of the "Singers in the Round" series, please visit our website or follow us on social media.

About Sounds of the Zoo:

Sounds of the Zoo is a multicultural music festival and symposium that seeks to empower and unite artists, industry professionals and music lovers from around the world. We aim to showcase local, regional, national, and international live music performances at a variety of locations throughout the city of Kalamazoo.

About Broken Blanket:

Broken Blanket is a Metro Detroit based media company specializing in different kinds of content creation including audio, visual, podcasting and live video streaming services. BB produces several successful monthly livestream showcases including HYPED UP LIVE SESSIONS, SINGERS IN THE ROUND & PARLIAMENT ROOM SESSIONS. They have created hundreds of multi-genre music videos for countless artists and work closely with other Detroit based record labels and videographers. 

About Crooked Tree Creative:

Crooked Tree Creative, spearheaded by Elle Lively, offers a dynamic fusion of expert consultation and innovative collaborative projects. With a decade of industry experience, Elle's strategic guidance empowers artists to define their brand, chart their artistic journey, connect with like-minded creators, and monetize their craft effectively. Beyond consultancy, Crooked Tree Creative is a hub for groundbreaking projects that unite and empower female and non-binary artists, fostering a spirit of collaboration and creativity. At Crooked Tree Creative, we believe in the transformative power of collaboration and expert guidance, paving the way for artists to shine in the ever-evolving music industry.

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