The fourth annual This Is Memphis festival will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Produced by Blue Tom Records, the festival showcases some of Memphis’ top musicians performing on one of the city’s most iconic stages at Clayborn Temple. This year’s lineup includes Drew Erwin, Curtis Scott, Phillip Bond, Shawn Campbell, Compton McMurry, The PRVLG and Haley Daniels.
This Is Memphis will include several world premiers and provide a unique opportunity for the artists to collaborate with arrangers and string musicians from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Orchestra. Blue Tom Records is a student record label made up entirely of University of Memphis students.
ABOUT THE LINE UP
Blue Tom Records recording artist Drew Erwin stated, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to play on the Clayborn Temple stage. It kind of plays into the name ‘This is Memphis’, its imperfections are what makes it beautiful.” Drew Erwin’s latest release ‘Covers in a Bar,’ tells stories of growing up and moving forward.
Curtis Scott uses his music to help people understand circumstances and each other differently. “My hope is for my music to be genuine and heartfelt through the joys and pains of what I or the people around me witness in the world.” Scott is debuting himself for the first time as a Blue Tom Records artist.
Haley Daniels, also a Blue Tom Records artist, has a diverse interest in different genres of music. Centering around self-reliance, Haley’s music expresses a message of being able to love yourself with no limitations. “I’m excited to sing in the same spot that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech on. It’s kind of unbelievable.”
The PRVLG consists of a twin brother duo, Christian and Christopher Underwood. As non traditional frontmen of The PRVLG playing bass and drums respectively, the pair have the ability to lock in a powerful rhythm and bass foundation to their music. Effortlessly they make up for each other's shortcomings by complementing one another's strengths.
Compton McMurry is a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Central Texas. He enjoys collaborating with other instrumentalists to make sounds no one has heard before. Recently he created a full length album featuring a song written for every month of the year.
Phillip Bond is new to the Memphis music scene and wants to take the world by storm. His sound has a variety of influences from pop, R&B, and soulful artists like Prince, Beyonce, and the late Amy Winehouse. “My voice is an extension of myself and I want music to be the blank canvas where I can truly express myself.”
Shawn Campbell aims to make others feel joyful and understood by telling his story. Inspired by R&B artists Jazmine Sullivan, Yebba Smith, and Peter Collins, Shawn’s music is a condensed version of life experiences with his own personal spin.