Matt Rolland and Run Boy Run have written and performed their own style of acoustic bluegrass & folk music for well over 10 years. Matt is also the Director of Arts Integration at SAACA.org, working alongside Kate Marquez (Episode 20), finding and promoting talent for various SAACA cultural events.
Kate Marquez has been the Executive Director for over 14 years of The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a Tucson, Arizona based nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. They promote a variety of cultural, culinary, arts and music events throughout the year encouraging artist and community collaborations.
We met LaRayia at the Powerful U conference in Los Angeles. And were inspired by her passion to provide healthy food, wellness and compassion to the homeless in Los Angels and now in New York. She is the Founder of ‘Lunch On Me’ and leads a team of five women. There are so many inspiring moments in this conversation. It was a privilege to sit down with LaRayia and have her share her story.
Suzanne Garcia is better known as “Susie” to all her fans, friends, and family, and if you are not laughing, crying, smiling, or dancing when she is onstage, then she thinks that she hasn’t done her job. With a keen ear for music, she began playing violin as a child. With the encouragement of her parents (both avid Mariachi fans and music aficionados), Susie was introduced to a genre of music rooted in tradition and cultural pride.
Katie Ferrara is an indie-pop singer songwriter who began her career by singing as a “busker” on the street in Burbank, California. Her voice is charming yet sultry and has a vintage vibe to it. She has often been compared to artists such as Aimee Mann, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones.
Marisa started her career at a young age in Phoenix , Arizona performing with “Los Amigos’, a group of singers and performers led by local educator Bob Diaz. She was able to tour the world with Los Amigos as well as learn abut the music business from her father, local radio and television personality Jose Ronstadt. And yes, her family and Linda are related.