Mikayla Katherine McVey
"... was born in Virginia and raised up in the holy, golden, lonely West. She hopes you like it, she's glad she came. She is a contributing artist and producer with Splendor All Around. Her record will be released in early 2017 and in the meantime she wanders the open spaces wondering what we're all doing here."
Coming from the coastal hills of Petaluma, California, Ismay represents the creative work of artist and horseback adventurer Avery Hellman. Drawing from bluegrass and old-time music as well as those who live in and write about the West, Ismay emanates from this cultural history with songs of the New American West.
Rainy eyes is a Northern California Americana-bluegrass singer/songwriter. Irena Eide, aka Rainy Eyes, was born and raised in Bergen, Norway, and she has been living, writing, playing and performing in the Bay Area and throughout the US since 2006.
Her songs carry elements of folk, bluegrass, Americana, rock, country and soul, and draws on inspiration from artists and bands such as Bob Dylan, Town Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Band, and many more.
She won "best song of the month" at the Freight and Salvage West Coast Songwriters competition in April 2015 for her song "Moon In The Mirror", and has co-written two songs with grammy-award winning Peter Rowan. These songs will be featured on her upcoming solo debut album.