Youth Artist Directory
Hi my name is Darah Marie. I have been an artist, entertainer, and perfromer since the age of 4. I started performing in school talent shows since the 3rd Grade. Which initially consisted me of dancing throughout elementary school. Then when I got to middle and high school I gained even more confidence and exposure to showcase my singing and dancing abilities. When I turned 16, my Dad flew with me to Los Angelos CA to record and learn my true sound on a record with one of my mentors Freddy Washington. A few weeks after I graduated from high school, I released my first single ON MY MIND written by me and produced by Wav. I am beyond humbled and grateful for all the love and support from my supporters and family. I am currently working on a lot of music right now that I will be releasing soon.🌍💫🙏🏽
JoJo Scott’s smooth sound and 70’s persona stands out amongst the crowd. Whether it’s her captivating stage presence, soothing vocals, earnest songwriting, or groovy fashion sense, she brings an irresistible energy to the stage. At just eighteen, JoJo has already performed on some of the largest stages in Oregon. Her unique acoustic pop sound is a blend of 70’s music with current pop and R&B that is inspired by the likes of Harry Styles, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and many others. Audiences are never disappointed when attending one of her performances, as JoJo’s heartfelt songs connect with people at any stage of life.
Whether I’m in California, Oregon or Colorado, music remains a constant. I started writing music on the bass guitar when I was 12. Over the years, my music has expanded to include guitars, vocals, midi instruments and percussion. For most of my career, I’ve looked up to prominent bassists which has shaped me in the images of bands such as RHCP and Royal Blood. Now I seek to find my own sound, which had lead me to focus social commentary on personal storytelling. Either way, you’d be hard pressed to find a song of mine that doesn’t center around a riff and layered harmonies.
I’m Jada and I write songs with my guitar, I like to keep it pretty sweet and simple, just writing songs with my acoustic guitar and voice. I like to think of my songs like pieces of a diary, I write how I feel and sing about it. I hope my music can help people to get through the hard times and enjoy the good ones.
J Prodigy is a 10 year old rapper born and raised in Portland, OR. At the young age of 3 years old, she began freestyle rapping whenever a beat was played. She performed at the annual PDX Pop Now Music Festival of 2019. She performed at the My Peoples Market event presented by Travel Portland and Prosper Portland, which is aimed to advance opportunities for business owners of color. J Prodigy released her first single “My Way” on Soundcloud which received over 400+ plays.
Growing Pains are an indie rock band that formed in the summer of 2018, when they were all juniors in high school. They formed a strong bond and started writing songs influenced by Joyce Manor and other emo bands. Since we met we’ve been writing and working on our debut album Heaven Spots which we recorded last summer at Echo Hill Studios in our hometown of Portland, Oregon.
My name is Marin and I’m a 19 year-old singer/songwriter in Portland, OR. I was singing since I could talk and writing songs since I’ve been literate. My music is of course an expression of self and telling my own stories and just writing about what is moving me in the moment. A lot of my messages and underlying themes in my music include dynamic of relationships between people, internal struggles, desires, collective struggles, crazy concepts, things that are simply wondering through my mind over and over. Ultimately with every song I write, I aim to plant a seed for those listening, bringing more hope, support, information, ideas, love, and positivity to anyone who needs it. Music is one of the most healing things in this world and I aim to help whoever I can in whatever way I can. Not only do I want to inspire people through my music but music is such a vast sea of different sounds, instruments, songs, and dances that anyone can be a part of and I want to encourage more people to partake in whatever way suits them. I haven’t been told I sound like too many people or artists (I can’t really think of any myself) but two people I have often heard of as comparisons are Kehlani and Stevie Nicks. Interesting combination of sounds but so is my music! 🙂
Jolly Wrapper, that’s “Wrapper” with a “W”! is a Portland-based musical performer, spoken word poet and visual artist. His work often draws inspiration from personal experiences, interests, people, systems, and social injustices, which he has encountered and observed throughout his life. Although not confined to any one particular genre of music, his most popular songs usually consist of Hip-Hop Rap and Bedroom-Pop.
Aside from performing poetry and making music, he also loves filming music videos, doing photography, producing beats, drawing, painting, designing and sewing custom clothes, writing and illustrating children’s books, mentoring youth, and facilitating social justice events. He also enjoys metal detecting, collecting coins, polishing rocks, and his favorite snack is cilantro! His biggest strengths are being creative and problem-solving. Through art and self-expression, he will change the world. Support him and he’ll support you!
When asked how he’s feeling he hit us with his famous catchphrase,
“I’m Feelin’ Jolly!”
Maggie and Amelie met in the eighth grade and have been writing together ever since. Music has become somewhat of a way to say and do the things we, as sixteen year old girls, never felt like we could say. If we scream, we scream, if we cry, we cry. It’s just as much our poetry as it is our diary. Music is a gateway to the expression of our rage, our sadness, and everything in between, we hope we reflect that.
In about mid-2018, my first band broke up, and my brother and I splintered off to form our own group. Starting out, we did a lot of covers of classic rock tunes with a grungier-alternative vibe to it. The first couple songs we released in 2019 have a more commercialized rock edge to them, but as time progressed, the lyrics got darker, the instruments started going into heavier tunings, and the world crumbled around us. My brother is absent from the band these days, with my sister filling in from time to time.
I always grew up with a passion for music and dance and knew I wanted to become a performer. Right now I’m focused on creating the best music I can at 19. I started writing songs when I was 14, but I started singing around age 5-6 when my parents put me into a children’s choir group. Immediately I knew I was destined for the spotlight. I want others to feel like they are apart of something when they hear my music. I want them to feel like they belong, and that through my music they feel connected to me as an artist. A lot of my writing inspiration comes from an alternative pop style, but my voice sounds like a mix between pop/r&b. I just want people to smile when they hear me, I can’t wait for the world to hear my latest projects, because there’s a lot of me to uncover through my songs.
Hi! My name is Rena Marthaler, I am a 16 year old musician and performer based in Portland, Oregon. I have been playing guitar and piano for about 10 years and singing along the whole time. I began writing music when I was little, but never had the confidence to continue a song or try to advance my music until high school. I released my first solo single “Ghost Girl” October 13th of 2020. I am passionate about connecting with other youth musicians, and creating a safe space for all people to enjoy and create together.
Hi! I’m Mikayla Zoë, I am a live/digital sound engineer, having experience with digital and analog mixing consoles, as well as having worked with DAWs and I’m excited to learn how to use Ableton to make electronic music. I also write poetry and am a singer/songwriter. I am excited to get into electronic music and live DJing, as well as collaborating as a producer for other artist’s work! My inspiration for creating electronic music also comes from the joy I experience when listening to it, and knowing that EDM has an incredible power to uplift and empower people, bringing the world together in a positive way. That being said, I am aware of the lack of female representation in the EDM/DJ world, and I want to change that, as well as finding ways to make EDM festivals/concerts more financially accessible for those who may not be able to afford the live performance experience. I also am working on a documentary called “The Power of Music” exploring how music itself can bring people together and create peace in the world.
Wavy Josef is a producer, composer, and songwriter. At the age of 20, he has already worked with both aspiring and established artists globally, and has performed at various high profile venues, art galleries and protest rallies alike. He continues to seek upward movement and a far-reaching vision for his artistry.
As a producer and engineer, Wav blends sounds from various genres such as Electronica, R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop to create a sonic environment that invites the listeners into the dimension of his conception. A poet at heart, Wav provides a dialogue in his writing that provokes grand emotion, vulnerability, and introspection. He makes music to “fill a void”, and songs he thinks his favorite artists would make if they “dipped into different vibes or went a different direction”. His influences include Lalah Hathaway, Quincy Jones, T-Pain and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
I’m Myles Saucedo I’ve been working with music for a couple years trying to figure out what I was good at, i mostly am a songwriter and a rapper. I write music to try to show people they are not alone and that everybody has their hardships and ultimately I want to make music for the world to enjoy and love. I learned from all the best Tupac,snoop, Warren G, etc so I have a old school type of beat but make the song into my own little version to make it unique.
We are Rei Deora, we have 4 members consisting of Adam Nua, Elizabeth Young, Michael Bell, and Forrest Power. We are a pop group and we all write songs that we all produce on our own as well. Everything is recorded in my bedroom. We are a Pop band and everyone is the executive producer and head songwriter of their own song, much like The Beatles, so each individual has a different way of songwriting and overall mission statement for their songs. We’d like to think we don’t sound a whole lot like other artists, but we have been told we sound like STRFKR, and Glass Animals.
My name Tristtan, I’m an 18 year old artist originally from Eugene, OR. I tend to rap about the things going on around me and what’s directly affecting youth like me. I just want my music to create a relatable connection with others who may need it, and of course people who just wanna enjoy! In all honesty though I’m just another young rapper and you like me or not! If you listen I hope you like what you hear.
A DJ and Producer from the Portland, area, DJ Stretchman never fails to take a party to the next level. Born Lucas Strelchun, Stretchman’s music has been known for his wide range of musical genres. Stretchman began his early career releasing house music originals and remixes and DJed at local parties around town. His music career truly began to take off in January 2019 with the release of his hit single ‘Don’t Stop’ which aired on Sirius XM’s BPM. Later in 2019, he began to diversify his portfolio with pop and hip hop tracks in addition to his usual EDM.
Stretchman said he loves to “create music that helps decipher and channel [his] emotions in hopes that others can receive the same feeling [he has] when hearing it”.
The Sleepy Haunts
An all girl band located in the Pacific Northwest, the Sleepy Haunts is compromised of college freshman, Gillian McMahon, and high school senior, Elizabeth Dupuis, who met at School of Rock. Inspired by the likes of beabadoobee and Paramore, they like to write songs about their lives as girls in the 21st century.
The Kicking Heels
Hey there! My name is Jackson, and I formed the band, The Kicking Heels. I’m the sole member of my band, which I created in January 2018. I write, record, mix, and produce all songs by The Kicking Heels. My band’s sound is akin to Panic! At the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, and All Time Low. I am immensely intrigued by the darker concepts which surround social justice and equality. I aspire to change lives with music, so I hope you enjoy my band’s tremendously horrendous music. 🙂
We are a band called Everett Tea from Camas, Washington. We started making music together 2 years ago and we haven’t stopped since. We have influences from all over the board such as emo-revival, rock and punk. Our sound ends up being a blend of all of those genres and sounds similar to Hot Mulligan as they are a big influence of ours.
We’re a 3-man band, playing alt-hard rock, but we’re blazing our own path in music and creating a new sound. Our goal is to break barriers, spread joy and have fun. We wanna prove that anyone can do anything, because life is about living.
I am a Sixteen year old rapper from Las Vegas, Nevada. Music is my life. I love all music but I really love and appreciate making rap music. Just the way you can portray a message and at the same time have fun with just going crazy on a song is something that I find amazing. In my music, I focus mostly on my lyricism, bars, and the delivery. My team and I have a goal to speak for the youth and be the examples as kids who made it into an adults world.
Levi Paris is a young man who is charismatic and compassionate with his words. His goal is to inspire others through music and self expression. Whether it’s rapping, singing, or dancing, Levi is looking to have a good time and make the world a better place.
Jordan Baroni is a musician residing in Portland Oregon that aims to inspire and bring hope to those in recovery. Being in recovery his self, he understands and relates to those that have survived addictions and still battle to overcome its temptations.
Aside from music being a positive outlet for Baroni, he believes that music has helped him stay in touch with reality and aims to create a tangible experience for those that listen to him.
My name is Amara. Music to me is more than just beats and vocals. It may tell my story, empower others, and do activism. I don’t know everything there is to know about music but I have one thing, passion. It’s sparks everything I do and drives my performance to bring it to life. As a black woman I know I can accomplish anything I put my passion to. I know my voice needs to be heard if I have to go cut down that tree and build my own tree. I sing because I want to empower all the other little black girls that have the same dream as me. To make a difference through their music!
We are just three dudes who like to jam and make music together. Our goal as a band is to enrich the portland music scene by bringing people together through shows and community events. Some of our heroes are Jimi Hendrix, the Allman brothers, red hot chili peppers, and The Stones.
My music is a reflection of my prior struggles with mental health and a tough upbringing. My music to me is a direct reflection of my growth and how I develop as a person. Most compare me to Em, or Logic, or NF. But my influences are relatively 90s, newer artists would be Tyler The Creator, Joyner Lucas, Token, Hopsin. And some local acts like Vursatyle, Mic Capes, Wynne, and Theory Hazit, etc.