AN EVENING WITH SYDNEY RHAME AND SPECIAL GUEST, BRYSON LEVISAY
Thursday, May 30th
8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $8
At the door: $12
Table of 4 reserved seats: $40
A fourteen-year-old singer-songwriter from Decatur, Ga. who began writing music and lyrics at the tender age of six, Sydney Rhame is an accomplished guitarist and pianist who has performed for more than 200 audiences throughout the country since the age of eight. Audiences are consistently surprised by her young age because of her insightful, mature lyrics and soulful voice, which have garnered her much media attention and label interest. Sydney received two record deal offers when she was just 11 years old.
A prolific songwriter in the acoustic pop-rock genre, Sydney’s body of work includes more than 100 original songs thus far. All ages – young and old – can relate to her songwriting. From her hilarious song “Grow” about a short guy friend, to her piano ballad, “Don’t’ Give It Away,” that deals with the pain of losing a family member, Sydney can have audiences laughing and crying during a typical performance.
She’s been compared to some of the strongest ladies in the music business: Adele for her deep, rich voice and guttural lyrics; Taylor Swift for her savant-like songwriting abilities; and Kelly Clarkson for her vocal range and likeab. But the truth is, Sydney has a unique sound and style all her own.
Sydney has won many regional and national singing contests including Kudzu.com’s Most Amazing Kids in America contest and the first annual Decatur Idol Contest. She recently was asked by producers of both The Voice and America’s Got Talent to audition privately for their upcoming seasons, which she is considering
Famed Vocal Coach Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios, whose notable client list includes Justin Bieber, Usher and Sugarland, took Sydney on as a client in 2009 to further develop her as a performing artist. The Atlanta Journal Constitution featured a story on Sydney when she was 11 years old in which Smith remarks, “She’s already an artist. She’s already writing her own music, her own lyrics, playing guitar, expressing her own heart and not just parroting what she’s heard on the radio like a lot of people walking in here. That’s an artist, not an American Idol contestant. And I want to spend my time honing those people who are real artists.”
Sydney has been playing guitar since she was seven, and to further advance her musical talent and writing abilities, she began taking piano lessons and studying music theory at age 13. To even further advance her musical prowess, this year she began learning how to produce and sound engineer songs using industry software like ProTools and Logic Pro, with the ultimate goal of garnering more control over her music and helping others produce their own music.
With a penchant for always wanting to give back to the community, Sydney donated her first CD’s net proceeds to a local education foundation, and all proceeds of her song, “There’s Hope,” go to a non-profit helping to fight breast cancer. She frequently performs at benefit concerts in support of various causes.
Sydney is back in the studio recording more songs with Grammy-nominated Producer Russ-T Cobb as well as Streamline/Interscope Recording Artist/Producer Nick Hagelin and hopes to release a CD this fall.
Thanks to his musical heritage of a family full of musicians, it was only a matter of time before fourteen-year-old singer-songwriter Bryson Levisay took to the stage to express himself through his music. Under the tutelage of folk rock singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson, Bryson has been playing guitar for four years as well as writing his own songs. Hailing from Atlanta, Bryson also plays the banjo, mandolin and piano. He is a freshman at Paideia, where he is very active in the drama program. This will be Bryson’s second appearance on the Eddie’s Attic stage, and we’re sure there will be many more to come in his bright future.