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Brian represents his band Goodbye Gravity, a college band that’s still discovering its sound. Brian’s own eclectic talents include playing the accordion, the harp, and the sousaphone. While his band thinks he’s up to the challenge, Brian is still getting over the jitters of appearing on TV for the first time, and playing for an audience that’s bigger than he’s ever thought possible.
This motorcycle riding, dive-bar playing former drill sergeant will surprise you the minute she opens her mouth. While she may not be the musician that some other Song Stage contestants are, ChristiAna’s military-trained vocals could carry this aspiring country star a long way.
He’s a one-man band and a steady street performer, playing songs that make everyone feel a little bit better. His own history, however, is something to be reckoned with. He learned to play guitar and sing while behind bars for the last twelve years, and sees his selection for the show as an opportunity to lay his past to rest.
Most of his adult life has been spent playing gigs and living in bars, but Dave has now been alcohol free for --- years, and the addictive lifestyle is in the rear-view mirror. Now he’s trying to figure out if he can still play. His kids and his ex-wife, who is also his current girlfriend, will be cheering Dave on all the way.
Jessamyn is described as a “soulful poet,” and brings a depth of substance to her appearance this season. Her Christian faith and her struggles with depression both intertwine to make her lyrics some of the weightier the show has seen to date.
Smooth talking, smooth moving Juan brings his catchy Latin rhythms to Song Stage. After spending the last few years in Argentina, Juan is ready to conquer the American music scene with more than enough charm, finger-snapping, and beat-boxing to go around.
Pha is about as fresh as they come. Most of her time is spent working to prevent pathogenic bio-crises at the University of Illinois. So for her, music is an enjoyable diversion. The songs she’s bringing to Song Stage are her first originals, and this will be the first time she’s performed them for an audience.
Hip-hop makes its first appearance on Song Stage via Teri Lyric Green- a spark plug and amazing off-the-cuff rhyme writer. Teri knows how to control a room. She brings her presence, and hip-hop melody mix to the stage under the assumption that she’s got your vote.
Ryan - Host
Ryan Wiggins began his career in entertainment in 2002 with the Chicago-based sketch comedy groups "It’s Not a Book" and "Live on Tape Delay." While in college he also created the comic strip "Sherbert" that garnered a significant following beginning in 2003 and continuing until 2014. Though he is best known as an on-air personality at one of St. Louis’s biggest radio stations, 99.1 Joy FM (KLJY).
Prior to working in radio Ryan's primarily roll was as a writer and producer, producing several shows in the mid 2000s for UPN and CW television stations.
In 2015 Ryan co-founded Manniversary Media, LLC, a media production company, with Song Stage Music Coach Roy Wells, delivering content to major U.S., Asian, and European television markets through several ongoing projects.
Ryan currently resides outside of St. Louis, MO with his wife Kaity and twin 2-year-olds Sunny and Sinjin (The Twiggins).
Roy - Music Coach
Roy Wells has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years. Growing up in the midwest, Roy has been writing and performing music since his early teens. Living and working in Chicago, Denver or back in St. Louis music has always been a part of his life. Whether playing in bands or recording in the studio Roy loves collaborating with other musicians and helping artist on their musical journey.
In 2008 Roy left corporate America to pursue music full-time. After starting his own independent record label he continued to write, arrange as well as produce and mentor up and coming independent artists. Most recently, Roy has partnered with Song Stage Host Ryan Wiggins to form a multi-media production company, Manniversary Media, LLC.
Roy lives just outside St. Louis with his wife of 22 years, Kim and their two teenage children
Franny - SiriusXM
Franny Thomas is the influential host and asst. music director on Sirius XM's The Loft.
When not hanging out at The Loft (usually alphabetizing stacks of CDs), she can be found trolling the D.C. area for live music, hiking to the top of mountains and searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Simon - Reverbnation
A multi-platinum writer/producer, and highly respected Music Industry veteran, Simon Perry joined ReverbNation in 2013 as the Company’s first SVP Creative/Head of A&R. Based in New York City, Mr. Perry was tapped to lead the Company’s new Artist Development Division which was tasked with building an infrastructure that could identify the most promising Artists among the 5 Million prospects on the ReverbNation roster.
As an artist, songwriter, performer, artist manager and music industry executive, Mr. Perry spent years developing the skills for his new role at ReverbNation. A veteran of the UK music industry, Mr. Perry has launched the careers of many hit acts, including the international, multi-platinum artist Sandi Thom. As a staff writer at BMG, Bug/Windswept and Nettwerk, his songs for global superstars such as Westlife, have placed him at the top of the charts around the world. In the UK alone he’s had four #1 albums and 7 top 20 singles. He also co-wrote and produced Echo and The Bunnymen’s critically acclaimed studio album “The Fountain”.
Paul - CBS Radio
Paul's expertise on Song Stage carries with it a long resume of media credentials.
For the past 11 years, Paul has been the afternoon host on KMOX’s sister station Y98. He is the only personality to twice win the honor of St. Louis’s Best Music Format Personality. He has written two books. Cooked in LA and Floyd and the Future Frog have both been on the St. Louis Riverfront Times Bestseller List. You might recognize Paul from his four years doing traffic and entertainment reports on KMOV Channel 4.
Paul Cook is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, where he played tennis and lacrosse. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two beautiful girls named Quinn and Ryan.