Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith in Concert
With their diverse musical styles, connection to the audience and the songwriters of all ages they write with here at LCCC, this concert will be all about great songs! These Nashville transplants have had long and successful careers as singer/songwriters.
Jonathan Kingham must be doing something right. In his first few years on the scene, he quickly developed into a seasoned performer while sharing the stage with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Michael McDonald, Doug Stone, Vanessa Carlton, and Jonatha Brooke. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and currently plays keyboard and guitar for the rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket. But it’s not only his live performances that are winning him fans and accolades. He took 1st place honors in the National Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, The Unisong International Song Contest, as well as placing two years in a row in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest. He brought home the 1st Place award in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of a worldwide field of 33,000 entries and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and the WB network’s hit show “Felicity”.
Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording, producing and conducting songwriting residencies. With a smooth blend of folk, pop, country and jazz, Kingham comes armed with a quick freestyle wit, and has become a favorite on the circuit.
Ryan Shea Smith
Seattle-native, award-winning singer/songwriter and world class performer, Ryan Shea Smith, serves up soul-stirring lyrics while highlighting his rich, sophisticated voice. His appeal is authentic songwriting craftsmanship with jazz and blues sensibilities. Ryan has a feel and vibe that conveys excitement and spontaneity displaying his confidence and dexterity. Ryan is a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards, including his sophomore release “Stay Awhile,” which was a John Lennon song contest winner. He honed his musical skills at the University of Washington and through a steady touring schedule and is known for his incomparable singing voice and his command of keyboard and guitar.
Also performing as part of this concert will be our area songwriters who Jonathan and Ryan will work with all week on campus, so you won’t want to miss this performance in the intimate Cirigliano Studio Theatre. If you are interested in participating in the songwriting workshops, please contact Janet Herman Barlow at (440) 366-7105.
Although this event is free, tickets are required because seating is limited in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre, so get your tickets online or pick them up at the box office on your next visit to Stocker Arts Center.
Take a look at Jonathan singing and freestyling through Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step”