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Born in New York and raised in Russia, self-described "opera pop" artist Elizaveta Igorevna Khripounova graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. The pianist, singer/songwriter, and opera singer applied her classical training in piano and voice to her debut EPs, Breakfast with Chopin and Like Water. Melding her love of the classical world with a passion for Nina Simone, Adele, and Queen, the newly minted Elizaveta eventually inked a deal with Universal Republic Records, resulting in a self-titled EP in 2011 and a full-length studio debut, the Greg Wells-produced Beatrix Runs, in 2012.
JT Spangler: He was born by the river, in a little tent. No, wait, that was Sam Cooke. JT was born by a river; the Mississippi, to be exact. The Louisiana native was born in Baton Rouge and, after a three year stint in Los Angeles, recently relocated to Nashville. But that's not the important part of the story. The important part doesn't start until college, when he first picks up the guitar. And it really starts to get interesting when he writes his first song a few years later. In a crowded singer-songwriter niche, Spangler stands out with catchy melodies and straightforward lyrics. His passion is the study of humanity and social interaction and his hope is that these songs will add perspective for anyone who's ever been in a relationship (good, bad, or other).