Garrett Harris 6 p.m., April 22
Sound description: Alice In Chains jamming with Heart.
RIYL: Heart, Alice in Chains
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Influences: Soundgarden, U2, Sarah McLachlan, Mozart, Tori Amos, Alice in Chains, Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Heart, Danielle LoPresti & the Masses, Nine Inch Nails
Endorsed by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and winner of VH1’s nationally televised reality talent competition You Rock With Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Champion is also cofounder and producer of the San Diego Indie Music Fest (SDIMF), the nation’s first and only exclusively independent music festival.
A performer/composer/arranger/record producer, and avid workaholic since the age of 15, Alicia founded her independent record label, Champ Records, at the age of 17 under which she released her debut album, Stories of My Soul. She has since released two other records of her own (Cold Wars in 2002 and Annamosity in 2003), as well as producing and signing other artists to her label, including touring Rent star Kevin Wood and San Diego singer-songwriter Elena. As a performer, Alicia shared the stage and has worked with performers like Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Me’shell N’degeocello, the Indigo Girls, Jonatha Brooke, Michelle Shocked, and others.
In November 2005, onstage at San Diego Indie Music Fest II, Alicia collapsed into a grand mal seizure that doctors claimed was stress induced. After a deep re-evaluation of priorities, Alicia chose to take a hiatus from the stage while focusing her energies on her recording studio and production company, Durga Sound, which she co-owns with fellow SDIMF producer Danielle LoPresti.
Now a full-time record producer, Alicia produces and develops talent from all over the country, while also composing music for television, film, and commercials.