Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
Aja Alycean: Bass guitar, Keyboards | Jon Hasz: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Jory Oberlies: Drums, Keyboards | Lisa Schoberg: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Travis Dahl: Banjo, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Mandolin
RIYL: Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler, Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland
Inception: San Diego, 2008
Influences: Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Christina Aguilera, Gloriana, Annie Lennox, Beyonce, Nickelback, Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Sugarland, Keith Urban
Thirteen years old in 2009, Aja Alycean has already achieved several milestones. At 9, she sang the National Anthem for the Padres at Petco Park, and two years later she won a KSON radio contest to sing in concert with Billy Ray Cyrus.
Cyrus later asked her to perform with him again for the cast and crew of a movie, in which she also appears in a walk-on role. Around this time, Alycean began writing songs, self-releasing her CD Smack Dab in 2008.
The following summer, Alycean opened for David Archuleta at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.
- Smack Dab