Ellen is a veteran musician with decades of performing, writing, recording, and teaching experience. The daughter of well-known Philadelphia area folksinger George Britton, Ellen grew up with a guitar in her hands, and as a teen-ager played the club and college circuit as half of blues/folk duo the Britton Sisters.
A move to Nashville in 1991 led to publishing deals as a staff songwriter, sold-out shows at the Bluebird Cafe, and touring gigs with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Sara Evans, Tanya Tucker and others, including appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, Rosie O’Donnell, and The View.
Ellen’s work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has been featured on the ABC Family Channel, and her students include hit-makers Jimmy Wayne (“Do You Believe Me Now?”), Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), JD Souther (“Her Town Too”; ABC’s Nashville), Brandy Clark (“Mama’s Broken Heart”/Miranda Lambert), Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), and finalists on The Voice and American Idol.
The daughter of Tommy Clayton, who toured with the group Sons of the Purple Sage with the Lone Ranger, BethAnne has inherited quite the genes from her very talented father. She began singing four part harmonies with her sisters and parents at the age of four and by fourteen there was a new addition- a piano.
Self-taught, BethAnne began writing songs and performing at charity events, telethons and talent shows, as well as singing with her family in church. She was soon discovered by WYNY, the country radio station in New York, and she became their featured artist, performing with such acts as Tracy Byrd, Ty Herndon, Chris LeDoux, Marty Stuart, and Jake Owen to name just a few.
BethAnne travels from her native New Jersey to Nashville, Tennessee, committed to achieving her life-long dream of being a performer and songwriter. Following in the footsteps of people like Trisha Yearwood, she began singing demos for the top songwriters and publishing companies in town, while continuing to write her own songs and create her own unique style. She travels back and forth between Nashville and New Jersey, continually singing demos for top producers as well as putting on a great show for all audiences. Find BethAnne on facebook: BethAnne Clayton Band and check out her website! www.bethanneclayton.com
HELEN LEWIS MOORE
Helen grew up just outside of Boston, in Dedham, Massachusetts. She began playing guitar and piano at the age of ten and had written her first song by eleven. There were two musical influences in her family: her mother, originally from Nashville, was a professional singer and performed on many radio shows, and her older sister, who also became a professional singer.
Helen spent her early years pursuing an acting career, attending The Boston Conservatory of Acting and earning a BFA in Musical Theater from Stephens College in Missouri. After moving to New York City, she worked as an actress, model, singer and, of course, a waitress. Lead roles followed, such as Guinevere in “Camelot”, Ado Annie in “Oklahoma”, Eve in “The Apple Tree”, Gilmer in “Godspell”, among others. She kept up her musical chops by putting a band together and performing her original material in nightclubs all over Manhattan.
In 1990 Helen moved to Nashville to focus on songwriting, getting her first cut, “Pick A Lane”, with country singer Janie Fricke, and working at NSAI for two years as a song evaluator. She has become well known for her parodies and humorous songs, with one in particular, “What’s Up With That?”, being performed by five different women’s choirs around the country. Her two solo CDs are available at www.helenlewismoore.com.
APRIL AMICK CAUGHMAN
April is originally from the small town of Leesville, South Carolina. She grew up in a musical family and sang with her mother, father, and brothers as The Amicks for ten years. Performing all over the Southeast at fairs and festivals, they opened up for such acts as Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, John Michael Montgomery, Vince Gill and Sawyer Brown - dazzling their audiences with their four part harmonies. They appeared on the show "You Can Be a Star" in 1988 and won both the daily and weekly competition. April went on to sing with a band out of Augusta, Georgia called "Empty Pockets" and played the nightclub circuit for several years.
She took up song writing in 1993 and shortly thereafter moved to Nashville, where she began pursuing her singer/songwriting career, singing demos for many publishing companies.
Currently she resides in Leesville, SC with her husband Belton. Together they perform regularly as the duo "Touch of April" featuring Belton on guitar. In addition, April is also the female vocalist for the group "Second Nature" out of Camden, SC - a Beach Music Hall of Fame band for over 10 years now. Music is a huge part of her heart and soul. Her solo CD may be ordered by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Amick Caughman