Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity

Independent artist collective - known as the Indie Collaborative - proudly made their debut public performance at the world famous Carnegie Hall at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 8 PM. This performance marked a milestone in the three-year old organization that supports and promotes the music profession, featuring three different genres of music: Musical Theater, World Music, and American Roots/Country Music.

Five of Broadway's best stars performed selections from the Emmy® Award-winning Bluestone Sisters' musical theater catalog. Those stars included: Tony Award Winner, Lillias White, Drama Desk Award Winner Rachel York, A Bronx Tale's Cary Tedder and An American In Paris' Sara Esty, with musical direction by The Wiz's Timothy Graphenreed and choreography by Something Rotten's Ryan VanDenBoom. Grammy® Award winning flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman of South Africa performed music from his highly acclaimed world music repertoire. Rounding out the evening was Billboard Top 10 Country/Roots, multiple-award winning singer/songwriter, Grant Maloy Smith, performing with his Nashville band. Each act represented a different style of music and the artist's unique background, symbolizing the vast diversity of music among the I.C. members.

Co-founded by Eileen Bluestone Sherman and Grant Maloy Smith, the Indie Collaborative began in 2015 with a small group of professional artists (representing multiple genres) getting together in various cities around the US to network and share their style of music. At each event, musicians, songwriters, vocalists, producers, recording studio owners, music managers, etc. entered as strangers and left as new collaborators. As word spread across the global music community, the group increased in size exponentially, and now consists of over 2,000 members worldwide. While smaller I.C. events under the leadership of various chapter representatives occur throughout the year, Grant and Eileen continue to co-host the two major annual I.C. events in Los Angeles (winter) and New York City (summer). The evening always includes time for informal networking as well as a showcase, in which a select number of artists each have 5 minutes to perform or discuss their work. In addition, Grant masterfully creates an online program for each major event that highlights all the presenters and allows each member worldwide to advertise about his/her work and needs for future collaborations.

Each act received a hearty standing ovation from the packed house. Symbolizing the spirit of collaboration of the organization, Wouter Kellerman and special guest performer, Mia Moravis, joined Grant Maloy Smith on stage at the end of the evening to perform "We'll Stay Together," a song that Grant wrote especially for the event that talks about musical friendship, love and support for one another - which is what the Indie Collaborative is all about.

For more info: IndieCollaborative.com

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Cary Tedder dazzles with some fancy footwork, while performing Listen Up! from the musical Norman Rockwell by The Bluestone Sisters. Choreography by Ryan VanDenBoom. Independent artist collective -

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Cary Tedder shuffles on stage with Eileen Bluestone Sherman (Emmy Award-winning lyricist and co-Founder of the Indie Collaborative). The Bluestone Sisters - Eileen and Gail - together composed the two

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Sara Esty performs Mrs. Rockwell with Musical Director Timmothy Graphenreed at the piano.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Helen Hayes Award-winning Broadway and television actress, Rachel York, performing I Keep Christmas in my Pocket from the Norman Rockwell musical by the Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Helen Hayes Award-winning Broadway and television actress, Rachel York, performing I Keep Christmas in my Pocket from the Norman Rockwell musical by the Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Brooklyn-born multiple award-winning actress and singer, LiLlias White, performs A Husband Is from the Norman Rockwell musical. LiLlias White is an American singer and actress of stage, television,

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Brooklyn-born multiple award-winning (including the Tony, Obie, People's Choice and Emmy awards) actress and singer, LiLlias White, performs A Husband Is from the Norman Rockwell musical.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Brooklyn-born multiple award-winning (including the Tony, Obie, People's Choice and Emmy awards) actress and singer, LiLlias White, performs A Husband Is from the Norman Rockwell musical.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Sara Esty spices things ups with her performance of Don't Forget the Pepper from the musical, The Odd Potato, by the Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Sara Esty spices things ups with her performance of Don't Forget the Pepper from the musical, The Odd Potato, by the Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Rachel York sings One More Day from the musical, The Odd Potato, by the Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Cary Tedder cleans up with A Little Imagination from The Odd Potato musical by The Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
LiLlias White takes down the house with Stand Up Proud! An Anthem 4 Freedom from the Norman Rockwell musical by The Bluestone Sisters.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
World-renowned and Grammy Award-winning flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman from South Africa performs works from his multiple award winning albums. Accompanying Wouter were Peter Janson (guitar),

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Wouter Kellerman has won 7 SAMA's (South Africa's Grammy) and has debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music chart. He has also performed all over the world, including at the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cu

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Wouter Kellerman has won 7 SAMA's (South Africa's Grammy) and has debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music chart. He has also performed all over the world, including at the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cu

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Billboard topping American Roots artist Grant Maloy Smith brings it home, performing songs from his critically acclaimed album, Dust Bowl - American Stories. Performing with Grant were Matthew Burgess

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Grant's current album, Dust Bowl - American Stories, spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the Top 10 of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Grant Maloy Smith with special guest performer, Mia Moravis

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Grant Maloy Smith with special guest performer, Mia Moravis

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Mia Moravis was the special guest performer for the evening, singing We'll Stay Together with Grant Maloy Smith as the concert finale. Ms. Moravis is a singer/songwriter and composer as well as a pro

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Wouter Kellerman and Mia Moravis join Grant Maloy Smith on stage for the concert finale song, We'll Stay Together that Grant composed especially for the event.

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Wouter Kellerman and Grant Maloy Smith

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
The Bluestone Sisters - Eileen and Gail

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
The featured artists for the evening -- Wouter Kellerman, Eileen Bluestone Sherman, Grant Maloy Smith, and Gail C. Bluestone (sitting).

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Musical Director Timothy Graphenreed, Eileen Bluestone Sherman, LiLlias White and Gail C. Bluestone

Photo Flash: The Indie Collaborative At Carnegie Hall - A Celebration Of Musical Excellence And Diversity
Indie Collaborative Co-founders Eileen Bluestone Sherman and Grant Maloy Smith For more info: IndieCollaborative.com

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