Wild Mountain Berries Emily"Roxy" and Bryan Westerman
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Wild Mountain Berries Emily"Roxy" and Bryan Westerman

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Sad Love Songs and Other Tragic Stuff, songs and lyrics by Emily Akins
Big Cold World, songs and lyrics by Emily Akins and the other members of the Roxy Blues Band: Drew Phegley, Stuart McMillan, Mike Jennings and Tommy Mullins.
"True Blue" Wild Mountain Berries (WMB) Released 4/10/2010
Emily "Roxy" Westerman, vocals, guitar, keyboard, Bryan Westerman, vocals,guitar, and keyboard, music and lyrics by Roxy and Bryan.

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Wild Mountain Berries are a rock'n duet who have been writing and performing their own original music since they met in 2007. Their sound is a mix of Americana, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Country and Rock'n Roll with a beautiful vocal blend. They have just released their debut album in April 2010 and have been receiving high acclaims. Bryan Westerman was born in Marietta, OH and was raised in the woods of Cutler, OH. His father, Chuck Westerman, was a huge influence on him while he was growing up. Chuck played a mean fiddle in his bluegrass group called the "Hocking Valley Boys." They later toured and were pretty well known. Bryan started learning how to play the guitar and mandolin at the age of 8. While Bryan's Dad would get together with his band mates the music would fill his house putting an everlasting fire inside of Bryan to learn, play, and write music ever since. In high school Bryan joined the band and became a trumpet player. He then furthered his abilities and gained more knowledge by going to Miami University in Oxford, OH. There, he was even more inspired and influenced by the different musicians he met and the endless possibilities of where music could take him. As a trumpet player to begin with, Bryan found a love for the piano. He self taught himself how to play the piano and would spend hours playing in the music room after hours at Miami University. Bryan became a multitalented musician knowing how to play the trumpet, piano, guitar, mandolin, and pretty much any instrument he picks up. He has a brilliant song writing ability with a smooth classic/rock/country voice to top it. Bryan moved to Cincinnati in 2001 and later joined a band called "The Zen Lunatics." Band members including Tony Hall lead vocal and guitar, Andy Tracy vocals and drummer and Bryan Westerman on vocals and keys. They were a great "jam band" with a pretty good following. The band went separate ways in 2007, that's when Miss Roxy came along. Emily (maiden name Akins) Westerman otherwise known as "Roxy" was born in Bluffton, IN and was raised in the small town of Geneva, IN. She grew up being a pastor's daughter. The soulful and high energy gospel music of the church influenced and inspired Emily to begin singing at the age of five. Her dad, Charles Akins, had always had a love for opera and would play records and sing with them having a very powerful and tremendous operatic voice. . Her mother Jeanne Akins played guitar and sang beautiful harmonies with her father Charles growing up as a kid. Emily has been inspired and knew that music was all she wanted to do ever since she could remember. Going into 9th grade Emily was extremely hurt and depressed with how mean her peers were to her. She talked with her mother and decided to get home schooled for the rest of her high school education. It worked out even better then what they had hoped. She was now getting straight A's and beginning to write and play her own music on a $50 keyboard her mother had bought her at a garage sale. The first time she played on her keyboard she wrote 3 songs within a few hours. With the support of her mom and dad she started playing in different local coffee shops and made her first CD at the age of 15 called "Sad Love Songs and Other Tragic Stuff. Although Emily had a nice following playing by herself, she wanted a fuller sound to her music and wanted to be in a band. A lot of the bands in the area did not want a women singer until she met her former bass player Mike Jennings. At the age of seventeen she and Mike formed a four piece band called the "Roxy Blues Band." They had mediocre success in the area with a few write ups in the well known local newspapers. They also had a committed following that would see them show after show. People started assuming her name was Roxy. She liked it and so she went with it, and still to this day is known as Roxy. The band made a CD in their own studio. They named their CD "Big Cold World" after a song Emily had written for it. After 3 years of playing mostly covers with just a few originals in the "Roxy Blues Band" Emily decided she was ready to move on and departed from the band. In 2007 she moved to Cincinnati trying to find her way into the music scene. Other bands had been gracious enough to let her come up at their show and let her whale out a blues tune or two. She also went to several open mics around Cincinnati and Kentucky playing and singing her own original tunes. On November 15th 2007 Bryan was playing with the Zen Lunatics at Stanley's Pub for a spade and neuter your pet benefit. As he was playing Roxy walked through the door and immediately was drawn by this amazing keyboard player that was really putting on a great show. After Bryan's band was done playing and loading up their equipment Roxy ran up to Bryan and expressed how wonderful she thought he was. Not trying to be rude, Bryan kind of brushed her off and continued loading his equipment. The next band that went on was kind enough to let Roxy