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Erin Krebs Group

Appleton, WI | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Appleton, WI | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
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Nov
29
Erin Krebs Group @ Door County Brewing Company

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, United States

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, United States

Dec
07
Erin Krebs Group @ Corporate Function

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Dec
31
Erin Krebs Group @ 1920's Party

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Feb
13
Erin Krebs Group @ Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

Nov
02
Erin Krebs Group @ Bailey's Run Vineyard

New Glarus, Wisconsin, United States

New Glarus, Wisconsin, United States

Oct
12
Erin Krebs Group @ Carstens Mill LLC.

Brillion, Wisconsin, United States

Brillion, Wisconsin, United States

Oct
05
Erin Krebs Group @ Jazz on the Lake

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
28
Erin Krebs Group @ the cheel

Thiensville, Wisconsin, United States

Thiensville, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
26
Erin Krebs Group @ Evenings in Ephraim

Sister Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Sister Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
25
Erin Krebs Group @ Artstreet Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
24
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Neenah, Wisconsin, United States

Neenah, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
09
Erin Krebs Group @ DePere Art Walk

De Pere, Wisconsin, United States

De Pere, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
04
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
02
Erin Krebs Group @ Mile Of Music Festival

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Jul
27
Erin Krebs Group @ Whistler's Knoll

Hortonville, Wisconsin, United States

Hortonville, Wisconsin, United States

Jul
20
Erin Krebs Group @ McFleshman's Brewing Co.

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Jul
18
Erin Krebs Group @ Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Jul
13
Erin Krebs Group @ Campanile Center For the Arts

Minocqua, Wisconsin, United States

Minocqua, Wisconsin, United States

Jul
06
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, United States

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, United States

Jun
29
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Jun
22
Erin Krebs Group @ Wickman House

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Jun
15
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States

Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States

Jun
14
Erin Krebs Group @ Private Show

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Jun
01
Erin Krebs Group @ Sunset Point Winery

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States

May
16
Erin Krebs Group @ Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

May
03
Erin Krebs Group @ Whistler's Knoll

Hortonville, Wisconsin, United States

Hortonville, Wisconsin, United States

May
02
Erin Krebs Group @ Mosinee Brewing Company

Mosinee, Wisconsin, United States

Mosinee, Wisconsin, United States

Mar
30
Erin Krebs Group @ The Forst Inn

Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States

Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States

Mar
27
Erin Krebs Group @ Evergreen Retirement Community

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Music

Press


"2019 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year"

Female Vocalist of the Year: Erin Krebs - Wisconsin Area Music Industry


"2019 WAMI Nominations: Female Vocalist and Horn/Big Band (WCJO)"

WAMI AWARD NOMINEES

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kaylee Pecha
Erin Krebs
Jennifer Schafer
Paige Baker
Jackie Brown
B-Free
Michele McCarthy
Anastasia Lee

Horn/Big Band Artist:
FBI & The Untouchable Horns
The Jimmys
Extra Crispy Brass Band
Water City Jazz Orchestra
Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
Big Style Brass Band
Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns
Hot and Dirty Brass Band - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"2018 WAMI Jazz Artist of the Year"

Jazz Artist: Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston - WAMI


"2018 WAMI Nominations: Female Vocalist & Jazz Artist"

Here Are the 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Nominees
BY EVAN RYTLEWSKI FEB. 26, 2018 9:33 A.M.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry has announced the nominees for its 38th annual WAMI Awards Show, and they’re as wide-ranging as you’d expect from an event covering every major genre of music from the entire state of Wisconsin. As always, Milwaukee is well represented, with GGOOLLDD, WebsterX, Abby Jeanne, The Platinum Boys, The Fatty Acids, Soul Low, Lex Allen, Whips and Black Belt Theatre all up for awards in the marquee Artist of the Year, Album of the Year or Song of the Year categories.

This year’s awards will be held Sunday, April 18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., and the organization will host a part celebrating the nominees Sunday, March 25 at Brookfield’s The Saloon on Calhoun (17000 W. Capitol Drive) at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the organization is still holding votes for its People’s Choice Awards at wamimusic.com. Voting for that is open to the public.

Here’s the huge list of this year’s nominees:


Artist of the Year:
GGOOLLDD
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Unity the Band
Dead Horses
WebsterX
Abby Jeanne
The Mascot Theory
Platinum Boys

Album of the Year:
Artists of Steel Bridge - “Begging His Graces: The Songs and Sins of pat mAcdonald”
The Fatty Acids - “Dogs of Entertainment”
Abby Jeanne - “Rebel Love”
Soul Low - “Cheer Up”
WebsterX - “Daymares”
Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae - “Tell Me True”
Tre Principesse - “Getting To Know You”
Wisconsin Vinyl Collective -- Volume I

Song of the Year:
Anima - “Ghosts in the Garden”
Altered Five Blues Band - “Charmed and Dangerous”
Lex Allen - “Never Look Back”
Black Belt Theatre - “Too Much Too Soon”
Whips - “Goldmine”
GGOOLLDD - “Excelsior Springs”
The Fatty Acids - “Digested”
J-Council - “We Gotta Move”

New Artist of the Year:
Hot and Dirty Brass Band
Master of Puppets
Rocket Cat
Husher
Lokke
Grooveline
Tre Principesse
Jay Edward Band

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Rich Hoffman
Julio Reyes
Kyle Megna
Tom Thiel
Thomas Riddle
Erik Kjeland
Jedidiah Tuyls
Abe Foerster

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelsey Miles
Katie Sanders
Erin Krebs
Beth Kille
Sammy Ray Marshall
Jackie Brown
Abby Jeanne
Stephanie Tschech

Singer/Songwriter of the Year:
Sara Zacek
Kurt Gunn
Alyssia Dominguez
Rob Anthony
Keith Pulvermacher
Tom Thiel
Brett Newski
Jackson Mankowski

Rising Star of the Year:
Lokke
Shelby Keller
Jaid Ruffing
Lilie Fouts
Parker Collar
Savanna Rose
Maddie Stuyvenberg
Jenna Kopitske

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist:
Lost Lakes
Spanglemaker
Sacred
Eminence
The Hook Up
Ifdakar
American Zeros
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons

Bluegrass/Americana Artist:
Dusk
Zach Pietrini Band
The Raglanders
The Mascot Theory
The Whiskeybelles
The Listening Party
Ordinary Heathens
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Christian/Gospel Artist:
Koine
Night Divine
MPS Community Gospel Choir
Katie DeNure
John Paul Larson
Isaiah 42:10
Withoutexcuse

Blues Artist:
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Tweed Funk
Big n Tasty Blues
Altered Five Blues Band
Jay Edward Band
The Jimmy’s
Donnie Pick & The Road Band
Lil Davy Max

Country Artist:
Bella Cain
Grand Union
Yellow Belly Sap Suckers
Bardog Sitters
Cow Ponies
Dexter Road
Driftwood
Rebel Grace

Cover Artist:
Vic Ferrari
33rpm
The Presidents
The Dweebs
Road Trip
Johnny Wad
Ask Your Mother
Almighty Vinyl

Folk/Celtic Artist:
Old Soul Society
The Roving Scallywags
Copper Box
Coventry Jones
Killarney Blarney and the Paddy Wagon
Warrior Songs
FEATherWOLF
Age of Fable

Hard Rock Artist:
Sons of Kong
Imperial Fall
Leading The Blind
Black Belt Theatre
Homeland Conspiracy
20 Watt Tombstone
Sir Real
Bad Habitz

Metal Artist:
Crush Point
Beatallica
Conniption
Lords of the Trident
Killing Rapunzel
Metal Men
Northless
Bereft

Punk Artist:
Platinum Boys
The Hussy
Direct Hit!
The Cherrypops
Fox Face
The First Rule
Sedated - A Tribute to the Ramones
WORK

Jazz Artist:
KWT featuring Tom Washatka
Rändi Fay
Mike Standal Quartet
Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston
Jerry Grillo
The Group
Paul Dietrich Quintet
Bill Hill

Polka Artist:
The Squeezettes
Those Damn Accordions
Steve Meisner
Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen
Val Sigal Polka
Alpine Blast
Peggy Hacker Mueller

Pop Rock Artist:
Xposed 4Heads
Doozey
Green Screen Kid
Well Known Strangers
Rocket Cat
Soul Low
The Electra Color
The Fatty Acids

Hip Hop/Rap Artist:
Juiceboxx
Blax
WebsterX
Denny Lanez
Rue The Poet
IshDARR
Vincent VANGREAT
Handz Onn

R&B/Soul Artist:
Lex Allen
The People Brothers Band
J-Council
Charles Walker Band
Porky’s Groove Machine
B~Free
Generation Z
Cigarette Break

World/Reggae/Ska/Latin:
Natty Nation
Salsa Manzana
Phocus Reggae
Something To Do
Wade Fernandez
Tugg
Mas Soul
Unity The Band

Club/DJ/Dance/Electronic Artist:
Aubrey Lee
Kiings
NO/NO
Mr. Angelo
Fortune
Melvv

Horn/Big Band Artist:
Swing Explosion Featuring Pete Sorce
Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns
Live At Nine
Phat Phunktion
Extra Crispy Brass Band
Lighthouse Big Band
F.B.I. & The Untouchable Horns
Big Band Reunion

Tribute Artist:
The Rush Tribute Project
The Prince Experience
Brain Stewed
Harvest
Slow No Wake
Ants Marching
Separate Ways
Project Pink

Bass:
Andy Mertens
Sara Lloyd
Tim Burton
Tim Perkins
Fred Velpel
Evil Evans
David Germanson
Chris Hanaway

Drummer:
Jerry Kruschke
Billy Wendt
Tom Hansen
Adam Hatton
Andy Zuraw
Erik Holmes
Dean Tassone
Caitlin Sweeney

Guitarist:
Bobby Evans
Max Jones
Danny Wendt
Gary Shaw
Patrick Stillman
Ryan Gleason
Angie Swan
Scott Dercks

Keyboard:
Mark Chartre
Jeff Eisberner
Adam Pryor
Noah Harmon
Shawndell Marks
Paul Moore
Logan Dier
Brett Schroeder

Reeds/Brass:
Matt Antoniewicz
Renee Millard
Ben Hohenstein
Andrew Spadafora
Kurt Shipe
Al Falasci
Danny Jerabek
Michelle Jerabek

Strings:
Joe Ketchum
Russ Greeley
Thea Morton Vorass
Jess Lex
Chauntee Ross
Monique Ross
Emily Knutson
Mark Fowler

Best Studio Engineer/Producer:
Tom Washatka
Marc Golde
Tony Anders
Tim Burton
Gary Tanin
George Renner
Vinny Millevolte
Joe Hite

Best Recording Studio:
Rock Garden
Makin Sausage Music
Renwood Messenger
Cherry Pit Studios
Musicmann Studios
Steel Moon
Cave Studios MKE
Shane Olivo Audio

Best Live Club/Venue:
Northstar Casino
The Saloon On Calhoun
The Source Public House
Gibson Music Hall
Paulie’s Pub and Eatery
Cactus Club
Short Branch Saloon
Headliner’s Bar & Grill

Best Live Engineer Sound/Lights:
Jason Lueck
John Dougherty
Mike Fleury
Trevor Powers
Aaron Duesterhoeft
Brian Blankenheim
Kim Guibord
Kelly Klaus - Shepherd Express


"Musician Erin Krebs Shares Passion For Genre..."

OSHKOSH - When Erin Krebs visited with choir students Thursday at Oshkosh West High School, she wanted to show them singing jazz is not as challenging as it sounds.

The local jazz singer launched into Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mr. Paganini,” and at the start, the stretched notes of the classic tune had students perking up. Then, she began to demonstrate the vocal acrobatics that betrayed her more than 30 years of experience as a musician. She started to scat.

The choir grinned with awe as Krebs’ improvised notes cascaded from her mouth, turning her voice into an instrument. Students tapped along, swaying in their seats.

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“That scat sounded real hard,” said sophomore Brendan Rohloff, when Krebs asked why more student who liked jazz hadn’t tried it. The class agreed the genre was daunting.


But it won’t be long before the teens will dip their toes into jazz performance themselves. Choirs from Oshkosh North and West High Schools will sing Saturday with Krebs and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra at The Grand Oshkosh.

The concert is the first of a series of performances to promote Krebs’ new duo extended play album, "All is Calm," a holiday album Krebs recorded with her fiance, guitarist Jeff Johnston.

Krebs, an Oshkosh local, began performing music at the age of 3.

As a toddler, her stages were tabletops in her family home. In high school, she played flute in the band. As a high school student, Krebs battled through performance anxiety to keep playing her flute. She didn’t sing again until college.

It took until her junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Krebs’ anxiety to melt away. She still shares the moment she first sang with the campus jazz ensemble — the moment she found her calling.

“I walked out on stage, and I just wasn’t nervous,” Krebs said. “I mean the hall was full of people for a full concert, and I just had no nerves and ... I just felt like this is what I should be doing.”

At Oshkosh West, she made a point to share tips and tricks with the students, explaining the difference between jazz styles, teaching students about famous songs and singers and sharing her passion for the genre.

“I thought it was a really cool experience,” said Sadona Thompson, an Oshkosh West senior. “I really enjoyed getting to learn about the different jazz styles and scatting techniques and vocal improv techniques. ... It’s not something we really delve into in day-to-day choir.”

Krebs’ childhood passion for teaching continues to keep her engaged with young musicians through private lessons and community engagement.

“I wanted them to take away that, yes, you can have a career in music,” she said. “It’s OK to want a career in music because you can perform; you can teach. There’s a lot of different things you can do. A lot of times, I feel like ... parents might have a hard time with that. So I wanted (the students) to just know that you can have a career in music. You can be successful.”

Many students identified with Krebs' path.

“Just hearing that she teaches students piano — which, I play piano — and then she teaches voice lessons,” said Rohloff, who wants to be a middle school music teacher. “It’s just really cool to have someone that has the same interests as you kind of teach you about it a little bit.” - Post Crescent


"Jazziz On Disc"

10. "Love Ride"
Erin Krebs
She might be a best-kept secret of her native Wisconsin, but vocalist and composer ERIN KREBS is making a bid for a wider audience with her debut CD, Love Always Wins (self-released). On 11 original numbers, Krebs draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary jazz and blues sources. A versatile group of musicians, including Krebs' husband, guitarist Jeff Johnston, help her achieve the desired mood, from intimate ballad to finger-snapping blues, to funky R&B. On "Love Ride", the energetic opening track included here, the singer communicates the dizzying sensation of tumbling headlong into love. Her brisk vocal delivery and joyful scat is supported by the topnotch rhythm section of pianist Mark Martin, bassist Andrew Merens, and drummer Mike Malone, and punctuated by Stephen Cooper's tenor sax. Like many working musicians, Krebs is also involved in education, having taught in private schools for a decade and giving private lessons on flute, piano, and voice at her home studio. - Jazziz Magazine


"2017 WAMI nominee in 2 categories: Jazz Artist and Female Vocalist"

News
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 37th WAMI AWARDS SHOW


WAMI People’s Choice Awards Voting Closes March 9
Nominee Party Set for April 2
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) has announced the nominees for their 37th annual Awards Show. This year’s show will take place Sunday, April 23 at historic Turner Hall. (www.pabsttheater.org). Doors open at 6pm, with the Awards Show beginning at 7pm. WAMI will host a party celebrating the nominees on Sunday, April 2 at 7pm at The Saloon on Calhoun, 17000 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, People’s Choice Awards voting closes March 9 (www.wamimusic.com). These awards represent a subset of the annual awards given by WAMI. They allow for statewide voting by anyone who wishes to nominate in the specified categories. A quadrant system is used to ensure representation from all areas of the state. The award nominees with their respective categories are as follows:
Artist of the Year
Reyna
DIRECT HIT!
The Pukes
PHOX
Vinyl Theatre
B~Free
Dead Horses
Pizzle
Album of the Year
DIRECT HIT! - “Wasted Mind”
Conniption - “Relentless Tides”
Pizzle - “Grand Design”
Dead Horses - “Cartoon Moon”
B~Free - “Ode 2 a Luv Affair”
Steve Grimm - “Bad Boys Bad Girls”
The Pukes - “Revenge of The Pukes”
NO/NO - “Sound and Light”
Space Raft - “Rubicon”
Song of the Year
Reyna - “Spill Your Colors”
Brett Newski - “DIY”
Devil Met Contention - “Fire”
Ordinary Heathens - “Winterset”
Steve Grimm - “You and Me Against The World”
Gabriel Sanchez - “Immortal By Sound”
NO/NO - “Whatever”
Midwest Death Rattle - “Tacoma Narrows”
DIRECT HIT! - “Paid in Brains”
New Artist of the Year
Spiders From Milwaukee
J-Council
The Kelsey Miles Band
Derek Sallmann
Vertigo
Totally Neon
Camel Toe Truck
Crank The Radio
Male Vocalist of the Year
Travis Schinke
Erik Kjelland
Kris Crow
Jon Wheelock
Joe Gleesing
Chris Tischler
Kurt Gunn
Rich Hoffman
Female Vocalist of the Year
Jennifer Schafer
B~Free
Sarah Vos
Alexis Walton
Erin Krebs
Amileigha Blue
Beth Kille
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Jay Matthes
Brett Newski
Jason Moon
LJ & Bill
Phil Norby
Ricky Ganiere
Stephanie Tschech
Kurt Gunn
Rising Star of the Year
Jaid Ruffing
Savanna Rose
Ebony Loren
Parker Collar
Jonah Roth
Eminence
Genevieve Heyward
Alternative Rock/Rock Artist
Field Report
Space Raft
Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine
The Family Business
The Chocolateers
Steve Grimm
Green Screen Kid
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Bluegrass/Americana Artist
Dead Horses
The Mad Polecats
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Mascot Theory
Copper Box
The Whiskeybelles
Nordland & The Nomad Assembly
Christian/Gospel Artist
Koine
Night Divine
Masonic Wonders
Cory Cifax
Tae Spears
Paul F. Trebian
Blues Artist
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Jonny T-Bird & The MP’s
Max Jones & The A-Tones
Big n Tasty Blues
The Jimmy’s
3rd Coast Blues Collective
Altered Five
Steve Cohen
Country Artist
Rebel Grace
Bella Cain
Road Crew
Driveway Thriftdwellers
Stetsin & Lace
FM Rodeo
Spitfire Rodeo
Grand Union
Cover Artist
The Presidents
Hyde
Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z
Almighty Vinyl
The Love Monkeys
Metal Men
Cherry Pie
Star Six Nine
Folk/Celtic Artist
Devil Met Contention
Sugar Ransom
Whiskey of the Damned
Ian Gould
The Roving Scallywags
Killarney Blarney & The Paddy Wagon
Reilly
Hard Rock Artist
Gabriel Sanchez
Red Light Saints
Bad Habitz
Imperial Fall
Leading the Blind
Stradlin' Rosie
Chief
Lords of the Trident
Metal Artist
Cold Black River
NORTHLESS
Conniption
Killing Rapunzel
Thrasher
Evoked
Memories Wither
Burial Ritual
Punk Artist
The Pukes
The Cherrypops
DIRECT HIT!
Work
Walt Hamburger
Avenues
Sedated - A Tribute to the Ramones
Appleseeds
Jazz Artist
Vivo
Jamie Breiwick
KWT featuring Tom Washatka
Ellen Winters
Erin Krebs
The Jazz Orgy
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Rändi Fay
Polka Artist
The Squeezettes
Happy Schnapps Combo
Steve Meisner
Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen
The Rhythm Playboys
Pop Rock Artist
Vinyl Theatre
GGOOLLDD
Doozey
Midwest Death Rattle
Ian & The Dream
Blue Light Scene
Verona Grove
PHOX
Hip Hop/Rap Artist
AUTOMatic
Pizzle
Lorde
Fredd33
IshDARR
Handz Onn
WebsterX
R&B/Soul Artist
J. Council
B~Free
Tweed Funk
Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
The People Brothers Band
Charles Walker Band
Eddie Butts Band
World/Reggae/Ska/Latin
King Solomon
Unity
The Band Salsa
Manzana
Phocus
The US Project
Max & The Invaders
De La Buena
Kojo
Club/DJ/Dance/Electronic Artist
Melvv
Antics
Aubrey Lee
Kiings
NO/NO
DJ G-Spot
Horn/Big Band Artist
Pam The Bear
Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
The Extra Crispy Brass Band
Dead Man’s Carnival
Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns
F.B.I. and the Untouchable Horns
Bill Sargent Big Band
Tribute Artist
The Rush Tribute Project
Headknocker
Motley Brue
5 Card Studs
The Prince Experience
Separate Ways
Project Pink
Steely Dane
Bass
Matt Danbeck
Mike Lelo
Jeff Brueggeman
Fred Velpel
Craig Neuser
Chris Hanaway
Jeff Hammes
Scott Lowe
Drummer
Ben Hans
Mike Underwood
Ryan Seefeldt
Mike Malone
Matt Birschbach
Quinton Kufahl
Matt Liban
Dylan Koch
Guitarist
Sean Williamson
Bill Heck
Chris Gess
Max Jones
Aaron Zepplin
Travis Nechuta
Aaron Baker
Dave Zettle
Keyboard
Aaron Zinsmeister
Noah Harmon
Joe Hite
Alex Chilsen
Marcell Guyton
Theo Merriwether
Josh Becker
Reeds/Brass
Stephen Cooper
Danny Jerabek
Michelle Jerabek
Ross Catteron
Michael Clobes
Cass Struve
Brian Dudor
James Beckman
Strings
Kimberly Unger
Joe Ketchum
Adrian Ramos
Stephanie Tschech
Gina Romantini
Russ Greeley
Thea MortonVorass
Best Studio Engineer/Producer
Jeff Hamilton
Marc Golde
Geoff Wilbourn
Michael Mann
Justin Perkins
Joe Hite
Gary Tanin
Best Recording Studio
Rock Garden
Makin Sausage Music
Mystery Room Mastering
Cherry Pit Studios
Musicmann Studios
Tanner Monagle
Best Live Club/Venue
High Noon Saloon
Shank Hall
Mill Creek
Northstar Casino
The Saloon On Calhoun
The Metal Grill
The Fire Pit at Potawatomi
Deja Vu
Best Live Engineer Sound/Lights
Mike Freeland
Steve Funke
Todd Fink
Dave Steinberg
Jeremy Boerson
Jacob Stankowski
Jason Lueck
Glenn Ottenbacher


The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The group also utilizes its funds to provide a Youth Music Showcase and provide monies to organizations which serve young emerging artists. For more details go to www.wamimusic.com. For more information contact Sue Schrader (Sue@BlondeAmbitionPR.com) at Blonde Ambition Public Relations, 262.377.4180. - Wisconsin Area Music Industry


"Erin Krebs- An Education in Jazz"

Erin Krebs - An Education In Jazz

OCTOBER 03, 2016
By Jillian Dawson

If you’re someone who frequents local live music performances, you’ve most likely observed varying crowd dynamics depending on who’s performing and where. Catching one of the summer concerts in Houdini Plaza tends to bring out the party crowd who are ready to dance, beer in hand, singing along to their favorite cover tunes. Festival music fans are a dedicated bunch, meticulously choosing their personal lineup down to the minute, full attention on the musicians until the very last note. Let’s not forget about the smaller dive bars and bowling alleys that bring out a rowdy crowd who are most likely going to have a line of shots waiting for the band at the bar. More often than not, however, it cannot be denied that bands can become background music to a crowd, lost among the bustle of a night out on the town. That being said, what’s the best part of watching Erin Krebs perform? The hush that falls over the crowd, heads popping up from conversations put on hold, and the handful of commentary sprinkling the bar noting, “Damn, that girl can sing!”

With a voice reminiscent of her musical inspirations, Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James, it’s surprising to hear singing was not always in the forefront of Krebs’ musical career. “In a nutshell, I always knew I would be teaching and I would be involved in music, but I had no idea I was going to be singing, especially because I was never a singer!”

Krebs worked as a music teacher in schools for ten years, eventually opening her own studio for private lessons to make time for writing and performing. Playing gigs led her to Jeff Johnston, who would become one half of their duo you can most often catch around the area as well as their full band, the Swingin’ Johnsons (who always get the crowd on the dance floor). Their performances showcase a variety of jazz standards and soulful renditions of pop songs with everything from Ella to Elle King. “It’s possible to take non-Jazz songs and arrange and interpret them in a different way. You can replace the chords with more lush harmonies, improvise on the melody, change the form, groove, et cetera.” She adds, “Jazz isn’t always the standards from the Great American Songbook, which is a common misconception.”

Krebs notes that ‘Jazz’ is a broad musical term which holds a variety of forms that are often overlooked, partially due to lack of mainstream popularity and exposure in the area. “Unfortunately in this area, in the ‘showcase’ shows or festivals, Jazz is rare or absent entirely, other than the Fox Jazz Fest or the Jazz concert series at the Trout.” She is quick to add, “It’s not like we aren’t working - the gigs are there for local Jazz musicians at certain venues and private events, but it is hard for us to get on a stage where a lot of people will see us at one time.”

As someone who feels indifferent to Jazz as a genre, speaking with Krebs peaked my interest, especially when it comes to performances.

"The coolest thing about Jazz is the improvisational aspect of it; it draws you in. I’ve seen people that have never seen Jazz before sit on the edge of their seat because they’re so into what’s happening on stage.” Aside from planning the timing of a few solos, the performances are typically more off the cuff. “The collaboration happens in the performances. I give the musicians the lead sheet, tell them what kind of feel and tempo, and let them run with it. We often communicate with eye contact and gestures during the songs regarding who’s doing a solo and when, and for how long. The songs are never the exact same way twice, which is one of the best things about playing Jazz and Blues!”

Krebs, who came out with her first album, Love Always Wins, this summer will be performing a live studio taping of her original songs alongside Johnston, Mark Martin, Justin Zopel and Mike Malone at Rock Garden Studio. In addition to Jazz, her songs have elements of Blues, R&B, Swing and Latin influence. “I’ll be singing words, scat singing, and playing some flute on a couple of the tunes. The audience can expect to hear and see lots of improvisation, and be moved by some soulful stuff as well.”

After speaking with Krebs, I can’t help but feel a bit more educated on the art of Jazz - a nod to her teaching background. For the future of Jazz, she says, “I’m hopeful. Jazz is still being taught and played in high schools all over; kids are learning it and developing an appreciation for it. Jazz albums are still being made, it’s still used in the media and performed on stages around the world, big and small. We are still out and about doing what we love and sharing our music with others. I think it’s here to stay. “

Catch Erin Krebs live at Rock Garden Studio Thursday October 6th at 7pm. - Rock Garden Studio


"Love Always Wins is a Winner"

ERIN KREBS CD REVIEW “Love Always Wins” is a Winner
August 30, 2016 in Appleton - Fox Cities, Central Wisconsin, Entertainment, Fond du Lac, Green Bay - DePere, Locations, Oshkosh

BY George Halas

The long awaited debut album from vocalist and songwriter Erin Krebs has finally been released, and it’s easy to understand why her fans are glad about it.
“Love Always Wins” features 11 original Krebs tunes with some of the best musicians in northeast Wisconsin.
“I had wanted to do an album for a while, but it was always on the back burner because between being a school music teacher, a private lessons teacher, and performing I just didn’t have any time to put into it,” Krebs said. “In 2014 I made the decision to “lighten the load”- I stopped teaching in schools so I could focus more on practicing, performing, and songwriting. I decided that since I had more than enough originals for an album I would do an album of original music. Since it is my first album- my introduction to the world outside of where I perform, I thought it should represent both the jazz and blues sides of me.”
Krebs often performs in a duo with guitarist Jeff Johnston as well as being a frequent guest with The Jazz Orgy. The JO’s Mark Martin-Kriha co-wrote one of the tunes and contributes stellar keyboards, playing on several tracks.
The other players on the album include drummers Mike Underwood, James Lefevre and Mike Malone, bass players Andy Mertens, Justin Zopel and Drew Hicks, saxophonist Steve Cooper and keyboardist Brian Gruselle.
“Whenever I have thought about doing an album, even before I knew when I would record, I knew I wanted to do as much as possible live in the studio,” she said. “One reason is because of the type of music we do. We work together and feed off each other, especially when improvising, and I just feel like it sounds more authentic when it’s in the moment. Another reason I wanted to do it live with the musicians is because that’s how so much of my favorite music ever was recorded. It was an easy decision to make, given the level of talent of the musicians and how well we all work together. It was so much fun!”
Wasting no time, Krebs jumps on the gas and is off to the races on the opening cut, “Love Ride.” The Jazz Orgy (Martin-Kriha, Underwood, Mertens) provides a tight, uptempo foundation for Krebs precise vocals that support her contention that “I’m feeling so good I can’t stand it.” Martin-Kriha’s rhythmic arpeggios set up Krebs for one of her strengths, scatting, and Cooper’s very jazzy sax solo.
“Let’s get cozy and see what we can find” is a suggestion that Krebs and her understated vocal make in “Fall Song,” a ballad that reveals a sensual side to her voice. Martin-Kriha’s piano solo adds just the right flavoring.
Malone starts “It’s You, My Love” with a catchy samba beat that finds Krebs’ voice an ideal match for the lyrics, and in one of the album’s highlights, she adds a melodic and engaging flute solo.
She gives Malone, Mertens and Martin-Kriha room to stretch out on “I See You” and they respond with brief, but memorable playing that complements the music and Krebs’ stylish scatting.
Lefevre and Zopel join Martin-Kriha and Krebs on “My Favorite Day.” Her vocal is subtle and nuanced as she puts the song first and provides another pleasing go-round on the flute.
Johnston’s tasteful and understated guitar is all Krebs needs to make “One Summer Day” a lesson in less is more. She allows Johnston to frame her clear, easy vocal in a style that recalls a relaxing summer evening and makes it easy to believe that “every moment I’m with you is like that one summer day.”
“Nothing can make you smile like your favorite song” and Krebs insists that ‘you can always’ “Count On The Blues” ‘when you’re down and out and you don’t know what life’s about.” Johnston, Mertens and Malone supply a swing groove and Martin-Kriha’s piano drives the melody.
Martin-Kriha gets a co-writing credit on “When Love Comes To Play,” that features some of Cooper’s best playing and an inspired bass line from Zopel.
Gruselle, Hicks and Malone often join Krebs and Johnston to perform as The Swingin’ Johnsons. Co-written by Johnston, “Ahead of The Game” cranks the volume and showcases Gruselle’s world-class B3 playing.
Krebs keeps that lineup together, adds Cooper and takes the tempo up for “The Man I Want.” When she sings “the way you play that guitar is a work of art,” she seems to be referring to Johnston’s playing that is an excellent complement to Gruselle’s R&B style. Gruselle rocks another B3 solo, then Cooper rolls out a solo that both fits the groove and does not miss a high note. A listener will definitely want to hear this one live.
Johnston is Krebs co-writer on the title tune, “Love Always Wins” and he provides himself an opportunity to remind us that he is one of the better blues players around. Gruselle, Hicks and Malone set a classic blues tempo as Johnston accepts the spotlight and responds with a solo that is both inventive and an exercise in virtuosity that is right on the money. Krebs is a versatile vocalist with command of many styles; blues tunes give her a platform to cut loose and showcase her range and power.
If you would like a copy of the CD, you can pick one up at a show or order online. It is also available on her website or on iTunes and Amazon, and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Krebs’ schedule and links are on her website: www.erinkrebs.com.” - The Scene Newspaper


"Love Always Wins- Erin Krebs"

July 17, 2016
On Songperk this week, we pay homage to a genre that had been keeping tons of nightclubs alive and kicking, but is slowing declining in popularity – Jazz. The Jazz movement represented a lifestyle where men and women gathered for drinks and to make merry, while artists truly got to express their musical capabilities. Erin Krebs’ Love Always Wins attempts to do just that, and succeeds largely. The song is best enjoyed in a relaxed and lazy atmosphere, to unwind or over chitter chatter with friends. Erin Krebs’ vocals are soothing to the ears, and the song just makes you float along with it. Stop what you are doing, grab a drink, play this song and think about all the wondrous possibilities life holds. - Music Perk


"Erin Krebs always wins with "Love""

Erin Krebs always wins with “Love”
by Jonathan Leahy

The enchanting lighting, scintillating aromas, and delicious wines of Cena are often graced with a final ingredient for romance. The enticing sound of Erin Krebs and her warm, inviting vocal style fills the room with song and instantly gets your toe tapping and your heart beating. Her new album “Love Always Wins” is a fantastic work, with eleven original songs by Erin (also collaborations with guitarist Jeff Johnston). The music was recorded at Studio H. with Tony Anders at the desk, and features an impressive roster of the best jazz musicians in the Fox Cities.
Q.) Congratulations on the album!  It sounds fantastic, and I’m certain it will be well received.  You have quite an array of styles present in these songs.  Could you tell me about your writing process for the album?
A.) Years ago I told myself I did not want to make an album unless I had some originals to put on it. Most of the songs began with a melody I came up with, then I sat down at the piano and worked out the chord changes and eventually lyrics. A couple of the songs were different - Jeff came up with a chord progression and I improvised some melodies over it. In general, I just let out what comes to me and I hope the soul comes across.
Q.) You worked with quite a few musicians, and several drummers – how did the final performances that we hear on the album come about?
A.) I've worked with so many musicians over the years, and continue to do so. I wanted to include some of them in my first album. The Jazz Orgy guys were all very instrumental in my development, especially in the beginning. Jeff also introduced me to even more musicians through his blues band. It was very important to me that we record live performances in the studio. Having such top-notch musicians made the process go very smoothly! We added the flute, sax, and guitar solos in after the band/vocals were tracked. For the duo song recording, Jeff and I were in the same room and we did one take. Tony's awesome insight, valuable input from Mike Malone, and what Jeff and I envisioned it to sound like worked together to create something I'm pretty satisfied with!
Q.) You chose to not include any standards on the album.  If you had, what would have been your top 3 songs to record?
A.) I didn't decide to do only originals until a couple months before we started recording. I was going to do a jazz album, but the more I thought about it I realized that it's my debut, and it would introduce me to new listeners. So I thought I would add the blues and R&B originals to the album instead of standards to create that variety. If I had done 3 standards I would've chosen one by Duke Ellington (probably a ballad like Sophisticated Lady or Solitude), one by Cole Porter (maybe Night and Day but in a Latin style), and an uptempo tune like Oh Lady Be Good to have some fun with scat!  Trust me- albums of standards are in my future. - Appleton Monthly, July 2016


"The Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston Duo"

Modern Elegance With a Touch of Nostalgia.
I haven’t heard a duet that gives listeners the feeling of true elegance, and raw emotional power in decades. However, the Fox Valley’s very own Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston Duo is a duet of musicians that can’t be overlooked. Together they made it possible, once again, to experience a Jazz and Blues duet with breathtaking beauty. Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston teamed up musically a few years ago. Writing and playing music together has led to live performances that create beautiful arrangements of colorful Jazz that floats through the air riddled with sparks of intense primal blues undertones.
When I heard Erin sing for the first time, it was live. I had just moved to town and didn’t really know anyone at all. As a musician myself, I was looking for where the music was playing in my new home. I had been wanting to catch Jeff live since I had heard some really great things about his skill as a guitar player. So when I heard he was going to be at a wine bar I liked, I jumped at the opportunity. The night started out fairly ordinary. I was just sitting at my table having a drink, and then, there was jazz. Sweet, soft guitar that sung with such conviction I had no choice but to spin around in my chair, and provide my undivided attention. From underneath this beautiful arrangement, arose a tremendous voice that reminded me of Aretha Franklin. I decided right there and then, this is where the music is.
I remember Erin talking with me, at one of their many nights at Uncorked in Neenah WI. She told me that the first time she heard Jeff play his guitar, she “needed to get to know this guy”. Jeff had been well known in the Fox Valley music scene as a guitar player that can really jam. It turned out that, not only were they a duo on stage, but a duo in life. These two have really found a way to share everything they love about music, and it shows. When they play together it’s like magic. Music and emotion lose their borders as you slide seamlessly into the groove. It’s always a pleasure to hear Erin and Jeff live in any setting. And it’s no coincidence they put on a beautiful show. Jeff has played in the past as both a professional musician for hire, as well as with dedicated projects over the years. He is truly no stranger to the stage, even siting in from time-to-time with outfits like the Jazz Orgy. Erin isn’t new to performing either. She has been a jazz vocalist for many years, and even plays the flute quite well. With all of their vast experiences in music combined, Jeff Johnston and Erin Krebs have definitely found an impressive niche together.
Erin has also been working on a solo album. Although “Love Always Wins” features Jeff on only a few of the tracks, Erin is joined by many other great musicians from the Fox Valley area. Stephen Cooper on the Sax, Mark Martin on Piano, and Brian Gruselle plays the Hammond Organ. Drew Hicks, Justin Zopel, and Andrew Mertens on Bass share duties filling in the rythm section. James LeFevre, Mike Malone, and Mike Underwood on Drums give it all a smooth backline. Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered right here in Appleton by Tony Anders at Studio H. The album contains many original Jazz, Blues, and R&B tunes that I’m sure will not leave you wanting. You can find out Erin’s complete live schedule at www.erinkrebs.com, or www.facebook.com/erinkrebsmusic.
I can say with a great deal of certainty that you will not be disappointed when you make a point to catch Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston live. Whether it be together, or at a solo gig, they will make your night out worth it. - Music Speaks


"2016 Female Vocalist of the Year (Nominee)"

News
2016 Nominees Announced

MILWAUKEE, WI – The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) has announced the nominees and Hall of Fame inductees for their 36th Annual Awards Show. This year’s show will take place Sunday, April 17 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (www.foxcitiespac.com). Doors open at 6 pm, with the Awards Show beginning at 7 pm.
WAMI will host a party celebrating the nominees on Sunday, April 3 at 7 pm at The Saloon on Calhoun, 17200 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition, People’s Choice Awards voting closes March 9 (www.wamimusic.com ). These awards represent a subset of the annual awards given by WAMI. They allow for statewide voting by anyone who wishes to nominate in the specified categories. A quadrant system is used to ensure representation from all areas of the state.
The award nominees with their respective categories, and Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:
Hall of Fame
Pee Wee King: Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (February 18, 1914-March 7, 2000), aka Pee Wee King, is best known for co-writing “The Tennessee Waltz” in 1946. Born and raised in Abrams, Wisconsin, he was touring with Gene Autry by the time he was in his 20s. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937, recorded extensively for RCA and other labels, and went on to become inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, followed by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974.

Lyle Mays: Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Lyle Mays hails from Wausaukee, Wisconsin. He’s best known for his piano/keyboards/synth work as an integral member of the 11-time-Grammy Award winning Pat Metheny Group. With Metheny, Mays has also been co-composer and arranger for most of the group’s music during its 40+ year success.

Dave Steffen: Widely recognized for his guitar prowess and signature style of blues rock, Wisconsin native Dave Steffen has experienced continuing success with his band, the Dave Steffen Band, since the band’s inception in the ‘70’s. He’s been signed to both RCA and Mercury Records, with 11 albums released to date. His songs have been featured in movies and TV shows, and he’s toured extensively, working with Robin Trower, Huey Lewis, members of Santana, Journey and many others.

The 2016 WAMI nominees are:

Artist of the Year
GGOOLLDD
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
WebsterX
Vinyl Theatre
Kiings

Album of the Year
Maritime – Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones
The Lately – “Old News”
Boxkar – “Five”
GGOOLLDD – “For The Night”
Tenement – “Predatory Headlights”
Midnight Reruns – “Force of Nurture”
The Jimmys – “Hot Dish”
Klassik – “Seasons”

Song of the Year
Webster X (feat. Siren) – “Doomsday”
Maritime – “Satellite Love”
GGOOLLDD – “Boyz”
Tigernite – “Empire”
Kiings (feat. Rae Cassidy) – “Feel”
Boxkar – “I’m Over You”
The Lately – “Old News”

Male Vocalist
Rich Hoffman
Christopher Szebeni
Kyle Megna
Tony Goff
Travis Schinke
Lucas Cates
Michael Brigham
Michael Sean

Female Vocalist
Annie Buege
Molly Lutz
Alexis Walton
Amy Jo Doty
Stephanie Vogt
Jen Schafer
Erin Krebs
Amileigha Blue
Chanel LeMeaux

Alternative Rock/Rock Artist
Field Report
The Family Business
Life in a Tree
Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine
Tigernite
The Lately
The Delta Routine
Meghan Rose & The Bones

Bluegrass/Americana
Dead Horses
The WhiskeyBelles
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Mad Polecats
The Ditchrunners
The Mascot Theory

Blues Artist
Big ‘n Tasty
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
The Jimmy’s
Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo
Katz Sass
Altered Five
Paul Filipowicz
The Blues Disciples

Christian/Gospel
Koine
Masonic Wonders
Night Divine
David Nunley

Country Artist
The Pat Watters Band
Rebel Grace
Bella Cain
Spitfire Rodeo
Raised Reckless
Grand Union
Madison County
Georgia Overdrive

Cover Artist
RPM
Boogie & The Yo-yo’z
The Presidents
Cherry Pie
Rabid Aardvarks
The Now
Ask your Mother
HYDE
Folk/Celtic
Reilly
Whiskey of the Damned
Killarney Blarney and The Paddy Wagon
The Kissers
John Stano
Coventry Jones

Hard Rock/Metal
Red Light Saints
Conniption
Burial Ritual
Evoked
Living Several Deaths
Chief
Decivilize
Lords of the Trident
Moon Curse

Jazz Artist
The Jazz Orgy
Dick Eliot
Roxi Copland
Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Randi Fay

Polka
The Squeezettes
Happy Schnapps Combo
Vern & the Originals
Rhythm Playboys
Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen

Pop Rock Artist
The Middle Ground
GGOOLLDD
Green Screen Kid
Sexy Ester
Vinyl Theatre
Doozey
The Vitrolum Republic

Hip Hop/Rap Artist
Handz Onn
Webster X
Rob DZ
Klassik
NAN
IshDARR
Queen Tut

R&B/Soul Artist
Milwaukee Soul
The People Brothers Band
Tweed Funk
Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
Charles Walker Band
Streetlife
Keep’n It Clean

World/Reggae/Ska
Max & The Invaders
Unity
De La Buena
King Solomon
Natty Nation
Phocus
Salsa Manzana
Kojo

Club DJ/Dance/Electronic
Kiings
Antics
The Demix
DJ G-Spot
Aubrey Lee

Horn/Big Band
Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns
WIFEE and the HUZzBAND
Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns
Extra Crispy Brass Band
All-Star SUPERBand
The Jimmys
Hip Pocket
The Bill Sargent Big Band

Tribute Band
Separate Ways
The Prince Experience
No Quarter
Project Pink
Almighty Vinyl
Metal Men
Billy Bon Scott
The Rush Tribute Project

Bass Player
Matthew Wilson
Timm Buechler
Jon Wheelock
Dan Wolfe
Jeff Hammes
Andrew Mertens
Derek Nechuta
Nicholas Rodello

Drummer
Mike Underwood
Mark Budwit
Josh Rudolph
Scott Berendt
Logan Penington
Mark Marsh
Quinton Kufahl
Pat Wydeven

Guitar Player
JD Optekar
Brad Warning
Wade Fernandez
Jason Busse
Mike Hoffman
Michael Brandenburg
Peter Mac
Dan Johnston

Keyboard Player
Jimmy Voegeli
Raymond Tevich
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Thomas Pibal
Sam McClain
Alex Drossart
Aaron Zinsmeister

Reeds/Brass Player
Andrew Spadafora
Stephen Cooper
Ross Catterton
Jake Crowe
John Vollmar
Mary Rodgers
Michelle Jerabek
Dan Zaffrann

Strings Player
Peter Thomas
Kimmy Unger
Thea Morton Vorass
Wendy Lynn Staats
Stephanie Tschech
Adria Ramos
Joe Ketchum

Studio of the Year
Rock Garden Studio
Cherry Pit Studios
Studio H
Cave Studios MKE
Makin’ Sausage Music
Trax 52 Recording Studio

Studio Engineer of the Year
Tony Anders
Marc Golde
Joe Hite
Sam Farrell
Gary Tanin
George Renner

Live Engineer Sound/Lights
Paul Hanson
Todd Dorschner
Jason Lueck
Kelly Klaus
Trevor Powers
Mike Freeland
Kurt Reffke
Todd Fink

Live Club/Venue
Linneman’s River West Inn
Milwaukee Ale House
Shank Hall
Vinnie Rock Bottom Saloon & Eatery
High Noon Saloon
Mill Creek
Short Branch Saloon
Headliner’s Bar and Grill
Rising Star
Genevieve Heyward
Jonah Roth
Parker Collar
Hannah Gellar
Bad Habitz
Blake Welhouse
The Healy Sisters
Generation Z

Singer/Songwriter
Nora Collins
Sam Luna
Annette Bzdawka
Kurt Gunn
Ryan McIntyre
Jay Matthes
Rob Anthony
Jason Moon

New Artist
IshDARR
Andi & Alex
Pam The Bear
Party Anthem
Reyna
Strip ‘D: An Acoustic Trip Back To The 80’s
Sunset Trip

The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The group also utilizes its funds to provide a Youth Music Showcase and provide monies to organizations which serve young emerging artists. For more details go to www.wamimusic.com.
For more information contact Sue Schrader (Sue@BlondeAmbitionPR.com)
at Blonde Ambition Public Relations, 262.377.4180. - WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry)


Discography

Live at Gibson (2018) Full Length Live Album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/theswinginjohnsons
All is Calm 
(2017) Christmas EP: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/erinkrebs3
Love Always Wins
(2016) Full-length album: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/erinkrebs2

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Bio

Erin Krebs is a dynamic performer well on her way to becoming one of Wisconsin's premier and most treasured vocalists. Ranging from sultry jazz stylings to bebop scat to belting out the Blues, her performances exude confidence and a passion for life that audiences instantly recognize as genuine and heartfelt.  Erin has been singing at venues and events in Wisconsin since 2006.  Recently, Erin was awarded the 2019 Female Vocalist of the Year by WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry), and her duo with guitarist Jeff Johnston was recognized by WAMI in 2018 for Jazz Artist of the Year.  WAMI has recognized Erin with other nominations in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Erin grew up in Southern Wisconsin, where she showed a love of music at an early age- singing on table tops at age 3. A few years later, she started playing flute and other woodwinds. Erin attended UW-Oshkosh, where received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2003.  She taught music in private schools from 2004-2014, and is currently focusing on her career as a vocalist.  Erin also maintains a private studio where she teaches woodwind, piano and voice lessons.  

Erin often works in a duo with her partner, guitarist Jeff Johnston. With 30 plus years of performing, he has developed a well-traveled musical fluency that compliments Erin's extensive repertoire and songwriting style. Together, Erin and Jeff are able to provide a dynamic and versatile musical experience. While she primarily works with Jeff, Erin has a Jazz group, and sings in Jeff's blues band. She is featured with the Water City Jazz Orchestra, as well as The Jazz Orgy. Erin's debut album was released in June 2016- Love Always Wins.  In 2017, the Duo released a Christmas EP, and in 2018 the Blues band released a live album.   

Band Members