Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (map)
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
At eight years old with a John Lennon cassette in his walkman, Derek Smith first understood how a song could influence a life. Studying piano and being exposed to singers and songwriters against a backdrop of family drama made writing songs the inevitable medium for expression. After picking up the guitar, life made more sense as stories could be told, love could be explained and questions could be asked with a purpose that had not been felt before.
After releasing many recordings over the years, mostly with his band Family Tree, Derek Smith released his first solo effort in the winter of 2006. This four-song EP showcases a more intimate side of Smith’s musical and lyrical spectrum and has been widely accepted by people of all ages and musical interests. Having shared stages with numerous national and international acts, Derek Smith has established notoriety among fans and coincidental patrons as a vibrant performer. The fall 2009 release of LIFESIZE, a full-length solo/acoustic album of all original material, gives listeners a chance to take home an accurate representation of what they may hear at a live performance.
Ryan Scarberry is an up and coming songwriter whose music contains elements of folk, rock and country. With catchy melodies and rich vocals, along with a knack for telling stories that connect on a personal level, Scarberry's songs possess a tendency to linger around in your head for some time. Continually striving and always learning, Scarberry is an artist you'll want to be sure to catch.