MEET THE JUDGES

Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and touring musician.  He has forged a colorful career by making the art of “being everywhere all the time” seem effortless. It’s hard to think of another artist who seems equally at home serving as a sideman for GRAMMY-winning artists like Paula Cole, Marc Cohn, and Josh Ritter, or producing albums for Lori McKenna, as he does writing and producing his own material, like last year’s “By Degrees,” on which he was joined by a host of voices including Rosanne Cash and Sheryl Crow. That song was nominated for “Song Of The Year” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, and served to reintroduce Erelli to a wider audience. And just in time, because Blindsided (Erelli’s newest album) combines the exuberance of Erelli’s signature sound with the wisdom that comes with over 20 years of songwriting, capturing an artist at a point in his career where he is clearly digging deep and swinging for the fences.

Jon Evans

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1991, Jon moved to California and quickly became part of the burgeoning music scene in the San Francisco Bay area. Over the next 20 years, he found himself recording and touring internationally with Linda Perry, Tori Amos, Paula Cole, Chris Cornell, Sarah McLachlan and others. The pull to spend more time back east was strong, so when the opportunity to build a studio in a bucolic setting presented itself, I jumped at the chance. At Brick Hill, whether I’m producing and mixing records, or composing with Stellwagen Symphonette and Ridiculon, it feels like anything is possible. Jon just finished touring in Europe with Tori Amos.

Jess Phaneuf

Jess Phaneuf is the Music Director at MVYRADIO on Martha’s Vineyard where she hosts the new music show, Uncharted Waters.  Jess has worked for music venues including Club Passim in Cambridge and the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River. When she’s not working, she loves to sing and dance on stage in community theatre productions!

Monica Rizzio

With a perspective equally influenced by her Texas roots and her Cape Cod home, Americana singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio has emerged as one of the finest talents in the East Coast music scene. Monica appreciates the little things in life and looks for silver linings where necessary. It’s clear she has a keen ability to connect; her songs are often autobiographical but delivered through a fictional approach that aids in creating a universal experience for the listener — whether it’s expressed using her trademark sense of humor or with such striking honesty that the pain in her voice is tangible.