Started in 1995, and named after Graham Guest’s fifth-generation grandfather, Moses Guest is a Texas-based southern rock band that has just enough pop, jazz, funk, jam, and country in its veins to appeal to audiences of all stripes. The current line-up, formed in 1997, was voted Best Rock/Pop in the 2001 Houston Press Music Awards (“HPMA”). At the 2003 HPMA, Moses Guest and its members were nominated in three categories: Best Guitarist, Best Keyboardist, and Best CD.
Moses Guest has shared the stage with many great acts over the years, including Moe., Steve Miller Band, JGB, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, David Nelson Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Jayhawks, Lisa Loeb, Colonel Bruce Hampton & the Fiji Mariners, and it played a HORDE Tour date in 1998 in Antioch, TN.
Nowadays, Moses Guest plays live shows every few months in Texas and in California and would be happy to play the larger summer festival circuit, but the band has largely been committed to working in the studio.
That studio focus is in evidence on their new album, Light, which marks the line-up’s twentieth anniversary and is their first album release since 2007’s Best Laid Plans. The super-tight, super-polished performances and arrangements hearken back to Moses Guest’s 2002 self-titled double-cd release. And the fact that Light was mastered by none other than Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios, London, does not hurt.
Light contains nine songs and features “Light” (the title-track), “Dawn,” “Emily,” “Free,” “Black Road,” and a rippingly Allman-esque revision of “California,” which revives the great southern rock anthem for us in epic fashion.
Light evokes a certain sophistication that can only come with twenty years of playing together, but the heart of the Moses Guest sound remains the same: it’s southern, it’s classic, it rocks, and it jams.
Sarah Grace is a 16-year-old soulful singer and musical powerhouse from Houston, Texas. She was as a semi-finalist from season 15 of The Voice. Sarah Grace's powerful performance of "Amazing Grace" on The Voice, can be described as her signature moment, establishing her as a legitimate artist. The recording immediately shot to #3 on the overall iTunes charts, gained 1 million YouTube views, and lived on the Gospel/Christian charts of iTunes for several weeks thereafter. Universal Republic Records released her first four recordings via Apple Music exclusively. This year a new recording of “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” by Stax Records songwriting legend and Grammy Award winner David Porter (Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding) was released featuring Sarah Grace, on a celebration of his Classics.
Up until two years ago, Sarah Grace experienced synesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon which gave her strong sound-to-color associations. Although it has faded, she still has strong memories of certain songs, chords, and notes looking like specific colors as though music was “just like a painting.”
Sarah Grace was the first singer on The Voice to play trumpet and the first to play a Hammond organ. As a result, Hammond Organ invited Sarah to be an official artist in the Hammond family. Off stage, Sarah Grace attends the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a trumpet major and she performs in their orchestra, jazz and concert band ensembles.
Sarah Grace is no stranger to the stage, having performed over 100 shows in 2018, and currently touring nationally with her band Sarah Grace and The Soul, comprised of equally talented young musicians. They have won multiple awards including being named the "Best Newcomer" for 2019 by the Houston Press.