THE SONGWRITERS

Erika Luckett is an internationally acclaimed composer, musician, writer, and educator. She grew up in a fluid crosscurrent of cultures developing an early appreciation for the interconnectedness of people and the power of music to transform lives. She graduated from Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude with a degree in composition and film scoring. With over twenty years’ experience composing and performing, her partnerships and recognition span the globe. She has collaborated with international organizations focused on deepening the understanding of human consciousness, healing, and the body/mind/spirit connection. She was honored in 2006 as “One of the 100 Most Outstanding Women of the Year” by the Jewish Post. In2008 she performed at the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Peace prize forum. As a composer for film and television, her efforts have yielded an Academy Award nomination and two Emmy awards (Untold Stories, The Trilogy, From Danger to Dignity dir. Dorothy Fadiman.)

Together with Lisa Ferraro, she offers retreats and workshops across North America and Europe guiding participants in the transformational and healing power of music and creativity.


The art of storytelling captures the mind, heart, and motivation of Kristin Davidson. She is both an advocate and a musician. Having been raised to value tireless work and service on behalf of vulnerable populations, she works as an appellate attorney for indigent criminal defendants in federal court. She is also one-half of the Austin-based duo, Hardened and Tempered, for which she writes songs and plays the guitar and pedal steel. Her work and music present a similar challenge—to explore and distill common understanding from the uniquely personal complexities of the human experience.

Davidson co-founded Songs for the Soul with Carolyn Phillips and is the other half of their duo called "Hardened and Tempered" (www.hardenedandtempered.com). Their debut album, The Trailer Sessions, was released in May 2017.


Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer. She has also accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music’s greats such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffith, Richard Thompson and many others. Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children’s books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. Natalia also teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Sisters Song School, Red Rocks Womens Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa.


Mandy Rowden is an Austin, Tx based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and entrepreneur. She began playing violin at age 6 and attended college on classical violin and piano scholarships, although she soon after began playing fiddle in country bands and writing her own songs on guitar and piano. She has since played keys, drums, mandolin, and bass in various bands and has toured extensively. In 2006 Mandy combined her love of music, teaching, and wine to form Girl Guitar, a women’s guitar school and band camp, which now operates in Austin and Nashville. Mandy’s debut full-length studio album ‘These Bad Habits’ was voted #2 Album of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll and her second album, ‘1,000 Miles’ was released in September 2016 to great reviews and radio play. Mandy currently tours frequently and teaches in Austin and Nashville in addition to spending summers in Montana. She lives full time in South Austin with her boyfriend and two adorable gray kitties. You can learn more and connect with her at www.mandyrowden.com.