Seattle Growth Podcast host Jeff Shulman set across the city interviewing established and emerging musicians, music lovers, and music industry leaders to learn more about the past, present, and future of Seattle music. In this season finale, voices from this season share why music is embedded in Seattle’s DNA, give insight into the soul of the not just the music scene but the city as a whole, and offer perspectives on what needs to be done to hold on to the rich cultural resource.

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David Armstrong Armstrong served as the Executive Producer and Artistic Director of 5th Ave Theatre for 18 years and will soon be launching his own podcast “The Musical Man.”

Dave B. Dave B performed in front of a sold out Key Arena and with Macklemore on The Tonight Show.

Andre Brown Brown is a recent graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Drama.

Matt Bishop Bishop founded the popular indie folk and chamber pop band Hey Marseilles.

Marco Collins Collins is the subject of the documentary The Glamour and the Squalor because of his rich contributions to the national music scene through his work as a Seattle radio personality.

Draze Draze is a hip-hop emcee and musician born in Seattle. His hit song “The Hood Ain’t The Same” focused on the changes Seattle residents are seeing.  

Chris Early Early was the founding bassist for Band of Horses.

Jason Finn Finn is the drummer for the platinum-selling, grammy-nominated band Presidents of the United States of America.

Kate Voss and Jason Goessl. The married duo Sundae and Mr. Goessl recently released their 5th studio album, “When You’re Smiling”, which is available on all platforms including their website.  

DeVon Manier Manier founded Sportn’ Life Records and was an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission. Manier’s Sportn’ Life Music Group currently manages The Black Tones who will perform at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 20th and at City Hall Plaza on July 26th as part of the Downtown Summer Sounds series.

Celene Ramadan Ramadan is a a Seattle musician who has performed as Leeni, Prom Queen and Snax the Bunny.

Lydia Ramsey Ramsey is an Americana folk singer-songwriter who will be performing a free concert on July 19th in Volunteer Park.

Curtis Romjue Romjue is the founder of First Aid Arts, which provides arts-based tools and training for a world where wounded hearts heal beautifully.

Austin Santiago Santiago is the General Manager of Do206

Steven Severin Severin is active in the Seattle’s nightlife and entertainment scene, owning Neumos, Wake Up Productions, Barboza, and The Runaway. Severin is passionate about the midterm elections and encourages everyone to register to vote and then vote.

Brent Stiefel Stiefel, Foster School of Business MBA ‘06, is co-founder of Onto Entertainment, which manages the platinum-selling band The Lumineers. He is also the CEO of Votiv Inc.

Dustin Vance Vance is a recent arrival to Seattle who has instantly found opportunities to share his musical talents with listeners. His band Fond Farewell will be performing at Tim’s Tavern on August 11th.

Naomi Wachira Wachira is an Afro-Folk singer songwriter.

Levi and Stephanie Ware Through their work streaming live concerts to children in hospitals with Melodic Caring Project, they have continually witnessed the incredible power that music and intentional compassion has to profoundly impact the emotional, physical and mental health of kids battling serious and/or chronic illness. Joy and hope are powerful medicine and they’ve seen music provide both.   

Tekla Waterfield Waterfield recently received a “Listen Up! Women in Music” grant for songwriting from the Allied Arts Foundation and will be performing at Chihuly Garden and Glass on August 9th and in the 5th annual Seattle Acoustic Festival on August 25th.

Hollis Wong-Wear Wong-Wear is a Grammy-nominated artist known for her collaboration with Macklemore on the hit song White Walls and her work with the group The Flavr Blue.