May’s Emerging Artists Schedule Announced for Yn Wine Cafe

Yn Wine Café has announced its Emerging Artist Series schedule for the first four Sundays in May. The line-up for the Sunday, May 30 show will be announced at a later date.

May 2—Andy Seets & Rene Russell
Andy Seets
Seets, a professional major recording label artist, was raised in Charlotte and continues to play locally. He has 15 years of music experience including being a musician, performer and teacher. Most recently, he was the guitarist for Black Market Radio and has performed all over the globe. He’s been signed to multiple recording labels and played sessions for Artista and High Chief Records. Seets has had the privilege of being billed with such artist as Bryan Adams, Foreigner, Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers.

René Russell
René is a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. She spent her formative years in Tulsa, OK with her family where she sang at every opportunity. In 1992, she started singing in her first professional band, and since then, she has performed in a variety of venues – small coffee shops, private parties, radio shows and stadiums. She has worked with name acts such as John Tesh and Linda Ronstadt.

May 9—Chris Harris, Jim Garrett & Steve Simpson
Chris Harris
Chris is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter living in Charlotte. Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chris was enthralled with the sounds jazz, country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He taught himself guitar and began his musical journey by endlessly spinning old records, replicating the vocals and guitar lines from popular musicians. Mixing his own brand of grassroots “soul stew,” Chris gravitates toward songs with great lyrics, good rhymes and moving melodies. Chris is a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

Jim Garrett
Garrett has been playing guitar and performing since he was 8 years old. He plays a variety of music, but mainly plays country and Americana. Garrett’s shows are very high energy and provide something for all tastes of music. He gets a lot of his inspiration from a variety of songwriters, musicians and bands including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., Eagles, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Rolling Stones, The Who, Hank Williams III, Tricia Yearwood, Dell McCury, Ronda Vincent andCreedence Clearwater Revival.

Steve Simpson
Simpson started playing guitar as a teenager and joined a band in Rock Hill, SC when he was in high school. After writing a couple of songs in his early 20s, he settled down and spent the next 20 years raising a family and building a career as a chemical engineer. In 1995, he began writing songs again and became active in NSAI. For Simpson, writing songs is a hobby – a great way to communicate and share his feelings with people.

May 16—Sara Scott & Adam Whiting
Sara Scott
Sara’s music is fresh, honest and beautiful. She plays regularly in Charlotte, the surrounding area and Nashville, TN. Sara’s album, “The Way of Things,” can be found on iTunes, Amazon, DigStation and CD Baby. Sara is currently working on her second studio project entitled, “Love Without Love,” and will be available later this year.

Adam Whiting
Adam is a native of Scituate, MA, but now resides in Charlotte. He’s a singer-songwriter with roots that delve deep into classical music culture. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from UNC School of the Arts. Adam’s playing style is an eclectic mix of elements that inspire him. His classical training is represented with intricate finger-style patterns while his lyrics reach for the poetry of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. His latest release, “Civilian,” showcases his transition from classical guitar to folk singer-songwriter, proving to his listeners that he can fluently wear both hats.

May 23—Angie Medlin with Tom Williams & Steve Pelland
Angie Medlin with Tom Williams
Working in the radio industry gave Angie exposure to different types and styles of music. In late 1996 during an after-hours event, she was coaxed into singing at a local club. No one, not even Angie, expected what that night might bring. She then taught herself to play guitar and slowly began to write lyrics that would one day become songs, all along continuing to practice her vocal work. By 2003, she was ready to step into the spotlight as the lead vocalist for Shade, a funk-rock original band based in Charlotte. In late 2007, Angie created Sid Hippo Management, a small publishing company that is her home base for her work as a songwriter and performer. By 2008, Sid Hippo obtained ASCAP membership and manages the publishing and performing rights to 20 original songs. In October 2008, Angie joined forces with Williams to create the acoustic duo “Ang.” Since then, the two have played more than 60 shows and multiple benefit concerts.

Steve Pelland
Steve is a graduate of the Modern School of Music where he studied Jazz, majoring in Bass and Composition. Steve studied with the acclaimed bass-baritone, Norman Nadeau, and was featured on WDAV-FM’s “Main Street Sessions” program where he performed in studio. He was also featured on Charlotte’s Fox News Rising as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter.

Please note the schedule is subject to change. There is no cover charge, doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information about the Emerging Artist Series, please contact Sasha Rabon by calling (704) 724-6150 or emailing

About Yn Wine Café
Yn Wine Café, located at 1315 East Blvd., Charlotte, is a true Napa Valley wine bar in the heart of Dilworth. It has a collection of award-winning wines, daily drink specials and small plates of delicious light fare. Yn Wine Café’s hours of operation are Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Yn Wine Café is owned and operated by Captiva Restaurant Group who also own and operate 131 Main Restaurants, an upscale casual dining restaurant serving updated American classics with an emphasis on fresh food with four locations in North Carolina, including one in Dilworth. For more information, visit

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