Duncan Sheik is a Grammy and Tony award-winning songwriter, composer, and vocalist. Upon his graduation from Brown University in 1993, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. In 1996, Sheik released his self-titled debut album (for which he was nominated for a Grammy as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance), and the single “Barely Breathing” spent fifty-five weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart; only three other singles have ever topped that run.
A second album, Humming, followed in 1998. In 1999, Sheik met Steven Sater, with whom he collaborated on the album Phantom Moon (2000) and the musical Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway in 2006. Spring Awakening won eight Tony awards, including Best Orchestration and Best Original Score; the show also won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
Sheik’s career highlights are featured on a two-disc collection of songs entitled Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology, released by Rhino in 2006. Sheik’s most recent album, Whisper House, received its theatrical debut earlier this year at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
In addition to Sheik’s solo recordings and theatre work, he’s scored several independent films including; Home at the End of the World (2004), Through The Fire (2005), The Cake Eaters (2007), Little Spirit (NBC) (2009), and his most recent film Harvest (2010).
David Poe is a songwriter, producer, performing musician and composer for film, theater and dance. He is a composer fellow of the Sundance Institute and artist-in-residence emeritus of The Artist Den. Releases include his eponymous debut, produced by T-Bone Burnett; The Late Album; Love Is Red; David Poe Live & Solo; The Copier: Music for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; Shadowland: Music for Pilobolus and a live performance DVD, David Poe Onstage at the World Café.
Film scores include The Brooklyn Heist, Dare, and two collaborations with Duncan Sheik: Little Spirit, an animated holiday special for NBC and Harvest. Poe’s songs have appeared in several films and television shows, including Transamerica, Jesus Henry Christ, The O.C., Dawson’s Creek, and in Sam Shepard’s play The Tooth Of Crime.
“David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt,” wrote Rolling Stone of his award-winning debut and gave Poe’s second effort a coveted four-star review. The London independent likened his songs to “miniature novels,” and the Village Voice called Poe “the major domo of songwriters.”
Solo and with his band, Poe has toured the world many times over. He has served as support act for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tori Amos, Chris Whitley and numerous others, produced recordings by Regina Spektor, Kraig Jarret Johnson, John “Scrapper” Sneider, Jesse Harris, and Joseph Arthur, and written songs with artists including Grace Potter, T-Bone Burnett, Larry Goldings and Reni Lane.