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What is STG + Starbucks Up Next?

Starbucks and STG are proud to be long time partners. And because every young performer needs a stage to hone their skills, Starbucks is pleased to welcome STG aspiring musicians into their evening stores multiple times a year as part of the Up Next series. With current measures in place, Starbucks generously supports artists to perform from their homes. We look forward to seeing them in stores soon!

These up and coming artists have participated in STG’s Songwriters Lab and More Music @ The Moore programs. Performing in the Up Next series gives them a chance to showcase their original works to a new audience and the community gets to hear the latest from our areas rising stars in their neighborhood Starbucks locations or online with the support of Starbucks.

Up Next at Home Sessions: 2020

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the 2020 series of Up Next will be from the homes of up and coming artists in the greater Puget Sound area, Tuesdays in May and June 2020.

Home Sessions Lineup

Our biggest thanks to the all of artists who performed in this year's Up Next at Home Sessions! You can watch all of their sessions below.

Lucia Flores-Wiseman is a singer/songwriter from Maple Valley, Washington. Even at 17 years old, Lucia is a commanding performer that continues to entertain audiences both large and small at local coffee shops, wineries, and festivals around the Pacific Northwest. She, fortunately, was able to perform with her idol, Brandi Carlile, two years ago at a benefit concert supporting the Tahoma Schools Foundation, where she was able to sing harmonies with Brandi and More Music @ The Moore 2019 alum, Benicio Bryant. Lucia is an alum of both STG’s Songwriters Lab and More Music @ The Moore 2020.

Sofia Avaria has been playing guitar, and performing for 4 years. She has taken lessons and performed with School of Rock for about 3 years, and took flamenco and jazz guitar for about a year. She has played with her band Queen Chimera at venues around Seattle such as The Rendezvous, Hale's Palladium, The Royal Room, Old Redmond Firehouse, various house shows such as Pig Pen, and Cafe Racer. Sofia was in School of Rock Seattle's Houseband, and played at venues and events around Seattle, in Chicago at Lincoln Hall, and at Summerfest, a music festival in Milwaukee. She is an alum of both STG’s Songwriters Lab and More Music @ The Moore 2020.

Xander Corbett is a singer/songwriter and producer from Marysville, Washington. Xander has released two full-length albums and has a string of releases to come this year. He has been performing since age twelve and performed at Seattle PrideFest 2019. Xander is a More Music @ The Moore 2020 alumni.

The Seattle-based band THEM is a new pop-rock project quickly gaining momentum. With mentors aplenty at their side - currently the rock musician and KEXP DJ, Eva Walker, and previous mentors such as the world-traveling drummer, Heather Thomas, Nicki Danger of Pink Parts and others - the multi-instrumentalist quartet has played local Emerald City hot spots like The Skylark Cafe and the West Seattle Summerfest. The group, comprised of four talented high school students with harmonies in spades, is set for a steady rise toward fresh and brightened musical horizons. THEM is an alumni group of More Music @ The Moore 2020.

Betty Michaels is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter with a love for any music that can vivify the soul. He has only recently started performing on guitar with Jazz/Hip Hop fusion group, Huey and the InFLOWentials (More Music @ The Moore 2018 alumni), but has been playing music since elementary school. Betty strives for authenticity in his work and yearns for listeners to really feel something –– whether or not it is expressed verbally, his music often contains within it a message of growth, gratitude, and hope. Betty is an alum of More Music @ The Moore 2020.

McKenzie Burkard, a Bainbridge Island based singer-songwriter, has been passionate about making music since receiving her first guitar at age 12. Her songs follow themes of growing up, navigating relationships, and finding identity. With training and support from BISA Vocal Studios, she has had the opportunity to perform at BISA New Talent Nights at Rolling Bay Hall and Earth and Vine Wine Bar. Her vocals, often compared to Natalie Merchant, are combined with acoustic guitar to tell the story of someone finding their way in life’s ever-changing landscape.

Save the Bees (Bailey, Brenna, and Brooke Bruce) is a sister band originally from Phoenix, AZ currently living in Issaquah. If they had to place their sound in a genre, they would describe themselves as folk/Americana. The trio has been playing weddings, wineries, cafés, and community events since 2015. They cover all colors of timeless music and perform their originals- but always expect heartfelt lyrics, harmonies, and their own folk sound. Save the Bees are alumns of More Music @ The Moore 2019.