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George Banda, Ellie Morgan, Alexa Jenson at The Evening Muse

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George Banda

George Banda was born in Arizona, where his father taught him to play guitar when he was just five years old. In the 25 years since, George has dedicated his time and resources to pursuing this passion. He attended Central Piedmont Community College and Queens University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors and was awarded degrees in music theory and guitar performance. In addition to devoting time to his studies, George has also released his own music. He has produced two albums, one of which was an independent EP (2016) and the other a collaboration with local Charlotte artists (2017). While he considers The Evening Muse his musical home, he has played on multiples stages in Charlotte and the surrounding region. When not performing locally, George makes a priority to give back to the community. He has worked with multiple Charlotte organizations, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center, where he serves as the Creative Arts Director; and the School of Rock, where he teaches guitar, music theory, and provides any additional resources required for the musical education of the students the organization serves. In addition, he also provides private lessons. George enjoys expressing himself through both his writing and his musical compositions. His writing draws on themes of prior hardship and love, while his musical compositions have been performed by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and members of the Queens University Music Department. He hopes to exert a positive influence on the world through his passion for music and works every day to achieve this goal through his commitment to personal growth, community involvement, and artistic expression. In his spare time, George enjoys MMA training, boxing, and riding his yellow motorcycle named Pikachu. He also dislikes cucumbers. A lot.

Ellie Morgan Music

Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ellie grew up loving to sing in choir and to listen to her father play guitar. Ellie began performing solos in her elementary school choirs at a young age, and fell in love with learning to play guitar at the age of 10. After taking years of lessons and continuing to sing in choir and school musicals, Ellie decided to combine her two talents into one passion for performing.

In 2017, Ellie has become a singing sensation in the Charlotte area, and continues to perform all over the Carolinas. Her sound is best described as acoustic soulful pop, with influences from artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele, and Colbie Caillat. Ellie is currently working on an album of all original music, to be released later this year in the fall of 2017.

You can hear Ellie performing around Charlotte two to three times a week in local restaurants and breweries. She also performs for weddings, parties, special events, and volunteers monthly to sing for the patients and family members at Levine Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center. For more information, please see Upcoming Concerts, News & Media, and Weddings.

Ellie's EP titled Heartstrings, released in May of 2013, is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music.

Alexa Johnson
Singer/songwriter Alexa Jenson has a passion for music. The signs that music would be a defining part of her life first became apparent when she was in preschool. As she grew, it was never a problem keeping her occupied during a car ride. She was always busy belting out songs of the musical Mama Mia (her favorite), or Disney Tunes. Alexa discovered her love for performing in front of an audience when she was in elementary school, where she began performing in talent shows. She continued doing so through middle and high school, where she was selected the winner of her last two high school shows. She was the youngest member of The Arts Experience middle school aged chorus at age nine, and has been known to sing the national anthem at a sporting event or two. Her musical repertoire expanded at age twelve when she learned to play the guitar and started writing songs.

These days, Alexa can still be heard belting out songs in her car, but she has expanded her list of venues to include her bedroom, the shower, and various public facilities. At the age of sixteen, she began performing at different open mics around the greater Charlotte area, eventually getting the chance to open shows for some of her local favorites. Now long a supporter of the local open mic music scene in Charlotte, you can often catch her performing at The Evening Muse in Charlotte on Mondays and Summit Coffee House in Davidson on most Wednesdays. Tonight is her first ever featured artist spot at the Find Your Muse Open Mic and we've super stoked to have Alexa as our feature!