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About Us

Songtellers was founded by Liam Davis & Justin Roberts.

Career music creators and educators with 5 Grammy nominations, Davis and Roberts have spent over 15 years using songwriting and music to strengthen relationships, ignite creativity and leadership, and inspire individuals and groups to engage with their respective culture and its value.

The broader team at Songtellers is an elite, diverse group of musicians and facilitators, each bringing their unique skills and experience to bear on our greater mission: To tell our client's story through the unique power of song.

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Musicians & Facilitators

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Sarah Marie Young

Sarah Marie Young is an award winning (Montreux Jazz Competition, Thelonious Monk Competition) singer, songwriter and musician. She has been featured with Postmodern Jukebox, Playing For Change's "Skin Deep" video with Buddy Guy, and has played festivals on tour all over the US, Europe and Brazil.

Chris Greene

Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird.

Molly Callinan

Lt. Dan Band | Catfight | Too Much Molly

Michael Mahler

Jeff award-winning composer/lyricist of Miracle the Musical, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, October Sky, Hero, the upcoming Secret of My Success and others.

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Liz Luthier

NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition Finalist | Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist | New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist | Great American Song Competition Finalist

Gerald Dowd

Boston-baked/Chicago-seasoned multi-instrumentalist Gerald Dowd, whom WXRT declared “the hardest working drummer in Chicago”, has spent the last 30 years performing and recording around the world with legendary artists from the rock, jazz, country and classical fields, performing on multiple Grammy-nominated records in addition to numerous TV and radio credits. As a singer/songwriter/guitarist, he has released 3 albums of his original material, sharing bills locally and nationally with artists such as Ian Hunter, Jeff Tweedy, Nellie McKay and Rhett Miller.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is a Chicago-based performing and recording artist specializing in upright & electric bass, guitar, banjo, and lead and harmony singing. He is a full-time member of numerous projects including Joybird, Growler, The Wandering Boys, and Horseshoe Bender, and a contributor to countless others. Photo: Patrick Burke

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Anne Heaton

Anne Heaton is a singer-songwriter and pianist who has captured audience imaginations for over fifteen years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Music Podcast, played on NPR, at the Sundance Film Festival and for Lilith Fair (2010). Known for the infectious energy of her live performances – “a natural performer [with] a rich, soaring voice” (Seattle Times) – Anne has played over 1,000 headlining shows nationwide, and has shared the stage with artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, and jazz drummer Max Roach. Anne has taught songwriting and creative practices at Berklee College of Music, GRAMMY Camp, Interlochen and through her own online songwriting program, Soul Songs School. Anne is currently earning her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin where she is researching the outcomes of songwriting as a social emotional learning tool for teenagers.

Natalia Zukerman

Natalia Zukerman is a musician, painter and educator who grew up in a musical family in New York City. She’s released eight independent albums and has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005 and performed, opened for and recorded with some of Folk music’s greatest legends including Janis Ian, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Susan Werner, Willy Porter and more!

The New Yorker Magazine said, “Natalia Zukerman’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.”

She traveled to Africa as a Cultural Diplomat for the US State Department in 2017 and is currently working virtually with artists in Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia through that program in collaboration with the band Raining Jane (Jason Mraz). Her one woman multimedia show, The Women Who Rode Away premiered in 2018 and is currently in re-development through the cell theatre in NY. During the pandemic, Natalia co-produced an online music festival called Shut In & Sing that provided immediate financial relief to hundreds of independent musicians. She became a teaching artist with and is now the Program Director of Kid Pan Alley, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire creativity, build confidence, and foster community among children of all ages through the group songwriting process. 

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