Introducing the Next 40
"The Next 40" ambassador program seeks to elevate emerging and diverse talent from around the world, featuring 40 hand-picked global artists of varying backgrounds, genres and proficiency levels. Meet the minds amplifying our mission of musical collaboration for the next generation.
Saxon and Jarvis
Victoria City, Hong Kong
Saxon and Jarvis, the brothers behind the Australian acoustic guitar duo, have a serious devotion to guitar-oriented rock & blues, as well as fingerstyle guitar.
Despite being just 13 and 15 years of age, they write original songs and tackle classic rock, country and generate a seriously big sound.
They have been playing for over 7 years together in Hong Kong at local music festivals and events including
The Big Picnic, Clockenflap, and The HK Sevens.
Adeyemo Dotun is a Nigerian Acoustic Guitarist who has focused on building an Afrocentric approach to playing the acoustic guitar. Using very simple musical building blocks, he mostly reproduces some of the popular Nigerian songs and gives them a more beautiful inspiring feel.
Dadotman started off as a Piano player and slowly developed an interest in the guitar after listening to Mike Dawes make a cover of Titanium. That one experience kickstarted his guitar career.
Annelie Elena is an indie artist based in Los Angeles and Sweden.
Annelie grew up around music and now writes and releases her own original music. Her sound can be described as a mix between indie pop and bedroom pop. Her ultimate goals when creating music, are to make sounds that people can resonate with in any ways possible.
Dakota Rhodes is a 23 year old singer/songwriter. Dakota started playing and writing her own songs at the age of 12. She taught herself how to play the guitar, piano, and has taken on the role of co-producing her own songs. You can listen to her newest single “Comfortable Silence" on Spotify.
Thunderstorm Artis learned at a very young age how to play
piano, guitar, harmonica and drums, from his father Ron Artis and mother Victoria. Thunderstorm
is a featured artist at the “Wanderlust Festivals” throughout North America. He is most known for being a finalist on the NBC show “The Voice” Season 18. His music crosses many genres including Folk, Rock, Soul and Country.
Koresawa is a Japanese female singer-songwriter from Settsu City, Osaka. She has been well-known for her attractive vocal style, pop and catchy melodies, as well as her unique and familiar lyics about everyday life.
She only shows her face in her concerts, and a bear mascot named Reko Chan usually appears on public media on behalf of her.
As a childhood cancer survivor, Lauren Bateman knows the importance of living in the moment. That's why at the age of 27, Lauren quit her 'cushy' job as a research scientist to pursue a career in music. Boy had that decision changed her life forever.
Fast forward a decade later, Lauren now owns and operates three music schools outside of the Boston, MA area.
Campo Grande, Brazil
Vitoria is 18 years old and is from Brazil. She fell in love with musical instruments when she was a child, especially string instruments. Her childhood dream was to learn how to play as many musical instruments as possible. She learned how to play guitar when she was only 13 and is now her favorite musical instrument. She also plays ukulele, electric guitar and piano. A goal of hers is to inspire people by showing that nothing is impossible if you have dedication and faith.
Tenafly, New Jersey
Abigail Zachko is an 18 year old guitar player from Tenafly, New Jersey. Her style can be described as a combination of traditional jazz, RnB, and mathrock. She has made a name for herself touring for renowned musical artist/producer, MURA MASA, as well as creating her own music and playing online.
Haig Beylerian is an Armenian-Canadian guitarist and musician from Toronto, Canada. Being the youngest member of a musical family, he regularly attended his mother’s weekly choir, took violin lessons and taught himself to play piano at a young age. He has a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Dalhousie University where he studied with Doug Reach, Jeff Torbert, Scott MacMillan and Don Ross. Since graduating, Haig has toured across North America, scored for film and theatre, and appeared on several records and scores as both composer and session guitarist.
São Paulo, Brazil
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Jony has graduated in Classical Acoustic Guitar by the Universidad Livre de Música Tom Jobim and in Eletric Guitar by the Faculdade Santa Marcelina. Jony Ken is one of the pioneers of the 'Percussive Fingerstyle' in Brazil. On his work Jony presents both authoral and re-readings of existing songs, and its one of the main 'Percussive Fingerstyle' references in Brasil, standing out on the scenario through his Youtube channel with more than 1 million views.
Los Angeles, California
Trixie Mattel is the stage name of Brian Michael Firkus, an American singer, actor, drag queen and recognized “Skinny Legend.” Trixie is the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 3 (originally competing on season 7). He is also a Billboard Heatseekers #1 charting recording artist (One Stone, 2018), a wildly successful touring act, and one half of a comic duo with Katya on YouTube (“UNHhhh” & Netflix's "I Like To Watch"). In 2019, Trixie worked the festival circuit as the subject of a bio documentary, “Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts."
Miles Aubrey is a touring/session guitarist, composer, actor and teacher. He’s toured internationally in support of major label artists, playing arenas, coffee houses, radio tours, and dozens of shows on the Grand Ole Opry. TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Daily Show, Live with Kelly, and The Tony Awards. Miles has also performed at NAMM's All-Star Guitar Night, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and the Ryman. Miles is thrilled to be a part of the Kyser family, as well as Fender, Reverend, PRS, Whitifll, Wampler, Dean Markley and Koch amps.
Haley is a California Central Coast-er turned Nashvillian guitarist. She owns and operates Scratch Track Guitar, a blog and guitar course business that helps guitarists to feel more confident while improving their skills, and also plays for a wide variety of artists in Nashville. She is currently working on creating new music for her own new band, The Rivalry, with her sister and thinking of new music ideas to share with her social community weekly!
Dmitry Levin is a classical, fingerstyle guitarist from Moscow Russia. He first picked up the guitar and started to take lessons when he was 13 years old. At that moment he realized he wanted to create something unique and special with music.
Guitarist Nathaniel Murphy resides in Chicago and has been playing a variety of genres for almost two decades. This exciting, talented player has mixed a variety of music genres, influences and playing styles into his online performances.
Los Angeles, California
Rogo (Sarah Rogo) has been refining her craft and leaving a long-lasting impression on audiences
of all ages and musical backgrounds with her energetic and soulful performances. Claiming
the title as "Soulful Roots" she blends old blues, soul, and folk styles with a youthful twist.
She captivates audiences with her haunting slide guitar work and unique genre-defying
style. Authentic and soulful, she paints vivid pictures through sound and song.
Brian Antonio is a talented musician from the US. He's garnering attention for his amazing guitar covers that have been uniquely shot.
is an Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist and busker. A video of her performing a cover of Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers went viral on YouTube in June 2017. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018.
Steph is a 20 year old Melbourne born multi-instrumentalist. She released her first E.P. titled ‘Allegoric Oceans‘ in 2017 and is a regular busker at the Marketplace in Camberwell. With influences from the John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana and Ziggy Alberts, Steph’s genre contains bursts of percussion alongside fingerstyle and indie rock.
Carly Jo Jackson
With a voice filled with grit and soul, Carly Jo Jackson brings the heat of the Florida sunshine to all she does. She has a vocal tone that is as infectious as her charismatic stage presence. She caught the attention of some big names in the music and entertainment business, opening shows for Michael McDonald (who also provided vocals on her recent EP), Kenny Loggins and Dennis Quaid and serving as a musical inspiration to Jeff Bridges who recently featured her on his Sleep Club website.
Back in 2016 he created his first solo concert with the guidance of theater director Leoni Jansen, where he connects virtuoso guitar playing with personal stories. The combination of his way of guitar playing and his arrangements of songs from bands like Queen, U2 and Michael Jackson, creates a very accessible theater concert.
Piper Madison is known for her recent role as Zelphaba on Nickelodeon’s 100 Things To Do Before High School for which she was awarded “Best Performance in a TV Series“ at the 2016 Young Artist Awards. She has booked numerous national commercials, print ads, short films and also plays Treva in the award-winning web series, Harvard Court.
Piper is a 16 year old multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, piano and ukulele) as well as singer. She was born in Louisville, KY where she lived with her family until they made the move to Southern California to pursue her career in music and acting
Los Angeles, California
Norman Kim is an LA by-way-of Brooklyn singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has contributed music to a variety of high profile films and television shows, including Netflix’s The Ivory Game, and Showtime’s Dexter, where he was mentored by the late Daniel Licht.
Kim began studying classical music and composition at an early age, going on to join the highly competitive All-State and All-County orchestras. He eventually went on to study at Berklee College of Music before moving to LA to pursue a career in film music.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sarah Shook was born in Rochester, New York. They were homeschooled and grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family where music was restricted were permitted only to listen to classical and worship music. At the age of 9, Shook taught themselves piano. Shook started a new band called Sarah Shook & the Disarmers in mid to late 2013. The band started as a recording project. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers released their first record, Sidelong, in October 2015, with a re-release in 2017.