“PERHAPS NOT SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF MICHAEL HEDGES HAS THERE BEEN SUCH A BOLD ACOUSTIC INNOVATOR. REMEMBER HER NAME: YASMIN WILLIAMS HAS ARRIVED.” - PETE PROWN, VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE
"Williams's music transcends the standard idea of what a guitarist should do." - NPR Music
Yasmin grew up in northern Virginia where various genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop were played in her household. She was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2 and became interested in playing the guitar in 2009. She begged her parents to buy her a real electric guitar and once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play the guitar by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument's versatility. While in high school, she released her first EP Serendipity in 2012, which she recorded and mixed herself.
Growing up in in northern Virginia where various genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop were played in her household, Yasmin was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2. She became interested in playing the guitar in 2009. She begged her parents to buy her a real electric guitar and once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play the guitar by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument's versatility. While in high school, she released her first EP Serendipity in 2012, which she recorded and mixed herself.
Yasmin graduated from New York University with a BM in Music Theory and Composition in December 2017. Her first album, Unwind, was released on May 4, 2018 and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. The album has charted highly on several Amazon and iTunes charts including top paid albums, including charting at #7 on Amazon’s top paid albums and #1 on iTunes‘s Folk chart, and charted at #15 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. She is currently working on her second album, Urban Driftwood, which is slated to be released in the Fall.
Yasmin joined Timberline® Guitars as an endorsed artist in January 2020. She plays a T60HGpc Parlor body harp guitar.
Australian Fingerstyle Guitarist Van Larkins joined the Timberline® Artist Team in January 2020.
Signed to Candyrat Records USA
Over 2 Million collective views on YouTube
3 Full Length Studio Albums Released in America, and World Wide
Endorsed by: Elixir Strings, LR Baggs Pickups, G7th Capos, K&K Pickups, Kallquist Guitars (Plays "Van Larkins Signature" Kallquist Guitars), Guitar Pro and Timberline® Guitars
Has performed at Canadian Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival (QLD, Australia), Sydney Guitar Festival, Melbourne Guitar Show.
Performed with Phil Emmanuel, Don Ross, Jon Gomm, Michael Fix, Antoine Dufour, Trace Bundy, Calum Graham, Trevor Gordon Hall, Maneli Jamal, Andrea Valeri
Degrees in Music and Music Technology
Michelle Qureshi is an Ameican composer, multi-instrumentalist and classically trained guitarist, who creates music in various styles and genres.
In 2010 Michelle created Music As Metaphor, an artistic identity that encompasses her work as a composer, performer, producer, and music publisher.
She performs her music at festivals, yoga studios, art galleries, and other venues. Her music has been broadcast on radio stations throughout the world and licensed on a global platform for use in commercials, films, apps, and other media. With a sound that fuses instrumental artistry and a passion for creating unique pieces, ranging from simple, subtle melodies to complex, layered works, her music is emotional, edgy, and expertly crafted.
"Michelle’s music encompasses the beauty life holds...her complex melodic arrangements hang masterfully woven together, creating the soundscapes of life." ~Derek Lefholz @embarkmusic
“She seems more of a sonic sorceress using a wide range of instruments and technology in her artistic alchemy." ~Michael Diamond
“Calming, sensitive, beautifully composed music, Michelle Qureshi’s work provokes my imagination, and touches my soul. Absolutely brilliant!" ~Lee Bice-Matheson, Coauthor of the Paige Maddison Series @leebicematheson
Michelle's Discography includes 12 Albums, 2 EPs and these recent Singles: Of the Harvest (2019) As It Once Was (2019) Because We Knew (2019) Hope Floats (2019 with Paul Landry) Snapdragons (2018) An Offering (2018 with Tommy Berre) Floating (2018) Inside the Lightbox (2018) @paul_landry_music @tommyberremusic
Jimmy Hewitt joined the Timberline® Guitars artist roster in late summer 2019.
Jimmy is a multi-faceted performer, studio and session guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, band leader, Musical Director, producer and arranger originally hailing from Long Beach, California.
A veteran of over 500 recording sessions, Jimmy's Live and session credits include Patti LaBelle, Bobby Bland, Thelma Houston, The Coasters, The Box Tops, Brenton Wood, Ellis Hall, Gerald Allbright, Barbara Morrison, Big Joe Houston, Guitar Shorty, Little Caesar and the Romans, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Tower of Power Horns and Oleta Adams.
Jimmy has a Masters in Music from California State University at Long Beach and has studied with industry luminaries in various disciplines in the field of music:
• Studied guitar in private lesson sessions with Laurindo Almeida, John Collins, Ted Greene, Pat Martino and Joe Diorio.
• Studied Music Theory and Arranging with Mac McKernan, Conducting with Joseph Valenti and Improvisation with Charlie Shoemaker and Sonny Fortune.
Jimmy's exciting and fluid playing dynamics range from Brazilian to country to Jazz and rock with colorful flourishes of all these styles informing his mesmerizing live performances. Jimmy is pictured with his Timberline® T90Ac solid Silkwood Auditorium cutaway with L.R. Baggs AnthemSL electronics.
Scot Wolfgang Ryder started into his musical career as a classically trained pianist. At a young age, he took an interest in guitar as an experimental stand in for violin with the school orchestra, and it quickly became second nature to him.
Walking the path of an artistic journeyman, learning, experimenting, creating and performing, his guitar work evolved and grew, making him a much sought after performing and recording guitarist.
With virtuosic skill on piano, guitar and harpguitar, He creates compositions combining the classical, medieval, symphonic rock and gypsy styles that had been an integral part of his musical influence.
From solo instrumentalist to his symphonic European folklore group Enchanted Realms, his compositions will resonate with the listener long after the last note has faded from memory.
In 2007 Don Alder became International Fingerstyle Champion. In 2010 he was the Guitar Superstar contest winner. In 2011 he won the World Wide Guitar Idol contest. In 2013 he won Brand Laureate Award (Malaysia) for his contributions using his guitar and music to help and inspire others around the world. In 2015 he was awarded the "Domenic Troiano Guitar Award" in the category "multi-genre".
Today, Alder continues to play to Canadian, American, European and Asian audiences. In 2016 he was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Western Canadian Music Award.
In 2017 Don won "Artist of the Year" at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. He has been performing at venues around the world, including Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night (five times). He writes and performs all of his own music, and has released seven albums. His CD, Not a Planet earned him a nomination for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2009.
Don became a Timberline® endorsee and performing artist/clinician in 2016
Tim Bertsch has been a disciple of the guitar and its since the age of 10. Tim is equally proficient on electric guitar and acoustic guitar/harp guitar. Heavily rooted in jazz, fusion, flamenco, rock, classical, blues and gypsy music, Tim's versatility and competence on guitar, harp guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele and sitar have made him an in demand studio musician as well as a sought after live performer.
Tim has shared the headliner billing with many national acts including Halestorm, Buckcherry, Sevendust, Skid Row, Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Filter, Helmet, The Tea Party, Tantric, Duff Mckagan's Loaded, Jason Bonham, Adelitas Way, Red, Rehab, Local H, The Presidents of the United States of America, Powerman 5000, 10 Miles and many more.
He has performed as a featured soloist at many festivals including Folklife, The Reno International Jazz Festival, The NAMM Show and Muriel Anderson's All Star Harp Guitar Night to name a few. Tim has also been featured by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Classical Guitar Magazine for multiple AG Video Sessions. His writing has been published by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, most recently "Tips on Tone", “Transposition for Musicians” and “Modes Demystified” released February 2019.
Tim has studied with: Larry Coryell, Emily Remeler, Beppe Gambetta, Joshua Breakstone and John Stowell as well as many other masters of the guitar". His lifelong goal: "To live a life of expression, to leave a lengthy, meaningful catalog of my soul's finest resonances".
Jim Earp is an accomplished finger-style guitarist based in San Diego, California who represents his playing style as noveau-celtic-classical-folk.
Jim plays a Timberline® T20Ac Auditorium Cutaway with customized Sunrise electronics. He has been playing guitar since 1973, and,cutting straight to the chase, reveals his career aspiration, "To be an established guitarist in the professional finger-style guitar community."
A Solid Air Records recording artist for many years,Earp has shared recordings with such luminaries as Davey Johnstone of the Elton John Band, the Hellecaster’s John Jorgenson and former Wings guitarist Laurance Juber.
Canadian Guitarist and composer Jamie Dupuis is an incredible new talent from Sudbury, Ontario.
Born in May 1990 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Jamie recorded his first studio album Inspired by a Dream in 2011.
His influences include Tommy Emmanuel, Buster B. Jones, Roland Dyens, Joe Pass, Ella Fitzgerald and Jason Becker. Jamie is a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.
Josh Ryan is part of a new breed of acoustic guitarist. Percussive and melodic, lightning fast and smoothly soulful, Josh employs multiple musical disciplines and styles.
A bass player by trade, Josh started playing professionally at age 9, about the time he got his first 6-string...bass. After picking up the guitar at 12, he has already become a winner of the Paul Reed Smith Race to the Stage competition (at 14) and was a personal guest of Jack Higgenbotham, President of Paul Reed Smith at the PRS Experience.
At 15, while at the NAMM show, Josh had the privilege of becoming a Timberline artist, by personal invitation of Rob Smith. "when I first picked up a Timberine at NAMM, I thought it was one of those crazy, high-dollar, custom boutique guitars because it played and sounded so amazing. When I found out the price I was floored. I am very honored that Rob invited me to be part of the Timberline family."
Born in Queens and raised in NYC, Jonathan Tiersten is a musician and actor well known for his 1983 role as Ricky Thomas in the cult horror film Sleepaway Camp. JT's musical career started in the late 1980's in the acoustic duo Magic Box, progressing with his move to Colorado and his establishment as a solo acoustic act.
Over the years JT has released several powerful albums on his own as a singer-songwriter and with his band Jonathan Tiersten And Ten Tiers, including the EP We’ll See which received a perfect score in its review on Shakefire.com. The review goes on to say, “If you’re into artists like Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, or in some ways Jeff Buckley, you’ll enjoy this album."
WINTERHAWK was formed in late 1992 by founding member, Guitarist/Songwriter Mark Carrillo, who had the idea of putting together an “all originals” band. Tired of playing other peoples music he recruited the talents of other musicians with a similar vision. A year later Bassist/Guitarist Sam Hornedo joined and the rest, as they say, is history. As well as being good friends, the two have formed a unique collaborative team of song writing and arranging with a lot of attention placed on finding the right harmonies. Recently, they were joined by Sam's Daughter Leia Hornedo, she brings a special and unique vocal dynamic which rounds out WINTERHAWK's sound.
For some music is a career, for others it’s a calling. Doricana may be Colin Clyne's debut album, but it’s built on years of touring, years of honing his acoustic guitar based mix of Celtic, folk and pop influences. The songs on Doricana, are a blend of Clyne's Scottish influences and love of American music, recorded and produced by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson, best known for his work with The Rolling Stones and Burt Bacharach. Doricana also features Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly) and Dennis Caplinger (Eric Clapton).
A native of Stonehaven, Scotland, Clyne now divides his time between his homeland and Southern California, with a sizeable following in each.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Casey Turner spawned from the Florida based punk trio, Liquid Image. With nearly 15 years of punk rock and electric guitars under his belt, CT has learned an appreciation for playing some of the lighter sides of music and now glides on a mellower vibe. He play around the globe as a solo and also with his acoustic three piece "The Stained Glass Saints". Casey has made numerous television appearances and has a strong following in Australia, the US and around the world.
"Sheila Sondergard is a sizzling, mouthy melting pot of ideas, beliefs and quick one-liners, and it is reflected in her music. This intrepid Korean and Danish singer-songwriter was playing open mics at the age of 16. When performing live, Sondergard’s small stature and larger-than-life vocalization command the room. Her smoky, breathy voice and acoustic folk-rock style guitar tell the story of a life in which lyrical wisdom has been born out of hardship and self-reliance. She embodies a hybrid sound. It makes no promises, it is raw and honest and real. From living on the beach in Maui, to a cattle ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, to the Central American backdrop of Guatemala and then into sunny San Diego, Sondergard has experienced a little more “life” than the average young adult. Because of this, she draws upon the drama of circumstance and everything in between the lines to create her own distinct and haunting sound." Kelly Grace - (Downtown San Diego Magazine)
Jenny Beck is a Swedish singer/songwriter. She relocated to the UK in 2001 to further her music career and has since written, produced and recorded three CDs that have attracted much attention from record labels, the music press, radio stations and internet music sites world-wide. Though her main genres are Folk/Pop and Acoustic music she is often experimenting with various kinds of genres, such as R&B, Pop, Soul and Blues - genres that feature on her latest CD "On The Outside" which is out now and available to order through the official Jenny Beck website, iTunes, tapintomusic.com and uksounds.com, to name but a few online shops. The CD is also distributed by the world's leading digital distributor of music, The Orchard.