Andy Grammer is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. His father is singer-songwriter Red Grammer. He won MTV's 'O Music Awards' for Most Innovative Video for his 'Keep Your Head Up' video. "Beautifully blending classic and modern styles into a catchy cocktail of genuine pop, Andy's music is one part John Legend, one part Maroon 5 with a splash of Lauryn Hill."
The Philadelphia based group, The Roots, showed the way for live rap, building on Stetsasonic's "hip-hop band" philosophy of the mid-'80s, by focusing on live instrumentation at their concerts and in the studio. Although their album work has been inconsistent, more intent on building grooves than pushing songs, The Roots' live shows are among the best in the business.
Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas made quite an impression with his guest vocal on Santana's 1999 Grammy winner, 'Supernatural.' Rob won three Grammys for Pop Collaboration with Vocals along with Santana, and Song of the Year with Itaal Shur - all for 'Smooth.' Thomas has since gone solo.
Veteran comedian Ralphie May's popularity exploded after the success of the first season of NBC's hit reality series, 'Last Comic Standing.' Long-time fans of Ralphie's stand-up were joined by countless new fans when America thought he was robbed of the winner's title. Despite the show's outcome, Ralphie's special brand of comedy combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern, down-home flavor and quick wit. He has appeared on films like 'For Da Love of Money' and has a series of Comedy Central specials under his belt.
Chris Hardwick is one of the best-known "geek" comedians working today. He started his career as the host of MTV's "Singled Out," moved on to acting in horror movies, and then became part of the comedy duo Hard N' Phirm (with Mike Phirman). From there Chris branched out on his own with his website Nerdist.com and hosts The Nerdist podcast and the "Talking Dead" aftershow on AMC and his weeknight game show @midnight on Comedy Central.