“The Relative Pitch presents…” on Saturday, October 17…Who’s in the show?

On Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm is the second “The Relative Pitch Presents…” at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This time I am featuring alt/indie/pop singer McKenzie Morgan, and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Yael Madero and Frances Mehlenbacher. I am extremely excited about this line up and can’t wait to show you what these young ladies can do!!! Scroll down to read more about the talented performers being showcased:


McKenzie Morgan

From her funky style of dress to the mass of wild, beautiful dark curls that frame her face, 15 year old McKenzie Morgan is an artist in the making. Singing since the 3rd grade, McKenzie is now a student at Longleaf School of the Arts. In addition, she plays the ukuele and is learning the guitar. This summer, McKenzie performed at Cat’s Cradle as a part of the audition only University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Choral Recording Camp for the second year in a row.

Like everything she does, McKenzie’s sound is unique and authentically hers. Describing her singing style as “Indie/Soul/Rock”, McKenzie has been influenced by an eclectic mix of artists like Waxhatchee, Melanie Martinez, The Cure, and Nina Simone. Her plans for the future include pursuing a career in musical therapy.

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France Mehlenbacher

Frances Mehlenbacher is a 15-year-old sophomore from Cary, NC, who attends Raleigh Charter High School.  Frances has been harmonizing with her older sister since kindergarten and has participated in several community, school, and statewide honors choral ensembles as soprano, alto, and tenor. In addition to playing (and composing music with) piano and acoustic guitar, she’s passionate about learning new stringed instruments and dabbles in uke, mandolin, banjo, and bass. Frances has performed at several Triangle open mics both as a solo vocal guitarist and with her older sister, Eleanor, a music major at Duke, with whom she also performed at the 2015 Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Frances currently studies guitar and composition with Triangle-based recording artist Django Haskins.

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Yael Madero

It could be said that 16 year old Yael Madero was born to perform. Coming from a family that sings and plays, she says she has sung for as long as she can remember. She has sung in talent shows and online and is now ready for her “The Relative Pitch presents…” debut.

A self-described “alternative” singer-songwriter who plays both the guitar and the piano, Yael is musical quadruple threat who draws inspiration from artists like Amy Lee, Seahaven, and Wolf Alice. She looks forward to pursuing musical therapy as a career, in addition to continuing to perform.

The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic: August 29 (recap)

The turn out for the this open mic was AMAZING!!!  There were 13 unbelievably talented performers who absolutely took our breath. We had singers, musicians, groups, and songwriters…EVERYTHING!!!  I am always blown away by the bravery of these young people, especially the little ones. Check out the clips below of some of the budding artists who blessed the stage…

Janelle True is a singer-songwriter from here in the Triangle and mark my words…you’ll be hearing this name again!  Here she is performing an original song:

Next is a indie/folk/rock trio called Fantasy Dispute singing an original song. This group performs regularly around town and I was ecstatic to have them on our stage:

This performance left the whole audience a little teary eyed. Evan’s cover of “True Colors” gave me all the feels I could stand…absolutely adorable and wonderful:

Finally, one of our youngest performers, Sereena, gave us a beautiful rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King.

A HUGE thank you to all the performers, their parents, and Sola Coffee Cafe’ for hosting us. I hope you will join us for “The Relative Pitch presents…” featuring young artists Frances Melenbacher, Yael Madero, McKenzie Morgan on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm and The Relative Pitch Open Mic on Saturday November, 7 at 5pm, both at Sola Coffee Cafe’.

See You Soon!!!


The first ever “Relative Pitch Presents…” (recap)


from left to right: The Lang Sisters, Rissi Palmer, Brooke Hatala, & Sydney Stoker

*Side note: I apologize for the delay in this post. I have been on the road promoting my new project and just haven’t had the time. I am currently planning the next event and will have the dates posted shortly! – Rissi

On Saturday, June 20, the first ever “Relative Pitch Presents…” was held at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This show was created to highlight some of the outstanding talent I have seen perform at the Relative Pitch Open Mic in the past who I felt were ready for a larger platform. Our featured performers for the inaugural show were pop singer Sydney Stoker, singer-songwriter Brooke Hatala, and bluegrass /americana artists The Lang Sisters.  We had a packed house (standing room only at one point!) and the ladies didn’t disappoint!

Sydney started the evening off with some of her favorite re-worked covers. Though it was her first ever “gig”, she was like an old pro. Here is a clip of her performing her version of “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine:

Next was Brooke Hatala. Already a seasoned performer at the age of 14, she dazzled the audience with her original songs as well as her covers. Brooke’s polish and professionalism impressed us all and left us wanting more!  Here is a clip of her performance of :

Finally, our last performers of the evening, the award winning Lang Sisters. Though they are only 13 and 17, these two pickers are darlings in the Bluegrass and Americana circuits and have won several accolades over the years.

A BIG thank you to Sola for allowing us to use their space and to all those who came to support the young artists!  I am in the process of planning our next show and have a fabulous line up.  Stay tuned!!!

“The Relative Pitch Presents” on Friday, June 20

Relative Pitch Show Poster 6.20.15 (1) I am excited to announce the Relative Pitch’s first showcase!!! Over the years we have come across some truly special young people who are ready to take the stage for their own show. This is that opportunity. On Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm at Sola Coffee Cafe​ we will be featuring Pop/Folk vocalist Sydney Stoker, Singer-songwriter Brooke Hatala​, and Bluegrass prodigies The Lang Sisters​. The show is free, we hope you’ll join us and support talented young people in The Triangle!!!

Triangle Young Performer Opportunity: Teen Fest 2015 Auditions

Saturday, April 11; 1-4pm

YMCA – St. Augustine’s Program Center

1420 Oakwood Avenue

Raleigh NC 27610

Students ages 14 – 19 are invited to audition for TeenFest 2K15. All acts must be original; must have an anti-drug or anti-violence theme; must be 3.5 – 5 minutes long. Acts will be judged on relevance to theme (drug prevention/violence reduction/anti-underage drinking/anti-underage smoking); clarity of message; creativity; quality of performance (polished and ready for the big stage); connection to audience; appropriateness of performance (no lewd behavior, language, dress).

The top scoring audition acts will be invited to compete at TeenFest 2K15 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel on Saturday, May 2. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Best performers will also be invited to join the TeenFest Performance Troupe and continue performing for other audiences. Click HERE for more information.

Beperformers will also be invited to join the TeenFest Performance Troupe and continue performing for other audiences.