Performers for Rock the Giving Season are all a part of Totem Star which is a diverse community of young recording artists building life skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through their creative pursuits in music production and performance.
Mirabai Kukathas is a storyteller, a playwright, a spirited conversationalist, and (maybe most importantly) a singer/songwriter. A recent graduate of the Central District’s Nova High School, a Totem Star artist/youth board chair, a two-time winner of the Young Playwrights Project, and a finalist for MoPOP’s SoundOff!, Mirabai’s love for and dedication to Seattle and its artistic scene are unparalleled. Her art is an act of healing; a confusing celebration of her culture, identity, and life. With lots of love, effort, and community, she works to create her own unique sound to tell her own unique story.www.instagram.com/mirabai.kukathas
Grae Violett is singer-songwriter who was born in Nashville, TN but spent her formative years in Washington state, specifically the Seattle area. Being from the South, having parents from NYC, and living in the PNW have led to a lot of road trips where she has had many interesting interactions with the people and places around her. One thing she has learned from travelling cross country is that although we are different, the one thing we all have in common is emotion. A music lover, Grae considers herself a genre-less artist, but ‘80s synth pop will always have a special place in her heart. She is extremely excited to share her art with all the beautiful souls out there and hopes that they will enjoy it.www.instagram.com/graedreamer
Delphine Elliott is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter born and raised in Seattle. She began songwriting at the age of 7 years old, and now has found her voice as an independent artist. Coming from a background in musical theater and vocal jazz, her songs are filled with emotional lyrics and upbeat melodies that will get stuck in your head. Growing into young adulthood, she studied piano and guitar and even taught herself bass guitar and ukulele.www.instagram.com/delphineelliottmusic
Zoser is a singer/songwriter and music bender with a soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and a guitar. Music grounds Zoser as he sings his way through the Puget Sound area. As an up-and-coming Seattle artist, Zoser began playing guitar when he was just 10 years old. By the age of 12, he began penning his own lyrics and performing to local audiences in his hometown of Augusta, GA. Zo remained a fixture on the local music scene there until relocating to Seattle, where he graduated from West Seattle High School in 2018. Zoser's musical style cannot be easily categorized. His music shifts seamlessly between pop, folk, and hip hop with influences ranging from Michael Kiwanuka to Childish Gambino. A simple six-string, in Zo’s hands, transforms into a “beatbox,” lending percussive bass to funky hip-hop rhymes. To learn more, visit zoserofficial.com and follow him @zoserofficialwww.instagram.com/zoserofficial
Graves released her debut EP, “She Thinks My Pop Punk Is Cringey,” on July 30. The album sounds like the band that originally inspired those like Green Day, Blink-182, and all of the other memorable power-rock-chord groups of the turn of the new century. Yet, perhaps unlike those commercial groups, Graves’ music is authentic, not derivative — the novel, not the carbon copy. In the original, there is experimentation, evolution. The mire is also a birthplace. While Graves is a new name in the Emerald City, hers will assuredly be one to remember. From her power-ballad-hip-hop-mash-up, “Ten Things (featuring Air Jazz),” to the looming “Problem” and raucous cover of Machine Gun Kelly’s “Concert For The Aliens,” the tracks are like the pelting rain on the opened umbrella, creating the natural rhythms of provocation. Her hope is to make great music while also adding diversity to the pop-punk genre, as a Black woman. A career is born from a single note. It’s ringing out now.www.instagram.com/imcalledhaleygraves
Best known as a Seattle native, Yung Fuego has been building his solo career as a talented Hip Hop Artist since 2018. Influenced by the community, culture, and sounds of his hometown, Yung Fuego aspires to perform music that speaks to fans across the musical spectrum. His signature style has become synonymous with a diverse collection of melodies and a style unlike anything else.www.instagram.com/diegoelfuego_