Songwriter #1: Fernando Gallegos!

Fernando Gallegos is a Long Beach artist born and raised. He is heavily inspired by the human experience – focused on love, loss and happiness. Fernando is currently doing solo sets in and out of Long Beach and keeping the rhythm going as the bass player for the LBC based The Cold Shoulders Band.

Find more info and keep updated at FB\Fernando.Gallegos.LBC

Songwriter #2: Kaela Watts!

“I have spent 15 years working with children with special needs and have been writing since I could pick up a pen. I’ve always had a love for music but never had the confidence nor was in a place to pursue it..until now. Only now, at 32 after experiencing the greatest joys and pains in life have I been able to pursue music wholeheartedly. My hope is to continue writing and sharing my songs to connect with people in any walk of life.”

Songwriter #3: Juan Antonio Lopez!

Juan Antonio Lopez is a songwriter, performer, producer, and sound engineer and his talents are collectively known as Sofa City Sweetheart. Successfully tapping into that 60’s California pop sound he creates fetching melodies in his songs that retain a tongue-in-cheek edge. Of course, Lopez needed some help to fill out his debut EP. The operatic background vocals, violin, cello, and nicely compressed drums are provided by a company of musicians who make Sofa City Sweetheart sound like a band rather than a one-man effort.

–UK’s Maddog Magazine

Find out more about Juan at

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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