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The feel-good concert of the season returns “once more” on
April 6, 2022 at Zeider’s American Dream Theater
(yes, in person!)

Join us as we honor four more Hampton Roads residents by turning their incredible life stories into song!

All proceeds will support arts outreach programs for your neighbors in isolating circumstances.

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Meet the 2022 Once More Artists!

Lewis McGehee

Lewis McGehee began playing guitar in his birth town of Richmond VA at the very early age of 7. By age 11, he was already performing with many local bands as both a rhythm and lead guitarist. At age 15 he moved to Fredericksburg VA where he continued to play music as a hobby throughout his high school years. He excelled at running and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. It was during his college years that he switched from electric to acoustic guitar and began his journey as a singer/songwriter. Upon graduation, Lewis moved to Miami and held down a house gig in a North Miami Beach night club. During this Miami stent, he joined forces with a New Jersey native, Joey George. The two took off for New York and while performing in New York’s Greenwich Village, Lewis and Joey were “discovered” by Terry Cashman and Tommy West (Jim Croce’s producers) and subsequently signed a record deal with Lifesong Records.

Lewis’ debut album on Lifesong Records was released worldwide. Lewis gained much experience touring with such artists as Ry Cooder, Neil Sedaka, and Al Stewart.    On the strength of his live shows, McGehee went on to perform with many national acts such as John Prine, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads, Christopher Cross, Bob Dylan and Christine McVie.    Lewis also completed a multi-city tour as an opening act for Bruce Hornsby.

Portfolio Magazine’s Musician Poll has voted McGehee as the top acoustic act for three consecutive years and was recently voted “Best Musician”.

9 Volt Magazine’s local music awards named McGehee “top performer of the year” for 2000 and 2001.

Hampton Roads Magazine (monthly) cited the Lewis McGehee Band as one of the top three area bands in 2001.

McGehee has extensive experience in the recording studio as a session guitarist and vocalist,  as well as composing, producing and performing on many regional radio and television commercials.

In July of 1990, McGehee released a critically acclaimed recording of original songs on Headlight Records and Tapes.    In 1991 he had three recording projects getting extensive air-play.    1994 marked the debut of a CD entitled “The Famous Unknowns” featuring Lewis with two other Virginia songwriters Michael Lille and Robbin Thompson.   In 2018 he won two Veer Music Awards for “EP of the Year” and “Best Acoustic Act” in Hampton Roads.

His aggressive approach to acoustic guitar has made him a prominent force in the Virginia music scene.   He currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia and continues to gig at many local and regional venues and events.

Valerie Morales

A native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Valerie is an experienced singer and host. An advertisement in a local puertorrican newspaper soliciting merengue singers drastically changed the course of her life. She began taking singing lessons soon there after and began singing as a main vocalist for musical acts all over the Island of Puerto Rico. In 2003, she signed with Flow Music/Universal Latino music label. She participated in various albums with hits like “Te Excitare”, “Lo Que Quiero Es Bailar” and “Ven y Baila”, before releasing her first studio album in 2007, “Mi Flow”.

Valerie also enjoys acting and in her native Puerto Rico she worked on local live television programs in Telemundo and WAPA TV, mostly comedic sketches.

Her passion for radio also grew in Puerto Rico but it wasn’t until 2005 that she had considered a career of it. Valerie had been touring with her hit “Te Excitare” and the radio producers were impressed with her Charismatic personality.  Univision Radio in New York hired Valerie as a part of the morning show on Latino Mix, later the station flipped formats and she became the mid-day host for the first major 24/7 Latin Urban station in New York City.

In 2009 Valerie recorded the title song for the Telenovela “El Rostro de Analia” and in 2017 she launched her second studio album “Mi Corazon”, which includes genre that range from Cumbia-ton to Bachata and Kizomba to Salsa.

She has continued her radio career throughout the years, working in Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa and since 2021 in Virginia Beach. You can listen to her show on Hamptons Roads official Hispanic radio station 103.3FM La Selecta, Monday-Friday from 11AM-2PM

2021 has begun with a refreshing sound for Valerie with the release a remake of a Gloria Estefan Classic, “No Será Fácil” in Merengue.

Personal life facts:

Valerie married her husband USMC Master Sergeant, Juan Morales in 2007. They live in Virginia Beach with their 13-year-old daughter, Dianne and their pets Luna and Lola.

Myra Smith-Jones w/ Bryan Austin

About Myra:
The Myra Smith Experience/Phoenix started in 2008, and she recorded her first album in 2012. As an award-winning local artist with several years of experience in the business, several recorded albums for her original songs, she has worked with numerous artists on the national level. She has shared the main stage for the Hampton Jazz Festival as well as numerous local events. Myra’s love of music and people grow’s stronger every day. In 2014 she became a published author and in 2016 wrote a very powerful and moving documentary. She and is a community activist, as well as an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault. She has served as the chairman of the board with various organizations and currently is serving on numerous boards of directors.

Myra’s HeartWork Performing Arts Academy is truly near and dear to her heart. This is where her vision truly comes to life, whether at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level one can find private online or in-house music lessons at Myra’s HeartWork Performing Arts Academy. Located in the heart of Hilton Village in Newport News, VA.

Along with individual lessons, Myra’s HeartWork Performing Arts Academy also caters day treatment centers, group homes, rehabilitation clinics and convalescent center. She has curated a program for survivors of post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault and domestic violence in adults and adolescents. “People Using Song to Heal”, often referred to as the P.U.S.H Program, utilizes music therapy to help reinforce positive coping skills through journaling, songwriting and breathing techniques.

Owner Myra Smith-Jones says, “This is my sanctuary. It’s truly my home away from home. Over the last 5 years since I opened my music academy, no matter what is going on in the world, when you step foot into this space you immediately feel differently. This is where music is created. This is where peace lives. As a recording artist and live performer, I feel it is my job make you feel something. When I sing, I sing from the heart. Teaching, sharing my gifts and my love for music is indeed my hearts work.”

About Bryan:
Bryan is an instrumentalist born and raised in Hampton, VA and a music education student from Hampton University. He is an active performer and his church’s current Music Director.

Tina Micula

Tina Micula, Singer/Songwriter and Educator has been living and working in the Hampton Roads area for the past 30 years. She writes custom songs with and for people and organizations through Honor a Life Song, her songwriting service. She has collaborated with many organizations including WHRO, Tidewater Arts Outreach and the Alzheimer’s Association to produce songs and videos. She is a performer and brings music into assisted living facilities, schools and domestic violence and homeless shelters. She has been a finalist in songwriting contests and receives airplay on local, national and international stations. You can listen to her music at www.honoralifesong.com.