Whether you make, play, sell, promote or just love music, the Sunset Sessions is your heaven-on-earth and this year ETonline got an all-access pass to all the fun and excitement at this year's event. The Sunset Sessions is put on by CEO/Founder Michele Clark and features over 500 industry professionals gathered at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Carlsbad, California to scope out the next fleet of musicians taking over the music industry.
Leading the musical forces was Minneapolis singer/songwriter, Jeremy Messersmith, who tugged at attendee’s heartstrings with tracks off his newest album, Heart Murmurs.
"It's a big chance to meet people and actually connect with them; people who work in radio or music supervisors and, above all, lots of other musicians and people you might want to jam with and make music with," Messersmith says of the event.
Fellow Sunset Sessions performer, Chris Assaad, described the gathering as a network of common interests and opportunity.
“There's a lot of really established high level artists and there's a lot of opportunity for up and coming artists as well and it's all heart,” the Canadian singer explains.
But Sunset Sessions aren't just for new artists, The Hold Steady has been making music for over a decade and came to the Sessions to showcase their new album, Teeth Dreams, after a 4 year hiatus. The group has toured the globe alongside Counting Crows, The Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie and many more. And the original version of their song The Bear and The Maiden Fair was even featured on the hit HBO drama Game of Thrones.
Last week, ET brought you our sit-down Q & A with another Sunset performer, Ziggy Marley. The reggae artist is a testament to the Sunset Sessions’ influence. Marley joins The Black Keys, FUN., and Jason Mraz on the long list of artists whose careers have been sparked by the Sunset Sessions.
Looking to follow in their footsteps are several other 21st Sunset Session performers, including New York based songstress, Aurora Barnes, Rockstar offspring, Dez Money (son of Eddie Money) and Grammy nominee, Louise Goffin.
To find out more about music’s’ newest faces and the upcoming "Sunset Sessions ROCK" in June, check out www.sunsetsessions.org.