We are excited to announce the music lineup for this year’s event.
Rising Artist Showcase
- Chris Giles: 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm
- Robert Counts: 1:45 pm – 2:25 pm
- Seaforth: 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm
- TBD: 4:20 pm- 4:55 pm
- Haley & Michaels: 5:40 pm – 6:30 pm
Haley & Michaels
Returning for their second year at the Silicon Valley Pig Jig, we are delighted to welcome back Haley & Michaels.
Introduced by a mutual friend in Nashville, Haley & Michaels discovered that they grew up just 3 miles apart from one another in Northern California. Following their emergence in 2015 with the breakout single, “Giving It All (To You)”, the independent pair has generated over 30 million online streams and sold over 200,000 digital downloads, in addition to landing on Spotify marquee playlists such as New Music Friday, New Boots and Wild Country. Along the way, they have performed twice on NBC’s TODAY and they have shared the stage with the likes of Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Brothers Osborne Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion. After signing to Sony ATV’s label imprint Hickory Records in partnership with Reviver Records, the duo kicked off 2019 debuting Top 5 Most Added at country radio with their single, “Taking Off”. The duo has spent the last year radio touring and making their first full length album. It’s country music with a stadium sized spark. Bright and colorful, but also honest and probing, it connects the dots between Little Big Town’s harmony driven country and the rock edge of Keith Urban.
One band. Two songwriters. Over 20 years of friendship. A 9,000-mile move from the Northern Beaches of Australia to Nashville, TN. Seaforth — the country-pop duo featuring songwriters Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson — grew up in the same Sydney suburb. They were childhood friends and somewhere along the way, they found themselves drawn to similar music. Their hometown suburb was called Seaforth. It was an inspiring place — warm, sunny, and located right on the Sydney harbor. Years later, Jordan and Thompson both found themselves in Nashville, having traveled to Tennessee for a songwriting trip together. There they decided to officially team up and form a collaborative project that highlighted their genre-jumping songwriting chops, elastic voices, and layered harmonies. Now an official duo, they aspired to permanently relocate to Nashville…but not before nodding to their shared roots by naming the band Seaforth.
Growing up in Franklin, Tenn., just miles from Nashville’s robust songwriting community, Robert Counts first got a taste of musicality in church. The church’s proximity to Music City meant a house band filled with session players and road warriors, giving Counts a front-row seat to learn from some of the most talented working musicians around. The summer after college graduation, Robert was grabbing dinner at Franklin mainstay Puckett’s when they announced a songwriting competition. Week after week, Counts showed up with a new original song, and won. It was enough to encourage him to sign a publishing deal. After churning out nearly 100 songs, Counts felt he was onto something. He kept at it, and as if from a divine blueprint, he connected with Jimmy Ritchey, the songwriter and producer behind No. 1 hits for Jake Owen. Over the years his path has gone more and more left of center, leading him through challenging times that he’s turned into songs that are brutally honest and others that are deceptively subtle.
Chris Giles is a song-writter, recording artist, and also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Oakland A’s. He was raised on a small ranch outside of Clovis, Ca. and in high school, Chris played drums in a band called 2 Hour Shower (that was really the name) and learned to play guitar between gigs. Chris recorded his first solo acoustic demo while he attended Fresno State (go dogs!) and graduated with a degree in business in 2004. After graduating, Chris worked on Wall Street and played in the subway stations for fun.
In 2010, Chris earned an MBA from Berkeley and began working in the sports industry at the Pac-12 conference. In 2013, Chris was hired by the San Francisco 49ers and served as the VP of Sales and Strategy while writing and performing on weekends. Chris released his first single, “Party Me” in January 2016 and has opened for Love & Theft, Chase Bryant, Craig Morgan, Bros Osborn, Kam, Jarrod Nieman, & James Otto. Chris writes or co-writes every song he releases.