TIDAL Announces Its First Unplugged Grant Recipients

TIDAL Announces Its First Unplugged Grant Recipients

TIDAL is excited to share the first class of grant recipients for our TIDAL Unplugged program — all hailing from Detroit, Michigan.

TIDAL Unplugged is an endowment program that supports emerging artists and gives up-and-comers the means and resources to pursue their passion for music. Grant recipients  outshined thousands of applicants to gain access to a creative budget, industry mentorship, a live showcase and more.

Get more familiar with the inaugural Unplugged grant recipients below and stay tuned to see if TIDAL hosts an Unplugged program in your city.


Sam Austins

Sam spent most of his life feeling like an outsider. He found refuge online, delving into music, fashion and art. He never fit between boundaries, so it’s not surprising that, when he started making music, he just crossed all of them. His distinct but genre-bending vision has him working with producers like Take A Daytrip and Syblyng, and sharing stages with artists like Post Malone and Pusha T.

Raye Williams

Mixing the nostalgia of Motown-inspired grooves with Nashville’s songwriting sensibility, this powerhouse vocalist effortlessly weaves a sound and a story that not only stirs the soul but moves the feet. Let us introduce to you the Motor City-Music City hybrid force that is Raye Williams. Raye made her debut with her single, “Sing Me Home,” garnering comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton.

Olivia Millerschin

With a celestial voice and lyrics only an old soul can write, singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin is racking up the accolades, including some John Lennon Songwriting Awards. Olivia played more than 250 shows in 2017, from Los Angeles to London. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays the ukulele, piano and guitar in addition to singing and songwriting. Olivia has toured internationally with Sawyer Fredericks, Howie Day, Tyler Hilton, among others.

Laurie Love

Laurie Love is singer, rapper, songwriter and artist. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she is a breath of fresh air that embodies the spirit of the city. Laurie was a timid child, so when she started singing solos in church at age nine it was a shock to friends and family. She decided to put the pen to the pad at age 14, writing her first song, titled “Hurt.” Now, Laurie continues to elevate her game.

Emma Guzman

Singer-songwriter Emma Guzman has always felt the need to express herself through music. Choosing to spend her time humming melodies and frantically scribbling lyrics in various notebooks and on random scraps of paper, she has quietly amassed a substantial collection of songs. She was described by the Detroit Metro Times as a “songwriting prodigy” and one of their top 15 artists to watch in 2016.

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