Cat Janice, Hayley Fahey
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Emboldened by soul-pop power, dynamic delivery, robust production, and airtight song-craft, the Chicago-born and New York-based artist John Splithoff sparks an enthusiastic reaction from a rapidly growing fan base.
“I want people to actually feel good physically when they listen to what I’m doing,” he smiles. “These songs have a strong sense of optimism and a real warmth to them. For me, it’s all about sharing that feeling.”
In hindsight, he seemed predestined to do so. Childhood basketball games with his big brother would be soundtracked by unpredictable mixtapes that shuffled from Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Inspired by this R&B undercurrent and a Beatles obsession inherited from his old man, he traded sports for music during high school. After studying jazz and songwriting at University of Miami, John headed New York City and posted up on his best friend’s couch in Harlem, penning innumerable ideas on guitar, piano, and bass and recording early demos.
“I moved to New York without a plan,” he admits. “I really didn’t know where I was headed, but I just kept writing and there was one riff I couldn’t stop humming
Said riff comprised the backbone for his independent breakthrough single “Sing to You.” Driven by a hypnotic howl, breezy guitar, and an unbreakable bounce, the track generated a staggering 38 million streams and occupied coveted real estate on noted Spotify playlists and in the fall of 2019, reached the top 10 at Adult Radio. The simmering duet “Show Me” [feat. Madison Ryann Ward] maintained this hot streak with over 25 million streams as he inked a deal with East West Records. Meanwhile, he landed features from Billboard, Okayplayer, and more.
Boasting these early fan favorites as well as five other jams, his 2018 debut EP Make It Happen merges message and melody seamlessly now.
“The title Make It Happen is a reminder to myself not to focus on the destination, but to enjoy the journey with those around me,” he goes on. “It’s a pep talk to myself and anybody else willing to listen.”
With touring on deck and recent festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and more, Make It Happen ultimately represents something of a mantra for John.
“It’s a mindset,” he leaves off. Those words Make It Happen hold a lot of meaning. I hope my songs spread optimism and encourage people to be better versions of themselves. That’s what music does for me.”
Cat Janice and the Band is an indie rock/alternative group from the Washington, D.C. area. Cat Janice is inspired by ladies like Alice Merton, Lady Gaga, and a hint of Amy Winehouse to create a lively, driving sound. Cat has been featured on Country Music Television's popular TV Show, "Redneck Island" for her song "Fire" in March, 2016. In 2018, she was featured on DC Music Rocks and in 2019, featured on Another Wasted Hour.
Maryland native, Hayley Fahey is a singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with her sparkling range and originality. What sets her apart in addition to her writing and her voice, are her live stage performances. She takes the audience on a journey, with her soulful vocals, pop-driven hooks, blues grit, and her vivacious energy and enthusiasm. When Hayley is on stage, she’s home.
Her two full-length albums have attracted praise from industry professionals, landing her a spot as a voting member of the Recording Academy, two Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) nominations in 2019, and an honorable mention in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.
“Hayley Fahey is a rising star with a passionate and incendiary voice that delivers the songs and lyrics of a seasoned writer. Her voice is mature and polished, invoking memories of Ella Fitzgerald and a young Bonnie Raitt. She’s got it all; the presence, delivery, attitude and raw talent of an artist that’s rocketing her way from an opening act to a headliner on the national concert stage.” – Scott Shuman ~ Grammy Award winning producer
She has been featured on DCW50, WAMU and On Tap Magazine. Fahey has performed on many of the better festival stages along the East Coast, and has lit up impressive DC-area stages such as the 9:30 Club, The Hamilton, the State Theatre, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Rams Head Live, Strathmore Music Center, and the Xfinity Center as a National Anthem singer for her alma mater, University of Maryland, among others.
She has several new singles set for release in 2019.