The Billies are back and better than ever. Northeast State welcomes the duo back to campus this month for a concert and two songwriting workshops open to students.
The Billies are lead vocalist Chrisie Santoni, who also plays guitar and keyboards, and Craig Smith on percussion and vocals. The duo performs a full concert – free and open to the public – on March 29 in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The show will feature the performance of a song written by Northeast State students during two songwriting workshops held prior to the show.
The workshops are scheduled March 27 and 29. Prospective singers and songwriters get an opportunity to learn about creative songwriting and musical expression.
The duo coined a unique style they call Low Country Groove. Their sound mixes folk, Americana, country, pop, rock and a little dash of chill. The duo has played hundreds upon hundreds of shows in coffeehouses, farmers markets, restaurants, and college campuses.
Santoni is an award-winning songwriter, having taken 1st Place in The Unisong Songwriting Contest and 1st Runner-Up Adult Contemporary in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, both for her song Mona Lisa.