Twyla Birdsong and Mike Eyia

Twyla Birdsong and Mike Eyia (courtesy photos from Facebook sites)


Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30-8:30 pm – MICA Stage


Twyla and Mike are duet winners of the 2012 CABS Blues Brawl! From the first moment Twyla Birdsong sets free a deep soulful note, audiences are moved by the raw talent and radiance that pours from this incredible woman. Her rich, resonant voice strikes a balance between diva and divine, making her one of Lansing’s most talented and loved vocalists since 2002. She can sing sultry and seductive ballads with rasping zeal and then boldly plunge into smooth and mellow renditions. Twyla has sung with the Red Hot Blues Band, Wise Guys, Twyla and the Night Crawlers, the Lansing Blues Divas, and Big Willy. She has been honored to share the stage with such legends as Larry McCray and Freddie Cunningham. On her ReverbNation site, Twyla states, “I enjoy performing because it brings me joy and I want people to feel and share in that. I want to uplift their spirits to help them make it to their next stage in the game.”

Mike Eyia is a versatile guitarist and vocalist with a repertoire covering top 40, blues, funk, old standards, country and jazz. He is the director of Ritmo, a well-known salsa orchestra formed in the late 70’s that has performed throughout the state. He migrated to Lansing, Michigan from Cuba and studied music at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. Later, he became an instructor at LCC and taught various music courses over roughly a decade.

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