We are the Layman Family
The siblings spend most of their time writing original material and performing as a duo. They are also joined by Ron Lowder and sometimes their mom on drums. The siblings are very busy high school students, but spend much of their summers performing in outdoor festivals. For two summers in a row they have appeared at Parkfest, which was sponsored by Richmond’s River City Blues Society. They wowed the crowds at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, ME where they appeared alongside such well-known blues acts as Joe Louis Walker, Teeny Tucker, Joanna Connor, and The Mannish Boys. They have appeared at the Blues at the Beach Festival and The DC Blues Festival thrilled to be on the line-up for the Tall City Blues Festival in Texas in July, The Brigatine Blues Festival in New Jersey in September, and the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida in December.
The Layman's have been to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge for the past three years in a row to play with, and compete against other acts from around the world. They have been twice as a youth showcase, and last January they competed in the solo/duo category. Their dream is to one day make it to the finals and play on the Orpheum stage!
This year Logan was named Veer Magazine's Emerging Artist of the Year. Last year she was the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter’s Emerging Artist of the year. In 2013, she was named "Blues Kid of the Year" She is known as the little girl with the BIG voice, and BIGGER bass lines. Cole is endorsed by Steve Clayton custom guitar pics. Cole and Logan are both proud inductees into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world. They are Farmer Foot Drum Artists, and are very enthusiastic to endorse their quality foot percussion.
The Layman's owns a family business called Rhythm&Bliss, In Layman Terms. Cole, Logan, and their mom Sandy are all trained drum circle facilitators and they bring rhythm games and activities to several populations. Some of their programs include Buddy Beats (for individuals with disabilities ages 5 to adult), Bitty Buddy Beats (preschool), HArt-Beat Rhythms (for senior citizens, veterans, and folks in health care facilities such as rehabilitation) and Goddess Gatherings (woman's empowerment circles), and Birthday Beats (parties with power and purpose). Their website is currently being developed. You can find out more about their new business by visiting their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/rhythmplayinlaymanterms?ref=hl
The siblings are passionate about service. For the past seven years they have been involved withKid's Care Clubs and generationOn, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all youth to make their mark on the world. Under their umbrella, they have started an organization that they call the Hart Squad- Hart stands for Healing Arts. You can find out more about generationOn here - www.generationon.com
A Family Affair...
Cole and Logan's musical journey started with their mom, Sandy Layman, who plays drums. They began jamming in their basement when the kids were just starting out. She took them to open mics in the DC area, which led to gigs for their family band, In Layman Terms. Their father, Doug Layman, bought a sound system and learned how to run sound for them.