Meet The Layman Family

Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together.  They are both multi-instrumentalists and write original music.  They are young, passionate, and love blues and jazz.  Their unique and diverse sound ranges from gritty, foot-stomping acoustic work, to an electrified big-band sound.  There are Americana undertones and a hint of modern flair in their music. They perform nationally as a duo, as a trio with their mother on drums and washboard, or as a full band which includes keys, a horn section, and a professional drummer who happens to be their producer and mentor.  No matter how they present their music, the core is rooted in the blues, and it is the undeniable connection these siblings have that shines through and makes them special. 

They may be teens, but they are not strangers to accolades.  Logan was named Veer Magazine's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015.  She was the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter’s Emerging Artist of the year in 2014.   In 2013, she was named "Blues Kid of the Year."  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 very enthusiastic to endorse their quality foot percussion.  They appeared in the August, 2014 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.  Their music has been played on radio stations all over the country and internationally.

Cole and Logan grew up involved in Kid's Care Clubs and are affiliated with GenerationOn, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all youth to make their mark on the world.  Cole was an inaugural Youth Ambassador for the organization in 2010 and was honored at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for his efforts in using his gifts (music), to leave his mark.  The Layman siblings continue to write music about real life issues they are passionate about, and hope to share their music to inspire and connect with others.  They are involved in their family business, called RhythmPlay - In Layman Terms where they assist their mother when time allows, and bring the power of rhythm to the community through interactive music and exciting rhythm games and sing-alongs.  ​

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Cole Layman

Cole is a freshman at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  In high school he was a member of the Tri-M Music Society and received the highest honor, being chosen for the district's all star jazz band. Cole is passionate about the blues, but has a diverse musical taste.  He looks up to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Derik Trucks, and many others. He is a huge fan of Led Zeppelin,  Jimi Hendrix, and many of the musicians that he has met through his participation in The International Blues Challenge over the past four years. 
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Logan Layman

Logan is a junior at Warhill High School, where she plays upright bass in performance band and is first chair in honors orchestra. Logan's musical influences include Tal Wilkenfeld, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, Esperanza Spalding, to name a few.   Logan's chocolate lab, Capo, is the love of her life.  She loves animals and looks for any opportunity to find projects that will benefit them.  Logan enjoys competing in triathlons.  She runs cross country and track at Warhill High School and plans to join the swim team this winter.  Go Lions!
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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.
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The UnXpected

When the Layman family moved to Williamsburg, Cole and Logan enrolled at the Academy of Rock Music in Newport News.  There, they met other young musicians and formed the band, The UnXpected.  This band really ROCKS the blues, and they were honored to be named "Best Teen Band" by VEER Magazine.  To find out more about The UnXpected visit www.theunxpectedband.com.