Meet The Layman Family
In Layman Terms is a family band from Williamsburg, Virginia. Cole Layman, 18, and Logan Layman, 15, have been making music together for as long as they can remember. They have a passion for the blues and write original, foot-stomping music. Their chilling vocal harmonies and unique use of foot percussion make for a gritty, soulful, and unforgettable performance. Music connects them in a way that cannot be expressed with words. They love any opportunity to share their joy with others. The siblings spend most of their time writing original material and performing as a duo, or with their mom on drums. At times they are also joined by their mentor, Ron Lowder, on drums.
The Layman's are thrilled to be returning to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis for the fourth year in a row to play with, and compete against, other acts from around the world. They went in 2013 and 2014 as a youth showcase and then competed in the solo/duo category in 2015. This January they will be representing The Blue Ridge Blues Society in the band category with their mom on drums and their friend, Carson Diersing, on harmonica. Their dream is to one day make it to the finals and play on the Orpheum stage!
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" 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 siblings are passionate about service. For the past seven years they have been involved with Kid's Care Clubs and 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. You can find out more about generationOn here - www.generationon.com
In their free time the Layman family can be found leading rhythm circles for several populations. They have started a family business that they call RhythmPlay- In Layman Terms, and they bring the power of rhythm to the community through interactive music and exciting rhythm games and sing-alongs.