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We are the Layman Family

In Layman Terms is a family band from Williamsburg, Virginia.  Cole Layman, 17, and Logan Layman, 14, 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.  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
 
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Cole Layman

Cole is a junior at Warhill High School, where he plays percussion in performance band and guitar in the advanced jazz band.  His music drives him.  Cole's guitar mentors are Ron Lowder of Yorktown and Eldon Sully of Hampton.  He also studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins and drums with Norm Frigault- both from Williamsburg. Cole loves the blues. He looks up to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Derik Trucks, Buddy Guy, and many others. He is also influenced by many local greats that have supported his musical journey such as Bobby BlackHat, Herbie D and the Dangermen, Anthony Rosano, JD Silvia, and many more.  Cole is an athlete and runs cross county and track on his high school team.  He also enjoys competing in races outside of school.  He is training to participate in his second triathlon in May.
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Logan Layman

Logan is a freshman at Warhill High School in Williamsburg where she plays upright bass in performance band and orchestra.  Logan’s favorite female vocalist are Shemekia Copeland, Bonnie Raitt and Carolyn Wonderland.   Logan studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins, of Williamsburg.  She studies double bass with Ken Levett of Williamsburg.  Ron Lowder is her all around mentor teaching her bass, vocal skills, and discipline.  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 also runs cross country with her brother at Warhill High School.  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.