The 5x5 Songwriters Showcase: The Best of Washington DC Songwriting

Emma G and Her Band of Misfits

Chris Urquiaga, Justin Trawick, Cathy DiToro, Weatherly

All Ages
The 5x5 Songwriters Showcase celebrates songwriting, diversity, and multiple genres of music through interviews and live performances.

Finding her voice as she rediscovers her American heritage from her home base in Washington DC, New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Emma G is a combination of Adele,Pink, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morrissette. Her edgy tones and gutsy lyrics hammer home her messages of love, vulnerability, empowerment and strength with a soul-pop/rock sound that is engaging, inspiring and appealing to a hugely diverse audience.

Unapologetically outspoken, flying her freak flag, and always smiling, Washingtonian Magazine dubbed Emma G as one of the “Best of DC”. One Love Massive describes her as “charismatic”, and ANR Factory describes her voice as "poignant and beautiful” with “astounding bravery to speak up” on issues that matter to her. And where did this bravery come from? A long history of health issues, brain surgeries, battles with depression and suicide, drug addiction, and sexual assault, yet still finding the inner strength to come out the other side positively: singing her truth. “Things that happen to us don’t make us who we are, but we all need to overcome struggles. The trick is to overcome them together.” Says Emma G. “My hope is that my music will not only resonate with individual people, but also ignite those flames of love, resilience and community”.

Recent appearances have included the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, Fox5 TV, Dash Radio, and The Kennedy Center. With her career blossoming, and fame surely beckoning, who knows what is around the corner? “Well behaved women seldom make history, so here I am doing what I do best. The best adventures have unknown outcomes”

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Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, music director, and producer from Silver Spring, Maryland.

In August 2018, he released a Latin pop album called “I’m Here”. The album is available in CD form, on iTunes, and on all other music platforms. He performed the CD release concert for his “I’m Here” album at the historic Blues Alley in Washington, DC in August 2018.

In 2017, he released an album entitled “Complete”, which consists of original pop songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The album is available in CD form and for digital download.

Chris has performed in many different venues throughout the United States and internationally. Some of those venues include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The White House, The Library of Congress, The United States Capitol, Strathmore, Signature Theatre, and Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Lima, Perú. In June 2018, He made his Signature Theatre debut as Music Director for the “Entirely Elvis” Cabaret -a show with sold out attendance at every show. At Signature Theatre, he performed a cabaret entitled “Songs in the Key of Stevie” also to a sold out audience.

In 2017, Chris received the Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Month Award in Maryland for his achievements in the performing arts and for his help in shaping his community. In January 2019, he was the featured performer for the Hispanic Swearing-In Ceremony for the 116th U.S. Congress which was organized by the CHCI (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute). He was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore for the 2016-2017 Season and during that season he performed sold-out concerts and conducted music education workshops there.

Chris graduated from The Eastman School of Music in 2014, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time at Eastman, he recorded, performed, and wrote music for his own band, a cappella groups, orchestras, choirs, and various chamber ensembles. He has had interviews and live performances broadcast on ABC News, CBS News, C-SPAN, Fox News, Telemundo, Univision, and WUSA 9. He has performed the U.S. national anthem for NBA and MLB games and also for the international tennis tournament, Citi Open. In August 2013, Chris was invited to perform at The White House for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration, which was hosted and organized by President Obama and the First Lady. He has also performed for U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer and Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Attorney General for the state of Maryland Brian Frosh.

Composition is a passion for Chris. He has been commissioned by the Congressional Chorus, in Washington DC, to compose 3 original works; in 2012 for their 25th Anniversary Concert, in 2013 for a concert entitled “Shakespeare Sings”, and in 2016 for a concert entitled “Young, Hip, and Global”. In 2011, he was commissioned by world-renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop, to compose two original compositions in Portuguese. He was also commissioned by the Prince George’s Philharmonic in 2013 to compose a piece as their featured season world premiere. In 2008, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

To learn more about Chris Urquiaga, please visit

Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his solo recording of “All the Places That I’ve Been,” which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name “Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you. Trawick and the band have performed for the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, Floyd Yoga Jam, TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. Founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast” with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC. For more information, please visit

Cathy DiToro. is a DC-based singer-songwriter who has been singing from a young age and performing regularly around the DMV for over 10 years. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar primarily, but also keys and percussion.

She performs original music as Cathy D. and released her first EP "NostalgiAddict" in February 2019. Fronting multiple bands, she sings with local 80s favorites, The Legwarmers, 2000s tribute, "So Fetch," and the high-energy, 6-piece ska pop band, Party Like It's.

She has played numerous venues, theaters, festivals, and sporting events, including a Japan tour in 2015.

An avid advocate for women in the DC music scene, Cathy started a nonprofit in 2017 called ProjectHERA. Its mission is to support, connect and empower women and girls of all ages and genres in the music industry. Each year, she hosts the HERA Music Festival, a female-fueled, all ages, celebration of women in music.

She also works as a booking agent for bands and solo artists in and around DC.

To learn more about Cathy DiToro, please visit

Nearly a decade after Kyle Ragan and Christopher Mooneyhan first met, a journey began that would eventually lead to the perfect partnership. Weatherly formed out of their mutual desire to find musicality, creativity, and individuality; in short, A New Story.

From that partnership has emerged a successful production studio, boasting new releases by numerous artist; a Podcast supporting local business, supporting local music, and serving to evolve there own creativity; and last but certainly not least; the musical project bearing the name that started it all: Weatherly.

Weatherly began as two 30 something-year-old musicians, Songwriters, and fathers pursuing their musical dreams to write, perform, and produce music they are proud of. Pushing barriers or being just performers, Weatherly are collaborators, producers, engineers, and primarily songwriters. Their music spans genres and refuses to sit firmly in any box and that is just how they (and their fans) like it.

To learn more about Weatherly, please visit

Venue Information:
MilkBoy ArtHouse Library Stage
7416 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD, 20740