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Billy McLaughlin & Ethan James Hagen

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award*. 

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. 

Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award** whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer and Michael J. Fox. 

Ethan James Hagen is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a performing and recording artist. He received formal training in guitar, voice, and composition at Luther College, Decorah IA and received his degrees in Music and Spanish in 1995. His music is most often categorized as New Age, Jazz, Indie Pop, and is often compared to the craft of Michael Hedges, yet he also draws influence from other artists such as Prince, Peter Gabriel, Phil Keaggy, Tom Waits, among other singer songwriters.

After graduating from Luther College, Ethan worked fulltime in music as an independent recording and performing artist and music teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He toured the Midwest region of the US a number of times, extending from Colorado to Michigan and was able to acquire a sizable following of enthusiastic fans.





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