mucisians at a branding shoot at the space and rocket center

Listen Local | Musician Brand Session at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Passion Project

John and Alan are the hearts and minds behind Listen Local, a passion project born in 2015 from their friendship and love for music. Both saw the opportunity to help support, promote, and showcase the phenomenal musical talent of Huntsville and Northern Alabama. They seek to transform the live listening entertainment culture of their local area, hoping to do their part to ensure that a rich musical culture is sewn into the fabric of Huntsville’s growth in the coming years.

Listen Local Huntsville at a branding shoot at the space and rocket center

Music from the Moon

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, The Music from the Moon songwriting contest was designed to celebrate the incredible human achievement represented by the moon landing. With many local sponsors backing the contest–U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Urban Engine, Mid City District, Fame Recording Studio, and TonewoodAmp–Listen Local wanted their contest and their message to far exceed the local Huntsville community.

In partnership with talented creatives

This shoot couldn’t have been pulled off without the collaboration of many local creatives. Anna Lewis, the heart behind Native or Not, a Huntsville small business resource, helped to coordinate this marketing shoot for Listen Local. Anna helped to secure the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as a shooting venue, bringing in Nancy Finnegan to do hair and makeup for the artists, photography, and video by Woodnote Media.

mucisians at a branding shoot at the space and rocket center

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meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.