Cassandra Vohs-Demann's holiday wishes are coming true.
The singer/songwriter and vocal coach known as the force behind the Woodstock Community Choir, as well as two popular monthly events at Stage Left Cafe – the Second Saturday Concert Series and an Original Open Mic – has released two holiday singles.
The releases are the latest reflections of her passion for both music and her hometown of Woodstock, as she strives to one day build her own production company in town.
Vohs-Demann wrote the single “Holiday Wishes” with her husband, Phil, in mind, and first performed it last year at Stage Left Café.
“People really responded,” she said. “I’m really proud of this song. I just think it’s a fun, romantic holiday song.”
Now available through her website at www.cassandravohsdemann.com, as well as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and all major music platforms, the song features a duet between Vohs-Demann and Billy Seger, another well-known area artist. Woodstock native Graham Butler, now a music producer in Los Angeles, produced the single.
Vohs-Demann describes it as more on the pop side than her usual music, while another single, “Celebrate Anyway,” leans more toward the style of a rock ballad.
She actually wrote “Celebrate Anyway” more than eight years ago to bring comfort to a cousin who’d lost her son to cancer.
Although she never officially released the song until now, it has resonated through the years with friends and fans who’ve heard it at community events.
Because of this, Vohs-Demann decided to release it this Thanksgiving on all major music platforms, offering it free of charge.
She hopes the song provides some comfort to anyone who may be grieving the loss of someone close to them this holiday season.
“It’s not something people really talk about a lot so I wanted to give it a voice,” she said.
Named the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, Vohs-Demann has become a musical force in McHenry County and beyond. She still teaches in her home studio, A Place to Shine Music in Woodstock, but also has gained a following with many of her own creations.
Having founded the Woodstock Community Choir in 2015 and created the Stage Left Café events, she's now working on recording and licensing music for film and television in between her many community projects.
An upcoming Second Annual Holiday Wishes Concert grew out of the popularity of an inaugural event last year at Stage Left Café.
“We had no idea it was going to take off like it did,” Vohs-Demann said of last year’s event.
Scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14 at the café, 125 E. Van Buren St., the concert will feature Vohs-Demann and Seger, as well as other popular area artists, such as Angie Kells, Tania Joy, Ken Johnson, Carrie MacDonald, John Morefield, Joe Pesz, Jim Seidel and others. Tickets cost $15 at www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
Vohs-Demann's next Original Open Mic, featuring original music, poetry and storytelling, will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Stage Left Café.
“That’s what I’ve kind of dedicated a lot of my time to here in Woodstock, bringing talent together in one room,” she said. “We’ve been met with an amazing response for these shows.”