This bi-coastal trio of Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert & Karl Werne, hailing from California and Virginia, bring such diverse backgrounds of experience, music and theater together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and harmony so deep and dynamic, it will move you to an understanding of their name, BIG WIDE GRIN.
Usually on the move, they are no strangers to national tours and folk festivals and have shared the stage with such artists as Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, and toured with Legendary blues man Keb' Mo'.
Their debut CD, "Live Simple, Breathe Deep" (released under the name "E.L.K.") was produced by Clayton Gibb (Keb' Mo' band) and features Mark Andes (Spirit, Canned Heat), Rob Hooper (Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Cha Cha Friedken (Keb' Mo' band) and Eddie Williams.
BWG's "Live" release is a collection of original and cover material that have become trademark favorites of their live performances from the likes of Steve Earle to Sly & The Family Stone.
Their most recent project: "Holiday", is a Christmas CD featuring a wide variety of world class arrangers and studio musicians from both coasts, proving to be the most diverse musical endeavor from this group so far.
“BigWideGrin...Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music.” Keb’ Mo’
"I LOVE the christmas album--wow! ... it blew me away!" Anne Lamott
“...authentic. The genuineness of the love they give to the audience and each other is captured on their new wonderful CD. I'm proud to be represented on the CD with a song, which they do so well, I'd rather hear them do it than sing it myself.” Harriet Schock,
Platinum songwriter/recording artist/author
"Big Wide Grin is well named. Their groove and their vibe will put a big smile on your face and in your heart." Freebo
"Take three supremely talented performers, throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit and charm, then sit yourself down to a spellbinding evening of top-notch entertainment with Big Wide Grin. ... guaranteed to put one on every face." BJ Leiderman, Composer National Public Radio
"Elaine, Lawrence and Karl are blessed with the desire to make a difference, the gifts of charisma and talent that compel us to listen, and an understanding of music, song, life and art in general... all of this they share with us ... joyously. Big Wide Grin is a delight."
April Grace, actress