Following the release of her long-awaited album Scenery, Emily King is currently finishing up her 2019 tour, with Boston as her third to last show.
King’s opening artist, Jennah Bell, left the audience speechless with her performance. Bell is a Berklee alumnus, which made the Boston show extra special for many of the audience members. Jennah is a singer-songwriter originally from Oakland, California. Her influences are pulled from genres such as folk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and bluegrass. Her quirky yet fluent style of writing is both compelling and easy to listen to. Her lyrics will hit you hard, and her melodies will leave you wanting more. Not only is Jennah a monstrous musician, but her presence has a surprisingly unique calmness to it. I had the pleasure of speaking to Jennah after her set, and she shared some encouraging words with me without hesitation.
Considering that I had never seen Emily King perform live, I had no idea what to expect from this show other than the fact that it was going to be great. King opened the show with her song “Remind Me,” the first track on Scenery. The moment King strutted out on stage in a show-stopping two piece black outfit with matching sunglasses, I knew this show was going to be one I would be talking about for a while. Her energy was infectious, and everyone in the audience was jumping and dancing around from the moment the song started. Between the tasteful choreography and the tight connection between the band and background vocals, it was impossible to keep your eyes off of the stage. There was entertainment at every moment, and King did not miss one note, even when she was running and dancing around the stage.
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Elise Davis appeared on BIRN Alive on February 16 for a live performance of her original songs. Check out the video below for clips of “Cactus” and “The Burn.”
BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.
Following the recent release of their fourth full-length album titled Canterbury Girls, Lily & Madeleine finished up their East Coast tour right here in Boston at Cafe 939 on Saturday, March 9th. The sister duo has been writing and performing together since they were in high school, and started their career by uploading home videos of them singing and playing to YouTube. They were discovered from one of their videos by producer Paul Mahern and invited to record their first album in his studio. They have been developing their sound and growing their fanbase ever since.
At the young ages of only 22 and 24, Lily & Madeleine have already released four full-length albums and wrote and produced their most recent album with Grammy-winning producer Ian Fitchuck. The two took the stage with a four piece all female band. It was empowering to watch, to say the least. The connection between all four women was quite evident, as they were perfectly in sync at every moment.
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Three years since the release of her game-changing album, The Switch, Emily King has finally released her long-awaited follow-up titled Scenery. King has introduced a new wave of sounds in this album, while still sticking to her distinct breathy tones and interesting melodic rhythms. She brings a dose of ’80s pop to both her sound and look on this album, which will definitely attract a wide array of new listeners. Her album art perfectly compliments the 12 songs on this album. Simple, with a pop of ’80s inspired pink in both the background and the rose she holds in her hand.
The album starts with a track titled “Remind Me,” which introduces an upbeat airy vibe. The track is catchy and perfectly combines King’s old and new sounds, making the listener want to hear more. What I love about the album most, is that all of the songs make perfect sense as a collection. There’s nothing more satisfying than listening to an album that makes sense together. All of the tracks display flares of experimental production, while also giving us familiar R&B inspired harmonies. Continue reading “Album Review: Scenery by Emily King”
The BIRN wants you to win a pair of tickets to see Berklee and Thelonious Monk Institute alumnus Godwin Louis live at the Red Room at Café 939 on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Louis will be playing selections from his upcoming debut release, Global, which features some of the hottest young musicians on the New York City jazz scene.
To win tickets, email your name and phone number to GodwinLive@thebirn.com. There are four chances for you to win a pair of tickets to this can’t miss show.
The winners will be chosen at random. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 p.m.
Shizuno Furuya is a recent graduate of Berklee and founder of the non-profit music education program EchoKids. Shizuno started the program while attending Berklee, and has grown the program immensely since. There are currently five mentors and 17 students at EchoKids, and it is growing every day.
EchoKids is a private lesson program that teaches kids from the ages of 2-13 various music lessons such as piano, voice, violin, etc. The mentors are all current Berklee students who have a passion for teaching and sharing their craft. Lessons are currently held at Berklee and take place 7 days a week, depending on both the families and the mentor’s schedules.
Shizuno grew up in Miami, Florida and started taking piano lessons at age three. Looking back on a few of her teachers growing up, Shizuno really understood the importance of making learning music fun when you’re young. Because of her positive lesson experiences, she carried a few specific skills with her into her own teaching. During her sophomore year at Berklee, she listed herself online for teaching opportunities around Boston. She started teaching lessons around the area, and became popular with families because of how qualified yet affordable she was. She realized this was something she was really passionate about, and decided to make it a career.
While she was in her last semester at Berklee, Shizuno crafted the idea for EchoKids in one of her business classes, taught by Joe Miglio. With the help of five other classmates, the idea for EchoKids was created and soon became a real business. Continue reading “Featured Interview: Shizuno Furuya, Founder and CEO of EchoKids”
Thank you to everyone who tuned in and to all the musicians who came to play and allowed us to broadcast your music. We wish you all a safe and happy rest of 2018 and look forward to seeing you again in 2019!