Friday JR (Darlene, Jenny, & Kai)
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
A lovely blend of vocals, piano, viola and heart, this unique cover band formed to participate in Drew Parents Got Talent, a school PTA fundraiser at Eddie's Attic on May 22nd. Kai, Darlene and Jenny were so well-received they have performed at several more events since then, including Oakhurst Porchfest and The Good Gracious Variety Show. Their combination of intricate arrangements, vocal harmonies, musicianship and fun makes them special, and they are truly enjoying this new musical journey. They are very excited and honored to return to Eddie's for a 3rd time!
Kai has been singing and writing since she was little, heavily influenced by her parents and classic musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack and Luther Vandross. Over the years she has performed in school choirs and various bands, and has been a featured house music vocalist on projects with Solu Music and Ananda Project. Most recently she had the pleasure of performing with ATL Collective. Kai Martin's debut solo EP 'All My Life,' is now available on CD and all digital platforms.
Darlene cut her teeth on piano stools and church pews in NE Mississippi, otherwise known as Elvis country. Her earliest influences were southern gospel quartets and country artists such as Merle Haggard, and she was later drawn toward the sounds of traditional and contemporary gospel, jazz, and blues. Despite holding a degree in piano and voice performance, she prefers to learn everything by ear. She is credited for playing piano on three albums, and is excited to play publicly again after many years away from music.
Jenny remembers well that fateful night at the Chinese restaurant in Lexington, South Carolina, when she consulted a fortune cookie for advice on whether to join the 5th grade band or orchestra. The cookie lied, but she made a solid choice, and her love of the viola stuck. Jenny played classical music dutifully until college, when she started venturing out into folk music and wearing really bad hippie clothes. Once she hit the Athens music scene, all bets were off, and she had a spectacular time deciphering a great many new and different things you can do with music, courtesy of playing with such cool cats as Flash to Bang Time, Audition with Max Reinhardt, and The Green Hornets. Friday JR is Jenny’s first gig where she gets to sing a lot.