185 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 9:45 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Drilling down to the truth, no matter the consequence, is what is at the heart and core of Harper Grae’s upcoming release, Buck Moon Medleys. Native Americans have a name for every month’s moon. July owns the Buck Moon, a time of renewal and fresh growth. This ambitious collection of songs and companion music videos takes that theme and places it alongside its opposites: loss and release, and the eventual common ground: acceptance.
The running thread of this body of work is a theme we can all relate to: endings and beginnings, the elemental sense of hope common to all which permeates our soul and fizzes through our blood, creating connections and bonds that are undeniable, and in the end, unbreakable. Energy begets energy, and can’t be destroyed, therefore an ending is only a new beginning; a connection demolished by bad choices gets a second chance, in the end.
The four song collection was co-written by Grae and a set of some of Nashville’s most innovative writers, including artist and hit songwriter Jennifer Hanson and hit songwriter/producer and engineer Nick Brophy, who together co-produced the record. Hanson and Brophy provide a delicate and deft hand in the production, allowing the arrangements to float over and around Grae’s powerful and expressive vocals.
The songs were written following the death of Grae’s mother in December, 2017. Their relationship had been a lifelong balance of loss, hope and disappointment, beautifully described in the EP’s closer, “Ashes and Snow.” Even though she seldom saw her mother, and there was a definite sense of loss in the end, there was also a great sense of peace, clarity and of a second chance because of those unbreakable bonds—and that is the hope and joy that weaves its way throughout this new music, from the uptempo and energized “Bloodline” to the brutally honest “Monster” to the melancholy yet beautifully hopeful “Home” and “Ashes and Snow.”
Harper was born Shanna Elizabeth Henderson on the 4th of July in the cradle of the South, Montgomery, AL. From the beginning, the young girl lived a life of contradictions and uncertainty. Her maternal grandparents, Ann and Roger Harper and her aunt Dianne Harper stepped in when it became apparent that her parents were unable to raise her and her older sister. The circumstances of her childhood would later define who she was to become as a songwriter and artist. The name change to Harper honors her grandparents & aunt while Grae represents an acronym that stands for God Redeems All Equally.
She was raised by the Harpers in a small Alabama town called Reeltown, not far from Auburn University, where she would eventually attend college, audition for a TV show (and win the role) and set out on a course that took her from a small town to a world stage.
At Auburn she studied Musical Theatre and Religious Studies. When she heard there were area auditions for a new TV show attached to her favorite show Glee, she was determined to get into those auditions. And she did, eventually auditioning for show creator Ryan Murphy (Scream Queens, American Horror Story, Glee). She got the part in Glee Project 2 and moved to LA.
The talent competition companion to the hit Fox TV show Glee was a boon for the small town girl and excellent training for her eventual path into the music business.
“It was like speed dating,” she says, citing the extremely short amount of time they had to learn a song, shoot a music video and shoot the scenes for the show. “It was the best training I could possibly have. Plus, the music was diverse. I auditioned with a Carrie Underwood song, and on the show performed everything from Whitesnake to Lady Gaga.”
Following her time on Glee Project, she moved to Nashville for a number of reasons—its proximity to her beloved grandparents and aunt, its musical diversity and its small town in a big city feel. Plus she had heard about the close knit community of musicians, songwriters and singers, and felt it to be a good fit. Meeting Hanson and Brophy through this close community was serendipitous. The three started writing together and something special clicked into place.
“While it hasn’t been easy, and I have had to work really hard just to make ends meet, I feel like I am finally finding my sound and my voice,” Grae says. “Working with Jennifer and Nick has really helped me grow as an artist. Because Jennifer is also an artist, she knows how to direct me, which brings out the best in me vocally. And Nick is pure genius as a producer and engineer. I feel we have created something relatable and I hope, in the end, inspiring, while also just being good music—something you want to listen to over and over.”
Following the release of her debut single and music video for the song “Hell or Highwater,” members of the media began to take notice of the young woman with the big voice. CMT added her to its Artist Discovery program, Rolling Stone Country named her one of the Ten Artists You Need To Know and the nationally syndicated radio show Crook & Chase listed her in its own Artist Discovery program.
As one of the cast members of Glee Project 2, Harper was able to reach a global audience and has carried that fan base with her. In 2017, the artist launched the Look Up Foundation, a non profit utilizing multi media, literature and music to help children and adolescents navigate through the stages of grief.
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