Laura Jean Anderson, JEMS
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
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Based in Los Angeles & Nashville with roots in Sweden, Grizfolk is an alternative rock band consisting of Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, and Bill Delia. Grizfolk released their debut EP, “From The Spark”, in February 2014, followed by their debut full-length studio album, “Waking Up The Giants”, via Virgin Records in January 2016, showcasing their penchant for delivering electronic-tinged folk rock. They spent much of the last five years touring around the world, from headline shows to support slots with Bastille, X Ambassadors, AJR, and more. They’ve also run the festival circuit, including Firefly, Hangout Fest, BottleRock, and Voodoo Fest. In 2018, Grizfolk released the track “Shaky In The Knees”, hinting at a slightly new direction for the band, moving away from some of the electronic elements present on their first two releases and focusing on more organic instrumentation.
Grizfolk started off 2019 with two new songs and an extensive North American tour with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and flor. Those first two tracks of the year, “Spoonful” and “Heavy Crown”, continued the bands musical evolution, incorporating more upright piano and guitar, and less synths. “Spoonful” channels a retro sound to deliver a dark tale of yearning for someone out of reach, while “Heavy Crown” melds a danceable bass line with jangly pianos to create an upbeat track that is sneakily about the tough subject of fighting for what’s right in today’s complicated world.
On April 24th, the band announced that their second full length album, “Rarest of Birds” is set for release via Nettwerk Records on July 19, 2019. Of the album, the band says, “Listening to Rarest of Birds should feel a bit like looking through a kaleidoscope of fleeting moments...a glimpse into our yearning for truth and answers within and without. Written in some of the darkest times, it was a vehicle out of addiction and depression. It was a one-way ticket out of a personal hell, purchased by the heart and paid for with love, light, and dedication.”
Catch them on the road this summer supporting “Rarest of Birds”!
Laura Jean Anderson
Laura Jean Anderson, born in Olympia, Washington and now residing in Los-Angeles, is an artist stretching the boundaries of the human emotion. With one foot rooted in her love for old American music, she carries on the tradition of rock n roll while pushing the boundaries of the places modern music can go. Her weekly shows across Los Angeles have established her as a stable of the LA music scene, garnering support from KCRW and LA Weekly proclaiming her music as a “Timeless sound…a mysterious conception that sounds as it’s from another era.” Laura Jean has begun to release new singles from debut album, garnering support from NPR, Noisey, Salon, Fader, amongst others. NEW SINGLEs "SILENCE WON'T HELP ME NOW" & "Love You Most" AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE.
"The booming, stadium-sized chorus has the power to storm 2018." - NPR/All songs considered
"Timeless not-quite-love song" [on "Love You Most"] - The FADER
"2018 has been badly in need of an electrifying, don't-fuck-with-me power ballad, and now we've got LA songstress Laura Jean Anderson here to bestow it upon us." - Noisey
"Laura Jean Anderson's music is about the gray areas...about carving out an identity that isn't prescribed." - Salon
Following their success as solo artists, Emily Colombier, Jessica Rotter, and Sarah Margaret Huff joined forces to create the transcendent Alternative Folk trio, JEMS. Emily and Jessica grew up in Los Angeles singing together, both children of professional musicians. Sarah Margaret was introduced to Jessica and Emily shortly after moving to LA from Nashville in 2015. Through collaborations on their own projects, they discovered how beautifully their voices blended and decided to share their music with the world. Sarah Margaret Huff’s bright soaring timbre is combined with Emily Colombier’s soulful earthy quality and met in the middle by Jessica Rotter’s colorful blend of the two. Through rich three-part harmonies, JEMS weaves stories, sounds, and raw emotion with a shimmering fervor. Listeners of all kinds can’t seem to resist the songwriting prowess and vocal alchemy of JEMS.
Their self-titled debut album echoes the journey they have had as a trio. Three uniquely individualistic singer-songwriters combining their different voices and stories to craft an album with a message of individuality and self-acceptance in all moments of life. Each member of JEMS has had deep experiences owning their own truth and identity, despite environments or circumstances that could have silenced their authenticity. As a trio, their shared voice is that of strength and chooses to boldly illuminate vulnerability. Through songwriting sessions that sometimes look more like group therapy, the three are able to write on one another’s life experiences and empathetically build a bridge to a broader message. The trio is inspired by the sounds of Laurel Canyon and the musical storytelling and authentic performances that defined that era. They hope to break open the time capsule and artistically balance musicality and lyrical intellect in a relatable and emotional way.
JEMS debut LP was recorded at the historic Village Studios in studio D, with the trio singing their vocals together in the room Stevie Nicks designed. Engineered by Scott Smith (Jose Gonzales, Junip, Carole King, Grizzly Bear, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Revenant), Mixed by Jason Larocca (Black Mirror, Juliette Lewis), Mastered by Doug Van Sloun (First Aid Kit, Bright Eyes, She & Him, Jonathan Rice, Kings of Convenience, M. Ward, Sea Wolf), and Produced by longtime collaborator Cazz Brindis. They flushed out the band with the talents of Adam Tressler on Guitar (Angus & Julia Stone, Kacey Musgraves, Pet Shop Boys, Demi Lovato, The Mowgli’s), Adam Popick on Bass (Matthew Perryman Jones, Madi Diaz), Adam Christgau on Drums (Ingrid Michaelson, Nicole Atkins, Lucius), Carey Frank on Organ (Tedeschi Trucks, Jane Monheit) and Paula Hochhalter, Emily’s mom on Cello (Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, James Taylor).
JEMS are anticipated to be as successful collectively as Emily, Jessica, and Sarah Margaret are individually. Between the three, the songstresses have shared accomplishments with some of today’s choice artists like Portugal. The Man, She & Him, Carole King, Macklemore, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, and Daft Punk, among others, and have hit milestones in their self-produced work- like the attention-grabbing release of Emily and Jessica’s mashup “Stay/Animal,” which earned them the #1 spot on Hype Machine and over 1 Million streams on Spotify and having many songs placed in and written for film and television.