Tastemaker Live and Sean Healy Presents
Jimmie Reign, Christin Leonna, Khela
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
THE NEW MIXTAPE: CHRISETTE MICHELE --
"AUDREY HEPBURN: AN AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATION"
available at http://goo.gl/NQQ72
R&B singer Chrisette Michele drops her 9-track mixtape, Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation in the lead up to her Better LP, due sometime in 2013 on Def Jam. Michele has rappers like 2Chainz and Wale attempting to croon on this lounge-y collection of music inspired by the iconic and classy Breakfast at Tiffany's actress and the "Rich Hipster" movement. Rob Glasper, Bilal, and her brother Lem Payne and more also contribute to this very smooth and elegant batch of tracks. Download and stream below via the link to DatPiff.
Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation tracklist:
1. "Pray Me Well" Feat. Rob Glasper
2. "Charades" Feat. 2 Chainz
3. "Favela Chic" Feat. Kenneth Whalum
4. "Love In The Afternoon" Feat. Nello Luchi
5. "Rich Hipster" Feat. Wale
6. "Can The Cool Be Loved" Feat. Dunson and Bilal
7. "Your Fair Lady" Feat. Guitar Slayer
8. "My Heart" Feat. Lem Payne
9. "Kudurista" Feat. Fogo and Lem Payne
Everything and everyone grows. Chrisette Michele is no exception. A veteran at the grizzled age of 27, and on the cusp of her third album, Chrisette has found that middle ground. In 2007 she released the critically lauded I Am, which fetched Chrisette her first Grammy for the song “Be OK” written by Chrisette herself and produced by will.i.am. 2009 brought the commercial success of Epiphany, which debuted at #1 on Soundscan and the Billboard charts.
Now, come November 30th, 2010, Chrisette is prepared to Let Freedom Reign. First single “I’m a Star,” written by Ne-Yo and produced by Chuck Harmony, has already landed impactfully at urban mainstream and urban adult contemporary stations nationwide.
“When I got the call that Ne-Yo wrote a song called ‘I’m a Star’ I was like, ‘Nope, I ain’t singing that!’” Chrisette chuckles. “Then I heard it and it was about everything I’ve been through the last couple years. I realized I have willpower beyond what I recognized. That song is about going through a really tough time and coming out on top. And that you can have peace no matter what you’re going through, despite how fragile you’re feeling at the moment.” Indeed, Chrisette turns fragility into frivolity with her uplifting vocals.
Speaking of vocals, Chrisette’s have been blanketing the radio dial alongside Rick Ross and Drake on the massive “Aston Martin Music,” from the Bawse’s current mega-album Teflon Don. Chrisette has been enjoying that ride as well: “When I’m in the studio, the last words you’ll ever hear me say is ‘hit’ or ‘top of the charts.’ I don’t think that way; I just think about what feels really good. I didn’t fathom the success of ‘Aston Martin Music.’ I was just excited to be in the studio with Rick.” Studio time with Rick likewise birthed the track entitled “So In Love,” which Chrisette is proud to claim as part of Let Freedom Reign. Also, look online for her highly-touted mixtape with her new artist Lem Payne (her brother), aptly called Love Thy Brother. Additionally in the past year, Michele joined Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild and Anthony Hamilton on four tours, then headlined a tour with Solange Knowles.
Indeed, Let Freedom Reign is charged throughout, a blissful marriage of fiery spirit and artful musicality. There’s no inert filler. Listeners will find everything from the quirky, funky headsnapper “I’m Your Life” to the high-octave, high-octane sheared metal thunder of “Goodbye Game” and “I Know Nothing,” on which she pleads “Who knows all there is to know?” Producer Chuck Harmony, responsible for the entire album, flashes a repertoire ranging from sugary R&B to dancefloor 4/4 to the raw snarl of Nine Inch Nails. On “Unsaid,” he taps the epic sentiment of Coldplay, Chrisette’s favorite band, on what is fittingly her favorite song. “Unsaid” features a faster, military-cadenced beat with Michele’s giant, ethereal vocals overlaid like a tapestry. Poetic, beautiful, visceral.
Elsewhere, John Legend provides the sweetly satisfying ballad “Don’t Know Why But I Do.” Then there’s the club thumper “So Cool,” with its big, sweeping buildup giving way to 4-on-the-floor mayhem. “So Cool” smacks of the Chemical Brothers’ dancefloor anthem “Star Guitar,” an intoxicating brew of pop and rock and house and all-around spicy goodness. The album ratchets up with the crucial and insightful “If Nobody Sang Along,” what Chrisette deems “the most honest song on the record.” In a melancholy bed of strings and piano, Chrisette plants seeds of discontent, grappling what it is to be a recording artist. Pushing her voice to the verge of breaking, she asks: “What if there were no record labels, no MTV/would I still take the time to write it, would I say what’s on my mind?” and posits “I feel judged, like I’m on trial.”
Chrisette Michele is leaving no stone unturned, artistically or emotionally. Better still, vocally. In fact, she raps on the titular track –the album’s most dynamic– alongside talented lyricists Talib Kweli and Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew. Grand, rollicking R&B/hip-hop fusion underpins Chrisette’s call-to-arms: “That record is my heart. It’s about what I feel is this current spirit of murmuring in America, where everyone is complaining about every last thing. Everyone’s upset with politics and the government and health care and education and taxes—anything we can possibly complain about. I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the freedom and liberty that we do have, the option of education, the option to work hard and get what you want out of life, the possibilities.”
Let Freedom Reign is a full plate, an unusually whole sonic spectrum. In an age of disposable tracks and thoughtless compositions, this album is the poignant counterpoint. That applies even to its name. “I spent time with the naming of Let Freedom Reign,” Chrisette states. “Let is a verb meaning to allow, to make room for. Freedom, we know what that is. And Reign means to be supreme. And freedom can’t reign unless you allow it to. This moment I’m in the midst of is about doing whatever it is to bring freedom into your life, to make freedom your reality. Let Freedom Reign is a mandate to the people who are listening, a challenge to the people who are listening to create freedom and truth in their lives.”
In most circles JIMMIE REIGN is known as the "1st Lady Of The Bay". It is through her years of hard work, dedication, and continuously being on the lips of music industry insiders that she's earned the moniker, not to mention the fact she hails from California's infamous Bay Area.
JIMMIE's songwriting and performance credits read like a "who's who" list of industry heavy weights. From penning tunes for Pleasure P, Terry Ellis (En Vogue), and Brian Alexander Morgan (SWV) to opening shows for Keyshia Cole, Goapele and Ryan Leslie, there is no second guessing her amazing talent.
Releasing quality music over quantity and impressing audiences at her live shows has assisted JIMMIE in maintaining a consistent climb upward towards the pinnacle of the music world.
A respected indie artist JIMMIE is known for being extremely candid with fans of her music, writing from her own life experiences and painting melodic pictures of love and life. JIMMIE has never hesitated to be honest about her checkered past and her growth beyond it- from a naive "go girl" , an introspective "pretty girl", and a confident "digital girl"; JIMMIE now steps outside of her box and steps into womanhood with the September release of her third studio album, "The Other Side Of Love".
Artist /Songwriter/Producer CHRISTIN LEONNA is the remix of soul and alternative rock tied together with a shock wave of jazzy lyrical content and melodic tunes.
Khela is an artist that touches the spirit of all those she comes in contact with. Being a singer and songwriter, her engaging persona and her captivating vocals readily entice through soulful renditions of masterfully tailored music.
A native of Northern California, Khela has always been a lover of music. She began moving people’s hearts while singing in the church choir throughout much of her childhood; it was this ability to capture an audience that earned her the #1 spot at the California State Fair singing competition in 2006. From that point forward, she resolved herself to the pursuit of a career in the music industry.
She has added to her repertoire of growing achievements a soulful debut single titled “Walk With Me”, a follow up video EPK, pivotal performances at prominent venues, and sharing the marquee with artist(s) such as Lenny Williams (former lead singer of Tower of Power), Grammy winning R&B/Soul artist Chrisette Michele, Def Jam artist John West, Grammy nominated R&B/Soul artist Bilal Oliver, R&B/Soul artist Lyfe Jennings, Latoya London of American Idol and Sony Music Ent. pop group Karmin.
Khela was also named as an official nominee for a 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Award for her song “Walk With Me” as Best R&B/Soul song, and was chosen as a Top 6 semi-finalist contestant in the BMI Know Them Now Unsigned Songwriter competition in Los Angeles, CA.
Following the success of the previous year, Khela was named as a nominee for a 2012 Artists in Music Award as Best R&B/Soul artist and her song "Hold On" was nominated by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards as Best R&B/Soul song of 2012.
While collaborating w Bay Area musicians and producers Will Sap and L.Richmond as well as incorporating fresh talent Spiffy of Headphonemuzik, Khela shares what she calls her soul music on her recently released debut EP titled “Beautiful Monster”.
Khela is represented by Paula Reina at Velvet Rhythm Entertainment (VRE Music: Prototype aka Urban Punk, Even Odds, Universal Music Group). VRE is creating and laying the foundation for Khela’s future career as one of the most notable up and coming R&B/Soul artists to originate from the San Francisco Bay Area.
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