Brendan James & Tony Lucca

"'Simplify' represents me finding a clarity I have been searching for for years," says critically acclaimed piano-based singer-songwriter BRENDAN JAMES of his new album "Simplify." His fifth album, it is also his most elegant and emotionally direct album to date.

An active supporter for all levels of equality (he has spoken out for Marriage Equality and is considered a "Straight Ally") and a supporter for the men and women in the military (he's performed for the USO and troops), his advocacy is well-known and widespread. Larry Flick, influential host of Sirius XM's "OUTQ," says of James, "The remarkable thing about Brendan is that he is an active, creative citizen of the world. His songs do more than reflect his experiences in typical singer/songwriter style. He weaves his views and stories into a musical framework that triggers empathy from a wide array of listeners. He's proof that, in the right hands, music can truly be universal."

The Derry, NH native has had his songs featured in television shows such as "Private Practice," "American Idol," "Bones," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Army Wives," and "One Tree Hill." His first three albums climbed the iTunes Top 10 pop charts -- James' sophomore album, "Brendan James," climbed to #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. He's toured the country nine times over and played alongside such diverse artists as John Mayer, Paula Cole, Keb Mo, Parachute, and Green River Ordinance. The Kickstarter campaign for "Simplify" netted nearly double its projected goal. And in May of 2013, James had the honor of giving a TED talk, in which he spoke of the importance of consciousness in his art.

Tony Lucca captured America's hearts this year as the Team Adam finalist on NBC's hit TV show "The Voice." Lucca's cover of Hugo's version of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" reacted strongly, propelling Lucca to the No. 3 spot on iTunes Overall Singles sales chart and No. 1 on iTunes Rock Singles chart. Additionally, Lucca's duet of "Yesterday" by The Beatles with coach Adam Levine (Maroon 5) landed Top 5 on iTunes Overall and Pop Singles sales charts.

In 2011, Tony Lucca appeared as himself on NBC's "Parenthood" performing his song "Like Love." Lucca was also tapped to appear in friend Justin Timberlake's 901 tequila commercial spot. His songs have been featured on TV's "Friday Night Lights," "Brothers & Sisters," "Shark," and "Felicity" and in Kevin Costner's feature "Open Range." He has been seen on E! Entertainment Television and A&E, and performed numerous times on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."

Over the course of his career, Lucca has shared stages with *NSYNC, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray, Johnny Lang, the late Chris Whitley, Sara Bareilles, and Tyrone Wells. Lucca has also completed several cooperative tours with Jay Nash and Matt Duke, also known as TFDI.

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Saturday, November 2 · 8:30 PM at Rams Head On Stage