Nicole Wray as LADY
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
All you have to do is listen once, and you’ll remember—in case you forgot—and you will know—in case you never knew, Nicole Wray. The honesty, the aching sweetness, the raw power of her voice and the songs will remind you that nothing can move you as much, or touch you as deeply, as that single voice that some how explains your every emotion.
At 17, Nicole was the first artist signed to Missy Elliot's Goldmind Records. In 1998, her debut single, “Make It Hot,” would go on to reach certified gold status. Her voice would later lend itself to features and hit singles by Missy Elliott, Cam’ron, Kid Cudi and to The Black Keys' critically acclaimed project, Blackroc. She was then enlisted to lend background vocals on their seventh studio LP, Brothers. The Akron, Ohio duo encouraged Nicole to expand and mature as a vocalist and musician and from this experience rose a Phoenix, rose a Lady.
Lady is Nicole Monique Wray and her band, and also the title of her debut album — the latest from Truth & Soul records. She had no idea linking up with producers Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Jay Z) to write for the latest Lee Fields album would lead to her writing 12 songs for herself and launch a new career with a sound a little like the songs your Mama loved best — and at the same time like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
"Lady" the album, unites the mellowness and pop flair of 60s soul with the driving beat of hip-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B. Nicole's powerful voice and Truth & Soul's authentic instrumentation unite to create a fresh sound that would reveal all of her stories of growing up and never giving up, of love and friendship, of yearning and losing, bad girls and good hearts.
Since the release of "Lady" the band has gone on a worldwide tour supporting Lee Fields and The Expressions. They have received accolades and praise from the likes of Essence Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone to name a few. Lady is currently on their first European headline tour and will return to the US in November for shows in New York, Philly, DC and more.
Often introduced as the songstress from another planet, Anessa LaRae is a singer-songwriter of eclectic and intergalactic rock 'n' soul. Fusing infectious pop melodies with soulful rock and funk driven music, Anessa makes a happy place for herself in the world of music. With the gift of words and the heart of a poet, Anessa delivers musical messages of love, growth, and revolution.
As the child of two active duty Army officers for the majority of her life, Anessa hails from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. After studying Music Industry at Drexel University for the past four years, she now happily considers herself a Philly transplant. Anessa's true and permanent home, however, is on the stage. Giving her first performance at the age of 5, music is very old friend of this 21-year old singer. Infusing her years of jazz, classical and theatrical vocal training with her innate soul, Ms. LaRae has created a sound as unique as she is.
Overdue and long awaited, Anessa just self-released her debut EP entitled Apocalyptic Genesis. Teaming up with the amazing Larry E. of Da Chu Productions and the dynamic Brian Dibiagio of The Violet Tone, this is truly a musical event not to be missed! With more and more people discovering Anessa LaRae everyday, the excitement is building up for one of music's rising stars.
$12.00 - $14.00
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