The songs that populate Bravebird are a breed unto themselves, a hybrid of genres flowing effortlessly through each other in a post-modern reverie. Which is not to say that the careful listener wonâ€™t identify some unifying themes: a tribute to those who have endured suffering, a plea for immersion, a call to humanity.
Flying high with a recent Grammy nomination for her work as a featured artist on Stanley Clarkeâ€™s “Where is The Love,” neo-soul songbird Amel Larrieux stretches her own wings as a musical Bravebird in her sophomore
solo effort, rising courageously into atmosphere untouched by her contemporaries.
Building on critical acclaim earned from her debut, Infinite Possibilities, Amel fuses a range of genres â€“ R&B, soul, hip-hop, jazz and folk, among them â€“ to defy an easy pigeonhole. The songs that populate Bravebird are a breed unto themselves, a hybrid of genres flowing effortlessly through each other in a post-modern reverie. Which is not to say that the careful listener wonâ€™t identify some unifying themes: a tribute to those who have endured suffering, a plea for immersion, a call to humanity.
An urban songbird by birth, the New York native grew up in a West Village “artists building,” her parents exposing her early to bohemian characters and experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities. By 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, she wrote a song and created a demo tape, leading by serendipity to her pairing with Bryce Wilson. As lead siren and co-writer for the duo Groove Theory, Amel enjoyed success with “Tell
Me,” which broke the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on the R&B charts before being certified gold in October 1995. She has since collaborated with hip-hop super group The Roots on several songs and tours.
A Bliss Live Event Produced By Laru Larrieux & Jill Newman Productions. Thursday at October 13, one show only, BB Kings NYC. 8pm; $27.50 adv. $30 DOSSRO.
CONTACT JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS, 917-561-6056, www.jillnewmanproductions.com BB KINGS, W42 St (Broadway & 8) 212-997-4144 For Tix.
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