Liz Longley – Tickets – Foundation Gallery & Liveroom – Kensington, MD – May 16th, 2013

Liz Longley

BUNCEAROO Presents

Liz Longley

Joy Ike

Thu, May 16, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

Foundation Gallery & Liveroom

Kensington, MD

$25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Tickets includes beer and wine. This is a private event and tickets are only available here. There will be a 100% id check at the door.

Liz Longley
Liz Longley
In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

In the past two years, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that Liz is "destined for a larger audience" and Dig Boston called her "a rising acoustic sensation." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

A Philadelphia native, Liz recently made the move to Nashville, Tennessee where she has quickly made her presence known throughout Music City. In addition to writing more than forty songs with some of the best songwriters in the business, Liz has also managed to keep up her seemingly never-ending touring schedule, playing over one hundred shows in the last year - all without the help of a record label or booking agent.

While Liz frequently supports the likes of Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Livingston Taylor, Lori McKenna and Colin Hay, something remarkable has begun to happen - audiences are emerging from these shows as fast fans of Liz's music as well. An engaging performer with an effortless stage presence, Liz has broken advance ticket and merchandise sales records at numerous venues across the country.

Most recently, Liz's music has taken center stage on a national level with numerous television placements and radio airplay. ABC's critically acclaimed series NY Med featured Liz's music throughout the first season, and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives displayed her towering vocals in an epic grand finale song, "This Is Not the End." Executives at SiriusXM caught wind of her captivating cover of Van Morrison's hit "Moondance" and added it into regular rotation, along with her award-winning original song, "When You've Got Trouble." After an impressive response from listeners, Liz was invited to perform live in the SiriusXM studios in New York City and was named one of their Coffee House Discoveries of 2011.

Following the success of her previous release, Hot Loose Wire, and an impressive crowdfunding campaign this past summer, Liz recently returned to the studio where she recorded her fourth full-length album which is scheduled to be released on February 26, 2013.
Joy Ike
Joy Ike
An artist’s work is essentially her diary – often reflective, most times vulnerable, but always honest. In her 3rd full-length album, independent artist Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet - All or Nothing – 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need.

Not yet a veteran, but more than a newcomer, Ike is and always has been an anomaly. As a singer/songwriter who purposefully refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre, Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach. Theaters, house shows, coffeehouses, churches, colleges, “…any opportunity where there is a chance to cultivate a relationship with the audience and know that I’ve spent my time well is where I want to be,” she says.

Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played over 400 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage with artist Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, and Jeffrey Gaines to name a few. Her songs have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Relevant Magazine’s The Drop; and her unique style has afforded her the opportunity to play such festivals as Lilith Fair and Purple Door.

Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. “Some of my earliest memories involve sitting in the living room with my family singing Nigerian choruses and finding ways to harmonize with my father’s booming voice and my mother’s soprano harmonies,” Ike says of her formative years. “I also remember listening to a lot of DC Talk and Steven Curtis Chapman as a teenager…and then discovering Gwen Stefani and Vertical Horizon in high school. There were so many options!”

With so many influences, perhaps the voice that Ike has found for herself comes as a surprise to many. It is not Christian Contemporary, Alternative, R&B or Gospel, but a genre she affectionately refers to as Soulfolk – a soulful approach to a style of music that has often been reserved for guitar and banjo players.

Every album has a story of how it came to be. All or Nothing’s main character’s are Ike’s fans who fully funded its production with over $12,000 in donations through a 2012 Kickstarter campaign. “Without their commitment and devotion, the project could not have happened,” she says. It’s other main character was “time” - wading through a fairly stagnant 2011, searching endlessly for the right producer to work with, and waiting patiently for various aspects of the project to fall into place.

Ike’s search settled on New York producer Saul Simon MacWilliams. Having met through a mutual acquaintance, it was soon discovered that MacWilliams is a member of Ingrid Michaelson’s band, accompanying her on tour and offering auxiliary vocals, percussion, and keyboard. He has also spent time working on various soundtracks including Fox Searchlight’s recent Beasts of a Southern Wild. Knowing that MacWilliams’ background and experience perfectly complimented Ike’s style, the decision to work together was made easily.

With that Ike & MacWilliams embarked on a 4 month adventure to create a studio album that far surpasses any of her earlier releases. “After 8 years of songwriting, touring, and archiving plenty of half-finished songs, I feel like this album is the most realized, most complete piece of work I have ever been a part of,” says Ike. “I feel like I can finally show people what I’ve been hearing in my head all these years.”

Joy Ike has spent the last 8 years cultivating what she would call a slow, but steady-burning flame. All or Nothing is more or less the culmination of her hard years of work and a clear articulation of feelings, beliefs and convictions that were once inexpressible. It is a deep dive into the unknown - a definitive statement on life and how one chooses to spend it.

All or Nothing is ultimately a phrase reflective of the life Joy Ike hopes to live both on and off stage.
Venue Information:
Foundation Gallery & Liveroom
3762A Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD, 20895
http://www.fndtnarts.com/