Leela James

Leela James

Daley

Wednesday, April 26

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30.00 - $50.00

This event is all ages

Absolutely no refunds - no exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change.
 No re-entry.

Leela James
Leela James
Leela James speaks the truth. Never mind hype or spectacle. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that's timeless. All of which are embodied on Leela James' upcoming fourth studio album "Fall For You" and the title track single bearing the same name.

Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills.

What sets Ms. James apart is her fearless approach to making music. She travels the gamut of emotions from self-doubt to self-confidence, and reminds her audience of what it is to be human – to love, to regret and to dream. "The best artists stay true to who they are, no matter the scale," says James. "I think you can be relevant and still have substance, so I try to never stay in a box. My sound today may be different than where I was five years ago, but my core is always the same. My soul is intact."

For Leela, it's always been about the soul. So much so that she was nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl growing up in Los Angeles. Along with Chaka Khan and Al Green, she counts Etta James among her vocal heroes and paid homage in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James. Leela's influences run the gamut of vocalists from soul to funk, and jazz, and her interpretation of music touches on synesthetic. "It's the feel of the colors in an artist's voicing and their power. Some artists make the hairs rise on my arm when they hit a certain note. Anybody can hold a tune, but make me feel it. Now that's a sanger. "

James has that kind of a voice — that of a sanger. Her power is obvious when she takes on the soul classics, and what truly resonates is her ability to harness it in the context of her own writing style. "I freestyle in the moment," she says. "I vibe with the music and whatever comes out, that's what it's going to be. I tend to fool around with melodies I'm hearing, and then I go back and fill in lyrics. If the music is making me feel good, that's all I need."

This newfound ease is apparent on her most recent work with tracks like "Say That" and "Fall For You." A magical studio session with her contemporary Hamilton produced the infectious up-tempo single "Say That," which captures James' gutsy range and vocal abilities. The writing process was effortless when working with J Rilla (Jill Scott, Musiq

Soulchild) on "Fall For You." Leela explains, "We knew we wanted to do something special. What it was, I wasn't sure. He sat down at the piano and he said, 'just sing.' It was amazing how it came about. He's playing chords, and me, I'm just opening up my mouth. It was so special." The result is a tender, introspective, and poignant ballad that demonstrates James' maturity, vulnerability and vocal command.

James expanded her musical horizons by procuring a talented cast of collaborators to capture her vision on her new project, including producers Tim and Bob, Shannon Sanders, and Joe Ryan III and writers Rex Rideout (Ledisi, Kem, Luther Vandross) and Francii Richards (Fergie) "I'm drawn to producers that are musicians first and foremost, producers who know how to produce vocals and who want to see a song from beginning to end. I'm drawn to artists who share a love for music."

James is on a slow, steady burn towards musical success. As an artist who is devoted to her craft, she's taken the past several years to cultivate her home life too. "I've become a mommy. I love being a mother. You think you know love, but you don't understand true love until you have a child. I'm in a happy place personally." On her new album she channels that happiness and new sense of self, giving her audience the sound of an artist who is in a truly good, profound space.
Daley
With his signature black frames and mohawk, Daley's image already surmises his budding status as soul impresario for the 21st century. At only 24-years-old, the homegrown UK singer-songwriter is on his way to redefining the way R&B/Soul not only looks but sounds and feels.

"If you're expecting the same old soul singer, that's not necessarily who I am," the prodigy divulges as perhaps the most telling description of his work. "I call my sound 'future throwback soul' since it's what people love about old soul music, that throwback sound... but I bring it into the future." Growing up in Manchester, he put in his time studying the soul greats of yesterday and today, developing his sound as a teen through bedroom recordings and making his name performing on Britain's underground urban stages. "It was tough fitting into the Manchester music scene which had always been really focused on guitar and dance music, the urban scene was almost non-existent... so, in making those recordings in my bedroom, I figured out how I wanted to sound... It was my training ground. Everything really began there for me. It was the first step in becoming the artist I am today."

He first perked mainstream ears accompanying the Gorillaz on their 2010 chart hit, "Doncamatic," after a mutual friend introduced the group to his music at one of his many London shows. He released the single, "Smoking Gun" in 2011 to impressive airplay, gaining ground as an independent artist on BBC Radio 1xtra and being listed as one of the station's 'Sound of 2011' honorable mentions. He later fueled Wretch 32's "Long Way Home," for which he co-wrote.

His gradual ascent didn't come easy, however. Pulling in favors after nearly being dropped by his label and investing his own money into promotion, Daley completed his EP, "Those Who Wait," spawning his initial viral online success in 2012. "I made the EP a free download because after the Gorillaz track there really wasn't much else out there for people to get ahold of from me and in doing so, it spread around the world and helped me gain the attention of more listeners," he explains. "In being free, it took on a life of its own and became like an introduction for me as an artist... I knew I had to get it heard stateside and that was really the best way."

His second EP, "Alone Together" (also released in 2012) continued his rise with his first stateside single, the subtly seductive "Alone Together" featuring Grammy nominee, Marsha Ambrosius, for which New York R&B radio station WBLS gave its first spins. Since his US debut, he's garnered two Soul Train Award nominations and has racked up over 5 million YouTube/VEVO views with the video for his Jessie J-assisted duet, "Remember Me." Supporting the likes of Miguel and Emeli Sande, along with megastar label mate, Jessie J, he's performed to sold-out audiences around the world and counts icons, George Michael and Bobby Womack, among his fans. 2013 scored Daley his first MOBO nominations, for "Best Newcomer" and "Best R&B Artist," along with a guest spot on Nelly's latest single, "Heaven."

Part of Daley's international appeal comes from his ability to harmonize the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow with the technologies of today. His Twitter hash tag "#ASKDALEY" has trended globally, while he's notably become one of BBC 1xtra Live's most shared acts to date. He says of his digital following: "I can gage people's reactions and I like to hear their feedback. It's important to me to hear how people feel and relate to my music."

All signs point to a massive full-length debut from the artist in 2014. Entitled "Days & Nights," the album balances the bright young star's individual style and awe-worthy falsetto with illuminating vulnerability and substance. "'Days & Nights' is literally my life for the past couple of years. It's trying to balance your career, your love life, your 'everything' and keeping them all in check... it all blurs into one like your days and nights," he describes.

Fusing R&B/Soul aesthetics he grew up on (from Prince's funky fervor to D'Angelo's neo-soul) with sparse electro-ambient stylings, he effectively captures this generation's sonic amalgam. While his palette's rooted in the classics, he pushes music forward with a sound beyond his years. "It's soulful at its core and in terms of sound and production, the album reflects me and my influences -- a combination of US and UK sounds," he details.

On "Be," he employs 80's percussion with moody piano chords to achieve a Sade-like AC stunner. "Blame The World's" boom-bap brass and orchestral backing show off his bombastic versatility, while the empowering "Broken" proves he can easily hold his own as a triumphant balladeer a la Adele. Pharrell's co-production on "Look Up" even reminisces Marvin Gaye's seminal "What's Going On," begging a comparison to the icon's greatest moments.

Tackling the everyday has never sounded so sensuous.

"Days & Nights" welcomes Daley to the world stage without compromise