Nashville Offbeat was invited to the first Segue 61 showcase by Folk/Pop artist, Jennifer Renee, on Thursday, June 1st. Without knowing what to expect, it was a surprise to walk into an impressive, yet comfortable, recording studio that featured an intimate stage set-up. There were lights strung up to create a soft ambiance, while before the writers round, industry professionals and artists networked and had some light refreshments.
At twenty after seven, the first performers got on stage for their set, and from the first soaring, clear notes of Issac Black's voice, to the final honey tones of Rylie Bourne, the room was captivated. These are artists who have been working with Nashville's industry leaders to fine-tune their craft through the Segue 61 program, and there was no doubt that they had been working hard! Throughout the night, there were Incredible harmonies, most notably those performed on Jennifer Renee's song, "Until The Whole Earth Falls Asleep," as well as a whole array of genres from the Jazzy Issac Black, to Singer/Songwriter Silas Boyle, to the Southern Rocker, Damon Atkins.
The whole night was orchestrated and held together by Segue 61 team leaders, Cameron Johnson, and Natalie Thompson, who undoubtedly nurtured a thriving "Tribe" of young musicians who are about to take Nashville by storm! Follow the Segue 61 Facebook page for future showcases and networking events!
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).