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Emeli Sande

Richly melodic, retro-futurist soul-pop from Scottish phenom

Emeli Sande

Emily King, Jenna Andrews

Sat, February 2

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

TICKETS FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE WILL BE HONORED ON THIS NEW DATE.

Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande
A fervent singer-songwriter since the age of 10, the now 24-year-old Emeli Sandé got her first big break while still a teenager. But instead of signing to a label, she put her music career on hold and embarked on a six-year degree in medicine. In 2010, with just a year to go, she decided to take time out from her medical studies and dedicate herself to her music full-time, signing a record contract and beginning work on her debut record.

Sandé gracefully flaunts her rich voice and penchant for sophisticated melody on Our Version of Events. The album reveals her to be an uncompromising creative force in the vein of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. Throughout Our Version of Events, Sandé creates a heady and complex soundscape to showcase her towering talent. There's the strings-drenched epic "Daddy" and the hypnotic "Heaven" But while the record bears a sharp and shining retro-futurist feel, it's also rife with raw emotion—a phenomenon that Sandé credits to a dogged commitment to acting on instinct.

"I'm not too bothered about what category my music goes in and there's no point in limiting in who you can reach, but I want it to be respected," she says. Sandé has already been announced as the winner of the coveted BRIT Critics Choice Award for 2012 and in an unprecedented twist, was also nominated as Breakthrough Artist at this year's BRITs as well.

"You get so many opinions of which direction you should be going in, and you hear horror stories of people writing 400 songs and the album being shelved," she says. In Sandé's estimation, it's far better to "come knowing what you wanna do. And I know what I want to do."
Emily King
Emily King
Born in New York in 1986, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Emily King grew up surrounded by the music of her parents, jazz vocalists Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti. In 2002 at 16-years-old, Emily decided to concentrate full-time on her music career and began perfecting her craft in earnest. By her late teens, she was playing shows in restaurants and venues around New York City including CBGB'S and The Bitter End. In 2005 King had gained the attention of Hitman producer Chucky Thompson, which led to a meeting with famed music mogul Clive Davis, and a recording contract with J Records/Sony Music. Her debut album East Side Story was released in 2006. The album garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album and sold 155k copies in the U.S. During that time King toured with John Legend and Floetry, and opened for Nas, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu among others.

After parting ways with her label in 2008, King continues her work independently. Her follow-up EP Seven was released in July, 2011 and she is currently touring in support of it. In October she accepted an invitation from Maroon 5 to be the opening act on their European/Scandinavian tour in late 2011.

King's carefully crafted compositions are the perfect vehicle for her polished, lush vocals that harbor both an innocence and honesty. A gentle mix of soul, folk and rock influences, King's music emotes the kind of straight to the point storytelling that's reminiscent of singer/songwriters of the 1970's.
Jenna Andrews
Jenna Andrews
On her forthcoming Island Records/ 21 Music debut, Canadian born singer/song writer, Jenna Andrews weaves a deep tapestry of emotion, personal growth and introspection in her debut EP. She imbues everything from pop to soul with poignant lyrics, suggesting a strength and wisdom beyond her years. “I know everybody’s gone through pain,” Jenna confides. “I talk to the little girl in me or other young women that are dealing with similar things, to remind them that your dreams can come true if you have hope.”

Relying on that very hope, Jenna left home after just six months of college, determined to make a name for herself in Vancouver. The going was rough; some nights she couldn’t afford to fill her gas tank, preventing her from getting to work. So she would spend those car-bound nights learning the guitar and writing songs; how ironic 7 month later she would be in the office of Chris Smith Management (Nelly Furtado, Tamia, Fefe Dobson, 21 Music) shortly thereafter Chris, introduced Jenna Andrews to IDJ executives. Her moving performance garnered her a deal within 24 hours. That said, the more you learn about Jenna Andrews, the less surprised you become to hear of unwavering determination.

Music, particularly jazz and R&B, was her mother’s passion. She would take Jenna on long drives and introduce her to great vocalists like Donnie Hathaway and legendary singer/ songwriters such as Carly Simon and Carole King. As a young girl, Jenna connected with the music of her mother’s generation more than the music of her own peers. “Melody can make you feel any given emotion—happy, sad, angry,” she explains. “But lyrics are hugely important because when you attach amazing lyrics to the melody, it synchs. A great song resonates like nothing else in the world.”

After collaborating with some of the world’s top writers and producers, Jenna has now given birth to her 7 track EP, Kiss and Run.