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Leah Capelle is a stunningly talented alternative/pop/rock musician from Chicago. Capelle has been performing and studying music from a young age. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to the West Coast to pursue music full-time, as well as study at Thornton School of Music at USC. Once settled in LA, she partnered with Grammy winning producer Jeff Bova (Album of the Year, Celine Dion, Falling Into You) to release her self-titled debut EP, Leah Capelle in '15. Capelle found a group of immensely talented musicians to form her band and they are actively performing in Los Angeles. "Joshua" was her second EP working with Bova and shares her vulnerabilities through her narratives and discovering her new sound. Skope Magazine says: "Sometimes a little goes a long way. The latest release from Chicago based singer/songwriter Leah Capelle is a three song EP entitled Joshua. Despite the apparent brevity of such a collection, Capelle encompasses vast musically imaginative worlds in this trio of songs thanks to two crucial factors above all others – the songwriting talent involved and, naturally, her vocal quality...Though she has technique to burn thanks to a stellar musical education and background, Capelle doesn’t sing like a technician. She has a freshness and spontaneity, instead, capable of capturing the spirit of any song with skill and grace. Leah Capelle is a rare talent."
Capelle says about the making of "Joshua" EP: "This new album has been such a journey. We went into the studio last spring with the intent to record an EP. Throughout the year, as we developed and grew with the songs, I also continued to write. So I’m extremely excited to announce that I’m going back into the studio to record four brand new songs this spring!"
The first single is "Better Off", a moving ballad performed live in the studio feat. Hayley Brownell. Leah says,"My new song "Better Off" is, at its core, a piece about letting go. When you know something is unhealthy, or not bringing you joy no matter how much you wish it would, there is strength in being able to say that that thing - be it a situation, a place, or a person - cannot hold you back. This is a song about strength even when strength is the last option. I wrote this song with one of my closest friends (who is also drummer in my band). We were both going through situations with toxic friendships at the same time, and this song poured out of us very naturally. It's truly an honor for me to perform this as a duet with her, and we sincerely hope that this speaks to you."
About her newest single, Docs, which dropped November 3, "Docs is a song about searching for happiness in material and surface things. It's a true story of bizarre activities I was doing to make myself feel better, like buying clothes, rearranging my furniture, and going out pretending to be somebody I'm not… In reality, all my false attempts at being “okay” made the matter worse. When I was younger, I had many male figures, whether significant others or mentors, tell me that “men don’t like short hair.” So I kept my hair long because I was insecure. And finally, summer of 2016 I said “fuck it” and chopped it all off- that was a huge catalyst for me, and has actually brought me a lot of happiness in the weightlessness I feel now."
As a founding member of the multi-award winning cult British Blues legends, The Hoax, Jesse Davey was central to reshaping and revitalizing the sound of British Blues in the late 90’s. His charismatic stage presence and his legendary guitar tone were central to the band being voted Britain's best blues band for five years running leading to their induction into the British Blues Hall of Fame. His playing, influenced by the greats such as B.B King, Lightnin' Hopkins and Stevie Ray Vaughan has developed into a mature and personal style ranging from blistering pyrotechnics with jazz and even classical flavors to beautiful and soul searching solos which run the gamut of emotions of exquisite melancholy to explosive joy. Stevie Ray's band Double Trouble were knocked out with his playing when he played with them at the Indigenous Jam in America, while Buddy Guy was overheard saying to Eric Clapton "You'd better watch out for this guy" after a couple of blistering sets supporting Buddy at the Shepherds Bush Empire.
Jesse's latest album showcases not only the remarkable talent of someone who many consider to be one of the country's best blues guitarists, but also as a composer, producer and multi- instrumentalist. It is easy to see why his skills have been used by the likes of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart and Ringo Starr among many others, and his songs and musicianship can be heard on the soundtracks of films such as Tomb Raider, Alfie, Valley of Elah and Heaven's Prisoners. The guitar playing seamlessly ranges from blistering wizardry to the subtly intricate and will move you, both with its soulfulness and with its tone.
The passion in this album Big Blues, with vocal collaborations of Ian Siegal, Pete Gage (singer Dr. Feelgood), Ash Wilson (including talented guitar playing perfectly in sync with Jesse) and Hugh Coltman (lead singer of The Hoax), Phil Wilson (brother of Ash) and finally Mark Barrett (drummer of The Hoax), can be heard on every song track. This highly detailed and remarkable recording showcases perfectly both Jesse's song writing skills and his unmatched guitar playing.
"One of the Northwood best and busiest musicians" is how the "Northwoods Live Music Calendar" describes Scott Kirby, an alternative folk singer/songwriter living in northern Wisconsin. Don Burnstick describes what Kirby has simply as "mojo". It's that mojo that is what has turned out to be Kirby's signature Indie Folk/Pop sound.
Kirby has been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of twelve. Kirby's wide range of influences helped hone his voice in songwriting. He notes his larger inspirations to be Bob Dylan, Neil Young, REM, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, John Mellencamp, Jon Fogarty, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, and Johnny Cash. Band Camp Diaries says, "He has a unique approach to blending melody and attitude that makes me think of artists such as The Fray or Daughtry, just to mention a few."
Kirby has six album releases to his credit (Apple Love, Good Morning Jo, B Tapes Vol 1, A Day On The Lake, Live at CT's Deli, November Snow), and now is amping up with his current single "Love Is Just" produced by Grammy winning producer Jeff Bova (Album of the Year, Celine Dion, Falling Into You), just released in May 2017. Dancing About Architecture has this to say about the track: "Love Is Just is eloquent, in a solid and dependable sort of way, a combination of keeping things simple, though far from simplistic, and that fantastic voice of his. Letting the music breath and the vocals soar, a vocal which seems to blend romance and honesty and a soulfulness with a delivery that most rock singers would kill for.
Drawing on this variety of influences, Kirby delivers an undeniably original sound and authenticity to his performance by combining stunning guitar work, harmonica, and gritty in pocket vocals. Kirby's writing style and song form are as tasteful as they are smooth. This evokes a very real connection with his listeners. From Skope Mag: "When they said that music is an expression of our emotions with the vocal and or with instruments, I never really got to understand it until I listened to LOVE IS JUST by Scott. The song is a pure expression of emotion at play." The Official Video of Love Is Just dropped August 11, 2017. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZqhCZ7EvWg