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Gericho / Katie Tuck / Taylor Grey / Andy Waddell / Lori Jean / Sam Himself

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Gericho / Katie Tuck / Taylor Grey / Andy Waddell / Lori Jean / Sam Himself
Thursday, August 4, 2016 7:15 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 6:45 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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  • Gericho


  • Katie Tuck

    Katie Tuck

  • Taylor Grey

    Taylor Grey

    Inquisitive, pensive, insightful, committed, individual, loyal; these are characteristics of an old soul, and they all are an appropriate fit for Taylor Grey. The 18-year-old Taylor has old soul pouring out of her; out of her lyrics, her music, her songs, her very being.
    Taylor tapped into her innate wisdom—without realizing it—as early as second grade expressing herself through musical theatre in the Bay Area where she grew up, and continues to live. Her music endeavors started with lyric writing in late elementary school. It wasn’t until the start of high school, however, and her experimenting—self-taught—on guitar and piano, creating music to accompany her words, that she starting coming into her own.
    This affinity toward music is an instinctive one for Taylor who has always absorbed the sounds around her—from the radio, from friends’ playlists, from her parents’ limited record collections—turning them into part of her musical make-up. To this end, her tastes range from The Eagles, who are the all-time favorite, to Frankie Valli, The Beach Boys, Dion & The Belmonts, Sublime, and NWA. There is no restriction to what catches her ear: ‘40s jazz and pop, ‘50s R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s folk and psychedelia, late ‘70s and early ‘80s classic rock, ‘90s hip hop, and modern day singer/songwriters.
    “I have always had music on,” says the bubbly Taylor who has a permanent winning smile twinkling through her speech. “I picked up a lot in high school, that’s how I got into everything. But I’m also a huge fan of Spotify and SoundCloud, and discovering music.”
    All of these influences blend into Taylor’s own compositions. In the process, the sounds get distilled into a refined pop concoction that is as sophisticated and cross-generational as it is fresh and youthful. Her initial handful of songs found their way to Benjamin Taylor and Bryan Morton, formerly of Tournament Of Hearts, the latter of whom is a veteran recording engineer (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar), the conduit being one of Los Angeles’ top stylists—and a mentor of Taylor’s—the three share. One meeting and they have been working together for the last two years—but only during Taylor’s school breaks, beginning with her winter break junior year of high school. 
    “There are songs that we jam and work on and write in the studio, but I’m a stickler about being the lyricist and doing the melody,” says Taylor, who has found her songwriting and producing beacons in Ben and Bryan. “I don’t really like singing other people’s words.”
    Taylor had a recording spell with Ben and Bryan at Interscope but it is at San Francisco’s cozy and hospitable Studio Trilogy that they found their musical home. The actual recording occurred over a six-month period during which the three work individually and together on demoing, writing, pre-production, prepping the material before they venture into the recording phase. Throughout all this, Taylor kept up with schoolwork, gaining a freshman spot at prestigious Stanford University where she is currently enrolled.
    To quote Ben, “If the Lumineers were a solo act and female, that would be Taylor.” On her EP, Mind Of Mine, her first worldwide release on Kobalt, Taylor’s old soul is the driving force. Mind Of Mine has the tearing angst of Tori Amos, the introspective relatability of Alanis Morissette, the universal timelessness of Michelle Branch, the adaptable classiness of Diana Krall, all female forerunners with enviable songwriting chops. Taylor balances her myriad of musical style influences with aplomb on Mind Of Mine. She keeps her songs simple, not weighing them down with too much studio interference. Case in point, the revealing title track, whose stripped, acoustic version exposes it to its bare bones, which prove to be strong to the marrow.
    “Guys Like You” effervesces with frothy fun, fizzing like a just cracked open can of soda. “Wait Wait Wait” is irresistible with its effortless but stickable modern pop-rock chorus. Similarly, the previously heard “Home” features clean and unfettered melody lines that are nonetheless instantly memorable.  “Love Sweet Love,” whose video has made the teen video viewing rounds, sees a bright, friendly, and tangibly warm Taylor enjoying a summer day as she and a local barista crush on each other. 
    “I’ve never been good at the style of writing songs about my life as things happen,” says Taylor. “I sit down at the piano, and what usually comes out are love songs—even though I’ve never been in love. But by the nature of being human, my experiences flow into it. ‘Mind Of Mine,’ for instance, started as a personal song which turned into a love song where the verses are me disguised. I prefer to be more vague than writing about stuff that has actually happened. I like creating a general story people can relate to.”
    By that same token, Taylor’s hypothetical settings, even in songs she wrote as far back as her sophomore year in high school, transpired in real life by the time she hit her senior year. “I know myself,” says Taylor, glimmers of her inner old soul peeping through. “Even if I’m writing about a hypothetical, exaggerated situation, like ‘White Lies’ on my album, I know how I would be in that certain circumstance, and write from that place.”
    Her later material, the galloping rhythms of “Way Back Home” and the sweeping orchestrals of “When The Storm Comes,” featured on her aforementioned upcoming album, Fallin’, show a marked growth and confidence in her expression.
    Says Taylor, “I’ve started to write even more real and relevant songs. My trajectory is less love songs, still keeping things vague, but based on feelings I’ve experienced and that are significant to me. I’m liking that a lot more.”

  • Lori Jean

    Lori Jean

    ... performing with guitarist Bobbo Byrnes

    Top Charts Rock Mom Discovered in Her 50's by Factory Fast Records
    Portuguese Singer and Songwriter 'Lori Jean' Deemed a Very Unique and Creative Talent by Label
    Portuguese Singer and Songwriter, Lori Jean, has been picked and displayed by music media while being discovered as a top charts artists for her songs, "Resurrect My Home" and "What About Good Old Eve" and as a solo artist by Factory Fast Records. After so many years, the true essence of who she really is revealed in a solo CD titled "Lori Jean" is being released by Factory Fast Records this year and being performed for the first time at Eugene, Oregon’s ‘The Barn Light’ at 545 East 8th Avenue in the Event room from 3-5:00pm PST. There will be singing, CD signing (some CD’s will be available for purchase or bring your own for signing), questions answered, and storytelling. Link information for purchases of the CD will be announced closer to the performance date. Watch at site published.
    Being personally detained in her mind in her life, her musical talent stayed hidden. Personal experiences brought about the ignition to need to use her craft. The motion of wheels rolling in her body and mind began when she found herself attending music at a public college. Her magic with words and her personal style of animation exploded. Lori Jean was born.
    Being able to photograph so many different musical styles in her head, she came about with her own new type of alternative modern rock genre. Her sultry, raw vocals that swoon and pulsate at times to a rebirth to relationship of a bird to lion, form the most in female submission to art.
    She will be performing for the first time publicly her album. All songs being performed have been personally written and composed by Lori Jean. Her hands not being physically good, she used digital technology to keep up with her strumming mind to create original guitar and piano tracks. Dark melodies and harmonies skip beats trailing above and behind one another, as her indulgent vocals are used as an instrument blithely connecting them together.
    'When I write of those not here with us today, I turn to see their angel come to visit me. I became accustomed to this and would smile and look over and always be so sure they would be there. I always look to them now when I write to know I am writing the right thing.’ Lori Jean
    Top Charts Artist valued as a very unique, creative talent by her label Factory Fast Records, Lori Jean came about in 2010 singing "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones. She is a Rock, Pop, with a bit of Alt. Country singer from the Boston area who lives in Oregon. With her sultry, raspy vocals she creates raw, original tracks using themes, piano, synthesizers, and some of her original piano and guitar riffs.
    First full sentence for Mom to plz play a record, a child sibling band, skipping school for lyrics, and abuse to her head as a toddler and adult, music was bound to her. Lori Jean began releasing in 2011 with her first tracks release, "The Voice of Woman," under LJ Film and Music, a subsidiary of LJP Works. Since then her work with women introduced, "Love Of A Child" at Amazon (2013). Writing Top Charts Song "Resurrect My Home" that thrusts towards Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun” and "I Put on My Gloves” at iTunes was released on her "Super Lady" CD March 2016. Also recently released by Jean is, "Under Your Pillow" by Factory Fast Records on "Harp's Soul" (2015), "Little Girls" on "Curtains Against the Wind" (2016), and “Just Like Yesterday” July 26, 2016, as well as a solo CD coming out with them this year. Regular play on radio, @AppleMusic, Spotify, GooglePlay, Rdio, iHeart, and more. Member of BMI, SoundExchange, and AARC.

  • Sam Himself

    Sam Himself

    Sam Himself currently lives in New York City by way of Switzerland. Long before he made the U.S. his home in the early 2010s, he fell in love with soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Spending years creating his own style by merging these genres, the result is an eclectic Americana, unified by his distinct baritone and his guitar-based compositions.

  • Andy Waddell

    Andy Waddell

Set Times:
  • 07:15 PM - Taylor Grey
  • 08:00 PM - Lori Jean
  • 08:45 PM - Katie Tuck
  • 09:30 PM - Sam Himself
  • 10:20 PM - Gericho
  • 11:30 PM - Andy Waddell

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