“There is an honesty to Valerie Orth’s music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. With a multi-octave voice that soars from the depths of bitterness to the height of sweetness, Orth tells stories of empowerment and yearning, while pulling in audiences with her raw magnetism on stage.
Orth is in the midst of releasing her third full length album, Fires and Overturned Cars (2014). She and long-time bassist, Veronika Safarova, are actually hand-making the first batch of album covers, making each one unique for their fans, and taking DIY to whole other level. See these collectibles at http://store.valerieorth.com/merch.
Described as “sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Orth's dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a "completely intuitive composition style."
Last year, Orth opened for Grammy-winning songwriter Shawn Colvin. Rock Subculture reviewed these shows, saying "Valerie is definitely one of the most impressive supporting acts I’ve seen in some time, and is one of those artists who have the ability to going from being an unknown to you and turning you into a fan."
Soon after, Orth and Safarova put themselves on the NYC map, relocating from San Francisco to Brooklyn. While working with some of New York’s finest musicians, they are continuously reinventing their sound, creating a distinctive hybrid of rock, punk-folk, ska and even trip-hop.
Previously, Orth collaborated with Jon Evans (of Tori Amos) for her full-length album, Faraway City (2011), which WERU’s Rich Hillsinger named Best Album of the Year. Orth’s thought-provoking lyrics, gorgeous melodies, and unpredictable-yet-unforgettable arrangements prompted comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Foo Fighters, and Radiohead.
To Orth, music is a healing power unlike any other, especially when performing at juvenile halls, homeless shelters, and drug rehabilitation centers. After an emotional performance at San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, a teenage girl relayed her admiration, saying, “I will remember this for the rest of my life.”
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Hee Young: A beautiful example of what music is all about” is how the UK’s THE MAG describes Hee Young’s debut EP ‘So Sudden.’ Produced by Saul Simon MacWilliams (Chris Garneau), mixed and mastered by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs), and self-released in 2009, ‘So Sudden EP ’ was picked up by South Korea’s biggest Indie label Pastel Music in 2010. ‘Are You Still Waiting?’, the title track of her EP won the Singer/Songwriter Awards of We Are Listening in 2010 and was featured in Korea’s hit TV show ‘Lie To Me’ which created a buzz not only in Korea, but internationally, resulting in dozens of fan videos even before the release of the official music video.
Born in a small seaside town to a singer mother and a composer father, Hee Young grew up in Seoul, South Korea. At age sixteen, she left home to fulfill the American Dream, but after a year spent in a middle of nowhere town in South Georgia in the land of endless cotton fields, she found herself alone with no high speed Internet or a television and no close friends and family, but an old piano and a slight Southern accent. That’s when she started speaking the language of loneliness and unrequited love and matching them to her own melodies.
10 years later, she’s a young Brooklyn transplant with a degree in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory and is a signed artist of South Korea’s Pastel Music. With an EP under her belt, Hee Young’s first full-length record ‘4 Luv’ (Produced by Saul Simon MacWilliams) was released in the spring of 2012.
FLINTface : Joe Scorsone aka FLINTface grew up in a "blue collar" community in West Philadelphia. His parents were both pastors of a Pentecostal inner - city church. When FLINTface was eight years old, he started playing drums to gospel music in order to pass the time and take his mind off his own issues, primarily in that, as a young boy, FLINTface was sexually abused. This abuse dove-tailed into his teen years as he struggled with poor self-image, depression and suicide. It was from these dark times that FLINTface was able to rise above his struggles and channel his energy into music.