Rachel Brown will be performing at NYC’s famed supper club, The Darby on October 22nd for an invitation-only celebration of her debut EP, Building Castles. Doors open at 7:30pm and the performance will begin at 8:30pm followed by an after party.Brown was recently joined on stage at The Darby by one of her long time friends, mentors and musical influences, Wyclef Jean.
Building Castles has already received the praise of critics and tastemakers alike. Glamour.com applauded the EP, writing that, “the songs…have a feeling of worn-in comfort. And her sensually soulful vocals carry the EP’s captivating mélange of sounds – from Caribbean to hip-hop and world fusion – with uncanny ease, while conveying joy.” DailyCandy declared that “the hype is justified.” Brown’s celebrity fans include John Stamos, Wyclef Jean, and NY Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who all tweeted their praise for the EP.
Brown will also perform as an official artist of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, with showcases at SOB’s on October 17th and The Living Room on October 18th and 20th.
The singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in New York City with Ethiopian, Bermudian and Southern roots, fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds into an original and captivating groove.
With no formal musical training, Brown found her voice organically. “I would pick up my guitar and teach myself how to play by writing songs,” says Brown. “I just played until it sounded right.” Having only been performing publicly since her junior year in college, the Harvard graduate’s (she was selected as one of Harvard’s “15 Most Interesting Seniors” in 2010) honest lyrics and melodic sound have secured exposure not often seen by a new artist. Brown has been featured by the New York Post and PerezHilton.com and has opened for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, John Legend and Quincy Jones.
Who: Rachel Brown
What: Album Release Party
Where: The Darby – 244 West 14th Street New York, NY
When: Monday, October 22nd at 7:30pm
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