Having July Talk close out Steve Madden Music's 2016 Concert Series at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC was like when a guitarist smashes their instrument to pieces all over the stage after an ear-splitting encore.
The Island/Sleepless Records 5-piece is a sleek yet gritty rock group hailing from Ontario, Canada whose live shows are both intimate and confrontational.
The SM Music crew stumbled upon their set a few years ago at South by Southwest a few years ago and pretty much instantly knew that we had to work with them; and we're so happy that we did...
Meet LOLO - the Tennessee-bred singer who has traveled all around the world to find her place, only to have found her voice where she left it: home. Lauren Pritchard, aka LOLO, has been hustling and making a name for herself for over a decade since she started pestering her parents about her desire to become a recording artist and songwriter.
LOLO grew up doing regional theatre in her hometown of Nashville before convincing her mother to move to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen. She even found herself living with Lisa Marie Presley and her daughter for a little while before landing the role as the rebel character of Ilse in the hit Broadway musical, Spring Awakening in New York City.
In 2010, LOLO moved to London after signing a record deal and released a full-length album under her given name. After realizing she needed to go back to her roots, she moved back to the States, landing back at home in Memphis and in Brooklyn to work on new music with guitarist, Josh Hoisington.
Together, they recorded and released the Comeback Queen EP last year. Fast forward to March of 2016, where the duo opened up for Ryn Weaver at our Steve Madden Music event at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. We instantly fell in love with them and just had to let LOLO pour out her emotions and tell her story to us in our NYC showroom.
When she was 14, Tori Kelly started writing songs in the bedroom of her Southern California home. Within years she began sharing those songs online, and quickly won over Internet audiences with her sweetly soaring vocals, graceful guitar-playing, and knack for blending breezy melodies with boldly heart-on-sleeve lyrics.
A musical purist who began singing at age three and learned to play drums and guitar by the time she was 16, Kelly forgoes over-the-top production in favor of laying bare her natural musicianship and ingenuity in songwriting. The daughter of two musicians, Kelly was raised with a deep love of music.While she lists artists as eclectic as Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Jeff Buckley, and Maxwell as key inspirations, Kelly credits her early exposure to gospel singers like Crystal Lewis and J. Moss as a crucial influence on her moving and masterful vocal work.
Upon taking part in her first singing competition at age six, Kelly decided to dedicate her life to making music. For much of her early- to mid-teen years, Kelly focused on honing her songwriting and experimenting with self-production with the help of her computer's GarageBand app. During that time she began to gain a globe-spanning following through YouTube, thanks to her faithful posting of inspired covers and original songs that showcased her ethereal vocals and subtly confident guitar-playing.
In the past year alone, Kelly has sold out shows in several major cities, headlined a nine-city sold-out U.S. tour, and supported Jewel and Ed Sheeran on tour. She has also graced the pages of Elle, Glamour, and Teen Vogue. But for Kelly, the fact that her evolution from Internet sensation to "It girl" took years of effort is a major point of pride.