Songs have always been there for Moorea Masa (pronounced More-ray-uh Mah-sa), being raised in the musical mecca of Portland, Oregon. The daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an African-American mother born abroad, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has been making music for as long as she can remember. At fifteen, she was already looking for chances to perform by sneaking into local clubs, where she was lovingly adopted into the vibrant community of Portland musicians. Moorea then left to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England, and spent time living in a cave and soaking in flamenco music in Granada, Spain.
Returning home to the Pacific NW, Moorea began her music career in earnest. Not just writing and performing her own original material, she recorded with El Vy and The Decemberists, sang with soul legend Ural Thomas (who appears on her new album), and toured with Allen Stone. As a solo artist, she's garnered major praise from Emily King, Corinne Bailey Rae, Nick Waterhouse, and many more. Now 25 years old, Moorea has been touring with crooner KD Lang, and is currently preparing to release her debut LP.
Shine A Light, the new record from Masa, comes from the depths of a sometimes-troubled childhood and expresses a belief that the unexamined life is not worth living. "I'm really sharing my whole heart in this album," says Masa. "This year I've really been digging deep into my history, my own learning lessons, and the state of the world. I feel like I took a light and shined it into all the darkness and beauty that I was too scared to look at." At times bright and hopeful, other times dark and mournful, the record (co-produced by Jeremy Most of Emily King fame) is an exquisitely-crafted gem that reveals a new gleaming facet upon every listen. Topics such as love, loss, hidden pain, and the politics of being a woman are all explored with deft musicianship, clever production, and Masa's flawless voice carrying the songs into our hearts and souls.
Raquel Rodriguez was born and raised on the west side of Los Angeles, the 310; the city’s fusion of diverse cultures have played an integral part in developing her refreshing sound, with a voice that commands the stage. Raquel’s live show is captivating and in demand at clubs and festivals across the country.
With a potent blend of 70's funk, 80's synth pop, and 90's R&B, she serves up heartfelt vocals that have caught the attention of several illustrious artists. Raquel has recently worked with Gwen Stefani, Moby, Anderson. Paak, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Break Science. The LA soulstress has also received airplay and support from music and cultural tastemaker Garth Trinidad, DJ at KCRW. Raquel’s music was featured on the season 6 premiere of the FX hit “Sons of Anarchy.” Her recent follow up to, The 310, produced by Nigel Hall (Lettuce) and Sam Brawner is due to be released in fall 2018.
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