Promenade Music Entertainment, the music publicity, management and video production company, produced a music video premiere party for two of its clients, Rebecca Perl and My Silent Bravery, on September 11th, at The Cutting Room, midtown's hot rock and roll venue that regularly features some of the biggest names in rock. Special guests Chris Chace, Emily Katter and Justin James, three artists also on the PME roster, paved the way for the featured artists with sets that revealed an inclusive embrace of styles.
The night kicked off with a performance by Chace, a singer/songwriter whose unique mixture of driving beats, addictive pop melodies and cinematic elegance takes his fans on a journey that rallies the heart, excites the soul and haunts the mind. Chace was followed by Emily Katter, whose debut EP, "Shining Now", was produced by Robopop's Dan Omelio, who co-wrote and produced Maroon 5's chart-topping "Payphone" and Lana Del Rey's "Videogames". The New York based vocalist has a crowd pleasing style in the vein of Natasha Bedingfield, Jessie J. and Robyn.
Justin James' performance was the tail end of a tour to promote his fourth full-length studio album, "Islands", which was released on August 13th. The Canadian-born singer lives in the Dominican Republic, when he is not busy touring the world, and with his blonde hair, bare feet and impassioned guitar playing, he brought visions of surf, sand and love amidst the palm trees that brought Jack Johnson and The Beach Boys to mind. James' lyrics, and his banter between songs, reveal the soul of a troubadour who has renounced the crass materialism of the modern world and thrown his fortune to the tropical winds. His solo set was marked by a thoughtful and candid storytelling style that felt very intimate and personal.
Rebecca Perl premiered her new video, "Sticky" and followed with a set that featured two backup singers, a piano player, saxophone, second guitar and 16 year old Julliard prodigy, Justin Smith on stand-up bass. Perl opened her set by letting the audience knbow that her number one favorite singer is John Mayer, followed by Dave Matthews, and it is easy to see her opening for either of these two artists. Viva Glam magazine has compared Perl to The Lumineers, Jewel and Mumford and Sons. She and her band put on a tightly raucous show that revealed levels of craftsmanship usually reserved for much older artists.
My Silent Bravery closed the evening with a set that included a tribute to 9/11 in the form of the title track, "Can't Quit", from the new album of the same name. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at Indie Music Digest, and the album's first single and title track also picked up Honorable Mention for the songwriting competition, Song of the Year. MSB premiered their new video "Amazing" just before an acoustic set that included singer/songwriter Matt Wade on guitar and vocals and Kevin Hennessey on keyboards. The track is the first single from "Diamond from Coal" (Unreleased - Date TBD). Wade brought the same mastery of upbeat and carefree chords and lyrics to the stage that he displays in the video. He wrapped up his set, and the evening, by graciously thanking NYC for welcoming him and the other PME artists, and for coming out to the showcase on the anniversary of such a tragic event.