SHANNON LABRIE, PIP & JON JONSSON – BMI PRESENTS: EDDIE’S SONGWRITER SERIES
Tuesday, June 25th
7:30pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $7
At the door: $12
Table of 4 reserved seats: $35
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the leading global music rights organization, presents its quarterly songwriter series at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA featuring performances from emerging artists Jon Jonsson and Pip.
Already written about in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, People and The Hollywood Reporter, called everything from “exceptional” and “a revelation”, to “a tiny lesbian Happy Potter in a bowtie”, one thing is for sure – when Pip sings, you feel it. As stated by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, “he could do pretty much anything and affect people and impact people.”Hailing from the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia – Pip set on his musical journey at the ripe age of 3. After spending most of his childhood taking the Marietta entertainment world by storm, he made his national television debut as a contestant on Oxygen’s The Glee Project. Shortly thereafter, Pip relocated to Los Angeles where he performed as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. Pip became an instant crowd favorite with his first performance on the show (even Entertainment Weeklylisted Pip in their top ten favorites to win), having turned all four chairs of judges Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and soon-to-be-coach, Adam Levine. It was then that Pip trended worldwide for the first time on Twitter.
Supported by the loyal fans he garnered during his time on the show, Pip raised donations to fund production on his first EP, No Formalities, which was released January 2013. Produced by Luis Dubuc (Mystery Skulls, The Secret Handshake) and Noah Shain (Dead Sera, The Chevin, Orson), and featuring six songs Pip co-wrote with Dubuc, No Formalities combines new synth-pop sounds with old school funk undertones in a fresh, radio-ready but not radio-routine, get-up-and-dance assembly that – led by Pip’s soulful vocals – gives new definition to “funk pop”.Pip now has 40,000 followers on Twitter, a growing base of loyal fans from all over the world, and the same resilient passion for music that has gotten him this far. In addition to growing the charity he set up in 2012 to fund youth involvement in mission work around the world (Youth in Mission), his next goal is to take No Formalities on tour and start working on his first full album.Jón Jónsson:
Jón Jónsson was born and raised in the small town of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. Jon Jonsson is ready to take Atlanta by storm with a dynamic performance. This singer-songwriter is no stranger to the bright lights of the stage, experiencing wild success in his home-base of Iceland; including four singles in the top 30 on Icelandic radio, #1 selling singles on the Icelandic iTunes charts. He was named “Best New Singer” at the 2012 Iceland FM957 People’s Choice Awards, and also received the award for “Best New Artist” in 2011 receiving an incredible 60% of the fan votes.. With his charismatic personality, stunning good looks, and smooth mix of top 40 pop with funky, upbeat R&B flavor, it’s no surprise that he secured a deal with his label, Epic Records.
Jon Jonsson brings his personality to life on stage, putting on an energetic and explosive performance, his mix of John Mayer sentiment and Stevie Wonder soul gets the audience hooked on him instantly. His love of music and passion for songwriting are the cornerstones of who he is as an artist, making for a truly uplifting musical experience. With well crafted stories behind each song and an undeniable talent for writing catchy hooks that earworm their way into your mind, he’s garnered a fanbase that’s as in love with him as he is with bringing an invigorating and hyped up performance. The spotlight is shining brightly on Jon Jonsson, and this rising star is one that’s not to be missed.
On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs before settling into Nashville’s thriving independent music scene.
Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill.” Music Connection named her as one of the “Best Unsigned Artists of 2012” and she was featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones and others on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.
Just Be Honest, which was released by Zodlounge Records, debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013. Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is “I Remember A Boy,” backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. The track was an American Songwriter “Daily Discovery” and Bob Lefsetz singled it out in The Lefsetz Letter, noting: “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”
The title song is a lush, rich plea that would fit alongside a playlist that includes Carole King and Norah Jones. “Gettin’ Tired” reveals Shannon’s penchant for jazz, a gift from her father, who “played original, complicated and beautiful songs regardless of the fact that he was never professionally trained,” she shares. “Heartache of Love” showcases her talent on piano and reveals her more intimate side, reveling in the feelings of love and loss, while a contagious optimism shoves the dark clouds aside in “Love Somebody.”
“In my darkest moments of loss, doubt and pain, I’ve been shown what it looks like to love someone and to be loved. My closest friends didn’t run, didn’t give up, and didn’t let me sink. They stuck with me and brought me to the other side,” recalls Labrie. “I hope my music can do the same for someone else.”