Sammy Rae & The Friends, Moon Kissed

Sammy Rae & The Friends

Moon Kissed

Sat · June 15, 2019

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Sammy Rae & The Friends
Sammy Rae & The Friends
Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers was born in the small town of Derby, Connecticut. Sam first began writing songs at age 12 while taking piano lessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the family stereo. By 16, Sam developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists of the century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn) as she started to perform original compositions in local Connecticut and New Jersey venues. She would go on to release the LP ‘Hopeless’ (2010, age 15) and EP ‘Celebrate My Heart’ (2012, age
In 2013 at age 19, Sam packed up and moved to New York to pursue music and songwriting, enjoying a sixth-month residency at the prestigious Cotton Club jazz lounge in Harlem. After the release of the 2016 LP ‘Sugar’, The Friends were born from a collection of talented musicians and friends. Sammy Rae & The Friends would play shows around the NY Metro area as Sam kept composing and sharpening her craft, culminating in the July 2018 release of the self-produced EP ‘The Good Life’, premiered to a sold-out crowd at C’Mon Everybody in Brooklyn. The release marked a fresh start for the seasoned vocalist showcasing her skills as a composer, arranger, lyricist, and bandleader on her fourth release. The lyrics focus on themes of coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Her genre blending performances are high-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of her childhood classic rock heroes.
Moon Kissed
Moon Kissed
"Beginning as a fleeting summer camp friendship, synth pop trio, Moon Kissed's genre-bending approach fuses elements of indie, pop, electronic, and jazz to create an avant-garde sound all their own. Each having grown up in New York, Khaya, Emily, and Leah pride themselves on their honest outlook and independent mindset. The conventions of pop music typically call for formulaic compositions constructed by hired songwriters. Instead, the trio prefers to keep things personal by writing, recording, and producing all of their own music.

Lead vocalist and producer, Khaya, felt her soulful voice emerge at a young age. At 15, she was a finalist on The X Factor, but quickly realized the pop star archetype was not made for her. Now a matured college student, she realizes her artistic vision extends far beyond easy-listening pop. Coming from a background of jazz and classical music, instrumentalist Emily and drummer Leah are determined to revolutionize these long-established sounds and popularize them in modern context. Together, Khaya, Emily and Leah are marrying their divergent musical experiences and inspirations to define Moon Kissed.

Channeling acts such as St. Vincent, Chairlift, Phantogram, Grimes, Lorde, and Charli XCX, Moon Kissed is stepping out of the box of defined genre, striving to make their listeners a little uncomfortable. Ultimately, Moon Kissed wants to submerge contemporary pop music into a slightly darker world and showcase the moody sound that they’ve created."
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003