Elise LeGrow w/ Aimee Bayles at The Loft - 6/21Thursday, June 21 2018 6:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Start
Elise LeGrow w/ Aimee Bayles at The Loft - 6/21
at The Loft at City Winery
With a thunderous rasp, spellbinding style, and elegant, dynamic mystique, Elise LeGrow is the Canadian powerhouse defying pop culturechronology, wowing Questlove, Betty Wright, and a crew of R&B legends along the way. She melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpaper grit to in a voice that could only belong to a star, no matter the era or genre.
With her father hailing from Chicago (home of Chess Records), and grandfather an established drummer and trumpeter in the 1950’s jazz scene, LeGrow first became obsessed with music at an early age. By her teen years, she was working her way through the American songbook, channeling influences from Whitney Houston to Nina Simone as she performed in her native city of Toronto.
When her voice reached the ears of S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, R&B legend Betty Wright, and studio wizard Mike Mangini, they understood at once that they'd landed on something special. "Elise possesses a flair for crafting a timeless song into her own," says Wright. "She's got voice filled with emotion, strength, and credibility.”
Elise LeGrow’s debut album, Playing Chess, draws from the catalog of Chicago's iconic Chess Records, home to pioneers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Rather than faithfully recreate such revered material, LeGrow's interpretations completely transport these classic tracks to a world where the past and present are inextricably intertwined.
Aimee Bayles is a singer, songwriter and recording artist based in New York City. Her upcoming release, Enough, showcases a collection of original songs about her life in the city and her rural southern roots. Originally from Virginia, her soulful, vocally-driven music is influenced by an upbringing in southern church music, her training as an opera singer, and learning folk guitar from her pastor father. Aimee’s sound is inflected with inspiration from Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss. She performs regularly at venues in New York City, including Rockwood Music Hall. Enough features Nat Osborn on Piano, Stu Mahan on Bass, Seth Johnson on Guitar, Nick Falk on drums, and Karna Ray on cello. Recorded at Rustic Studios in Portland Maine and 'Chiller Sound in New York, mixed by Danielle Warman of 'Chiller Sound (Bruce Springsteen, Phish), and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Joe LaPorta (David Bowie)