Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne (9:30 PM)

Avery Wilson (8:30 PM)

Wed, September 30, 2015

8:00 pm


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Jess Glynne - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Jess Glynne
Who knew a trip to Pizza Express could inform a young teenager's life so greatly? One evening in 2003, Jess Glynne's parents returned home from a night in Soho with a signed CD by a new singer they had seen performing at the restaurant's regular Jazz night. "It had such a profoundly immediate effect on me," remembers Jess of her parents playing Amy Winehouse's debut album, "Frank." "I'd always loved the big pop vocals of Mariah, Beyoncé and Whitney, but hearing a woman's voice that was basically a jazz vocal, so full of individuality? Then realising she was British and still a teenager? That was the moment I knew I wanted to be as singer too."

Glynne is a woman in possession of a rather fantastically distinctive vocal herself. You've already heard the 24-year-old's richly evocative voice on Clean Bandit's UK No.1 classical-dance smash "Rather Be," which is the highest selling January No.1 since 1996. The track very nearly didn't happen though. "I've never sung on a song that I haven't written myself, so initially I wasn't at all sure about doing it," Jess admits. "But then I met the band and we went to the studio and had such a great time recording it. I absolutely love the song and I'm so happy to have been a part of it." She went on to feature on Route 94's incredible UK no. 1 hit "My Love" not long after. Not a bad way to start the year...

Now it's time for Jess to introduce her own sound, a distinguished mix of hip-hop with a soul voice and a sprinkling of pop. Hip-Pop-Soul perhaps? She laughs. "I'm really influenced by people like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, but then I also love singers like Frank Ocean, Jasmine Sullivan and Anthony Hamilton." Jess also identifies "Aretha Franklin's tone, Etta James's soul, Eva Cassidy's character and the songwriting of Lauryn Hill" as having been heavily influential on her, both as singer and songwriter. "Hearing Lauryn's 'Superstar' had a big effect on me because it made me realise you could write about subjects other than love and people could still hugely relate to what you were saying."

Despite discovering that she could sing at an early age, Jess was initially put off performing by her school, who weren't particularly supportive of her ambitions to be a singer. Often overlooked during performances, her confidence took a bit of a knock, and so after her GCSEs, she decided to go travelling for a few months. When she came home from exploring South America, Asia and Australia, Jess decided to go for it. "I paid someone to make me a four-track demo and from there I just went and met as many producers and writers as I could. I did a year of songwriting sessions with everyone under the sun but I felt like I was going round in circles because I didn't have one person to develop my own sound with."

It was while doing an artist development course at East London's British Academy of New Music that Glynne would meet someone that would eventually become one of her closest musical mentors. Bless Beats was known for his work within the grime scene, producing tracks including Wiley's "Wearing My Rolex" and Roll Deep's "Night Life." The pair began working together and it was through Bless that Jess would eventually secure management and, ultimately, a deal with Atlantic Records. "I was signed on the basis of my own music rather than because I featured on someone's song," she points out. "The Clean Bandit single came about after I was signed, so I know that I have a label who is confident in my own musical vision. I'm so grateful for the platform 'Rather Be' has given me, but now I'm looking forward to being known as an artist in my own right."

As well as Bless Beats, Jess has worked with Rudimental and MNEK, but on their music rather than her own. She has also been in LA working with Switch (M.I.A., Beyoncé), the one-time other half of Major Lazer. Between them, the two have been creating Jess's signature sound, as well as submitting songs for a number of artists, including Tinie Tempah, Little Mix, Rita Ora and Beyoncé. Jess is also working with Felix Snow (SZA Gyptian), the third, and potentially final, part of her musical trilogy. "I like that I'm not working with hundreds of people or working with the same names that everyone else works with. Ideally I'd like to just work with those three people because I feel we've got a great thing going. I'm open to working with other people of course," she adds, "but so far I feel like the four of us have created something really cohesive that is different to what anyone else is doing."

Jess's debut album will be out later this year, however she's already off to a flying start; her debut single, "Right Here," went straight in at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart upon its release recently. "I know that I'm one of a number of British girls to release this year," says Jess. "But I'm confident in who I am. What makes me different is my experiences, my personality, my songwriting. I've had different life experiences, like we all have, and all of that makes me who I am -- me."
Avery Wilson - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Avery Wilson
At just 19, vocal prodigy Avery Wilson has enough talent, fire, and creativity in his 6'4 frame to bring an arena to its feet and capture the hearts of fans around the world. A songwriter and self-taught instrumentalist as well as a vocalist of stunning power and subtly, Avery counts as one of his greatest goals bringing real music back into the lives of listeners. And he has the unique gifts to do exactly that.

Under the guidance of two of music's heaviest hitters -- super-producer Sean Garrett (dubbed "The Pen" by Jay Z) and legendary industry icon Clive Davis -- Wilson will release his debut single and album this year. In doing so, he joins a tradition that runs from Davis' history-making work with Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel and Aretha Franklin (among others) to the eighteen number-one hits Garrett has written and produced for Beyonce, Usher, Miley Cyrus and more. "I don't take it lightly," Avery says, "to be so young and to be mentioned in the same breath as some of these artists."

Growing up the youngest of three brothers in Hamden, Connecticut, Avery was a professionally trained dancer, but didn't start singing until his father overheard him in the back seat of the family car humming along to the radio. "My father told me 'From this day, you are not a dancer who sings. You are a singer who dances!" says Avery. His father helped him start performing in local talent shows and competitions, and bought him keyboards and guitar -- which gathered dust in Avery's bedroom until he began to teach himself how to use them.

Avery has known how to captivate an audience since he was just a child. "I always wanted to entertain," he says. "I've been performing since I first could dance, first could tell a joke, the first time I sang. I measure my life in performances." But singing, playing and writing music offered something special. "I grew up feeling different -- I'm creative, and I had to figure out how to express myself. Outside of my family I couldn't always trust everyone to understand what I was feeling. But I could always trust music, because of the way it makes me feel when I play it. It doesn't say I'm wrong, it doesn't say I'm different."

Local talent shows led the way to a bigger competition: season 3 of The Voice, where America first encountered Avery. In September, 2012, Avery was the recipient of a four-chair turn from the superstar coaches of The Voice -- Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green -- but was eliminated from Team CeeLo during the Knockout Rounds. "I learned so much," he says of his experience. "And it gave me a chance to devote the last few years to improving my music."

Garrett and Avery reconnected after The Voice, and Garrett says, "There was only one person who I thought of connecting Avery with when creating the team, and that was Clive Davis." Davis heard Avery sing Donny Hathaway's "A Song for You," and was so impressed he wouldn't let Avery leave his office until a deal was in motion. The love and mutual admiration between Wilson, Davis, and Garrett is strong: Avery calls Davis his "Industry Father" and Garrett his "Industry Big Brother."

Avery's remarkable voice and engaging personality have already attracted nearly 5 million YouTube views, but he's concentrated on Vine (where he has 1 million followers) and Instagram (where he has 201K followers). He's built a collective online audience of 1.3 million across his social platforms, with online conversation about Avery Wilson increased by a staggering 298% during 2014. Wilson is intensely tuned in to the feedback of his followers, using it to help guide and mold his content. "When you have a love in life and people love you for it, that's an incredible feeling." Wilson says, "And when people give you love you have to give it back."
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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