The Center for the Arts presents
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
with Genevieve opening
$27 members, $32 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)
The magical journey of A Great Big World – Ian Axel and Chad King – began in the music practice rooms of NYU (New York University) where the two were attending college. In 2012, after a few twists and turns of fate, the friends formed A Great Big World and released a six-song EP funded by Kickstarter. It spawned the viral sensation “Everyone Is Gay” and “This Is the New Year,” which was performed by the cast on Fox’s Glee.
Soon after, Black Magnetic/Epic Records offered the duo a deal, and issued “Say Something” as their first official single in 2013. Its terse, tearful piano and Axel’s heavenly hypnotic vocals tugged on heartstrings, and struck a chord. After hearing it during a pivotal segment of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Christina Aguilera fell in love with the song. She collaborated with AGBW on a new recording of the track that they subsequently performed together on NBC’s The Voice, which launched it to #1 on iTunes. More tv performances followed (The American Music Awards, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show), culminating with the song’s release on AGBW’s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There? (January 2014).
“Say Something” ultimately occupied the #1 spot on iTunes, Billboard’s Digital Songs, Digital Tracks, Adult Top 40, and Hot Dance Club Songs charts, as well as Spotify and Shazam, in addition to going Top 10 on sales charts in 19 countries. After turning in a riveting performance at Clive Davis’ prestigious annual pre-Grammy® party in January 2014, A Great Big World toured from May through August across the U.S. and Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
For the remainder of 2014, into 2015, A Great Big World was hard at work on new music that they were eager to present to their legions of fans across the globe. The release of “Hold Each Other” in July 2015 introduced the arrival of their second album When the Morning Comes last November. The band’s newest single “Oasis” harkens back to the honest, sentimental songwriting found in “Say Something,” and sets the stage for a new year full of touring.
Genevieve is a born singer. As with contemporaries like Sia or Thom Yorke, Genevieve has that rare capacity to channel the physical aspects of her singular voice – the warm clarity of her notes, the wide spectrum of her vocal range, the inventive tonal subtleties – into pure expressive meaning. And like Bjork or Fiona Apple, her voice is so much bigger than her slight frame that, as it pours out of her, she both shapes it and is herself transformed by it into an almost otherworldly character onstage.
Rich in texture and multi-layered harmonies, Genevieve’s debut EP Show Your Colors is a triumphant collection of songs that focus on the power of celebrating one’s true self. “I am an emotional being in a world of duality,” she says, and set out to reflect this message within the musical landscape. “I wanted a lot of sonic imagery, a blend of organic and synthetic elements with colorful tones and textures. “
It’s a big step forward from where she started, touring the country as the singer in the rock band from Chicago, Company of Thieves. After two successful albums and multiple tours with the likes of OK Go and The Hold Steady, the band ended in 2013; at that point, Genevieve wasted no time getting to work on new material.
As Genevieve’s songwriting and voice have expanded into a new confidence, so has her sense of self, and it’s time, she says, “to step out, time to be seen and heard.” On Show Your Colors, you can hear the character of Genevieve emerging right before your ears, as a singer, as a woman, as a beacon of empowerment, and as an independent artist with a singular voice poised to change the musical landscape.