Citizen Cope Presents: Alice Smith & Gary Clark Jr. **A CMJ Music Marathon Event** - Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St. - 212-414-5994
Description: ALICE SMITH - NYC-bred singer, songwriter, and producer Alice Smith, known for her four-octave vocal range and stunning stage presence, made a name for herself with her critically acclaimed 2006 debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me (2006, BBE Records). At the time, her artful blend of bluesy, soulful vocals and mid-tempo grooves garnered a passionate following that packed venues like NYC's Mercury Lounge and Joe's Pub, while Vibe Magazine gushed that her sound "evoke[s] Fiona Apple's finest material." Her single "Dream" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative category. Smith signed to Epic Records after a bidding war and re-released For Lovers in 2007. The next four years were dedicated to writing and recording new material. Meanwhile, Epic experienced a great deal of tumult, and Smith suddenly found herself at an impasse. Though she was producing new material at a steady clip, it was being held back by the inner workings of her label. Though her fans may have wondered what happened to Alice Smith, she was hardly silent during those years. She performed new material for sold-out crowds at top venues like New York's Highline Ballroom, SOB's and Blue Note Jazz Club, and Los Angeles's Wiltern Theater. However, she didn't release any new albums. Today, she's back and eager to share with her fans a hotly-anticipated dose of new music. GARY CLARK JR. - Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen - as it did when 26-year-old singer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song "Bright Lights" at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival - the result is magical. Funky, hip, and badass, Clark is a rocking soul man for a new generation. Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker, he fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip hop and contemporary soul, displaying a virtuosity and tone that put most modern rock shredders to shame. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Clark began playing guitar at age 12 and soon gained local recognition after popping up on the radar of legendary promoter Clifford Antone. He went on to win the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions, play on the nationally televised show Austin City Limits, tour with such artists as Jimmie Vaughan, Pinetop Perkins, and Doyle Bramhall II, and release two self-produced albums. In 2010, he was the only young newcomer to be selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he performed with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow. A DVD of the show, released last November, led to Clark's signing with Warner Bros. Records. His latest release, The Bright Lights EP, came out earlier this year on the label.