Following a successful debut in July, “Mondays at The House”, a new emerging artists concert series presented by Fieldhouse-Music BMG at The Iridium, continues on August 28 with special guest host and DJ Macy Gray. Macy Gray has had an expansive career over the past two decades as a singer, songwriter and actress, with record sales of over 25 million worldwide, as well as multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV and BRIT awards.
“Our premiere showcase was a hit and the momentum for those performers continues as they all have left for tours across the U.S.,” says John Loeffler, Founder & Executive Director at Fieldhouse-Music. “We are excited now to announce that Macy Gray will be joining us for our next edition. She is a choice host for our series as she is a proponent of new talent and singer/songwriters on the verge.”
“Mondays at The House” is a monthly showcase presenting talent curated by Fieldhouse BMG as a means of discovering, nurturing, and promoting the very best unsigned artists in the country today. Industry mixers and meet and greets follow the performances, and aspiring artists in the audience are encouraged to bring samples of their own music to be considered for an upcoming showcase.
This month’s lineup highlights NYC based artists:
Victoria Canal is an 18-year-old Spanish-American singer /songwriter. In 2014, Canal was the winner of the Eddie’s Attic biannual Songwriter Shootout, which one of her inspirations, John Mayer won in 1999. She was chosen to be one of six YoungArts National Finalists as a singer-songwriter . A U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2015, Victoria’s independently-released soulful debut EP “Into the Pull” has garnered over 3 million plays on Spotify and has been praised by the likes of Alessia Cara, as well as having charted at £6 on Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” . She has toured the Southeast of the U.S. twice and is #1 on Reverbnation in the Netherlands, #96 globally. In 2015 Victoria hosted an Open Mic Tour along the east coast of America with 13 dates, raising 5,000 meals for SERV International for people in need. Victoria has since moved to London to begin working on recording her Debut Album. Fired by her pensive lyrics and stunning vocals, 2017 is set to be a standout year for the young artist.
On a cold New York January winter evening in 2013, Pat Via and Mitch Mitchell had not yet met, but were making their way separately through the snow covered West Village streets to a gallery opening on Jane Street, never expecting the twist of fate the night would unveil. Once there, Pat was making the rounds, clad in downtown black from head to toe, weaving through the crowd, whiskey in hand, with one eye on the art and the other on the Soho amazons gathered there that night, when a friend offered to introduce him to a fellow musician, Mitchell C. Mitchell, who was boisterously holding court in a back corner of the gallery, his face hidden beneath a fedora and a mane of unruly hair, his neon colored fingernails weaving nimbly through the air as he spoke. The two immediately hit it off, debating the rumor that Rock and Roll was officially dead, Bach concertos, girls wearing miniskirts in winter, and other such things one discusses on the way to the bottom of a bottle. As they parted ways that night, they agreed that Rock was very much still alive and just needed a swift kick in the ass to get it going again, so they arranged to meet for a jam session the following day, and January Jane was born.
In music, there’s a Louis Armstrong quote that goes “musicians don’t retire, they stop when there’s no more music in them.” Such is the absolute truth for songwriter, producer, and artist Alex Nackman, whose 16 years of travels, triumphs, fits, starts, peaks, and valleys have all contributed to defining and epitomizing the idea of persistence in an ever changing industry and musical landscape.
With six albums, hundreds of tour dates, and dozens of songs placed throughout television and film, Alex Nackman has found a way to see through the fog and have others see him, as he has run the proverbial “career-gamut” as a musician, producer, composer, writer, and artist. He has had the privilege of opening for Norah Jones, The Roots, Zac Brown Band, and Buddy Guy to name a few. He has headlined venerable rooms such as The Troubadour in Los Angeles, ShowBox SoDo in Seattle, Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, and The Borderline in London, among others.
As a writer and composer, Nackman has written music and placed songs with HBO, NBC, CBS Sports, AMC, Pokemon, Gravitas Films, Hyundai, Coca-Cola, Cadillac, BBC, Tour De France, and many others.
After the unexpected death of his drummer and close friend, Chris Williams (also from Pat McGee Band), which occurred in 2006, Alex began taking less time on the road and more time in his Brooklyn recording studio, preferring to write, experiment, and master the studio environment. Nackman has worked with indie and major artists from Sony, Universal, BMG, Nettwerk/Kobalt, and Warner Bros on production and album projects ranging from pop to alternative to rock to folk— showing himself to be a writer with a full spectrum of creative input with an expansive musical palette.
Drawing influence from the nostalgic sounds of 80’s British New Wave and 90’s Alternative music, Alex Nackman’s personal sound is reminiscent of The Cure, U2, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, and many others. Nackman’s musical style harkens back to the dreamy and pensive sounds from the past while constantly retaining and reinventing the energy and impact of current alternative rock.
Nackman is truly a songwriter and artist that strives forward. His music has been built for a career with longevity and relevance for years to come– with songs that have durable relevance. Named an MTV Buzzworthy Artist, an Apple iTunes Indie Spotlight Artist, and lauded by the BBC in London for his “electric fired gems,” he has garnered the eyes and ears of those who look for artists and songwriters with a slow strong burn.
Alex Nackman, now 33, grew up in Sleepy Hollow, New York playing the violin as a child and later as a member of the prestigious Westchester Youth Symphony, before gradually moving towards guitar and piano as a teenager. It only grew from there as open-mics and coffee house gigs progressed toward venues like Stubb’s in Austin, TX, The Roxy in L.A., Paradise Rock Club in Boston, The Barfly in London, the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and many others.
He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Paola. He produces, writes, composes for TV/Film, and mixes music from his home and commercial studio, Vinegar Hill Sound, in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
“Sheer ferocity…” – Stacey Anderson, The New York Times
“Imagine Joan Osborne meets Amy Winehouse…see first hand how she can charm a room with her singing and songwriting.” – John Barry, The Poughkeepsie Journal
Enchanting vocalist and songwriter, Chrissi Poland weaves together the sounds of soul, roots and jazz, creating a deeply captivating performance filled with stunning vocals. Her songwriting embodies a lyrical depth and melodic richness that draws audiences of all kinds in with ease. Drawing comparisons to Carole King and Joan Osborne, her songs have appeared on the HBO, ABC, NBC networks. A multi-instrumentalist, Chrissi has toured throughout the world and worked/performed with an array of artists and icons including Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan, Sting, Moby, Scissor Sisters, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Graham Nash, The Edge, Clint Black and legendary Stax “Soul Man” Sam Moore (formerly of Sam & Dave). She has recently released her fourth studio album entitled Waking Hour.
“Our tagline at Fieldhouse Music is ‘The Best Music You’ve Never Heard’ and this new showcase will be that and more,” says John Loeffler, Founder & Executive Director at Fieldhouse Music. “We want this series to be a gathering place for those interested in discovering artists on the verge, while also serving as a space where aspiring artists can learn from each other and hopefully take their music to the next level.”
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