(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Brooklyn-based rock singer-songwriter Holly Miranda, whose soulful, sensual vocals were one of the distinguishing characteristics of the sound of much-beloved, Brooklyn-based indie-rock band the Jealous Girlfriends, brings her pointed and outspoken songs to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, June 10, at 9pm. New England singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell warms up the crowd for Miranda, who should appeal to fans of Cat Power, Feist, Jeff Buckley, Liz Phair, and Nina Simone.
At the young age of 33, Holly Miranda has already enjoyed half a lifetime in the music business. She signed her first record deal, with major label BMG, at age 17. While nothing came of that first deal, her subsequent freedom allowed her to join up with friends to form the much-beloved, Brooklyn-based indie-rock band, the Jealous Girlfriends, just a couple of years later. The band won first place in the iPod Music Video Contest, and its songs appeared in TV show including “The L Word,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “CSI: Miami.”
Miranda’s solo albums include “The Magician’s Private Library” and her 2015 eponymous album. Last month, she released “Party Trick,” an EP of cover tunes, featuring songs by Drake, Bon Iver, Morphine, Alphaville, Lhasa De Sela, and Sparklehorse. The title refers to Tegan Quinn’s comment about Miranda’s ability to take any song and make it sad – Quinn called it Miranda’s “party trick.”
When not touring and recording, Miranda keeps plenty busy. She recently toured the globe playing guitar for Karen O in support of her solo debut “Crush Songs”; she toured Spain for the annual Voces Femininas festival; and is currently working on a graphic novel with Portland-based artist Catherine Lazar Odell. She has also toured with Tegan & Sara and with Florence and the Machine.
“I can’t remember a time I wasn’t singing. When I was little my older sisters used to make me lay on the floorboard of the car if I was going to sing, because my voice was so loud they said it felt like it was ‘inside of their heads,’” she says. “I’ll never stop making music. It’s the best therapy I’ve found.”
Sonya Kitchell, originally from rural Massachusetts and now of Brooklyn, also got an early start. Starting out as a jazz singer at age 13, she was the youngest performer ever to sell out the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. As Kitchell grew, she matured musically, becoming a folk-pop singer-songwriter, an instrumentalist, and a composer of chamber pop. “We Come Apart,” her first new album in seven years, was released earlier this year.
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