BeBobAlooza winner to offer fans a taste of new music
Over the past couple of years we’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing clients, but
we’ve never been prouder now that one of our favorites is ready to embark on the second half of what has thus far been – a short – but very promising career. Our own Malia Grace (née Malia LiVolsi) is currently working on her début EP with famed Austin-based producers Matt Noveskey (Orb Studios/ Blue October) and Johnny Vogelsang. She is planning to release seven songs in the spring of 2015 following a Kickstarter in January, which will help raise funds to complete the EP. To celebrate and kick off the upcoming effort she recently announced that she would be performing a preview show at Austin’s One-2-One Bar Dec. 29! Please find her full statement below:
I want to welcome my friends, family and fans to the next stage in my music career. As many of you know, I am currently working on my debut EP. I’ve enjoyed entertaining at local venues, parties, churches and even college and professional sporting events, and now I’ve discovered how special it is to put your own music on record to share with the world.
Over the past couple of months, I have been blessed to work with two amazingly talented producers, namely Matt Noveskey (Orb Studios/ Blue October) and Johnny Vogelsang. Under their guidance and with the synergistic input and participation from an all-star roster of local musicians whom I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with, I am putting together seven very special songs to share with you all in the spring of 2015.
Already, the songs for the EP have drawn some praise. A couple of months ago, my songs won the 2014 edition of BeBobAlooza, a prestigious songwriting contest judged by its Emmy award winning namesake Bob Cheevers, Sara Hickman, the president of the Texas Songwriters Association, and many other talented musicians/songwriters. I am beyond honored to have received this award, and cannot wait to share my music with you all!
In the coming months, we hope to complete and polish the effort for the EP. We will be holding a fundraiser via Kickstarter in January to help us complete the project and deliver the best product we possibly can. Until then, this month is all about celebrating the end of what has been an extremely special year for my team and me and about inviting all of you who have shown your support for me in so many ways over the years along for the ride.
Of course, no celebration would be complete without a party – so I’m throwing one! December 29th, I will be playing songs from my upcoming EP as well as some old favorites at Austin’s One-2-One Bar from 11 p.m. until midnight with a full band backing me up.
Please join us for a drink or two and some music that I guarantee will cure any case of the Mondays! Thank you all for your continuous support. I love every one of you and am so glad to share this life-changing experience with you.
“Great albums are more than a radio hit, they are a coherent collection of songs that share a vision or forward a story. It is a single work of art created from many pieces. The art of the album is lost on many of today’s recording artists, especially within the pop genre but that isn’t to say that is something new, just perhaps more prevalent. For as long as recorded music had a long play format, there have been albums with untouched B sides and others that compelled the listener to listen to the complete work, both sides.
These albums stand out as the very best of what all of us here at MojoLists heard this year, the albums that made us stop and pay attention, the albums that we will still be listening too for years to come. It was no easy decision either, 2014 has been one of the best years for music releases in a long time.”
Singer-songwriter to step in for sick Malia Grace tonight for 11 p.m. show
Certain Circles crooner delivers eclectic set full of engaging lyrics
WHAT: A bout with illness has forced Malia Grace to remove herself from what would have been the first of her December engagement’s at Austin’s One-2-One Bar tonight – to sing songs from up upcoming untitled debut EP, but live music fans need not worry. Local singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway has stepped in to fill the gap and will be entertaining patrons with songs from his growing library of music, which includes the EP Certain Circles. Released in 2014 The Austin Chronicle asked if Gassaway could be the next Bob Schneider in its review of the album, which it gave three stars (out of four) extolling its, “message of hope and inspiration,” and calling it’s mix of upbeat mix of roots-rock, folk and piano delightfully infectious. Grace will return to the One-2-One stage Dec. 29.
WHO: A lifelong Texan, Gassaway is trained in classical guitar and voice, and plays a variety of instruments from banjolele to reed organ. His training, and the onstage lessons he’s learned as a solo performer and member of groups such as Canaries in the Coal Mine and formally the Matchmaker Band, has resulted in multi-textured pop songs that recall the Head & the Heart and Ben Folds. In a Chase Gassaway song, it’s not unusual to hear strings, horns, woodwinds and piano accompanying Gassaway’s engaging lyrics and slightly husky vocals.