Silverlake’s own Shannon Hurley has spent the past two years of her life writing, creating and recording her latest musical offering. That project is called California. Hurley and her band will celebrate its release in a concert to be held at the Hotel Cafe (1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood) at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31.
Hand-picked as one of Rolling Stone’s top 25 best bands on MySpace, Hurley released her debut album Ready to Wake Up in 2007. With an honest voice coupled with pure and simple lyrics, Hurley calls to mind a young Carole King, with the pop sensibility of Aimee Mann.
Shannon and husband Ben Eisen (also her long-standing bass player) moved to Nashville in 2009. It was there they started a new band called Lovers & Poets, an electronic chill-pop project that garnered airplay on KCRW and Adam Carolla’s ACE Broadcasting Network.
They returned to Los Angeles in 2010, but not before Hurley headed off to Vietnam to perform at the Hyatt Hotel in Saigon for three months. She performed as a pop lounge singer and came away with experience and a love for Asian culture. While in Vietnam, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, and Hurley called several artist friends into action. The result was the compilitation album Songs for Haiti, and all proceeds from this digital compilation went to Oxfam America.
Sadly, the day Hurley returned to Los Angeles, her mother passed away suddenly. Her mom was the one who had introduced Hurley to pop music, having sung in rock bands while growing up in South Bend, Indiana.
Determined to make the most personal album yet, Hurley set to work on California, spawned from a single, self-titled track recorded in January 2009. In addition, “Beg Steal Borrow”, one of the new tracks, appeared on the Emmy nominated web-based series “Venice”. Drawing on her myriad of fans, Hurley used the Kickstarter program to help fund the recording.
Hurley lent her voice to the recent Armada Music/Rebrand Records release “Sun Gone Down” by Protoculture. The single was also picked as a Track of the Week” on A State of Trance Radio.
Former Los Angeles songstress and now New York City resident Libbie Schrader will perform at 9 p.m., celebrating the release of her new project Magdalene. Come early and celebrate the release of what should be two of the best indie releases of 2011.