Alicia Blue is singer-songwriter that uses a folk tradition to tell modern stories. Her voice is both traditional and untraditional, both refined yet raw, always lending itself to the lyric first. She started writing poetry at a young age and later moved to Los Angeles where she met soul singer Malcolm Hayes Jr. This meeting sparked the beginning of her music career. Originally inspired by greats such as Aretha Franklin and Carmen McRae on the vocalist side, she also proves to be influenced by the artistry of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. She recently opened for BORNS at Sofar Sounds’ Give A Home global music festival, performed at LA’s biggest east’s music festival Echo Park Rising and had a fun collaboration with Reebok performing at their LA Showroom. You can find her performing in Los Angeles at The Hotel Cafe, Peppermint Club, Sofar Sounds and many more.
The Little Miss
I've spent the last four years in Los Angeles agonizing over every song I've released. And I've released a total of four. That's one a year. It's not like I'm not writing or performing the rest of the year, either -- it just takes me a long ass time to do anything.
With "Pollyanna," I wanted to embrace imperfection. Inspired by other artists who have adopted analog recording methods, I, too, wanted to try my hand at something that was never going to be perfect. Something you couldn't go back and overdub or edit.
To be more specific, these nine songs were recorded in the span of about two hours on a whirlwind trip up north to visit a friendly old time-y recording wizard named Jon and his genuinely whimsical collection of antique gear. Our car broke down two hours in, we almost didn't go, but hey, I made it back in time for work the next morning.
And so, "Pollyanna," worts and all, is my exercise in letting go. I've held onto the same collection of songs for nearly half a decade, and it is time to set them free. And you know what? I'm releasing them because I genuinely, and from the bottom of my heart, am simply longing to share them. I hope I can transport you to some made-up, sepia-toned time that never existed with cozy blankets, a fireplace and some cocoa in tow. Or, you know, something like that 😉
LA native Cassandra Violet's transcendent indie pop blends infectious hooks, loops and layered vocals into a candy-colored girl-group confection, a la Lily Allen meets the Supremes. Already a SoCal favorite, her unique sounds have been featured at School Night at Bardot, the Moroccan Lounge, the Echo, the Bootleg, Resident, and the Regent Theater, with press in LA Weekly, Buzzbands LA and Glide. Her songs have been placed on Ozark (Netflix), The Mindy Project (Hulu), The Fosters (ABC Family), and films including Girl on the Edge, featured on Showtime. Cassandra writes songs from a modern woman’s perspective about strength, solitude, love and disappointment, sung in sassy three part harmony. Her second EP, Body&Mind, was released in 2016 and was featured on Buzzbands.LA, Hello Giggles, Philthy Mag, Audiofemme, and Imposemagazine, among others. Her third EP, out this December, was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Derek Howa (of JPO), with horns by Conor McElwain and Jonah Levine, who was recently featured on Jay-Z's 4:44.