BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — Friends of Chamber Music will kick off its 2022-23 season this month with award-winning jazz vocalist Samara Joy performing at the Rudder Theater.
The performance is Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
The organization says: “At just 22 years old, one-in-a-generation jazz singer Samara Joy has already won critical acclaim for a voice that is, according to The New York Times, ‘as rich as custard’. and a style that NPR Fresh Air called “disarming [and] without haste,” just as she has built a devoted following in the United States and around the world.
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Samara released Linger Awhile, her feature debut for Verve Records, on September 16.
We spoke last week with New York City resident and winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition about her upcoming performance in BCS.
“I hope they realize that it’s more than just a performance. It’s me trying to connect with them through stories, through songs. So it’s not just me singing for you, singing for anybody, and you gotta sit back and listen, but I want to tune in and I think hopefully I can make the warm atmosphere and environment so everyone feels welcome to receive what I have to give,” said Joy.
Joy, who says the upcoming trip to Texas will be her first in the Lone Star State, first became interested in jazz when a teacher suggested she sing with a band.
She admits she didn’t know much about the genre when she started singing jazz, but it forced her to learn the ins and outs of the musical style.
“I love it, but it was in my ear when I was growing up, so I felt like really authentically expressing the genre I got to listen to who created it, the musicians and the singers,” Joy said. “I love the amount of exploration that I can try and explore in my own voice, and the setting, being acoustic instead of electronic instruments, I love everything about it. I’ve done R&B gigs and stuff like that, and I’ve sung a lot of styles but I really feel at home in this one.
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