Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." A recent segment on NPR's World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's up-and-coming artists.
Elle Sera is a CT born & raised artist having lived in NYC, returning back to CT and now constantly on the move. She’s performed on Broadway, in film, tv and radio since she was a young child and now channels her observations and experiences of love, the spirit, relationships and the world around her on her debut EP. She’s got a quietly confident rock edge that reads dynamically as soulful, sometimes sweet, sometimes fiery. And you feel every bit of that in her performances. Elle Sera draws on her influences of rock, rhythm and blues, pop, americana and folk creating a vibe and sound unique to her. Her voice is described as sultry, full and powerful with just enough softness around the edges at all the right moments.
Elle Sera paired up with NYC producer Andrew Hollander to create live tracks with the band recording all in one room. “It creates that magic that happens on stage when you put everyone all together like this and just go for it. And we were able to capture something raw and intense in doing so as well. We had no rehearsals. Just went in and nailed it. Just one day and we had everything we needed” says Elle. With players Tony Scherr on guitar, John Conte on bass and Tony Mason on drums the vibe was effortless and full of surprises.
You can check out Elle Sera playing intimate rooms around the country and performing frequently in CT.