EMILY BRASS BAND

EMILY BRASS BAND

BandHip HopReggae

Like a musical shape-shifter, Emily Brass takes you on a psychedelic reggae-jazz-hop journey, channeling the ghosts of old school rap, rock-steady reggae, swing and 60's rock & soul, while relentlessly keeping you in a sweat-inducing, smile-inspiring trance-dance, all night long.

Biography

Like a musical shape-shifter, Emily Brass takes you on a psychedelic reggae-jazz-hop journey, channeling the ghosts of old school rap, rock-steady reggae, swing and 60's rock & soul, while relentlessly keeping you in a sweat-inducing, smile-inspiring trance-dance, all night long.

Her lyrical message is empowering and poetic, sung through countless vocal styles, conjuring up the spirit of Zap Mama, Sade, Erykah Badu, Chrissie Hynde and even John Lennon. Between rapid-fire raps, catchy choruses, and sensuously sung verses, she wails on her sax while audiences lose themselves under the influence of Maceo Parker and Dean Frasier-inspired riffs.

As front woman of Foundation Stone, the multi-faceted songstress released two albums, playing festivals and dance halls from New England to Florida, selling thousands of CDs to their far-flung fans. Brass released her debut solo record entitled "Open Door" last fall, and as the title suggests, the album represents a fork in the songwriter's path. Fond of the Philadelphia sound, Brass enlisted musical allies, The Princes of Babylon (a funk-hip-hop-reggae trio that features bassist and vocalist Dave “Katman“ Katowitz of G. Love's "All Fellas Band“) to record the project, as well as renowned keyboardist and studio musician, Jeremy Dyen (of Fathead and Alo Brasil).

In her live show, Brass again brings an outstanding group of handpicked musicians to the stage. Voted best musician in 2006 and 2007 by The Roanoke Times, Brent Hoskins (formerly of The Seed) rocks the house on drums. Lindsey Wright adds her sublime harmonies and upbeat energy to the mix on vocals and flute. John Lindsay keeps the groove with steady, heavyweight bass, while versatile guitarist Richie Ursomarso skillfully weaves fascinating, psychedelic melodies into his rhythmic guitar parts.

Emily Brass Band also occasionally invites other top notch musicians from the area to join them on stage as guest artists, including flamboyant Yams from Outer Space singer and guitarist Mike Kirby; reknowned reggae circuit musicians Greg Ward and Peanut (of Culture and The Abyssinians); the highly skilled, international touring keyboardist James Pace (of Cyrus Pace and The Non-Profits); and legendary drummer “King” George Penn of Hopehop (formerly of Jah Works and True Sound).

Join the circle, become entranced…their music is coming your way soon!

CONTACT EMILY BRASS BAND:

Forward Moving Productions
3754 Franklin Pike
Floyd VA 24091
(540) 745-3827

www.EmilyBrass.com
www.Myspace.com/EmilyBrass

EMILY BRASS

...has performed at the same events as …

BIG BOI of Outkast, WYCLEF JEAN, LUDACRIS, GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT, THE WAILERS, THE DOORS OF THE 21rst CENTURY, STEVE MILLER BAND, WEEN, FOOFIGHTERS, ME’SHELL N’DEGECELLO, BURNING SPEAR, CULTURE, EEK-A-MOUSE, THE MEDITATIONS, DONNA THE BUFFALO, ACOUSTIC SYNDICATE, BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, LEON RUSSELL, GALACTIC, JOHN SCOFIELD, KARL DENSON, RICHIE HAVENS, NEW MONSOON, LAURA REED & DEEP POCKET & more

...has played at outstanding festivals like...

MUSIC MIDTOWN (Atlanta GA), BELE CHERE (Asheville NC), COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL (Columbus OH), LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL (Black Mountain NC), FLOYDFEST (Floyd VA), FRIDAYS AFTER 5 (Charlottesville, VA), SMILEFEST (Union Grove, NC), FIRST NIGHT (Asheville NC, Harrisonburg VA, Blacksburg VA), STEPPIN OUT (Blacksburg VA), FRIDAYS ON THE SQUARE (Harrisonburg VA), SUMMER JAM (Ithaca NY), SPRING FLING (Spartanburg SC), TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE (St. Augustine FL), ONE LOVE PEACE FESTIVAL (Fredericksburg VA), FIRST FRIDAYS (Roanoke VA), JAMES ISLAND CONCERT SERIES (Charleston SC), GROOVE REGGAE FEST (Woodbury CT), GOOMBAY FESTIVAL (Asheville NC), GROVERFEST (Union Grove, NC), GROOVIN ON GRAYSON (Galax VA) & more

... at countless cool venues including...

FREEBIRD LIVE- Jacksonville Beach FL, ZIGGY'S- Winston-Salem NC, THE LANTERN - Blacksburg VA, THE SUN MUSIC HALL- Floyd VA, JANNUS LANDING- St. Petersburg FL, 123 PLEASANT STREET- Morgantown WV, MARQUEE THEATER- Jacksonville FL, GRAPE STREET PUB- Philadelphia PA, MARZZ-Wilmington NC, STELLA BLUE- Asheville NC, BUBBA MAC’S- Ocean City NJ, PEASANTS CAFÉ- Greenville NC, CONCH HOUSE- St. Augustine FL, BAYLEE'S- Blacksburg, VA, FOXFIRE GRILL- Snowshoe WV, CHARLIE BROWNZ- Wilmington NC, BARLEY’S- Knoxville TN, CYBERCAFE- Binghamton NY, 13th FLOOR – Baltimore MD & more

…as well as these colleges…

VIRGINIA TECH UNIVESITY, RADFORD UNIVERSITY, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

...and they'll be in your town soon!

Lyrics

Changes

Written By: Emily Brass

So many changes in this world today
I don't know what to do or what to say
But we must face it, we can't run away
So many changes in this world today

E.M.I. to the L.Y.
I lay down tracks on the first try
B.R.A. to the S.S.
Gonna make you move, no you can't rest!
Just when you think things are permanent fixture
Life takes ingredients out of the mixture
Look around, it's plain to see
Things ain't what they used to be
Drive a car, it's good for me
How's that look in history?
Things must change, rearrange
Gone is yesterday's front page
Gotta move forward, do our best
While changes put us to the test

So many changes in this world today
And we must face them, we can't run away
It's time to act upon the things we say
So many changes in this world today

How can the picture be more clear?
Temperature rises every year
Kids up north can't skate outside
How can facts just be denied?
I know it's not a lot to ask
And we have to face the task
Cut down on electric and on gas
While over-use becomes our past

So many changes in this world today
And we must face them, we can't run away
It's time to act upon the things we say
So many changes in this world today

The Present

Written By: Emily Brass

Hey, it's my day, it's today, it's my day
It's your day, it's today, it's our day
It's my day, it's today, it's your day
It's our day, it's today

Stepping into the future
Blaze a path that suits your talents, abilities
These should be seen, like the past
See how it just don't laast?
The days go by fast, though we try to grasp, like today
There really is no delay
The music always plays on this worldly stage, like now
And though we don't see how
The strings are being pulled and fate being fulfilled

In the present
Trying to keep my mind on the present
Unwrap the truth of the present
Opening up to the present
It's the greatest gift

Hey, it's my day, it's today, it's my day
It's your day, it's today, it's our day
It's my day, it's today, it's your day
It's our day, it's today

Sometimes I get caught
And my days do get bought
With concerns of tomorrow
The present I borrow
Using time
For a much better thing the future will bring
Then I feel the sting of right now
When I don't just allow
The things that exist
I try to resist what's around me
The future confounds me
I gotta let it be, can't sweat my destiny, in the present

In the present
Trying to keep my mind on the present
Unwrap the truth of the present
Opening up to the present
It's the greatest gift

Hey, it's my day, it's today, it's my day
It's your day, it's today, it's our day
It's my day, it's today, it's your day
It's our day, it's today

Over the Mountain

Written By: Emily Brass

It must be somewhere over the mountain
It must be somewhere over the sea

People wonder every day
Just where are they going?
As I stare at their movement silently from the sideline
I'm searching for the very edge of the world
And what I might find if I look beyond the usual dividing lines

It must be somewhere over the mountain
It must be somewhere over the sea

Two sides of personality
The free and the fearful
And both will talk to you from either side of your mind
Which voice do you listen to?
How do you know what is right?
As the mental wranglings keep you awake at night

It must be somewhere over the mountain (I'm going)
It must be somewhere over the sea

And as our paths move forward
It's clear that freedom
Is the feeling no one can tell you who you will be - or won't be
And though I'm muddy, and weary, and soaked from the rain
I'll still move forward not back from where i came

It must be somewhere over the mountain (I'm going)
It must be somewhere over the sea

Discography

Emily Brass-Open Door
Foundation Stone-The World We Live In
Foundation Stone-On the Updraft

Set List

While we do a tasty cover from time to time, our music is entirely original. We play up to 3 hours of material.