Freddy Hall
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Freddy Hall

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Freddy Hall's 'Nothing In The Open' Is Perfect For Your Summer Soundtrack"

BEAUTIFUL on Broadway's guitarist Freddy Hall has the summer soundtrack album you've been waiting for! Freddy Hall combines smooth sounds, stunning vocals, and melodic instrumentals to make 'Nothing In The Open' the perfect debut album. The album features two hit singles, 'Nothing In The Open' and 'Still I'd Try My Best For You'.

Watch Freddy's new tasteful and nostalgic lyric video for the tile track 'Nothing In The Open' below.

Hall launched his career as a professional guitarist on the Tony Award winning play, 'Spring Awakening'. From there, he shaped his new album, 'Nothing In The Open'. The album's soulful songs focus on rediscovering love, coping with loss, and hurdling the obstacles of being addicted to an addict. Hall and 'Nothing In The Open' are prominent voices for the LGBTQ community as the album offers a strong sense of relief for those who have or may be confronting difficulties about their true identities.

If you aren't able to catch him on the BEAUTIFUL stage Freddy will also be performing at Shakespeare in the Park all summer long! For upcoming tour-dates and more, follow Freddy on Instagram and Twitter. - iHeart Radio


"Jheri Curls and Dreams"

When I was 11 years old I met a goofy-looking kid named Freddy Hall. When I say goofy I don’t mean it negatively. He was simply the only kid I’ve ever met that had a natural Jheri curl that only existed on the top of his head. Ironically enough, it would be these natural curls that were the first to call it quits — the top of head now shines in a bald glow under the sun.
We bonded over our unique sense of humor (which included his penchant for telling girls I liked them while I was standing right next to him), our musical taste, and most of all, our desire to be artists one day. We would spend hours in the summer avoiding the northern Virginia heat by air-jamming in his basement to ‘90s alt-rock. Neither of us played an instrument at the time, but he was the best air-guitarist I’ve ever met, and likewise, I was the best air-drummer he knew.
Freddy wanted to be a great musician one day, and I wanted to be a great writer. We lost touch after I moved to Georgia, though we maintained our passions in various ways. After reconnecting more than a decade later, having not spoken since our pre-teen days, it was astonishing to see that our summer-afternoon musings had somehow remained.
Freddy had trekked his way to Broadway — the real Broadway in New York City. He found his niche as a guitarist for various Broadway shows, all the while saving up to hit the studio to record his own music while living in Brooklyn.
A week ago, Freddy — better known by more than just his first name on the East Coast — dropped his second album, titled “Nothing in the Open,” to favorable reviews.
After downloading his newest musical creation on iTunes, I peered over the ominous black and white album cover that had his bald head, tight lips and tight eyes looking back at me. While he’s moved on from his Jheri curl days and into a life as a professional musician, I laughed at how far we’ve come from those days in his basement.
Nostalgia hit me, and continued to do so as I listened to each track, one of which was titled “Riverbugs,” in which he sings of the Potomac River near where we both once lived. I thought back to the days of our youth and wondered how we somehow knew then what we wanted. While I was lost in the reverie of his lyrical prowess and catchy melodies, I brought myself back to the present, and thought about the Gunnison High School (GHS) seniors who are about to graduate.
I reminisced to when Luke Tovar sprinted down the sideline for a touchdown against Kent Denver nearly fours years ago. It was the first game of the season, and when the then-sophomore crossed into the endzone he flashed his infectious grin — one that would become his trademark.
I thought back to the time I wrote a story about siblings on the basketball team three-and-a-half-years ago. Jarren Howard, then a sophomore, was bashful as she nervously tried to find words for my questions.
I remembered the first time I met Josh Wallin — before he and his hair became “Most Likely to Appear on the Cover of ‘People.’” He was quiet, even shy, as the eager understudy to his brother on the football field. The then-sophomore’s uniform was typically clean from a stint on the sidelines, and he was much shorter then too (like his hair).
While Tovar is still flashing that same grin, Howard has found her words, and Wallin his humor, I wondered what their dreams — as well as those of other GHS athletes — were.
As if on cue, Freddy sang out “I know you think dreaming is for fools, but I’ll try my best for you,” over my speakers, and I laughed at the coincidence — or was it?
I thought of the things I’d tell young Bobby given the chance, and I thought of the things I tell graduating seniors even now. What I’ve concluded is that while dreaming is sometimes considered foolish — given that it is just a thought — it can become a reality if you decide for it to be.
While Freddy and I took various paths to get to our genres of art, and lost or gained hair in the process, it started as simply as a dream. But the dream became words, and the words became action.
So, if I were to leave GHS graduates with any parting words, I’d say: Dream big — because all great things start simply.
Now, enjoy tossing your hats up in the air Sunday, take a million selfies for Instagram, and get to work making those dreams a reality. - Gunnison Times


"Indie-Popsters with Theatrical Flair SKY-PONY to Perform at NYC's Mercury Lounge"

On Saturday May 7, Brooklyn band Sky-Pony will hit the stage at NYC's Mercury Lounge. Freddy Hall & The Best Intentions will open. The recent few months have been busy for Sky-Pony, an indie-pop combo with theatrical roots. They released their debut LP Beautiful Monster on Knitting Factory Records in December, to glowing reviews. In February and March they premiered their rock-theater hybrid piece The Wildness, presented by Ars Nova in collaboration with The Play Company. That too received strong reviews, and the show has recently been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.

Sky-Pony has built a cult following for its lush, lyrical, often cheeky indie-pop with a healthy dose of theatrics. Led by Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Mirder) and her husband, Obie winning songwriter Kyle Jarrow (bookwriter for upcoming The SpongeBob Musical) they have been called "tight, fierce and hilarious" by The Wall Street Journal and "indie pop aces" by The New York Times. The band also includes the talents of David Blasher on cello, Eric Day on bass, Perry Silver on drums, Kevin Wunderlich on guitar, Kristin Piacentile and Jessi Suzuki on backing vocals. More info athttp://www.sky-pony.com.

Join Sky-Pony on Saturday May 7 at Mercury Lounge, located at 217 E Houston Street, NYC. Tickets are only $10 and are available at http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/1114659-sky-pony-new-york. Doors open at 7:30, opener Freddy Hall & the Best Intentions hits the stage at 8 and Sky-Pony goes on at 9pm.

Freddy Hall & The Best Intentions serve up folky pop with delicate human stories with a joyful voice. Virginia native Freddy Hall set up camp in the bohemian avenues of Brooklyn, New York and in just under two years made a name for himself as a professional musician playing guitar for many Broadway and touring Broadway shows where he met the other members of his band, The Best Intentions. During their downtime on and off the road, they crafted the songs of Freddy, and in 2012, teamed up with producer Anthony 'Rocky' Gallo to created their debut album "Wander Years," which was a notable pick for Performer Magazine, stating that "Freddy showcases his narrative skills with great success. They are currently working on their followup to "Wander Years" and will release it in Summer 2016. - Broadway World


""Freddy is a young, humble songwriter with a zen attitude to music""

Freddy is a young, humble songwriter with a Zen attitude to music. He’s equally capable of a an acoustic folk-rock Dave Matthews-like tune, and then turn the song inside out and bring in some audial pyrotechnics. Freddy’s guitar is versatile, between ripping up chords and being poignant on acoustic, changing moods within a song. He sports a clever use of words and lyrics, and a bit entertaining with the stage banter. - Radio Crystal Blue


"Battleships, Freddy Hall, Dum Dum Girls and a Side of Orzo and Cauliflower Gravy"

HOLD LOVE... "has moments where everything seems to be clicking and ticking in unison" - Write-Click-Cook-Listen


Discography

Nothing in the Open - 2017
Wander Years - 2012

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“A true artist of the human condition” by Performer Magazine 

"Smooth sounds and stunning vocals" - iHeart Radio 

"Lyrical prowess and catchy melodies" - Gunnison Times 

Freddy Hall is a Brooklyn based folk-pop darling weaving delicate human stories with irresistible grooves and a joyful voice.

A Virginia native, Freddy set up camp in Brooklyn in the fall 2008 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. He quickly made a name for himself as a professional guitarist playing on the first national tour of Duncan Shiek’s Tony award winning SPRING AWAKENING. It was on that tour that he met drummer, Marques Walls, and bassist, Alan Stevens Hewitt.

The three have joined forces, along with producer Anthony “Rocky” Gallo (John Legend, Tokyo Police Club, Andrew Bird), to shape the album, Nothing in the Open - an autobiographical meditation on the perils of reacquainting a childhood love. Nothing in the Open was released in May of 2017. They're currently teaming up to record the follow-up due out early next year.

Freddy manages his time playing guitar on the Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and touring with his music.