Ivy Hill

Ivy Hill

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A soulful and energetic fusion of rock, R&B, funk, Latin, jazz, and pop, Ivy Hill is one of the most engaging bands around Boston. With their dynamic live shows, skillfully tight sound, and infectiously catchy songs, Ivy Hill will get you grooving on the dance floor in no time.

Biography

With their energy-packed performances, irresistibly catchy melodies, and infectiously danceable grooves, Ivy Hill has been amazing audiences with a fun blend of rock, R&B, funk, jazz, Latin, and pop.

Lead singer/songwriter Lori Kirk commands the stage with her dynamic range of vocal skills, from smooth singing, to powerhouse belting, to lively storytelling, to sassy rapping, even to old-school beat-boxing. “I like to take the R&B melodies and melismas of Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys and mix it with rocker energy,” says Lori. “People are often surprised that a female front person has so much energy. Guys aren’t the only ones who can rock out, sweat under hot lights, and head bang!”

Energy is not the only quality Ivy Hill can boast of. Since most band members studied music in college, Ivy Hill is infused with skilled musicianship and talent. Guitarist Mike Lacourse, trumpeter Tung Pham, keyboard/saxophone player Kevin Wallack, bassist Frank Anes, and drummer Andy Fordyce combine their diverse musical backgrounds and talents to create stylish music that perfectly compliments Lori’s powerful voice. Notes guitarist Mike Lacourse: “The best thing about our band is that we find inspiration in each other. When one of us has an idea, we all pick up on it right away, working together to build it into something memorable.” With such talent in the band, it’s easy for Ivy Hill to create fresh, innovative music with timeless appeal. Says Lori: “I like to think that we’re doing something original with the spirit of Motown in our back pockets.”

With originality and creativity as their foundation, Ivy Hill has been able to expand their music across genres, bringing in a little something for everyone to enjoy. Their songs range from the mellow grooves of “Fake Love Song,” to the party-starting “Sonic Pasta,” to the Latin fusion of “Donde Estabas,” to the reggae tinged “Play My Song,” to the juicy vocal showcase in “My My My,” and so much more. “Listening to our music is like filling your cup with every soda in the soda fountain,” says keys/sax player Kevin Wallack. “It’s tasty, refreshing, and fun.”

From stylish clubs such as Felt in Boston, to crowded bars like Captain Carlo’s in Gloucester, to the most popular venues around Boston such as The Middle East, TT the Bears, and The Paradise Rock Club, people enjoy the music of Ivy Hill. “Our music is for everyone and anyone who wants to dance and feel good,” says trumpeter Tung Pham. “Whether we play a hip club or a local bar, our music appeals to so many different people that we make fans everywhere we go.”

With a self-produced, self-titled LP currently in the works for release this fall, plenty of shows lined up, and a steadily growing fan base, Ivy Hill is looking forward to a successful future. “Although we’ve just scratched the surface, I’m already having the time of my life,” says bassist Frank Anes. “When you love what you do, there is no limit to what you can accomplish, and we all love this gig.”

Discography

Ivy Hill (November 2007) Coming soon!

Ivy Hill played live on WERS 88.9 FM Local Music Week (August 2007) -Songs: Sonic Pasta; Donde Estabas; Lady Anonymous

Demo EP (August 2006) -Track List: My My My; Prove Me Wrong; Fake Love Song; Sonic Pasta

Set List

ORIGINALS:
My My My
Sonic Pasta
Prove Me Wrong
Want Me Back
Donde Estabas
Lady Anonymous
Slow It Down (Heat It Up)
Fake Love Song
Ride With You
Doin’ All I Can
Feel High
Play My Song
Crying Shame
Funk Faces
Take Me Higher

COVERS:
Never There -Cake
Are You That Somebody? -Aaliyah
Doo Wop (That Thing) –Lauryn Hill
Sir Duke –Stevie Wonder
Hit the Road Jack –Ray Charles
Stir it Up –Bob Marley
Cosmic Girl -Jamiroquai
Waterfalls- TLC