And with that, The Sit in Tour 2018 is complete! Thank you to every host for providing space to build community through song. Thank you to every family that opened their home as we drove across the country. Thank you to every person that came out, brought a friend, became a fan, joined the movement- and sat in with us. Thank you to Jacquie, my powerpacked Mitsubishi Outlander that got us from the west coast all the way to the east coast and south in one piece. And last but certainly not least-THANK YOU to Tyler “Eaglebabel” Brooks, for seeing this through with me, for sacrificing, for shouldering, for supporting in every way- this literally would not have happened without you. Here is a taste of what went down over this last month. We sat in together, and it was marvelous. I’m thinking Part II is in order… so if you want us in your town, say something. And last but certainly not least… When we sat in, I told you the album was coming… Well mark your calendars. War Love, my debut album is coming out October 23rd. If you are in the Bay Area, we are having a pre-release listening party Saturday 10/20. It’s free and sure to be an unforgettable night. RSVP at WarLove.eventbrite.com Otherwise get your ears, minds, and hearts ready for War Love to drop next month!
Posted by Jessica Lá Rel on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Jessica Lá Rel is a recording artist, songwriter, and storyteller from Chicago by way of the Bay Area. Her “cinematic soul” sound likens her music to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Her 2016 debut EP, Four Freedoms, ranked #12 on the UK Soul Charts, and landed her opportunities to perform for Oprah Winfrey, Sterling K. Brown, US. Rep John Lewis, Civil Rights Freedom Rider Rip Patton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Garnering 1 million views on YouTube, Lá Rel’s voice & vision is clear. Lá Rel’s music videos have gained national attention as they inspire empathy around the issues of police brutality, Black women’s liberation, and representation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Huffington Post commented on Lá Rel’s work, stating Lá Rel “uses her song and video to provide an anthem for the contemporary movement for Black rights. She is a rising superstar with incredible potential, an artist who inspires, and someone that we should all be looking out for.”
Lá Rel has been featured in The Root and Buzzfeed as an “artist to watch”, and she has opened for Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Omarion, and Angelique Kidjo. In 2018, Lá Rel toured the country, hosting intimate concerts in a series she called The Sit In, invoking the historic legacy of intimate demonstrations in the Civil Rights Movement. Following the tour, Jessica released her debut album, War Love, having teamed up with long-standing musical partner, Tyler “Eaglebabel” Brooks of The Outsiders and Troy Miller, platinum selling producer behind Dreaming Room by Laura Mvula and Liquid Spirit by Gregory Porter. Jessica Lá Rel is a powerhouse vocalist, dynamic writer, and arts activist dedicated to matters of life, love and justice.
“Jessica Lá Rel is a rising superstar with incredible potential, an artist who inspires, and someone that we should all be looking out for.”
– Huffington Post
“A sound that resonates with a timeless love that empowers her community.”
“Lá Rel embraces an approach to music that honors the past while connecting the present and future…of Soul.”
With just shy of a million views on YouTube, The Root has named Jessica Lá Rel an “Artist to Watch”.
Her single, “For Real”, landed #12 on the UK Soul Charts within two weeks of its release.
For more information about her work follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook @jessicalarel
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