Live in The Atrium
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Twenty-five year old Christian Berishaj has been performing since he was a teenager but only under the JMSN moniker for the past year. With the new name came a new, raw sound that reflects the darkest, most parts intimate of his soul and is already drawing him comparisons to the Weeknd and gaining him fans of the likes of Usher and other heavy-R&B-hitters. He released his first album as JMSN, Priscilla, in early 2012. Self-directed videos for "Alone", "Hotel" and "Something" were released to accompany the album's release.
When she was in high school, Quiñ discovered her dream job: backup singer.
But one glance at her gold-flecked eyes and a moment spent in her sunlit presence, and it's clear that there's no way she could blend into the background. Couple that with her pillowy soft voice, which manages to be earthy and ethereal at the same time, and she positively sparkles.
Still, old habits die hard. Even after filming G-Eazy's artistically NSFW video "Tumblr Girls," she didn't mention she that she, too, was an artist. "He got in the car with my friend and she played him the song I had recently done. He lost his mind," Quiñ says, cat-eyes twinkling. "I let people find out for themselves what's up with me."
With her vocally shapeshifting feature on "Thinking About You," a standout on G-Eazy's sophomore album When It's Dark Out, plus the mystical, Mad Max-inspired video soundtracked by her own dreamy "Math," plenty of people are clamoring to do just that.
Growing up in Pasadena, Quiñ's house always swayed with music. Her mother was a dancer and her father, a television director and transplant from the Bronx, played the congos, drums and trumpet. Her parents palled around with musicians such as singer/songwriter Patrice Rushen, and Quiñ would slip in and bang on the drums in recording studios. She loved harmonizing and singing in her church and school choirs, but was such an introvert, she froze up anytime the spotlight was shone on her.
"I remember singing little ditties in preschool, but I didn't know I was singing out loud. One day my teacher said, 'I love your little song!' and I remember saying, I'm never singing again!" she says, laughing. "I was super sensitive to it, because that was my gift. I had to grow into it."
In 2009, a bout of boyfriend and best friend drama broke her heart, so she left college and retreated to her godmother's in the Bay Area to heal. The trip altered the course of her creative life. While her heartache provided much fodder for her songwriting, she realized the feelings wouldn't last forever. "I want to be able to write like this when I'm not sad, so I had to figure out how to channel the hurt and still have a good day," she says.
The other massive epiphany concerned her very being.
"The only thing stopping you is you," she recalls telling herself. "I was being shy for no reason. When I realized I had words to share, then it became a necessity. I can get over this shyness, I have a message."
Now, she's close to sharing that message with the world. Working with producer and rapper Chuck Inglish on what she terms, "fantasy soul music," she's completing the EP Sunkist Midnight. It's part of her "9 Lives" series, which is testament to both to her own constant state of evolution and a wink to her mom, who called Quiñ and her sisters her "kittens."
"I have to remind myself how cool it is to be a witness to my growth," she says. "Naturally my voice sings! If my voice is made to sing, then how could I possibly mess up?"
ALCORDO IS A 22 YEAR-OLD SOUL/R&B SINGER AND SONGWRITER BORN AND RAISED IN TORONTO, ONTARIO. HEAVILY INFLUENCED MUSICALLY BY HER FAMILY MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY HER FATHER WHO SHARED HIS LOVE FOR MUSIC WITH HER, DEVELOPED AN EARLY INTEREST FOR SINGING. THEY HAD ALWAYS ENCOURAGED HER ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT, INSPIRING HER TO LEARN THE PIANO AND THE GUITAR.
GROWING UP, SHE HAD NEVER TAKEN HER MUSIC CAREER SERIOUSLY; AND IT WASN’T UNTIL JOE KAY FROM SOULECTION HAD REPOSTED ONE OF HER COVERS ON SOUNDCLOUD, THAT SHE REALIZED SHE COULD FURTHER PURSUE MUSIC OUTSIDE OF A HOBBY. THIS HAD ATTRACTED A LOT OF ATTENTION AND GAVE RISE TO OPPORTUNITY FOR HER TO MEET AND COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ARTISTS.
SOON AFTER SHE MET JMSN, WHO FEATURED HER AS THE VOCALIST ON HIS SIDE PROJECT PEARL, PROVIDING VOCALS ON THE SINGLE, I KNOW. SINCE THEN SHE HAS SIGNED TO JMSN’S LABEL, WHITE ROOM RECORDS. THE DUO RECORDED A FULL LENGTH ALBUM, DESERT ROSE, TO BE RELEASED SUMMER OF 2017.