Richard Saunders / Emily Elbert / Julia Easterlin
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Richard Saunders will perform with his all-star band, featuring what has been characterized as "some of the most amazing vocals and uber-sophisticated musicality."
Richard Saunders is an 18-year-old who survived the Connecticut suburbs making music too soulfulicious to be ignored. Claiming influences from Donny Hathaway to Ella Fitzgerald to Björk, his musical blend of jazz, pop, and hip-hop sounds like a young Michael Bublé who spent his first few years of high school in Harlem. He plays the piano and writes songs to sing with his band, Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous, which consists of Jewish drumming prodigy Jake/Yakov Goldbas, bassist Andrew Grandahl, and singers Andrew Flynn, Shenel Johns, and Stephanie McAllister.
Fresh off a northeast run with G Love and Special Sauce and a showcase spot at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Emily Elbert is quickly growing in the national spotlight. Her lifelong passion for music from around the world and distinctive combination of jazz, folk, soul, blues, and pop creates a sound that engages the hearts, minds, and ears of listeners around the globe. Elbert blends a hip musical perspective with an in-depth knowledge of classic songs to create unique vocal and guitar arrangements.
Also appearing: Julia Easterlin.