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Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz is poised for a breakthrough with her 2013 album Broken & Lowdown. A remarkable vocalist and magnetic stage presence, Kurtz has released a new 11-song collection of original soul, Americana, and gospel tracks backed by some of Minneapolis’ finest session musicians. Following an unconventional career path, Rachel Kurtz has found acclaim and a national audience of thousands due to her appearances at a series of community service events held in sports arenas across the country. Raising awareness for world hunger, hurricane relief, and multi-cultural reconciliation, Kurtz’s powerhouse voice and heartfelt performances have been electrifying crowds in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, New Orleans’ Superdome, Texas’ Alamo Dome, and hundreds of other concert venues from coast to coast. With her new Broken & Lowdown album, Rachel Kurtz follows in the footsteps of gospel-activist diva Mavis Staples, while contributing to the neo-soul revivalist movement spearheaded by like-minded artists Alabama Shakes, Adele, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. This is the moment, and this is the music, that shall introduce the power of Rachel Kurtz’s voice and vision to a whole new audience.
Greasy Americana from Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota native, Kelley Larson, became a musician the moment she picked up a pen and paper and started writing lyrics at age 12. Since then she's never turned back from her passion for music and singing. Larson pulls her whimsical sounds from the things that inspire her most - her three beautiful children, husband and family.
Kelley started off her seasoned career in a punk band, The Red Line Diary and spent a short time out in San Diego playing in a cover band, Keith Keifer and The All Stars, before moving back to Minnesota to marry her husband.
After taking a short break from music to take care of her children, Kelley Larson is back in the music scene. Traditionally all her songs are written by her but Larson is giving way to news sounds as she opens doors to things like acoustic versions of Outkast's Hey Ya! She's also dabbling in collaborative song writing and performance with fellow artists.
Look for Larson in and around the Twin-Cities. Open mics, small gigs, spoken word sessions, she'll be there ready to display her vocal talents.
Heather grew up surrounded by music. As a child she would hear her mother, a music teacher, coaching her students in the studio below her bedroom. Once age 4 came around, it was decided that she too would pick up an instrument: the violin. This was not the only instrument Heather would learn. Over the years of her childhood, Heather learned piano, the cello, and finally the bass.
From a young age, Heather did not appreciate high sounds in music. As you can tell, the instruments she has played get progressively lower and lower.
Being a musical child also stoked other creative instincts within Heather. Not only is she a highly talented artist with an eye for the quirky things in life, she is currently studying to be an art teacher at the U of M- Twin Cities. Her favorite genres of to play are obscure ones, acid jazz being a particular favorite.
Musical heroes include: Marcus Miller, Phillip, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Tal Wilkenfield, Yo-Yo Ma, and Andrew Bird.