Youn Sun Nah:
Hailed by The Guardian as “a style-bending star,” South Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah has a truly distinct story and an innovative approach to music. Her refreshingly rich voice, which All About Jazz describes as “dramatic, sensual, and bluesy,” is a reflection of her cultured background. Youn Sun Nah was born into a family with a high appreciation for the arts in South Korea and quickly earned a reputation for her astonishing musical prowess. After relocating to Paris to study chanson and jazz, her new home embraced her with the great distinction of being appointed “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture. Renowned throughout Europe and Asia, Youn Sun Nah has built “an impressive mainstream following” (The Times UK) performing on some of the world’s greatest stages, such as the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and International Jazz Day. The Ottawa Citizen described her live show as a “program that drew heavily on vintage music by Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, among others. Frequently, Nah was simply fascinating. But she also was something of a mystery.” Youn Sun Nah will release her major label debut with Warner Music in Fall 2019.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Royal ceaselessly continues to evolve and hone his musical craft ‘” earning multiple JUNO Award nominations and the title of iTunes ‘Songwriter of the Year’ along the way. Jumping between guitar, piano and ukulele, Royal ‘brings class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, delivering them with a rich and resonant voice’ (CBC Music). Royal’s latest release, Ever After the Farewell, is an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon. The album was influenced by the loss of his father and meeting the love of his life ‘” both in the course of a single year. That journey gave a new meaning to Royal’s career, where creativity and performance will continue to shine and cultivate his trajectory, no matter where it leads. As the JUNO nomination committee says, Royal ‘continues to win each fan through the intimate connection only a truly great songwriter can make with his audience.’