I was able to catch a back-to-back, double-billing of Lelia Broussard AND Terra Naomi last week at Santa Monica’s Apple Store and then the next day at The Hotel Café! Holy One Two Punch Batman! Both are making news this past month, each one touring for different reasons.
Both Terra Naomi and Lelia Broussard performed at Hotel Cafe this past weekend.
photos by Bored4Music
For Terra Naomi, she was celebrating her release of her newest album, “To Know I’m Ok" which she released independently. Terra, who shot to stardom in 2006 when she uploaded a video of her singing "Say It's Possible" on YouTube and went viral. Over a million hits for an independent musician when YouTube was basically at its infancy was unheard of at the time. It led to Terra getting a record deal at Island Records and, among other things, performing at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people for Al Gore's Live Earth concert which, in turn, was broadcast to millions of people around the globe.
The rest of the album is Terra at her best. Often times, songs ripple with simple melodies highlighting her operatic voice that crescendos to rising, sweet arrangements. Terra's strengths are her ability to translate complicated feelings and turning them into beautiful songs that leave her bare and vulnerable. Listen to "I'm Not Sorry" about having an affection for someone in another relationship. With "Everybody Knows," "I'll Be Waiting" and "Someday Soon" it feels as if she's turned her inner feelings into a musical diary that only we are privy to.
This is Terra's first full-length album since 2007's Under the Influence from Island Records. She left the label a year later. And after listening to this album, it sure sounds like she made the right choice. She made this record by partnering with Pledge Music, a leading direct-to-fan platform for raising funds. Yep, this album was funded entirely by her fans. And you fans can check her out when she begins her free summer residency next month at Malibu Wines. Or you can watch her at my favorite venue, Hotel Cafe, on August 4th.