On Wednesday August 5th, Asha, Adrian Daniel & The Stoners, and RCA signed artist Jordan Bratton all took the stage at NYC’s Pianos located in the Lower East Side.
Opening up the show, was female MC Asha. Asha released her first mixtape, Masterbait, which hit the net November 2014. Asha opened the show with, “Sincerely Yours”, inviting the audience into her world and showing her skills, instantly captivating us. The conscious rapper kept things moving with the track, “Savion” which brought out the confident side of the rapper and showing a fearlessness that was contagious. She kept the energy up and never lost the connection with the audience. Next up, she hit us with the Erykah Badu sampled, “The Trap”, which was great storytelling at best. Hitting us with lines like, “How many times should a nigga be profiled, what would you do if that nigga was your child?” You really begin to understand her as a lyricist and not just a rapper. After showing us her deeper side, she moved on to her favorite track, “Addickted.” The song boasting the words, “I got a few chicks, but i think i need another one” left the audience singing the catchy hook along with her. She closed the show with the chopped and screwed, “Figures.” With its snapping beat and big bass, the rapper expresses her wishes and keeps it relatable. “Tired of counting my figures on fingers”, she spits, and everyone feels her movement. Asha, showed much conviction and great energy and left her conscious words on the stage. Learn more about Asha here.
The next act to follow was Adrian Daniel & The Stoners. The group, made up of seven band members started the show with an electrifying introduction of instrumentation. Before Adrian Daniel emerged to the stage, The Stoners set the atmosphere for the young singer. When Adrian Daniel hit the stage, you instantly see a star. Adrian Daniel creates a stage presence that draws the audience nearer. Adrian Daniel & The Stoners create a dark-rock pop feel coupled with Adrian Daniel’s soulful sound. His voice is reminiscent of alternative r&b star, The Weeknd. The high energy show never let up. The band did a cover of MGMT’s 2007 hit “Electric Feel” that set the stage on fire. The flashing lights and the bands high energy and sound showed us that this band is ready for the big stage. Adrian Daniel & The Stoners moved with the crowd with their music. Understanding highs and lows, they moved the audience along with them. From the high energy of “Electric Feel,” to the mellow cover of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” mixed in with Fetty Wap’s “My Way,” the band understands sound and uses it perfectly to create a well developed sound and show. The band sang a new song called “Devoted.” While Adrian Daniel commands the audiences attention, the female singer of the band is also a star. She compliments Adrian well, and their voices blend and intertwine to create out of this world sounds. Adrian Daniel & The Stoners put on an amazing show. Their high energy, melodic voices, and heavy instrumentation encapsulates all of the right things for a perfect band and live performance. Listen to more music by Adrian Daniel & The Stoners on their soundcloud page.
The headlining act of the night was Mr. Jordan Bratton, a 20-year old r&b singer from Long Island, NY. Recently signed to RCA Records, Bratton released his EP Youth, in May 2015. The singer came to show what he was made of and left his heart on the stage. The show opened with “The Grey”, from his first offering released online. He commanded the stage with his high energy and crowd participation. Jumping around and never seeming to lose his breath, Jordan kept moving from one song to the next. He incorporated a quick cover of Drake’s “Energy” meshed with Rihanna’s “Four Five Seconds”. Jordan kept everyone engaged with his smooth moves and playful manner. Next was the crowd pleasing, “Danger”, which was the song that features rapper, Fabulous. Everyone screamed and chanted the lyrics to the song, and Jordan really brought the song to life. He then followed up with “Prisoner” which is the Chance the Rapper assisted first single from the Youth EP. When it was time to slow things down, Jordan showed off his vocal chops playing songs on the piano and showing why he is someone to look out for. Jordan gave another cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” also lifted from his project, The Grey Area, which he sang live for the first time. Jordan closed the show with the rest of his EP, with “Bound” and “Victoria” leaving everyone in a uplifting mood and ready to touch the sky. Jordan Bratton is the future of the next generation and we cant wait to see more of what he has in store. Purchase the Youth EP on iTunes.