Yuna w/ Aryk Crowder
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In a remarkably short period of time, Yuna has risen from regional D.I.Y. notoriety to full-on international stardom. In the process, the charismatic young singer-songwriter from Malaysia—who made her Verve Records debut with Nocturnal—has become the first artist from her homeland to conquer the American market. The ease with which Yuna has transitioned to border defying mainstream success shouldn’t be surprising, considering the effortlessly universal appeal of her organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B. The artist’s personally charged songs are deeply felt yet melodically irresistible, combining her engaging voice and expressive songcraft with imaginative production to create wholly distinctive music that’s won her comparisons with the likes of Feist, Adele and Norah Jones. hrough the use of a four-track tape recorder in a 450 square foot studio apartment, Aryk Crowder began creating a brand of music begging to be heard. Combining his past experiences, Aryk began to write lyrics hailing from the world of rhythm and blues - guitar riffs inspired by Jimi Hendrix and intricately molded vocals recalling the soulful warmth of Al Green. After months of perfecting his demo, Aryk began his quest for success in the heart of Chicago. The city's local music scene eagerly opened its arms to its newest musician. Soon after arriving, he had booked live performances at some of the city's most prominent venues, the rest was history, and a star was in the making. As of recent, Aryk is on the heels of his new record, "Over Getting Over" (released 10/2/12 recorded and co-produced with Greg Magers of Lupe Fiaso's The Cool). Since he arrived in the windy city, Aryk has played dozens of shows throughout the Midwest including a sold out, debut performance at Pete Wentz's Angles & Kings in Chicago and opening performances for Mat Kearney, Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block fame), and national touring artists, Red Wanting Blue. During this time he has also self produced his first solo EP, "Ready,Set…" alongside Rick Barnes at the Chicago recording institution, Rax Trax Studios. With these kinds of credentials under his belt in such a short time, it seems Aryk Crowder is headed in the right direction.