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October 15, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Breathe Coffee House
703 B Main St.
Hays, KS 67601
Suggested donation $15 per person
The Singer and the Songwriter
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Breathe Coffee House hosts: LIVE Music with "The Singer & the Songwriter"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"...just the right amount of jazz, blues, & a modern edge, the duo brings out the best in each other.” - National tour sponsored by NPR. Featuring Artists: Rachel Garcia & Thu Tran.

Rachel Garcia & Thu Tran create music as vibrant & diverse as their multiracial backgrounds. Rachel’s rich, nuanced vocal delivery & Thu’s dynamic guitar arrangements provide the backbone for the duo’s swinging, soulful, & heartfelt songs that tell emotionally honest & compelling stories. Their identities as mixed-race-Mexican-American and first-generation-Vietnamese-American (respectively) subtly inform the inclusionary, modernist perspective of their lyrics, which provide “smart commentary on social attitudes” (Pasadena Weekly), while their music & melodies cut across decades of classic American song forms, bending, & blending genres to produce a unique sound with a fresh, clever, & distinct approach to the classic traditions of American jazz, folk, & blues.

After meeting in 2006, the California-based duo began writing & performing music together. Over the course of two years, as their songwriting developed, they began to incorporate influences from different eras of jazz & pop music, which led to the creation of their unique, vibrant, “sophisticated but playful” sound (BuzzBands LA). “His guitar shimmies & swings like Django Reinhardt while her voice wraps around each note, swaying in unison like a modern-day Ella Fitzgerald.” (Nooga). And while their music hints at these vintage styles, the writing remains modern & relevant - “a breath of musical fresh air” (Playback: STL)

In 2012, the duo won the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest in the Miscellaneous category for their original recording, The Art of Missing You – “…a delightfully poised & melancholic classic jazz ballad that Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday would have gladly wrapped their wounded souls around.” (Americana-UK)

In 2014, The Singer & The Songwriter released their critically acclaimed, debut full-length LP, What a Difference a Melody Makes, produced by Charlie Stavish (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis) with mixing & mastering by Brooklyn collective, Mason Jar Music (Lucius, Feist & Andrew Bird). Debuting at #34 on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 Charts, the album has been critically praised as “diverse, confident, stylish, & accomplished” (Americana-UK), “a revelation” (Pittsburgh In Tune) & “an opus worthy of national attention” (Playback: STL).

In March 2016, The Singer & The Songwriter released their sophomore EP, Ballads for Trying Times, produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut). This latest release is being praised as “a delectable listen, an emotional journey down a sullen, yet hopeful trail. Garcia & Tran bring together songs that appear written just for the listener, & no one else.” (Playback: STL). The songs on the EP are described as “baroque lullabies that move along with an ease & fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility.” (The Deli LA) The deeply personal record highlights the duo’s strengths as writers & performers: “Garcia's rich, warm voice wraps around you like the softest quilt & Tran's subdued guitar shines at all the right moments, creating somber tracks that are more than palatable & necessary.” (Bitch Media)

In October 2017, the duo released their third collection of songs, DIRECTIONS. The Huffington Post says the album "radiates gorgeously contagious melodies, palpitating rhythms & luscious harmonies &, of course, Garcia’s unparalleled voice." In February 2018, the song, "Give Love" was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Song at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards. The duo is currently touring nationally. Of their performance at the 2018 Kansas City Folk Festival, Playlist Play writes: "The duo creates soft melodic songs, that could just as easily exist as poems. Beautiful & full of soul &emotion, the quaint pair swept the audience away; first time listeners & long-term fans."