INFINITY HALL LIVE brings you some of the best female performances captured through our lens with songs from; Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, The Wailin’ Jenny’s, Wilson Phillips, and Joan Osborne. These women have brought us to our feet with their thought provoking lyrics, intense musicianship and emotional courage. Aimee Mann sings “Save Me” and “Wise Up” from the film Magnolia which earned her nominations for an Oscar, Golden Globe and three Grammys. Shelby Lynne shares the challenge of love and the pains of heartbreak on songs like “Killin’ Kind” and “Your Lies”. Tori Amos backed by a chamber ensemble dazzles with her poetic lyrics and intense piano playing on the playful “Leather” and haunting ballad “Winter”. Relish the celestial harmonies of The Wailin’ Jenny’s with their gospel influenced version of “Bring Me Li’l Water Silvy” and join Joan Osborne as she begs the question “What if God was One of Us” from her number one hit of the same name.
Each of these artists has a unique voice and a beautiful story to tell:
Aimee Mann’s career stretches back to the 1980s when her new wave band, ‘Til Tuesday, gained popularity on MTV with their hit song “Voices Carry.” She released her first solo album, Whatever, in 1993, and has been going strong ever since. “For ten years I’ve had my own label and released my own records, so it’s been very freeing to not have to worry about pleasing anybody else,” says Mann. Mann’s successes include Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for the song “Save Me” from the film soundtrack for Magnolia. INFINITY HALL LIVE captures Mann in the perfect atmosphere for her poetic lyrics and witty stage banter.
Since bursting onto the charts with her debut, international hit “One of Us”,seven-time Grammy Award-nominee and multi-platinum selling artist Joan Osborne has charmed audiences around the globe with her soulful vocals and dynamic songwriting. INFINITY HALL LIVE captures a poignant performance that weaves together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals.
When asked to define herself, Shelby Lynne replied simply, “I try not to define anything really, myself especially. I like to let the music do the talking.” This simple statement speaks volumes to her craft. Shelby Lynne is a musician at heart, bringing her soulful, down-home sound and style to countless individuals. At INFINITY HALL LIVE, Lynne takes the stage with accomplished Nashville guitarist John Jackson who has played with musicians like Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams. Although the pair performs only with guitars, vocals, and a harmonica, Lynne’s music fills the room and captivates the audience.
Brought together in 2002 for what was supposed to be a one-time coffee house gig in Winnipeg, The Wailin’ Jennys found their irresistible chemistry and tight vocal harmonies were winning over critics and audiences throughout North America and beyond. Comprised of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, this award winning band has toured extensively since the release of their eponymously named first studio album in 2003. They’ve collaborated with a variety of artists and become a fixture as musical guests on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Tori Amos, whose career took off in 1992 with her debut solo album Little Earthquakes, has built a career of intense, introspective musical poetry. While often compared to the mystical Kate Bush and the confessional Joni Mitchell throughout her career, Amos has nevertheless forged her own path in the music industry creating a powerful canon of critically acclaimed albums.
Chynna Phillips, Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson, first reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1991 with their band Wilson Phillips and have seen a resurgence in the past year with their appearance in the hit film Bridesmaids. Their CD, Dedicated, – which has topped the Amazon contemporary pop vocal charts – is a tribute to the music of their iconic parents; Chynna is the daughter of Michelle and John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and Wendy and Carnie are the daughters of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Displaying the same tight, lush harmonies their parents were known for in their music, Wilson Phillips pulls on the heartstrings of multiple generations.
Be sure to tune into the premiere of “Women of Song” on Infinity Hall Live on Friday July 3rd at 10:00 pm on CPTV. Take a break from the Fireworks this weekend and join us for the “Women of Song” Web Premiere Event on Facebook on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday July 5th!