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Mikaela Davis

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Performing Saturday, May 18, 2019

On The  Sahlen's FREE Center Stage

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ABOUT THE PERFORMER

Mikaela Davis

THIS RECORD IS KIND OF ABOUT WRITING A RECORD,” MIKAELA DAVIS SAYS. THE 26-YEAR-OLD IS HOME IN HER NATIVE ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, REFLECTING ON DELIVERY, HER HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, AS WELL AS THE HARD JOURNEY THE CLASSICALLY TRAINED, DEFIANTLY ORIGINAL HARPIST HAD TO TRAVEL TO BECOME THE WRITER AND PERFORMER, SHE WAS MEANT TO BE.  “A LOT OF THESE SONGS CAME FROM FEELING STUCK AND ALSO LIKE PEOPLE WERE PULLING ME IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS,” MIKAELA SAYS. “I WANTED TO SAY, ‘JUST WAIT FOR ME. I’LL FIGURE IT OUT.” MIKAELA’S PLEA FOR PATIENCE––A LITTLE BIT SWEET, A LITTLE BIT ANGRY AND RAW––FED A FIERCE 10-SONG COLLECTION. A JOYRIDE THAT PULLS FROM FOLK ROCK, 70S AND 80S POP EXPERIMENTATION, AND MUSCLY FUNK, DELIVERY MANAGES TO BE BOTH DARING AND COMFORTABLE, FULL OF NOT JUST RISKS, BUT HOOKS.  PRODUCED BY GRAMMY WINNER JOHN CONGLETON (ST. VINCENT, ANGEL OLSEN, DAVID BYRNE, CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH), DELIVERY IS A TRIUMPHANT NEXT CHAPTER. “JOHN TRIES TO FIND THAT MOMENT INSTEAD OF THE PERFECT TAKE,” MIKAELA SAYS. “THAT MADE IT ALL SOUND REALLY SPECIAL.” THE LAST PLACE MIKAELA WANTED TO BE SAVED HER. ROCHESTER’S ARTISTIC COMMUNITY EMBRACED HER, ENCOURAGED BY BANDMATES INCLUDING ALEX COTÉ AND THE GROUP JOYWAVE, SHE HIT HER STRIDE. ROCHESTER BECAME MIKAELA’S SANCTUARY. DELIVERY BENEFITS FROM IT ALL. “NOW, THESE SONGS KIND OF WONDER WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING––IT’S ME TRYING TO GET MYSELF BACK TO WHY I STARTED WRITING IN THE FIRST PLACE,” MIKAELA SAYS. “WRITING MADE ME FEEL BETTER AND SAFE WHEN THE WORLD AROUND ME WAS FALLING APART.”
JUST LET MY SONGS RESONATE WITH YOU SOMEHOW. THAT WOULD MAKE ME SO HAPPY.
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