Kira Small, Nashville Singer/Songwriter and Emily Baker, UK Singer/Songwriter kick off Windy City House Concerts!
I met Kira at Folk Alliance. I went to her showcase because another singer/songwriter friend told me I had to go see her because she was “awesome.” Kira greeted me and asked how I came to be at her showcase. I told her how (no pressure), and sat down to listen. Fortunately for both of us, she lived up to her billing as “awesome.” And now she is coming to play for us in Chicago for our very first Windy City House Concert with her UK friend Emily Baker!
“Girl, you sound like a neat glass of single malt in a world of Michelob Ultra.” Those were the words of Grammy award-winning songwriter Mike Reid (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) when he heard Kira Small sing. This sultry, soulful siren combines the smoothness of Norah Jones, the rawness of Bonnie Raitt, the retro soul of Adele and the flat-out-wailing of Aretha Franklin. Delivered with her huge heart, even huger voice and wicked sense of humor, Kira’s engaging original songs and choice R&B classics seem to snuggle right into listeners’ laps.
Drawing from the earthy inspirations of a long line of heritage singer songwriters such as Carole King whose qualities start with their songwriting prowess, Brighton singer songstress Emily Baker sets out her stall in this, her finely sculpted debut album and calling card ‘House of Cards’ (Little Love Records).
Once on stage Emily is genuinely at home with the audience. Her skill is in balancing passionate storytelling with flashes of eccentricity between songs: taking a slice of real life and serving up with a melody.
Suggested artist donation $20
Socializing and potluck at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-571-9178 or by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts (at) gmail.com.