Special JAMinc “Double Bill” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 offers up long sets from two acts on the verge of national acclaim. Join us for James & Emma, along with an intimate acoustic duo performance by Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey.
James & Emma
James & Emma express a natural vulnerability in the tenderness of their songs, and a natural chemistry in their interactions and harmonies. As artists, their main goal is to be songwriters, with their material falling between pop and country, with soulful harmonies and tender phrasing. In their songs you’ll hear laments and fragility, as well as strength and spirit. You’ll hear soaring declarations and gentle ballads. And in everything they do, you’ll note a natural talent that has nowhere to go but up.
“James & Emma” are band members James Harrison and Emma Lynn White. James was born in Jacksonville Florida, where his parents raised him on Southern Rock, with a mix of singer songwriters like James Taylor and Jackson Browne as well as harmony groups like Simon and Garfunkel and The Eagles.
Emma is a home town girl who is trying to make it in Nashville. She grew up in Glen Allen, Virginia, where she attended Collegiate School and began to fall in love with playing the guitar and writing songs. She was immediately drawn to the music of Keith Urban, and later, female artists like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert.
The two now divide their time between life in Nashville, where they pursue their songwriting career, and life on The Road, where they travel and play a mix of covers, ranging from modern country’s Kenny Chesney or Dierks Bentkey, to classics from Tom Petty and Otis Redding. Their original material has been compared to Lady Antebellum and The Civil Wars, but continues to reach and grow.
Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey (special acoustic duo performance)
On the Rise perfectly sums up where Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey are at present. Recent accolades include First Place in the On the Rise competition at Floyd Fest 2016. “We are thrilled with our big win at Floyd Fest and are so grateful for the opportunity we were given to be a part of such a positive festival. This win means a lot for our forward motion and is already helping propel us into larger markets of listeners!” – Rebekah Todd
“My songwriting has begun to move into a new area with a lot more blues and soul influence. Growing up in the lowlands of North Carolina, I have always been around folk and bluegrass and naturally grew up hearing it all around. While I have always loved folk, it is my upbringing in the swampier areas that have begun to creep into my writing, which has led me to an earthier, more raspy blues tone.” – Rebekah Todd
While originals are her passion, Rebekah Todd is gaining notice as an interpreter. Covers include everything from old spirituals (“I’ll Fly Away,” “This Little Light of Mine”) to “Summertime” to the iconic blues number “The Thrill is Gone.” A country girl at heart, she even offers up folky covers of Johnny Cash and The Avett Brothers.
Raised on classic rock, from The Beatles to Bob Dylan, in concert Rebekah Todd has been known to cover a wide range, from Led Zeppelin to Katy Perry. Particular inspirations vocally include Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi. As a singer, Rebekah is natural, soulful, effortless. As a performer, she is a powerhouse, and a force to keep an eye on.
William Seymour- multi-instrumentalist plays bass with Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey. He plays upright when they travel as a duo but typically sticks to electric bass. He has a background with orchestral upright bass during his time studying at ECU.
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