premiere: new york-based soul singer crystal monee hall blends blues, jazz and contemporary r&b in healing new ep “if you breathe”
By Sound Check
April 17, 2017
New York-based soul singer Crystal Monee Hall’s varied career has included roles on Broadway (RENT), sold-out tours with acclaimed musicians Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, and performing alongside Kanye West and Chance The Rapper during their debut performance of “Ultralight Beam” on Saturday Night Live. After previously releasing three albums–including two collaborations with Hart–the soulful Virginia native is back with what she considers her “proper debut,” a four-track EP entitled “If You Breathe” out today, showcasing her love for world, blues, jazz, soul and contemporary R&B.
“This project is my soul record. Every Sunday before church, my mom would tell me ‘When you sing, if you don’t feel it from all the way down in your toes, then why sing at all?’” Hall explains. “To her, that didn’t mean the loudest, biggest or highest note, but that your voice emanated from your soul. With that message echoing in my mind, truthful singing and songwriting was the focus of the project from the very beginning. From unconditional love (‘If You Breathe’), healing (‘Just Like Water’), desperation (‘Who Will Witness’) and rage (‘Lost Boys’), I wrote these songs in the hopes that they would heal someone like they have me.”
Tonight (Monday April 17th), the singer will be having an EP Release Show featuring the alternative artist Fusilier at the Rockwood Musical Hall in New York to celebrate the release of “If You Breathe” at 7:00pm. Click here to get tickets on TicketFly, and check out the soulful EP below!:
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