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Month: May 2017

Katelyn Read “Scars”

Written by: Emily Epp – Imurj Production Intern Katelyn Read’s warm melodies transport you, her modern-folk style creates a new home for your ears to bathe in. With lyrics that tell stories of hope and living, a sense of calm is created within the listener’s ear. Read’s new album We’ve Come This Far is a step away from her previous release She Can Feel It, and her work on NBC’s ‘The Voice’. While keeping true to her soulful folk style, the new album is more active and upbeat. This paired with her classic down-tempo tracks take the listener on a journey through complex instrumentation and arrangement. Read’s final track “Scars” on We’ve Come This Far features bright vocals telling the story about her growing family through hauntingly beautiful lyrics. This video is accompanied by a light melodious instrumental that allows Read’s dynamic vocals to shine. We’ve Come This Far is available on iTunes & Spotify.   Musicians: Katelyn Read (vocals & guitar) Credits: Director: Ed Merritt; Audio Mix: Paul Voran; Audio Recordist: Jasmine Battle; Camera Operator: Dimitri Hale Imurj...

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Nick Hagelin “Momentum” – Live at Imurj

Written by: Paul Voran – Imurj Audio Engineer  Nick Hagelin’s vocal character is undeniably experienced.  His impeccable range, timing, and pitch are what likely brought him success on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, but his soulful studio work shines through in his most recent release, The Water.   Past releases from Hagelin have largely been in the same vein as popular music of the day.  The Water sticks to his conventional r&b/pop approach to songwriting while compiling an impressive array of production and arrangement techniques.  The title track is a completely new sound for Nick, combining elements of progressive trance, hip-hop, with his ever-present acoustic guitar.  This foray into modern EDM places many of his tracks in a perfect position for future radio play including “Blue Moon,” a vocal-forward dance ballad produced by Gordon Bombay.  This ethereal pad-heavy track is saturated with bright background vocals that truly showcase his vocal and compositional range. “Momentum” takes his album in a completely different direction.  The album version deftly incorporates space with a laid-back hip-hop production from B.A.M.  This greatly contrasts the version we are presenting today from the inaugural performance on our main stage in March.  The band’s funk-inspired renditions of Nick’s originals blew the crowd away with their high-energy sets.  This is the first in a series of videos documenting this performance. The Water EP is available on Spotify & iTunes. Musicians:  Nick Hagelin (Guitar and Vocals); Russell Favret (Guitar); Trey Lander (Bass); Dion Tracks...

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Katelynn Read Debuts Her New Album – We’ve Come This Far

Katelyn Read, an Imurj Premium Member, debuts her brand new album “We’ve Come This Far” live at Imurj Friday, May 12th. Experience Katelyn’s stories through her music at this exclusive album release party with live painting by 3 of Imurj’s visual artist Members: Daphne Rodgers, Caroline Caldwell, and Marcia Streithorst, as well as a performance by Trey Heffinger. These artists will create works of art live to the music. Audience members have the opportunity to bid on the works of art in a silent auction during the event, as they observe the artwork being created. Read says, “It’s largely due to the support of the community around me that I am where I am today. This really isn’t a one man act! I’m so thankful for the love and support from my family, friends, and fans who have made this album possible. ” Read describes this album as “the evolution of my sound. I feel like I’m beginning to develop who I am as an artist, a songwriter, and a musician, and this collection of songs reflect that growing process. ”     About Katelyn Read Katelyn Read is a folk-blues singer songwriter who embraces lyrics that stir up hope, attempt to define love, and speak of the joy of living. Influenced by Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, and Ray Lamontagne, her sound blends folk melodies with a hint of blues and...

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PRESS RELEASE: Grand Opening of Imurj in Downtown Raleigh: May 4-7

Raleigh, NC – May 3, 2014 – Imurj,  the Triangle’s newest art and music venue and incubator located in downtown Raleigh in the Warehouse District, is having a four-day Grand Opening this week.  The Grand Opening goes on from Thursday, May 4th through Sunday, May 7th.  There will be plenty of free events including live music, open mic, beer tasting, break dancing and interactive art.  All Free. All Weekend. Imurj is described as a collaborative music and art community center.  This passion-project from co-founders, Heather Burns and Karl Thor, is a place for all musicians, artists, teachers, and patrons to create, perform and engage in art. Imurj’s objective is to strengthen the local art community by providing an incubator for local talent, from amateur to professional, with cross-fertilization between performance and visual artistic mediums. Imurj’s 6000 square foot space located at 300 S. McDowell St in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district (underneath the Whiskey Kitchen) houses well-equipped music, video, and art production studios, as well as a café/bar with stages for live performances, demonstrations, lectures, and seminars.   The event this weekend is open to the public and welcomes anyone that enjoys local art and music.  Imurj is a membership-based club offering a $1/year public membership.   Imurj also offers membership for artists and musicians who want to be more involved in the community.  Please visit for more information about...

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