Photo: Alicia Rae, The Fading Youth, Chris Santa Ana, and Emma Rowley
I had so much fun at my EP release show! Before the show started, I had dinner with my family at Woo Lae Oak where we pigged out on some Korean BBQ. Woo Lae Oak is a chain restaurant. I remember, as a kid, I was always so excited when my parents said they were taking us to eat there. I hadn’t been to this particular one yet, but it was just as good.
Woo Live! is the venue located within the restaurant, where I held my show. After dinner, I walked around and talked with all of my friends who came out to support me. I am always blown away by the unfailing support system that I am lucky to have.
The show started with my friend, Nate Rice, aka The Fading Youth.
Nate and I grew up together; a few houses apart. He had a piano in his living room, but I don’t remember seeing anyone play it. A couple of years ago, I reconnected with Nate on Facebook and learned that he was doing music! He was writing and recording songs, and we even met up to do an open mic together.
Nate’s music tends to be on the sadder side, which he mentioned before starting his set. In the photo above, you can see a box of free tissues that he set out on a stool in case anyone was moved to tears. It was pretty funny.
Next up: Emma Rowley!
I met Emma at Tree House Lounge in DC a few months ago. She’s so sweet! I fell in love with her music and voice instantly. Her voice is soft and smooth, and her lyrics are captivating. She has an acoustic sound with a hint of country. I loved her original song, Chevrolet, which she also played at Woo Live!, and her cover of Coldplay’s, Magic. Emma also has an EP on Spotify. Check it out here.
Chris Santa Ana!
Chris and I met last year at KORUS Fest. He was one of the artists who performed during the music showcase. Chris has a soulful voice and vibe, and definitely holds the audience’s attention while on stage. My favorite song from his set was his cover of Musiq Soulchild’s, Just Friends.
I was excited that he agreed to join in on this show, and even more excited when I found out that we’ll be sharing the stage again on August 8th. We both made the finalist round of Kollaboration’s DC Showcase! We’ll be competing alongside 4 other asian artists. You can learn more about the competition and grab your tickets here.
I had such a great time at the show! I played each of the songs on the EP, and a few of my older songs.
One of the songs I played was Little Warrior, a song I wrote for the bravest little girl I know, Maddie Grace. I got a little choked up telling her story, and even during the song. I wanted to share it with my friends and family that night, because a lot of the people that were there know Maddie.
I am so thankful for everyone who has ever supported me and my music. I try my best to show my appreciation and give back in any way that I can, especially to the people who spend their hard earned money to come to my shows. So, I told the crowd that I was selling my CDs for any price they named. $1, $5, $10…. whatever they wanted to contribute.
Right after I said that, my friend jokingly yelled out from the crowd, “Well, I already gave you my $10!” To which my mom responded, “NO REFUNDS!” The whole room erupted in laughter. That was my favorite part of the whole night.
I want to thank everyone again for coming out! I had such a great time.
If you wanted to grab a copy of Sweet Melody, you can find it on iTunes!
<3 Alicia Rae