Fernando Pinto Presents: Marcella and Her Lovers at Pacific Standard Tavern, New Haven – Thursday October 11, 2019
Tix: $12. Adv. $15. At the door
Doors 7:30pm showtime 8:30pm
SWAMP SOUL SONGSTRESS MARCELLA RENÉ SIMIEN makes her New Haven debut – Thursday July 11th, at Pacific Standard Tavern.
WIELDING THE TORCH OF A VERITABLE CREOLE DYNASTY, BEING BORN INTO ONE OF THE FIRST…
Marcella and Her Lovers
Creole families to settle in St. Landry Parish, Marcella René Simien planted the seeds of her South Louisiana heritage deep into the bluffs of Memphis, TN—no small victory for a young woman just now rounding out her mid-20’s. Simien is a natural in the truest sense. Daughter of two-time GRAMMY™ award winning Zydeco luminary Terrance Simien, she was practically born onstage, and grew up thoroughly immersed in sound and performance. Taj Mahal might sing her happy birthday (as he did for her 17 th ), or Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo might drop by the house for some gumbo.
Despite her almost fairytale-like upbringing, Simien makes it her mission to forge her own pathways in the music business. A graduate of the prestigious Memphis College of Art, Simien boldly follows her heart in her role of bandleader. Her music is a dueling hybrid of classic Memphis soul and the freewheeling swagger of New Orleans funk woven together with the sighing laughter of her ancestors: that Creole accordion. Assembling her group from the cream of the crop of Memphis musicians, Simien’s soulful voice smolders like a night star, fondly reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of an uncertain future.
As outspoken and courageous as she is sensual and feminine, Simien holds a wisdom far beyond her years. With each honeyed undertone, every saintly holler, with each twinkle of the keys, and every pump of the squeezebox, she reinvents the mold and soldiers against boundaries, yet she never fails to respect tradition.
As Willie Mitchell’s son, the Memphis legend Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell puts it, “[Simien is] one of the most soulful artists I’ve heard since the glory days of Memphis soul music. Her sound and stage presence are constant reminders that soul music is still alive and well.”
Nearing the ripe young age of 27, Simien already boasts a lengthy list of musical accomplishments and recognitions. From a viral interview feature (over 1.5 million views on Facebook) sponsored by IKEA and Southern Living to being one of only 500 artists in America nominated for a $50,000 USA Artists Fellowship, Simien’s acclamation rises and is stunning to behold. In 2016, Marcella & Her Lovers were featured on the nationally syndicated radio program Beale Street Caravan, and Simien was high-lighted by the Memphis Flyer in their “20 Under 30” cover issue. Twice she has been a featured performer on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise alongside greats such as Marcia Ball, Allen Toussaint, and Irma Thomas. Additionally, she sang lead vocals on a track off her father’s album Dockside Sessions, which won a GRAMMY™ for Best Regional Roots Album of the Year (2014).
Simien’s first full-length album “Got You Found” with Marcella & Her Lovers, engineered and co-produced at American Recording Studio by Pete Matthews and Toby Vest, is forthcoming in 2017.
Artistically confident, composed and courageous well beyond her 26 years, Simien has been lauded by Boo Mitchell as “one of the most soulful artist I’ve heard since the glory days of Memphis soul music. Her sound and stage presence is a constant reminder that soul music is still alive and well.”