H.E.R. with Bri Steves and Tone Stith
Marathon Music Works
Tue, Nov 13 8:00 pm
H.E.R.: When RCA Records sent out an early stream of a new album to select music press a month ago, it came with a caveat: The identity of the artist would be kept secret. No publicity stills or bio were offered with the seven-track project from a new R&B singer who only goes by the moniker H.E.R. "I can't tell you much about H.E.R. just yet but give it a listen," the label stated in the one-line press release that accompanied the album. Simply titled "H.E.R., Vol. 1," the release quickly caught fire online despite the lack of information. It turns out that people love a good mystery. Alicia Keys raved about the project on social media; Wyclef Jean vowed to track her down, and Bryson Tiller posted one of the EP's standout tracks, sultry slow-burner "Focus." BRI STEVES: For as much as Philadelphia remains known for historic landmarks such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it boasts a commensurately revered and recognized artistic legacy. From Jill Scott and The Roots to Eve and Meek Mill, artists from the “City of Brotherly Love” traffic in the real. They pull no punches. They hold nothing back. They share truth. Bri Steves stands next in a long line of Philly narrators. The East Falls-born rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and producer speaks straight from the heart on her 2018 full-length debut for Atlantic Records. TONE STITH: The Jersey native was discovered by Jas Prince and has already been co-signed by heavyweights including Justin Bieber and Drake. Before stepping out as an artist on his own, he wrote music, placing “Liquor” and “Make Love’ with Chris Brown. Last July, he released his debut project, Can We Talk, which showcased not only Stith’s vocal acrobatics and dynamism but his songwriting abilities as well. The young artist in his early 20s is a breath of fresh air and melodic R&B that is evanescent of the '90s and early 2000s.