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[photo by Jordan Martins]
Local artist Angela James has accomplished a lot in the past few years. In 2014, she released her first full-length album, Way Down Deep, with the support of the Comfort Station and the Illinois Arts Council. Just over a year later, she released her second record, Time Will Tell, and at the end of 2016 she had her first child.
This month she is returning to performing with a month-long residency sponsored by Middle Brow Brewing at The Hideout. Every Tuesday night in March, James will lead ensembles of local artists, highlighting different concepts and collaborates in week.
CHIRP DJ and Features Co-Director Amelia Hruby recently spoke with Angela about the residency.
AH: When or how did you start planning this residency?
AJ: I started talking to Sully at The Hideout before I gave birth to my daughter. I think I had this fear that I wouldn't have the time or the focus or ability to maintain my creative practice in the way I wanted to after having a child. And in some ways that is definitely the case; for example my ambition is very different now. But in other ways, I find that I am much more focused and creative. So when I reached out to Sully last year, I think it was from a place of anxiety. But I began planning a lot of these ideas a while ago, and now I feel like everything is just a little bit out of my reach. Which for me just means that I'm working really hard on this material, and it feels great to get back to that place.
Chicago via Tennessee artist Angela James effortlessly brings elements of experimental jazz to her Country focused tunes. With a whimsical vocal style that alludes to her influences of Cat Powers and Roseanne Cash, James weaves a new Country experience for her listeners. Tune in to CHIRP Radio now and catch her tracks in heavy rotation!
"Lost and Found" is from her new LP Way Down Deep, released on October 21, 2014