August 14, 2015
Friday night live at Transistor: Vibrancy curated by The ELLE, with performances by Chicago rappers Nique and Tony Famous, pop singer Audrey Valentine, and Chicago-based hip-hop soul singer/songwriter The ELLE. Sound by Jon Monteverde.
Please note: Some of the performances contain mature language.
The ELLE is a Chicago-based hip-hop soul singer/songwriter who has been performing regularly in the Chicago area since early 2014 and released her first project, "5 AM," in March 2015. For her Transistor set, ELLE gave a soulful, fun, laidback performance.
Visit The ELLE's website.
Nique is a rapper who released his first mixtape, "Undiscovered," in the spring of 2012 on his 20th birthday. Shortly after, he began to work on the follow-up to that project, "Better Than Good Enough." He worked on the mixtape for 16 months before it was released in late September 2013. This project caught the attention of an upcoming independent record label called EnT Music Group, which he is currently signed to. Throughout the entire year of 2014, Nique was busy preparing his upcoming debut EP, "Great Expectations," which was released December 8th, 2014. Nique believes the EP is the soundtrack of his life and is excited to share the music he has been working on all year with the world.
For his performance at Transistor Nique performed more of his upbeat tempo songs with a fun, summer-like vibe.
Tony Famous (Kendall Delashment) is a Roseland, Chicago native who allows his creativity and storytelling ability to showcase his skills as a wordsmith. His love for writing and producing hip-hop music is a direct reflection of his past experience as a poet. His lyricism narrates the multi-faceted life of living in Chicago; his sharp lyrical observation focuses on the violence gripping his hometown, confidence in his musical passion, and life experiences as a college graduate. Never settling for recognition as just a great hip-hop artist, the Donda's House affiliate received his master's degree in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College.
For his performance at Transistor Tony showcased his creative and honest storytelling of rapping over smooth hip-hop beats.
Visit Tony Famous' website.
Audrey Valentine is a singer-songwriter from Chicago's South Side neighborhood Chatham. She began singing at the early age of 4 and started developing an interest for songwriting at age 13. She is influenced by musicians such as Whitney Houston, Deniece Williams, Beyonce, Brandy, and the King himself, Michael Jackson. Her debut single, "Sunset," has been featured on multiple blogs, including a feature from DJ Moondawg on WGCI's blog #HOMETURF; it also won the Hometown Heat Battle radio competition on Hot 105.5 in Champaign, IL.
For her performance at Transistor Audrey performed her own original material, shifting from old school to new school soul.
Visit Audrey Valentine on Soundcloud.
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