Jacob Whitesides @ Chop Suey

The Crocodile Presents:

Jacob Whitesides @ Chop Suey

Castro, Taylor Grey

Sun, June 25, 2017

6:00 pm

Chop Suey

Seattle, WA

$25.00

This event is all ages

Jacob Whitesides
Jacob Whitesides
Singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides was an underdog fighter from the start. Jacob and his sister were raised in humble upbringings by their strong, selfless mother Becky, in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing in on his vocal skills, Jacob started winning over the Youtube community with his cover videos and, soon after, his original songs. Jacob’s undeniable talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his devoted fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to an unprecedented independent success. His fans are deeply engaged, frequently selling out shows and VIP upgrades for the chance to spend quality time with Jacob. Jacob’s impressive social media numbers continue to grow organically around the globe (1.6 million Twitter followers, 1.4 million Facebook likes, 972K Instagram followers, 305K Youtube subscribers). His EP A Piece Of Me which he self-released in February of 2015 reached #5 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart in the USA, and spent days at #1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart. His international fan base spans far beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, UK to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. In May, he completed his first ever European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, London) with all dates selling out and London, Paris and Amsterdam declared SOLD OUT in only 8 minutes. Later this summer (July-August), Jacob will tour North America as direct support on the R5 “Sometime Last Night” tour. At the end of May 2015, BMG announced their partnership with Jacob and the formation of his own label, Double U Records, for which he will serve as CEO, a ground breaking statement for a 17 year old entrepreneur, let alone a chart-topping recording artist.
Castro
Castro
The pop/folk trio Castro is a breath of fresh air. Self-aware but never self-conscious, fun but never trivial, Jason, Michael, and Jackie Castro’s free-range pop soars thanks to a funny little twist for a trio of siblings: It is not how the brothers and sister are alike that creates their undeniable chemistry, but how they are different.

“We all have very different tastes in music,” says Jason. “That's been a big part of this project: How do we bridge all those gaps and make something that's true to all of us?”

“It's hard to fit our music into a category, and I'm okay with that,” agrees Jackie. “I feel like the way we do this together is really unique because we each write on every song, so each song has part of each of us. We listen to very different music, and I think we capture that variety of music in collaborating together.”

That appreciation for the distinct, liberating beauty only found in celebrating differences pulses throughout Castro’s debut EP, Diamond Dreams (Fervent Records). Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Ben Rector, The Lone Bellow) and recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, the seven-song collection is a harmonies-driven vocal showcase anchored by three powerhouse singers who take turns taking lead and know exactly when to share the spotlight.

Artists confident, ambitious, and skilled enough to incorporate sounds that were once exclusive or niche into sing-alongs for absolutely everyone have long made the best pop music. Castro falls into that tradition naturally. On Diamond Dreams, they swivel seamlessly between bluesy soul, indie folk, and grandiose pop drama with the poise and effortlessness that only comes with loving each sound too much to abandon it. And while the record may be proudly noncommittal when it comes to genre, there is one mission on which all three siblings agree: making others happy.

“I don't know anything about genres,” Michael says. “I guess I could probably name about five. But what I do know is I am always pushing for more pop than Jay and Jackie. I’m always trying to make music that just makes you feel good.”

“I hope this record just makes people feel happy,” Jackie says. “I feel like it’s the kind of music you want to listen to with the windows rolled down on a summer day with your friends.”

Diamond Dreams introduces an exciting new chapter for the Castros, who have earned thousands of fans individually on strong solo efforts. Jason, the oldest, became a favorite of judges and viewers alike on season 7 of American Idol, where he placed fourth. Jason went on to record acclaimed projects, while Michael surprised his brother and wowed the entire country when he auditioned for Idol the following season, charmed audiences, and began releasing his own EPs. “Jay and I were living together in college at the time, then he went on American Idol and I was like, ‘You can just get out of college by doing that?’” Michael says wryly with a slight laugh, poking a bit of fun at himself, his brother, and the idea that the preternatural vocal gifts the Castro brothers share are available to everyone.

Neither Jason nor Michael had sung before college––a truth almost too hard to believe when listening to their soulful vocals now––but little sister Jackie made her performance debut when she was five and never stopped. “We come from a super musical family,” she says. “There was always a guitar being played, always a chance to sing––and I always loved it.”

The decision to come together to form Castro was motivated by personal reasons for each member.

“I’m coming from a really different place this go round,” Jason says, reflecting on the burnout and lonely time away from home after Idol that had grown more difficult to bear since he got married and became a father of two. “Doing this has helped me get back to the root of what I love about music––and that’s the music, which is just better together.”

Castro co-wrote all seven songs on Diamond Dreams. The EP starts high with the title track’s foot-stomping power. Gorgeous three-part harmonies kick off the song¬¬¬¬––written with Tofer Brown––before Michael takes over. He launches into gratitude for a simple life made up of a car that usually won’t start, loyal friends, and a “mansion made of apartments,” before returning to a chorus declaring dreams of something more. “Dreams are more valuable than anything else,” Jason says. “It’s about realizing, look, a lot of people want to squash dreams, say it’s unrealistic or that you can’t do it. I think a big part of how we’ve gotten to where we are is by really valuing dreams.” The song’s potency lies in the way Castro doesn’t shrug off or hate the humble realities surrounding starry-eyed plans. The band cheers real life just as loudly as hopes.

Michael came up with an infectious chorus in the shower one day, took it to Jason and Jackie, and the three came up with “Rock and Roll,” a joy-soaked ode to finding happiness in contrasts. Jackie, whose arresting soprano charms as she takes the lead, appreciates the song’s playful give and take. “I like emphasizing that our differences complement each other,” she says.

“Waters of Jordan” pulls back, relying on sparse electric guitar and Michael’s room-shushing voice. Listeners feel privy to an intimate moment as the band explores love’s ability to create comforting calm. Jason claims the track as a favorite. “We’d gone through some stuff that had us all stressed out and second guessing a lot,” he says of writing the song. “We were really doubting everything. Should we just quit? Should we just call it a day? You can get caught in this idea of, ‘What do we need to do?’ So that day, we just said, ‘What do we want to do?’”

Other album standout “Automatic” revels in the overwhelming pull of deep love. The three wrote the song with Hank Bentley and Josh Bronleewe, and the result is a lush pop gem with a cinematic build-up––and a favorite of Jackie and Michael. “I really like all the sounds it uses,” Michael says. “I think it might be the best song on there.”

Written with Charlie Peacock and Josh Williams––who also contributed additional production to the track––“Heart’s Coming Home” captures Castro taking risks. The band’s refusal to play it safe pays off with vocals that achieve Prince-worthy swagger. Album closers “Good for You” and “Know Me Well” captivate acoustically. “Good For You” tackles the heartbreak of being in love with an oblivious best friend, while “Know Me Well” calls out for the comfort of unconditional love to soul-shaking effect.

As Castro challenges themselves, their focus will undoubtedly also remain fixed on the ways what they create can touch others. “Music has the power to transform a day, and the power to define a time,” Jason says. “That’s our goal: to be that for somebody. To be the song.”
Taylor Grey
Taylor Grey
With the essence of an old soul and a youthful approach to life, 19-year-old singer-songwriter, Taylor Grey, is a promising newcomer to the Alternative Pop community. Known for her emotional ballads and catchy uptempo pop hits, her vocal style and range makes her a fan favorite

Growing up in Northern California and currently a sophomore at Stanford University, Taylor’s love for music came at a very young age. Starting her career in musical theater and trained in classical opera, Taylor began writing lyrics at 12 years old. Shortly after, she started teaching herself both the piano and guitar which enhanced her passion for writing and performing her own music. With a wide range of influences in Classic Rock, Jazz and 90’s Hip-Hop, Taylor continues to grow and develop her own unique sound and songwriting style. Thus, creating a sophisticated and cross-generational refined pop alternative concoction.

Making her debut in 2016, with “Mind of Mine I & II”, a two-part EP that was co-written and produced with up-and-coming producers, Benjamin Taylor and Bryan Morton. Taylor soon caught the eyes and ears of Pop Artist, Jacob Whitesides and shortly after, jumped on his summer “Lovesick” Tour as his opening performer and making it her national debut with a full live band. Quickly, her fan base began to grow and gained even more traction when she joined The Summer Set’s sold out “Made For You” Tour as a special guest throughout the USA in the fall of 2016.

Taylor Grey is set to release her debut album, SPACE CASE, executive produced by legendary award-winning Producer, Josh Abraham in the spring of 2017. Along with Producers Josh Abraham and Nico Stadi, Taylor collaborated with some of the most talented writers and producers on the album such as David Kuncio, Jordan Ware and Isaac Hasson to name a few.

Available soon from her debut album, SPACE CASE, Taylor’s first single, NEVER WOULDA LETCHA will release in FEBRUARY 2017.
Venue Information:
Chop Suey
1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.chopsuey.com/