Music For a Cure
Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Millennial Society of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted the First Annual Music for a Cure at City Winery in New York City. The evening raised over $18,000 in support of a grant for young adult cancers. Local musicians, including Casey Shea, Emma, Lenka, Pearl and the Beard, and Robbie Gil peformed for over 200 guests who joined us to raise awareness for the Millennial Society while enjoying some great music for a great cause.
About the Artists
Lenka is an Australian singer and songwriter that relocated to the United States in 2008 and currently resides in Brooklyn. She recently released her second album, Two, as a follow up to her highly successful, self-titled debut album.
Lenka entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart at #3 in late 2008 and contained "The Show" which became a No. 1 single on the radio in three countries. Her music has been featured on "Ugly Betty", "Grey's Anatomy", "Parenthood" as well various advertising campaigns and movie trailers. Lenka has toured extensively and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", and "Jimmy Kimmel Live".
Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspeil, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth and one soul.
Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then, the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.
Robbie Gil is a singer/songwriter out of New York City, who grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut. His singing voice and writing ability has been likened to Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltry and Ray Lamontagne and his stage presence has been hailed as “incredibly energetic”; His new album, Save Yourself, has been hailed as “Undeniably Impressive”. Robbie has been quite successful in New York most recently having a residency at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 for the last 8 months. He has been awarded one of the Best Emerging Artists of 2009 by the National Songwriter Hall of Fame. He has also written and recorded an original song, “I’m Not Even Here” for the feature film, “Happy New Year” about American veterans returning home from Iraq, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival 2011.
Casey Shea spent a handful of years fronting rock bands in Tallahassee and Nashville before setting out for New York City in January of 2004 to focus on a solo career. The charismatic frontman has built a six-piece band around his solo material where influences such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beck and Tom Petty shine through in an original sound with an uncommon familiarity right off the bat.
EMMA is a born and raised New Yorker, and has been singing since she was little, but back then she had to share the spotlight with her twin sister, Sophie. Aside from dancing and singing around the house, Emma has also danced for the New Jersey Nets dance team, danced and sang in school plays and continues to perform with her band around NYC.
Heavily influenced by her idols- Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Brandy, just to name a few-Emma hopes to model her blossoming pop career after these talented ladies!
Shea and Gary Jacob