BØRNS at Electric Factory
Saturday, February 17th, 2017
ALL AGES | Doors: 7:30PM | Show: 8:30PM
BØRNS has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Grid Alternatives and their work bringing accessible renewable energy technology and job training to underserved communities (gridalternatives.org).
◊ BØRNS ◊
Growing up in coastal Michigan, BØRNS was living in a secluded tree house in the Los Angeles canyons where he wrote his debut album Dopamine. The album was released in the fall of 2015 to rave reviews with the Associated Press calling it “some of the most heartfelt electronic-based music in recent memory,” while Spin noted that BØRNS “writes brilliant pop songs that worm their way into your heart in an instant.” The LP featured the platinum selling single “Electric Love” and showcased his yearning falsetto. Since the release of Dopamine, BØRNS has performed at numerous festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo and completely sold out his headline theater tour in the spring of 2016. Inspired artistically by fashion BØRNS attended shows at New York and Milan’s fashion weeks, performed at Rebecca Minkoff’s fall 2015 New York show and at the 2016 LACMA Film and Art Gala which was hosted by Gucci and most recently was the ambassador for CFDA Men’s 2017 New York fashion week. BØRNS is currently working on his highly anticipated new album which will be released on Interscope Records in early 2018.
◊ Charlotte Cardin ◊
Canadian vocalist Charlotte Cardin is a soulful, pop-oriented performer whose sound mixes singer/songwriter folk, jazz, electronica, and R&B. Born in Montreal in 1994 to a French-speaking family, Cardin studied medicine and worked as a model before launching her singing career. Initially, she came to the public's attention as a contestant on the vocal competition show La Voix in 2013. After finishing in the top four, she was featured on French singer Garou's track «Du Vent des Mots.» Three years later, she delivered the EP Big Boy. In 2017, she released her full-length debut album, Main Girl, on Atlantic Records. Also that year, she was nominated in the French and English categories at the SOCAN songwriting Awards for her songs «Big Boy» and «Faufile.»
◊ Mikky Ekko ◊
A singer/songwriter capable of bluesy grit and urban pop gloss, Mikky Ekko grew up steeped in gospel, traveling through Louisiana, Mississippi and the rest of America's deep south with his preacher father. After settling in Nashville, he performed as a sideman in several bands and established himself as a songwriting collaborator, but soon began working on his own music. His first release was 2009's largely a cappella Strange Fruit EP, which he followed by posting more songs online the following year. The track «Who Are You, Really?» caught the ear of left-field hip-hop producer Clams Casino, who went on to work with Ekko on the 2012 single «Pull Me Down,» which was later remixed by Ryan Hemsworth. Ekko also released two other singles that year: «Feels Like the End» and «We Must Be Killers,» which was featured on the second season of Teen Wolf. His biggest break to date came with the Rihanna duet «Stay,» which was included on her 2012 album Unapologetic and was nominated for the 2013 Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award. In 2014, Ekko collaborated with David Guetta on the song «One Voice,» which was a part of the United Nations' «The World Needs More Campaign»; he also worked with DJ/producer Chris Malinchak on the single «Stranger.» For his debut album, Ekko worked with Clams Casino as well as several other well-known producers, including Paul Epworth and David Sitek. The results, Time, arrived in January 2015. That year, he appeared on Giorgio Moroder's album Déjà Vu; in 2016, he reunited with Clams Casino on his major-label debut 32 Levels. To record his second album, Ekko returned to Nashville. Working with producer Jay Joyce, Ekko incorporated grittier sounds and influences into Fame, which was preceded by the singles «Blood on the Surface» and «Light the Way.»