Rolling Stone magazine has released a lengthy article written by Melissa Roth, regarding Ms. Grey‘s impromptu performance at the The Sayers Club in Los Angeles last Sunday morning (November 6). The article gives details on her special performance of “Room For Happiness“, as well as several industry executives and fellow musicians that were in attendance.
Read the following excerpt of the article, and click the photo below to view the full-length feature.
Grey Experiments | Rolling Stone ::
“….few things are ever fully planned at the Sayers Club in Los Angeles – much less rehearsed. So when a string quartet settled in to perform “Room for Happiness” with Skylar Grey in the wee hours of Sunday morning, it was the first time they’d even seen the performer….Grey has been slowly crawling out of the shadows as a solo artist. Her Interscope debut, “Invisible,“ a fitting eulogy for her once-faceless songwriter, just reached Number 14 on Billboard’s Dance/Club chart, right above Beyonce’s “Countdown” and Taylor Dayne’s “Floor on Fire”….
Grey opened with a medley of her familiar hooks….the audience settled down and became her chorus. Singing along from the couches was Dayne herself, who’d performed “Floor on Fire” on the same stage Thursday night. Over the weekend, she was there just to watch.
Dressed in a black leather jacket, jeans and ski hat, Grey sang her haunting ballads about isolation, hurt that feels good and emptiness that leaves room for happiness. It was a powerful, if brief, performance, one that could mark a turning point for the 25-year-old: Two of the biggest names in the music business, Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and Live Nation’s Michael Rapino, had come out to see her.
Grey finished her set with a cover of Radiohead’s “Idioteque.“ Not what you’d expect from a woman best known for collaborations with Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem and Dr. Dre.
But now she’s gotten the seal of approval from someone who’s quietly emerged as one of the most influential bookers in town: Jason Scoppa, who opened Sayers Club with L.A. nightlife king Sam Nazarian, who gave Scoppa his own venue and carte blanche to do with it as he pleased. Scoppa had become known for booking talent just before their careers take off; Bruno Mars used to play at his weekly Hollywood showcases not too long ago, as did Cee Lo Green and Young and the Giant’s Sameer Ghadia.
Just as daunting is the increasingly high profile crowd that surrounds the stage, inches away, and with them all the heated expectations. Will this be the next Bruno?
None of the pressure seemed to faze Grey. She’s in no hurry to top the charts, she confided to Rolling Stone after the show – “Better to grow a career over time than have a quick rise.” But nothing intimidates her right now. “All the success I’m having now, I really can appreciate it. But I also know that I don’t need to rely on a single thing to be happy.”….”
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