JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY RELEASES CH III: THE COME UP TODAY
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE
ALBUM RELEASE SHOWIN TORONTO TONIGHT
WATCH VIDEO FOR MONEY AIN’T FREE
2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PERFORMING IN MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22
FOLLOWED BY A TOUR WITH SOFAR SOUNDS
Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,releases her new album, CH III: The Come Up.The album is based on a chapter of her life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch her live in Toronto tonight at Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB on February 22, a stop in New York on March 2, and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. See below for all details and listen to CH III: The Come Up here.
"The second half to the album's storry, that's not explicitly in the album, is how I overcame all the hardships of the industry. After my literal blood, sweat and tears later, I decided to do everything myself. Write, produce, design, promote, literally everything you can think of for this album,”STORRY reflects on the process. “It was exhausting but extremely liberating. It's been a lifetime in the making. And even though it may seem like I sprung out of nowhere, I've been stifled, hidden, working in the dark for many many years. I'm soooooo happy this album is finally here. This is just the beginning."
In March, STORRY will be heading to Saskatoon for the 2020 JUNO Awards, where she is nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY has been sharing her STORY with media ahead of the launch, with features in EARMILK,The Toronto Star, The Creative Imbalance Podcast, and Canadian Beats, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT.
CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.
Perhaps the most raw and honest representation of the project is Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch the video for Money Ain’t Free here, written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa.Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous single, A Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. Watch the video here.
STORRY will hit the road for a North American tour with Sofar Soundsnext month, with cities and venues to be announced. Sofar Sounds performances can be found in 444 cities around the world. They transform intimate spaces like barbershops and living rooms into a captivating experience. They typically feature threediverse acts and the secret location is only divulged 24 hours before the show begins. Subscribeto STORRY’semail list at www.storrymusic.com for secret info on the dates and approximate locations.
“I love Sofar because it's the best way to meet new fans. I get to perform in an intimate space, sometimes with no microphone, and really connect with an audience that just loves music and isn't interested in numbers or clout,” STORRY says. “They literally come out not knowing who they're gonna see. They're true music lovers, eager to listen and discover!"
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Up will make its Toronto debut at the Toronto Short Film Festival, screening at Carleton Cinema on Thursday, March 19. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets
February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets
March 2 – Producer Mondays at Nublu151 – New York, NY
March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON
Buy/stream: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup
Watch Money Ain’t Free: youtu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI
Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree
Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind
Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A
STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE