JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES NEW SINGLE MONEY AIN’T FREE
PREMIERES AT CBC Q
FORTHCOMING ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP
OUT FEBRUARY 20 – PRE-ORDERNOW
2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION
FOR REGGAE RECORD OF THE YEAR
ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS IN TORONTO
ON FEBRUARY 20 AND MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22
WATCH VIDEO FOR A LOST FIND
Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,shares her new single, 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. With a broadcast premiere on CBC qand an interview on VIBE 105.5’sRebel Vibez program this morning, the song is one of the many STORIES from STORRY’s forthcoming album, CH III: The Come Up,a project based on her own journey; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. Ahead of its release on February 20, you can listen to Money Ain’t Freehere.
“I needed to strip to make money to pay for the music so that I wouldn’t have to strip anymore,” STORRY says.“I remember people saying I just wanted the easy money. But let me tell you, there was nothing easy about being an exotic dancer, going back to an industry that had caused me a lot of trauma. My entire life, to this day, I wear mostly hand me down, second-hand clothes, I don't buy name brand items, nor do I go to fancy hotels or drive a fancy car. I'm practical and thrifty. Anyone who knows me knows that. But money isn't free, and I have this dream career that I'm pursuing.”
Last week, STORRY received a 2020 JUNO Award nomination 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.
With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles (notable local collaborations include Junia-T and Rich Kidd), STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch two album release shows; the first on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. Stay tuned for her US tour dates and see all details below.
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. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take without edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. On the process, STORRY shares, “We picked up a camera and went out into the fields where Tom lives and started shooting a video for it. Lucky for us, a few days after the initial shooting in the sunlight, we would have a huge rainstorm. I remember watching the rain cloud coming. I counted out to Tom when the rain would arrive 5-4-3-2 before I could get to one, I became drenched in a matter of seconds. Tom could barely hold the camera straight from all the wind, and was also trying to hold the umbrella over the camera at the same time as shooting. This was the springboard for me getting into film. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I could get it done.”
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.
STORRY is a 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 released her debut single, Leave My Heart Behind, on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg. STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.
STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah) a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie,and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. 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. 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.
Thursday, February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets
Saturday, February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets
Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree
Pre-order CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup
Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind
Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A
STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE