In case you missed it on Monday, watch AOlRise's episode featuring Genevieve's "Colors" music video! http://aol.it/1zlGg9u
Genevieve is a born singer. As with contemporaries like Sia or Thom Yorke, Genevieve has that rare capacity to channel the physical aspects of her singular voice - the warm clarity of her notes, the wide spectrum of her vocal range, the inventive tonal subtleties - into pure expressive meaning. And like Bjork or Fiona Apple, her voice is so much bigger than her slight frame that, as it pours out of her, she both shapes it and is herself transformed by it into an almost otherworldly character onstage.
Rich in texture and multi-layered harmonies, Genevieve’s debut EP Show Your Colors is a triumphant collection of songs that focus on the power of celebrating one’s true self. “I am an emotional being in a world of duality,” she says, and set out to reflect this message within the musical landscape. “I wanted a lot of sonic imagery, a blend of organic and synthetic elements with colorful tones and textures. “
It’s a big step forward from where she started, touring the country as the singer in the rock band from Chicago, Company of Thieves. After two successful albums and multiple tours with the likes of OK Go and The Hold Steady, the band ended in 2013; at that point, Genevieve wasted no time getting to work on new material.
“I started writing whenever I could,” she says. Walking the tightrope between her day job as a waitress and her driving need to create, “Computers became my allies. They allowed me to record on the train, in airports, in car rides, basically wherever I could find a free moment.” This intensive process brought her into the studios of some of the biggest producers on the planet: Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson), Ted Bruner (Kesha), PJ Bianco (LP) Boots Ottestad (Robbie Williams), Jason Gilbert (Christina Aguilera), and Mike Green (Paramore).
After more than a year of flying back and forth from working in Chicago to recording in the studios of LA, she felt the “call of the ocean and the spark of divine collaboration” encouraging her to make a change, so she finally packed up and moved to a house in Hollywood full of sun, plants, and (of course) a ghost.
As Genevieve’s songwriting and voice have expanded into a new confidence, so has her sense of self, and it’s time, she says, “to step out, time to be seen and heard.” On Show Your Colors, you can hear the character of Genevieve emerging right before your ears, as a singer, as a woman, as a beacon of empowerment, and as an independent artist with a singular voice poised to change the musical landscape.