Little Simz: Backseat | A COLORS SHOW

Written by Ashley Robillard & Joshua Blue

Soprano and Tenor

In category: Song of the Day

Published December 2, 2019

All songs from this week’s “Song of the Day” come from women of color performing at COLORSXSTUDIOS. COLORSXSTUDIOS is a unique aesthetic music platform showcasing exceptional talent from around the globe. COLORS focuses on the most distinctive new artists and original sounds in an increasingly fragmented and saturated scene. All COLORS shows seek to provide clear, minimalistic stage that shines a spotlight on the artists, giving them the opportunity to present their music without distraction.

North London rapper Little Simz captivated the COLORS soundscape from her very first performance of “Backseat”, produced by Astronote. As we searched through the massive collection of songs from the COLORS stage, this one jumped out at us as a real gem. Little Simz is an incredibly intelligent, well-spoken rap artist who lays her emotions bare with every line she speaks, particularly in her hook “All my life been a black sheep / All my life been the black keys / True I never really was a bad breed / Daddy probably rather me an athlete”. We really connected with her lyrics and with her desire to be seen, to be more than what the world sees you as. To hear more from Little Simz, check out her album Stillness in Wonderland.

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American soprano Ashley Marie Robillard is in her last year of her masters at the Curtis Institute of Music. Ashley was a member of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist program with whom she made her professional debut in 2017, and she is an avid recitalist with Opera Philadelphia and Curtis on Tour, the Curtis Institute’s nationwide touring initiative. instagram: @ashley_marie_robillard


British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Appearing previously in the past three NYFOS seasons, Joshua returns to our Merkin Hall series on December 12 in Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs of Gay Harlem. 


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