Ravyn Lenae: Sticky | A COLORS SHOW

Written by Ashley Robillard & Joshua Blue

Soprano and Tenor

In category: Song of the Day

Published December 3, 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.

Ya’ll, this kid is 20 years old (19 when she performed this on the COLORS stage). Which is wild. Chicago Native Ravyn Lenae is in our opinion the bright future that the music industry has coming. What is so striking about this performance of “Sticky”, produced by Steve Lacy, is its rawness. The singing is rough around the edges, but still technically precise. There is no mistaking that Ravyn Lenae is an incredibly talented musician, which is what makes the rough edges so thrilling. They are a glimpse into what could come down the road as she grows, learns, and refines her already stellar abilities. The lyrics are precise, but most importantly in our opinion, is that voice. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy mouth agape at this young talent.

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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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