with special guest Jensen McRae
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
ORPHEUM THEATRE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
DOORS 6:30PM | Music 7:30PM
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 10:00am!
$85.00 | $69.50 | $65.00
(plus applicable fees)
About Amos Lee
With one foot in the real world and the other in a charmed dimension of his own making, Amos Lee creates a rare kind of music that’s emotionally raw yet touched with a certain magical quality. On his eight album Dreamland, the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter intimately documents his real-world struggles (alienation, anxiety, loneliness, despair), and outpouring born from deliberate and often painful self-examination. “For most of my life I’ve walked into rooms thinking, ‘I don’t belong here,'” says Lee. “I’ve come to the realization that I’m too comfortable as an isolated person, and I want to reach out more. This record came from questioning my connections to other people, to myself, to my past and to the future.”
All throughout Dreamland, Lee embraces an unfettered honesty, repeatedly shedding light on the darkest corners of his psyche. On “Into the Clearing,” for instance, the album takes on a moody intensity as Lee speaks to a desire for obliteration. “There’s always a longing to be one with the universe, to be one with nature, to be one with the sky,” he says. “And sometimes the only way you can be with the sky is to be smoke.”
In the making of Dreamland, Lee found his songwriting indelibly informed by his recent reading of Johann Hari’s 2018 book Lost Connections. “It’s about depression, which I have a pretty deep history with, and how our society and our generation looks at mental health and healing in terms of medication rather than thinking about our personal relationship to the people and the world around us,” he says. And with his release of Dreamland, Lee hopes that his songs might inspire others to live more fully and free of fear.
About Jensen McRae
Jensen McRae is a “world girl.” “Everything I do is about, and in service of, words and stories,” explains the 23-year-old LA native. As a bi-racial black and Jewish woman growing up in predominately white spaces, McRae’s music explores all aspects of identity from race and gender to issues of depression and unrequited loved.
Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Alicia Keys and James Taylor, McRae started her musical journey writing in her bedroom, to then playing the local songwriting circuit in Los Angeles. Attending Grammy Camp as a high schooler, McRae received a full-ride scholarship to USC Thornton School of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Popular Music in 2019. While finishing her senior year, her unique voice and songwriting caught the attention of her soon-to-be-manager, who connected the young artist with Grammy award-winning produce Rahki (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar). The two were in the studio weekly working on her debut album, due out early 2022.
In late 2019, she went on to release her first single, “White Boy,” recounting her struggles with racial microaggressions. The following year she released “Wolves,” a stripped-down song that weaves together vivid vignettes about sexual assault. In early 2021, McRae took to Twitter to post a short video clip performing a “preemptive cover” of a song inspired by Phoebe Bridgers that acquired over 2.5 million views and even caught the attention of Bridgers herself. Due to the wide attention and praise, the short clip was later released as a single title “Immune.” She has earned praise from Wonderland, Vulture, Fader, was named NRP Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch and KCRW’s favorite new artists of 2020 and is just getting started. McRae released her debut EP in June of 2021, which peaked at #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts just under Joni Mitchell.