Save The Date: Midtown Village Fall Festival

September 18, 2018

The Midtown Village Fall Festival is coming Saturday, October 6th from 12-8PM! This FREE event attracts thousands of visitors in one day to experience a variety of activities including featured 96.5 TDY performances from Whitney Woerz and Brynn Elliott, food and beverage sampling, beer gardens, arts & crafts, family friendly activities and more!

The event is located at Broad Street to 12th Street, Market to Locust Streets. For more information click here

 

About Whitney Woerz:

17-year-old, Whitney Woerz’ is equal parts passion and talent. Combining an alternative pop sound with lyrics firmly rooted in personal events, Whitney’s music possesses a depth and sonic maturity that extends beyond her years. Her honesty and transparency produce profoundly impactful music that poignantly depicts a multitude of experiences that are accompanied by a range of emotions.

Says  Whitney,  “I’m  focused  ontopics  that  are  meaningful  tomeor  that  move  me.    If  this  makes  me  vulnerable,  then  I’m  okay  with  that.  It’s  this  honesty  thatI  hope  encourages  others  tobe  their  authentic  selves.”

“Love  Me  Not,”  demonstrates  a  growth  in  Whitney’s  songwriting  and  her  ability  to  blend  musical  elements.  Drawing  inspiration  from  the  freewheeling  nature  of  modern  day  relationships,  Whitney  has  created  a  pop  gem  that  showcases  her  skill  at  crafting  catchy  hooks  and  her  ability  to  sincerely  discuss  a  multitude  of  feelings  and  emotions  ranging  from  love,  to  loss,  toliving  life  to  the  fullest.

Her  forthcoming  EP,  Iridescent, will  be  released  later  in  2018,  via  600  Volt  [with  distribution  provided  by  RED]. Touching  on  life’s  intersections  of  teen  angst,  un-requited  love,  friendship  and  emotional  challenges,  Whitney  has  a  professional  musical  maturity  that  has  been  compared  to  that  of  Sara  Bareilles,  Alessia  Cara,  and  Tori  Kelly. 

“I  chose  Iridescent as  the  title  for  my EP  because  the  songs  onit  are  about  how  people  appear  to be  versus  what’s  inside”  says  Whitney. “I  relate  the  word  ‘iridescent’ to  people  -    how  they  change  –  how  sometimes  they  aren’t  exactly  what  they  seem.  I  want  my  fans  to  know,  they  are  not  alone  in  what  often-times  feels  really  isolating  and  confusing.” It is this  authenticity  that  has  served  to  connect  Whitney  with  a  following  that  is  growing  exponentially  with  each  release. 

Whitney’s  strength  as  a  songwriter  stems  from  her  ability  to  poignantly  and  accurately  depict  a  multitude  of  relevant  teenage  issues.  She  is  a  teen  ambassador  for  Glenn  Close’s  non-profit  organization,  BringChange2Mind.  She has emerged as an advocate against bullying.

“I  think  that  it’s  extremely  important  for  people  to  invest  in  each  other,”  added  Whitney  “Though  I  love  social  media,  I  do  think  that  there  is  point  when  you  lose  touch  with  a  tangible  reality.  We need human contact and it should happen more often.”

“Whitney’s  development  as  a  writer,  performer  and  artist  is  on  full  display  in  this  latest  effort,”  says  Grammy  Award-winner  Glenn  Rosenstein,  who  has  produced  Whitney’s  Behind  the  Smile  and  The  Fame  Sessions:  LIVE  from  Muscle  Shoals  (filmed in the historic  FAME  Recording  Studios  in  Muscles  Shoals,  Alabama),  the  videos  for  which  have  generated  over  100  million  views.    “The  depth  of  her  musical  knowledge  is  well  beyond  her  years  and  it  continues  to  grow.    She’s  a  great  creative  partner,  a  thoughtful  collaborator  and  a  surprisingly  experienced  soul.”

In  her  own  voice  and  her  own  way,  Whitney Woerz  is  coming  of  age.  Her  lyrics  are  sincere  and  forthcoming  –  a  recipe  for  a  bond  that  will  no  doubt  see  her  sharing  her  musical  journey  with  her  fans  for  years  to  come. 

Check out her music here. 

 

About Brynn Elliot:

At age 14, Brynn Elliott was determined she’d become the first member of her family to apply to college. And not just any college: Harvard. She buried herself in schoolwork and extracurriculars, building up resume for an application, and in the midst of it all Brynn began to teach herself guitar chords using YouTube videos. She penned her first tune at 16 after a family friend passed away. “It was a therapeutic thing for me to do,” she says. “Writing a song helped me deal with the grief. And then I started writing more songs, about things I was feeling or things I was learning about in school. I wrote songs about characters in books, as well as real situations, good and bad. I felt like I wanted to write about everything around me.”

Brynn’s initial application to Harvard was not accepted, but she refused to give up. She reapplied a year later, this time submitting her music with the application, and was accepted. When Brynn entered Harvard four years ago, she was the first person in her family to attend college, a huge milestone for the musician. In the past few years, Brynn has gone from writing songs on the bathroom floor to playing over 200 shows and signing with Atlantic Records. The musician, who first discovered songwriting as a teenager when she came across her dad’s old guitar in the basement, recently graduated from Harvard University with a mission to share her experiences and philosophical studies through the lens of pop music.

Her debut EP, Time of Our Lives, which arrives later this year, was inspired by Brynn’s time at Harvard and the relationships she’s fostered there. The classes she’s taken for her philosophy major weave their way through the five tracks, each inspired by a different philosopher or set of ideas. Anthemic pop number “Time of Our Lives” draws on Heidegger and existentialism, reminding the listener to be present in the moment, especially when the future remains unknown – as it often does after college. “Might Not Like Me, a buoyant song with an empowering chorus, was penned shortly after a breakup. Brynn, who created the EP with producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), was encouraged by a class on feminist critiques of Descartes. “The reason for the breakup was because I’d been touring a lot throughout college and I was gone a lot on the weekends to play shows,” Brynn says. “This guy was pretty intimidated by that. I felt like I had to make myself smaller when I was with him. We were studying this woman who self-published her own philosophy under her own name in a time when women couldn’t do that and it stuck with me. I reached this breaking point where I could do what I loved or I was going to miss out on that for a boy. I had been living in such fear of what this guy thought of me and that’s so much of what the struggle of being a woman is. I wrote this song about letting go of that fear and not worrying so much about being who you are.” 

The EP, like all of Brynn’s music, is about embracing who you are and feeling inspired to act. She wanted to recapture the feeling she experienced the first time she got turned on to rock music while on a family road trip with her dad.  She was 13 and hearing Guns N’ Roses’, U2 and Fleetwood Mac for the very first time.  “There was something so liberating for me that day,” she says. “I felt so empowered and so freed. Hearing certain songs makes you want to get up and do something great. I hope that when people come to my shows or hear my music on the radio they’re inspired in their own life. I want to bring a new, fresh, hopeful perspective to people.”

The musician, who has played with artists like Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlile and Allen Stone, may not know exactly what the future holds, but she’s ready for it, guitar in hand.

“I wanted my four years at Harvard to be the foundation of a bank of songs that will hopefully be with me for the rest of my life,” Brynn says. “Philosophy and music are two sides of the same coin for me. Pop music looks for what is universal in the world, providing that place for people to come and relate about the things we all feel, which is what philosophy does as well. My passion for those ideas isn’t going to go away after college – they might just look and sound different.”

Check out her music here.