Just like this post is titled, this is a harp envy post! I’m not sure if it will be a series, but for now I’m calling it like I see it. Why harp envy you may ask? I’m a harpist. Someone I know did something freaking awesome with the harp that I’m totally envious about. BAM harp envy post. :P
“A versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. In addition to expressively interpreting traditional harp repertoire, this young harpist plays in a style reminiscent of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, yet has developed a beautiful and fresh sound all her own. Ms Younger is most recognized for working with Jazz royalty as well as Grammy winning Hip-Hop producers and artists. Her ability to feature the harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent is a testament of her love for the instrument, and her cross-reaching ability as a musician.”
Not only is she everything mentioned above and then some, she is an incredible teacher and for someone who has had so many opportunities to perform with some great artists, such as John Legend, Drake, Ryan Leslie, Butch Morris, Ravi Coltrane, and Charlie Haden, she is incredibly down to earth. Did you fangirl even a little for any of those people? I think I might have been too nervous to even play if I were you!
Last semester when Florence + the Machine came into NYC to be on Saturday Night Live they used one of Brandee’s harps – which then I got to use for a lesson the Monday after. She kept laughing at me because I thought it was the coolest thing ever but to her it was just normal everyday life. Like, Florence + the Machine comes around everyday asking if they can use your harp to perform on SNL. No biggie. Totally normal stuff. *brushes off shoulder*
Well last night Brandee had an amazing opportunity – she was in the band for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! HOW FLIPPIN’ COOL IS THAT?! So cool. SO SO cool. If you missed the performance you can catch it here.
Brandee, I’m going to live vicariously through your amazing harp adventures every time I’m missing New York, okay? Okay cool. Thanks! Also, come visit me in California sometime. There’s a guest room at my place and you can borrow my harp if you want. And a super awesome bonus? I’m two miles from the beach :) Incentive? I sure hope so! ;)
If you want to follow Brandee as she continues her journey into harp awesomeness give her social media a follow/like!
<3 and harp strings,