Race/Ethnicity: Black, Haitian American
Home town: “Lil Haiti”
Talent: Singer/Songwriter, Rapper
Genre: Pop, R&B, Club, Hiphop
JR-Riiccoo was born Jean junior Auguste on Oct, 5th in Miami,fl. he’s the oldest of 3 children, his mother is Haitian, as well as his father… JR, was a star athlete in football, basketball, as well as track… He had a full football scholarship to attend University of Tennessee… He later transferred and graduated from Jackson State University in Mississippi… While in college he still remained an athlete, and had an opportunity to play pro football… JR always had a love for music, and begin to pursue a career in the business 2011… He started off as a writer and even wrote for a few local artistes in the Jackson Mississippi area… He later on move back to Miami to take care of his sick mother, but he never gave up his dream on being a star musician… JR style is unique because he can sing, and rap with the best of them… But what makes him really unique is his educational background and his understanding of how to cater to a specific group of listeners… Don’t let the pretty boy fool you, he’s as good as it gets…
Painter lives in beautiful Northern New Mexico among the sagebrush and rainbows, where here songs are inspired. She could very well belong to a line of troubadours from long ago, traveling the lands spreading poetic messages and moody melodies, raising heartfelt questions.
Liz grew up in New York, and her first influence was Simon and Garfunkel and the melodic themes of Broadway show tunes. She has a BA in Music from the University of Arizona in Tucson, but in the nineties, fresh out of high school, Painter adopted a hippie lifestyle and hitch-hiked with her guitar, traveling to folk and craft festivals. Liz would pull out her guitar and play songs for comrades she met on her journey, inspired by the vast starlit skies of the American Southwest, unfettered by city lights, infused with the sound and energy of the ancient elements.
Her albums ‘Home Before Dark'(2007), ‘What if?'(2011) and ‘Perfect Girl'(2019) are available on Spotify and YouTube and to purchase on her official website. Styles in these recordings span from folk-rock and soul to psychedelic rock with a twist of country.
Liz has a bottomless back-pack bulging with original songs. For Liz, each song is a valuable creation, no song a throw-away. Each song is like an insistent alpha child, prodding her, inspiring her to perform it, record it and release it into a life of its own. Liz feels lucky to have a musical soul and is grateful for the deepening of her musical path in life. She continues to develop her creative process and has just written songs for a fourth album. Inspired by great vocalists and songwriters, she feels a passion to create music every day.
New Yeller is thrilled to be back at The Way Station (“music venue and Nerdvana”), 683 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, this Saturday, October 5th at 8 p.m. We’ll be playing a few of your old favorites plus some new material, including a slinky little number based on Ariel’s song in Act 1, Scene 2 of The Tempest.
New Yeller will be followed by Amy Beth Anders. Phil Gammage and finally Parachute Jump! (if you can stay up that late).