9 February 2018
Nicole Zuraitis opens
On Friday, February 9 singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry returns to the me&thee. Since her last appearance in Marblehead, she released a new recording and has appeared on countless stages across the United States. ¶ Nicole Zuraitis will be joining Chelsea as the opener for this special show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Chelsea Berry is a musician with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling . . . she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge. Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor has been a big influence on her life as a mentor and fellow musician; he calls her vocals “world class.” Taylor continues with this praise: “A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing.”
A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Berry’s beautiful voice and commanding stage presence has brought her across the country as regular support for Livingston and others as well as the headliner of her own shows. Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home in NYC.
Chelsea’s music transcends its indie rock roots and touches listeners with its poetic lyric, bold melodies, and pure, clear, powerful vocals. Legendary musician Chris Smither says Berry is “Great, talented, beautiful … her future is so bright you’re gonna have to wear shades.” Berry has appeared on the cover of Boston magazines such as The Noise and Northshore Magazine. She has been featured multiple times on Boston’s 92.5 The River and Sirius XM’s The Loft as well as dozens of local stations from Maine to Florida. Chelsea has played Boston’s House of Blues, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and more. She has opened for many artists such as Chris Isaak, Mavis Staples, and Roger McGuinn. Berry’s newest full-length album, Wanderbird, was released in September 2017. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered in NYC with producer Adam Rhodes. The instrumentation and arrangements are a mindful and energetic extension of Berry’s own music and performance.
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Nicole Zuraitis is bringing her jazzy vocals and powerful keyboard skills to the me&thee as the opener for this show. She is a fixture in jazz clubs in Greenwich Village and has made her mark in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition as well as being chosen at the People’s Choice and Johnny Mercer Award winner in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition. Her latest recording, Hive Mind, chronicles themes close to her heart and she delivers her original songs with a sincere spirit and pure energy.
Lindsey Victoria Photography
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
- A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing. Livingston Taylor
- Great, talented, beautiful . . . her future is so bright you’re gonna have to wear shades. Chris Smither
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- She may have once been a promising high school soccer player, but the minute you hear her voice you know she was born to sing. Listening to Nicole Zuraitis transports you back to the days of the great girl singers — Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Margaret Whiting, and so many more. Although she is very young, she brings to a song that worldly-wise approach to lyrics that makes one swoon. Berkshire Style
- No one can hold a candle to Nicole’s unparalleled musical virtuosity. If you’ve had the privilege of seeing her in action in any one of NYC top live music venues, you have been tossing and turning since — bewitched by her tell-all lyrics and flawless melodies. Loft 227