Berklee College Of Music Graduate, Singer/songwriter Aria Knight Debuts New Music From Her Upcoming Summer 2013 Release In San Francisco In Early December


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San Francisco, CA - After many years of live performance in both the San Francisco Bay Area and in New York, Aria Knight brings her new songs to a live audience for the first time in San Francisco for two shows in early December. The shows include a performance at Karneycopia, a weekly Singer/Songwriter event in the SOMA district at Brainwash Café, and a set at Independent Distribution Collective’s Holiday Party at the Union Room in the Union Square neighborhood. This run will be capped off with a few studio sessions at Petting Zoo Studios in Emeryville, CA, working with producer/engineer Ben Bernstein (New Monsoon, Deborah Crooks, Ian Franklin).

Aria Knight is a singer/songwriter who was born in San Francisco and who graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Vocal Performance. Over the past few years Aria has been writing music and performing live throughout the New York area, and although New York has provided some inspiration, her Bay Area roots are also at the heart of her musical experiences. The music Aria writes is stylistically diverse, drawing upon an eclectic source of musical influences that range from alternative rock to indie electronic to contemporary folk. Subject matter and the depth of her lyrics (in an age where these aspects of music are commonly neglected in the mainstream) are of utmost importance to Aria as an artist, and are the driving force behind her songs.

Using music to share her personal experience and to voice issues from new perspectives are two of her main goals, which she finds especially pressing as a member of the LGBTQ community. Her lyrics speak to emotions that transcend sexuality, doing so with the kind of raw emotion and honesty that listeners can’t help but find endearing, making accessible the kinds of pervasive struggles and passions that everyone, gay, straight, or otherwise, have to face.

On her debut album, set to release in the summer of 2013, Aria’s music delves into her struggles with personal demons, sexuality, relationships, fear, uncertainty, and pressure to be what you “should” be and not who you are. Through her strong vision and collaboration with a variety of talented musicians, she creates a collection of songs that are musically complex, deeply personal, and widely relatable.

Live performances will be held on Wednesday December 5th at Karneycopia at Brainwash Café 1122 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 861-3663 and on Saturday December 8th at The Union Room 401 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 292-2583. Both performances will begin at 8pm.

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