Kooley High

Kooley High Presents: Love is Love, Love (Valentine's Day Celebration)

Kooley High

Laura Reed, Napoleon Wright II

Thu, February 14, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$8 online / $12 at the door

Kooley High
Kooley High
Kooley High is comprised of six former N.C. State University students, who met on the campus bricks by way of hip hop. What started out as a student-run hip hop organization, known as H2O, soon turned into a fresh factory of beats, rhymes, and life.

The North Carolina group is made up of three emcees, Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, and Rapsody, two producers, Foolery and The Sinopsis, and a deejay, DJ Ill Digitz.

“Kooley High combines traditional hip-hop and R&B with a modern freestyle that traverses effortlessly between not only genres, but also generations. The result is a three-dimensional concoction that envelops listeners in a sound that is as smooth as The Fugees and Common, as passionate as Mary J. Blige and as intelligent as Hieroglyphics.” -URB Magazine

This eclectic group of emcees, producers, and deejay have exploded out of the Raleigh underground scene with their latest release, “The Summer Sessions EP”. In which, they recruited Grammy Award-winning producer, 9th Wonder, for collaborations on tracks like “There You Go” and “Water”.

No, music is in no way new to these “new-comers”. Charlie Smarts and Tab-One make up half of another NC hip hop marvel, known as Inflowential. And, the lady of the group, Rapsody, is signed to 9th Wonder’s label, “Its a Wonderful World”.

Hip Hop has certainly received some new warriors in the battle with mainstream rap. Kooley High will follow their latest musical efforts, with their full length album entitled, “The High Life”. So, please stay tuned because the Kooley effect has only just begun.
Laura Reed
Laura Reed
South African born singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been captivating audiences globally with her dynamic vocals, vulnerable songwriting, and inspiring live performances. Laura cut her teeth as an artist early on, performing at coffee shops and street corners from age 16 throughout North Carolina. Laura currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she was beckoned by mentor, former music executive and Grammy-award winning producer, Paul Worley.

It was Paul who introduced Laura to 2X Grammy award winning songwriter/producer Shannon Sanders (India.Arie/John Legend/Pink) and encouraged a collaboration. Laura and Sanders immediately hit it off and began writing and performing locally. Laura is currently working on her debut album, "The Awakening" with Sanders and Worley. The first single off the project "Faith not Fear" was released in May of 2012. Laura’s authentic "slow-cooked soul music recipe” is reminiscent of iconic music trendsetters like Erykah Badu, Adele, Sade, Lauryn Hill and the late Amy Winehouse.

Laura's music has been seasoned by influences from her background work with icons such as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as her extensive global travels (15 countries and three languages thus far); a delivery that has hints of Samba, Hip Hop, and African beats. Laura recently joined Sony/ATV and plans to release her debut album "The Awakening" in 2013.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601