Fri, Nov 17 • 8:00PM
The Atlanta Room
BRANAN MURPHY / KID POLITICS / MARK STOKES
$7 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF
While in high school, Henry “Hank” Branan Murphy began writing songs and singing in his church. By age 18, he devoted himself to a career in music and spent the next several years performing at events all over the U.S., even releasing two independent projects. In 2011, the Louisville, GA native relocated to Raleigh-Durham, NC and began writing his own brand of “conscious pop” songs. He soon released SMPLFY, a mixtape showing off his skills as a vocalist, rapper, songwriter and producer. Piquing the interest of several record labels, he ultimately signed with Sony’s Provident Label Group.
“I write songs about what it’s like to be human,” Murphy shares. “We are all complex people. We have struggles. We have contradictions. We have deep desires. We are all seeking to be loved, understood and satisfied. My songs attempt to capture those deep emotional, even spiritual, yearnings we have as human beings. The bottom line is that I want to make great art, but most of all I want to be honest. I want to sing about what people are really going through.”
Branan Murphy’s debut single, “All The Wrong Things,” features “The Voice” Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne. Invoking the passion of artists such as Alessia Cara and Jon Bellion, and the urban pop sounds of artists such as The Weeknd, Justin Timberlake and ZAYN, the song includes a rap bridge written and performed by Murphy himself. The single releases Apr. 21, impacting both radio and streaming platforms.
Kid Politics is a synth-pop act based in Nashville, TN. Their EDM-tinged, hook-laden debut single ‘Did It Anyway’ introduced the band with a bang prompting comparisons to superstar acts Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, and Coldplay, and garnering early praise from peers and critics alike. The band was born Fall 2016 when singer-songwriter Kelby Dover was introduced to drummer Michael Mann by a mutual friend. The two hit it off and when Kelby shared a few demos of songs he was hoping to record and release, Michael was hooked. “I’d never heard a voice like Kelby’s," recalls Mann. "You meet a lot of great singers in a city like Nashville but the songs themselves were amazing. I knew right then that we had something special.” Adds Kelby, “I had only shared my songs with a few people up to that point so I wasn’t completely sure if Michael was just being nice. He stuck around so I guess he was telling the truth.” Just a few weeks later, bassist Tyler “Diego” Harrison who had just relocated to Nashville was visiting with Mann when the subject of forming a band came up. Dover and Mann played the demos for Harrison who joined on the spot and Kid Politics was born.
In just a short time, Kid Politics has generated industry buzz with their high energy live show that landed them on the roster of super agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) who signed them on the spot after seeing Kid Politics perform.
The trio is building on the growing momentum upon the release of their follow up single ‘California Vibes’ on July 21st.
Born and raised in California, now living North of Atlanta, Stokes brings West Coast vibes and expands his influence upwards to North Georgia. His debut single 'Light up a Flame' was recently released, yielding a genre hard to label but a style sure to please.