Music Video: Simi Stone - Pyramid
With a distinctive vocal tone that softens its gently rasp-flecked edge by channeling a sweet vulnerability and an intuitive sensitivity being intertwined with a musical aesthetic that combines Motown's effervescent energy with a singer/songwriter's introspective insight and emotional articulacy, the Woodstock, NY born and raised Simi Stone makes for an arrestingly unique talent who lives by the sentiment 'life is music, and music is life'. Saying she is 'inspired by love; I'm inspired by anyone you can think of, you know, from the Rolling Stones, to Arcade Fire, to Aretha Franklin...it's just that feeling , that feeling of elation when you hear a song, that adrenaline rush of goodness - that's what inspires me', here she gives a taste of her self-described 'mountain Motown pop' with 'Pyramid'.
Raised by a hippie mother and a Jamaican-born father whose mother was a traveling piano player on the blues circuit, at seven Stone began learning classical violin, and by ten displayed the type of aptitude that saw her accepted into the New York Conservatory for the Arts, where she where she studied musical theater, dance, and voice while writing songs of her own. Moving to New York after graduation to pursue an acting degree, she was soon fronting a rock band with her electric violin and guitar playing, gaining recognition from media that included the Village Voice.
After a brush with the Afro-punk movement, Stone turned her hand to a grittier rock'n'roll sound with the New York/Chicago band Suffrajet, receiving critical acclaim off the back of two albums and numerous country-wide tours from the likes of Rolling Stone, Esquire and The Chicago Sun Times. Moving on from the rock'n'roll scene, she returned to her hometown of Woodstock and teamed up with Simone Felice and Bobby Burke, The Duke and the King, going on to tour with them in the U.K. and Europe. More recently, she teamed up with songwriting partner David Baron to work on a Kickstarter-funded solo project, and with recent shows in NYC she is in the process of finishing up her album.