AJ Smith “Brooklyn Nights” EP Release – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – January 27th, 2016

AJ Smith "Brooklyn Nights" EP Release

AJ Smith "Brooklyn Nights" EP Release

Riley van Hilst & Susana Parada

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

GA $15 | Premier Plus $25

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

AJ Smith
AJ Smith
2016’s Indie-Pop Music Scene has a fresh face in singer-songwriter AJ Smith with the release of his latest EP, “Brooklyn Nights”. Co-produced with GRAMMY-winning producer Scott Jacoby, the 5-song collection is accompanied by a conceptual-based video of the title track that follows the twists and turns of a young love relationship from first date to the last. “Brooklyn Nights” showcases the charm and introspection behind songwriting, drawing on the strengths of Smith's seasoned voice and encouraging a community of diverse music lovers to interconnect and feel the Brooklyn vibe.

Although a newcomer to many, DC-native Smith is by no means a novice to music and songwriting. A multi-instrumentalist and classically trained violinist and pianist, he optioned to master the craft of songwriting, and is the first graduate of New York University’s Songwriting Masters Program and the Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriting Scholar. He was also awarded the Carole Bayer Sager Scholarship for his talent while at NYU, and he has worked with and studied with songwriting greats including Eagles’ legend Glenn Frey, Roseanne Cash, and Phil Galdston. Songwriting and composing is also in his blood, with composing family members including famed Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and classical guitar great Leo Brouwer. His first commercially released single, “Summertime”, co-written with Alex Forbes in 2013, was released and climbed to # 3 on the Australian charts.

Despite pressure from industry execs, peers, and other artists to drop out of school and “learn on the road,” Smith believes that taking the time to master his craft in school was well worth it. Smith had the unique experience to meet and work closely with Eagles Legend Glenn Frey while at NYU.
“ Many people do not know Glenn was also a songwriting teacher” says AJ. He had concerns about the craft of songwriting and wanted to work with young songwriting students to make a difference, and he worked with a few of us at NYU in 2013.” AJ’s music caught his ear, and Frey worked with him closely on several of his songs, and even had AJ open for the Eagles at the Beacon Theater in 2013.

“Music is meant for connecting,” explained AJ Smith. “As Glenn once told me, “When your audience can sing with you, they can feel with you.’ His sage advice provided the inspiration for Brooklyn Nights. If it compels someone to sing along, then I’ve touched a memory, emotion, or desire within that person.”

The “Brooklyn Nights” EP certainly connects on all levels with hard-hitting nostalgia, rebelliousness, emotion, and power. All five songs on the masterfully crafted release sound like they’ve always you’re your favorite, even on first listen. And despite lacking record label support have already hit major radio markets via stations like DC101, Z100, and more. Be sure to check out AJ Smith & his band live at Jammin' Java - it will prove to be a show you don't want to miss!
Riley van Hilst & Susana Parada
Riley van Hilst & Susana Parada
Riley and Susana met several years ago in Fairfax County's All-County Choral Festival and have been harmonizing together ever since. With musical influences ranging from Imagine Dragons to Fall Out Boy, they are excited to take the stage at Jammin Java for the first time to kick off 2016.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180