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Jensen McRae

Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 7:00PM


Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Jensen McRae is a “wordgirl”. “Everything I do is about, and in service
of, words and stories”, explains the 24-year-old LA Native. As a bi-
racial, black and Jewish woman growing up in predominantly white
spaces, McRae’s music explores all aspects of identity from race and
gender to issues of depression and unrequited love. Inspired by the
likes of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Alicia Keys, and James Taylor,
McRae started her musical journey writing in her bedroom, to then
playing the local songwriting circuit in Los Angeles. Attending Grammy
Camp as a high schooler, McRae received a full-ride scholarship to
USC Thornton School of Music where she graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in Popular Music in 2019. While finishing her senior year, her
unique voice and songwriting caught the attention of her now-
manager, who connected the young artist with Grammy award-winning
producer Rahki (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar). The two were in the studio
weekly working on her debut album. In late 2019, she went on to
release her first single, “White Boy,” recounting her struggles with
racial microaggressions. The following year she released “Wolves,” a
stripped-down song that weaves together vivid vignettes about sexual
assault. In early 2021, McRae took to Twitter to post a short video clip
performing “a preemptive cover” of a song inspired by Phoebe
Bridgers that acquired over 2.5 M views and even caught the attention
of Bridgers herself. Due to the wide attention and praise, the short clip
was later released as a single titled “Immune”. She has earned praise
from

Wonderland

,

Vulture

,

Fader

,

was named

NPR

Slingshot’s 2021
Artists To Watch, and

KCRW

’s favorite new artists of 2020 and is just
getting started. McRae released her debut album “Are You Happy
Now?” on March 22, 2022, which landed at #1 on the iTunes Singer-
Songwriter chart and peaked at #50 on iTunes All Genres Chart.

Sophia James

Sophia James blends sounds of folk, pop, and jazz with reflective, thought provoking lyrics in her unique style of songwriting. Freshly graduated from UCLA with a degree in jazz, Sophia is making and performing music that she hopes will help people think, feel, and ultimately heal.

9081 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069 (Get Directions)

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