How do you welcome yourself into the newest chapter of your life? Well for me it was throwing myself into the loop of things and covering the first show I could. After receiving an email about a POV Live event (no, not that kind!) put on at the W Hotel DC, I signed up and reached out BrandLinkDC (the PR firm putting the event together) and received permission to shoot the event.
I will admit I was unfamiliar with the artist being showcased. Hell, I didn’t even know where the venue was located, but after a quick Google Maps search I was on my way strolling down Connecticut Avenue headed to the W Hotel. Being from Miami I already knew the atmosphere the W Hotel provides. What I didn’t know was the incredible view I was about to enjoy or the gorgeous voice (and young woman) that was going to entertain us that evening.
The POV Live event was held on the rooftop of the W Hotel, which overlooked the Washington Monument. The bar was one of the better-looking ones I’ve come across – great bar decorations and these lighting fixtures that dimmed and brightened with the music. For the evening the bar provided a specialty drink, which was gin, mixed with fresh blackberry juice, blackberry foam, and a sprig of mint dubbed the Marion Berry (after DC mayor Marion Barry who was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine – yes the drink was so good you’d be hooked on it and it was only $10).
Now the artist of the evening took me by surprise; no, not by her Wilhelmina model looks, but by her sultry voice. Vérité is a New York City singer who was named by BuzzFeed as one of the best alternative-pop artists for 2015. Her EP Echo, released Oct 2014, has already received close to half a million plays on SoundCloud and is available on iTunes (which you should go download now). She’s even received the remix treatment from artists such as Penguin Prison, Carousel, and Lightwaves. Vérité’s live performance was quite intimate yet very entertaining. She performed her four-track EP for the crowd and definitely garnered some new fans, including me. Judging by the way she kept the crowd’s attention on her rather on the scenic backdrop behind her it is clear she’s poised for a big year.
I’ve included the Echo EP below for you to enjoy and like I said go download it. Also included are Vérité’s social media links so you could follow her and get to know you’re next musical crush or just crush overall (I’m serious, if she wasn’t singing she’d probably be modeling). Vérité is on tour now and if she’s passing by your town go see her! Dates, locations, and ticket links are below the SoundCloud player.
Vérité Social Media Accounts
Download the Echo EP via iTunes here
Vérité Tour Dates