From: CA, United States
Hope is an american singer and songwriter who plays the guitar, piano and produces her own music. You may know her from her 3rd street and Venice Beach boardwalk busking days. Now this songstress is gearing up to release her debut album. Not far from her self-released ‘Hope Ep’; Hope is a grassroots, word-of-mouth story that continues to grow, just in time for her highly anticipated first single release, from her forthcoming debut album.
The theme of the album is somewhat of an ode to her sheltered upbringing, as she takes a bold leap into nostalgic, melodramatic anthems, while pointing a loud message, to abandon, "You cant” "You shouldn’t” “It’s impossible" "It's never been done" and "People will think”. “I am unapologetic and over all of the boxes and ear-bleeding opinions. I am an artist, I make art, so don’t tell me what colors to put on my canvas.”
Born an identical twin, into a musical family, Hope grew up in ‘small-town’ upstate New York, a few roads away from Woodstock. Her music is heavily influenced by that generations vision of self-expression.
“Growing up, I wasn't allowed to listen to popular music, watch TV or read fashion magazines, it was literally forbidden and the hardest part of being a kid for me. Often, I would wait until it got dark, when my parents would go to sleep, I’d turn on the radio and time travel to where I wanted to be one day. Some of my most favorite memories were going to the grocery store with my mom, that was the one place my parents had no control over what I read or listened to. I remember running off to the magazine section and sitting with my legs crossed on the floor, reading Vogue and Rolling Stone. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with music and art-culture.”
“My parents have some really cool history, but they never encouraged me to be in the music industry.” Hope’s mother, a former model, singer and actress, was a regular on the day-time Television show, ’The Guiding Light’ and She frequented Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Her father was a friend of the late Jimi Hendrix, a singer, songwriter, producer and Musical Director of the 1970s hit production of Hair on Broadway.
Despite her parents disapproval, Hope taught herself to play the guitar and piano and she wrote her first song at 13. Artists like Madonna, Sade, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Jimmi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sting, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Bjork and many others inspired her and her music.
Hope’s twin sister Faith, passed away just days after their birth. “Sometimes I feel like half of me is not here and music has become a huge part of that other half. I imagine Her in the studio with me, we finish each others sentences, and then the music comes.”
Hope lived in London while she recorded some of her original work at the historic Abbey Road Studios. She also toured with the artist Seal. Her widely known song, “Who Am I To Say” can be heard in Tyler Perry’s’ “Why Did I Get Married” and Most recently, OSTWIND, a film out of Germany. Hope has also placed songs in various Films and TV shows, such as, MTV’s The City, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Mean Girls 2, Imagine That and Where God Left His Shoes, Starring John Leguizamo.
Hope is currently in the studio finishing up her debut album and rehearsing for her upcoming tour. Dates and locations TBD. You can follow Hope on her Official Website www.whoishope.com