Imurj Artist Member Spotlight Series
Kicking off another one of Imurj’s Local Artist Spotlight shows, Heads Up Penny hit the Imurj stage with their soulful rock sound. No strangers to Imurj , Heads Up Penny recently held their EP release party after October’s First Friday event. The 5-piece band speaks to the crowd with their soft-rock originals like “Limb for Limb” and “Partner in Crime.” Closing their set with their song “Pastor’s Daughter,” a song “based on a true story [that] got them in trouble.” The band strives to “re-position thoughtful songwriting as an essential part of pop music.” You can keep up with the band and check out their EP and follow them on social media @headsuppenny.
Hitting the stage next, Carter Hogan performed his first full set for the Imurj crowd. As a regular at Imurj’s Open Mic night, Carter found a judgement-free home for his unique sound, and he loves performing for the receptive crowds. Carter’s psychedelic blues funk sound has influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Stoplight Observations that shine through his original songs. He uses his music to help people realize that they’re “not limited,” and the “only person stopping [them] is [themselves].” With the perfect balance of originality, personality, and creative freedom, Carter describes his sound as “a dream stirred into a cloud that’s cotton candy and dives off into caramel.” You can follow him on instagram @realcarterhogan.
Ending the night, Ang. brought her original indie-pop sound to the crowd. As someone who “found her voice” at Imurj’s Open Mic night, Ang. has pursued her music by constantly performing and recording an EP titled “Not Another Love Story.” Ang. is heavily inspired by female pop artists like Adele, Halsey, and Taylor Swift, and you can hear these influences in her complex, emotion-based lyrics. Ang. used to search the internet for quotes and lyrics to describe how she was feeling, but as she got into songwriting she realized she might be the only person capable of bringing her feelings to life. This realization has inspired her to connect with her audience because “we all feel the same things, but in different ways.” Her EP dropping on October 26th focuses on the stages of a break-up rather than the extremities of one, which shows how “feelings suck, but there’s always a bit of hopefulness.” You can keep up with Ang. on social media @ang_creating.
Writer: Torie Tracy
Photo by: Torie Tracy