Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
PRESALE: TUE 5/10 from 10AM to 10PM
PUBLIC ONSALE: WED 5/11 at 10AM
In July 2010, a struggling singer-songwriter and musician named Christina Perri had a life-changing moment when she was asked to perform a song she had written, a defiant break-up anthem called "Jar of Hearts," on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance. The raw, emotional quality of her performance connected with viewers and catapulted the 24-year-old Philadelphia native into the public eye. "Jar of Hearts" went on to sell a million downloads and land Perri, who was then supporting herself as a café manager in Beverly Hills, a deal with Atlantic Records.
"Jar of Hearts" is just one of 12 brutally honest gems that Perri unveils on her debut album lovestrong., a title she says reflects how her heart feels today. "I looked at the album as a whole piece and the two themes that stood out were love and strength," she says. "It really titled itself. Writing about love is just who I am. I've tried to write about other things, but ultimately this is what comes out of me."
Perri lays herself bare on lovestrong., using her soaring, bittersweet voice and expressive piano playing to sketch out her stories. Some, like "Penguin" and "Arms," are happy and hopeful, some, like "Bang Bang Bang" and "Mine," are fun and playful, and others, like "The Lonely" and "Jar of Hearts," are downright wrenching. The common thread? "They're all songs I felt I needed to give away," she says. "I have been writing songs since I was 15, so I reached into my arsenal and picked the ones I felt others should hear. My intention for my music is pretty simple: I want to make people feel less broken and alone."