BAND SPOTLIGHT: DETROIT'S OWN WILLA RAE!
Willa Rae and The Minor Arcana Release Debut EP "XIII"
Detroit based singer-songwriter Willa Rae has released her debut EP 'XIII' with her band The Minor Arcana. Willa Rae tells dark, gritty stories of love and lust, delivered with the powerful punch of punk rock, soul, and feminism.
“I come from a Roman Catholic family, and I’m a woman, so I experience so much inherent shame and guilt about my sexuality. The music exorcizes those demons, acknowledges, and even celebrates the darkness that exists in every human being. You have to acknowledge the bad if you want the good to come through too.”
1. Bad Ideas
2. Freight Train
3. Love's Wastin' My Time
Willa Rae and the Minor Arcana is a force to be reckoned with. Willa Rae Adamo, a Detroit dweller with an old soul and the power behind the band’s sound, got her start with classical and opera vocal training at the early age of twelve. Though her musical inclinations have strayed from opera, her classical roots bare through in her powerhouse of a voice. Under the influence of icons such as Johnny Cash, the Violent Femmes and Ani Difranco, Willa Rae’s love for rock and roll was fully consummated, with an incredible repertoire of original songs to show for it. A singer-songwriter at her core, Willa spends her time crafting songs that reflect the beautiful disaster that is the human condition, telling stories of love gone bad, and reckoning with the ghosts of her own past. If you’re lost, if you’re lonely, if you’re in awe of the world around you – listen in.
In the winter of 2015 the Minor Arcana got its start as an acoustic trio. Since then they have grown into a loose collective of like-minded musicians with sundry influences; everything from glam rock to grunge, folk to punk guides the Minor Arcana’s sound. The band’s backbone consists of Alexandria Berry on bass guitar and Mackenzie Sato on percussion. Craig Adams of the Witches on electric guitar and piano, Ramiro Romero of Nina & the Buffalo Riders on banjo and acoustic guitar, and Kaylan Mitchell of Canada and the Juliets on cello, compose the lungs and other vital organs. Carmel Liburdi and a rotating cast of other guest vocalists and musicians make for a powerful and joyful live experience.
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