I think one only can imagine how much I love the musical stylings of miss Whitney Nichole. Not only is she the best person I could be lucky enough to be spending my life with, but she’s also incredible on stage, especially when the energy of celebrating the release of her debut album ‘100 Strong’ is flowing through her veins… Her band that evening was comprised of Shelby Grolig (V0x), Adam Rossi (Keys), Kevin T. White (Bass), Abigail Picache (Drums), Julia Jurkiewicz (Cello) with guest appearances on ‘100 Strong’ by Ziva Hadar, Heather Pierce, Debbie Neigher, Ash Scheiding and Niki Marie. The house was jam packed at San Francisco’s magical Cafe Du Nord and it was amazing to have Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino on tap for the show. Everyone came through with their A game and it was no surprise that this lineup carried the energy right on through the night. A few photos of Whitney’s set at the gig below, full gallery here. Posts with pics from sets from the other bands to follow!
Amazing show Whitney, congratulations on the release of 100 Strong!
The music is recorded, mixed and mastered. The album art is complete, and first run of the CDs has been pressed and delivered. The album is set to be released January 27, 2011 locally and March 8, 2011 nationally, so it’s time to finally share some of the photos of my beautiful and fabulous girlfriend, Whitney Nichole, we made during the ‘100 Strong’ album photoshoot!
Knowing Whitney for three years now, having lived together for almost half that time, and the fact that she’s so damn beautiful made her an easy person to work with 🙂 Though I’ve been chronicling the last two years of her music career photographically, both in live venues and in the recording studio, this was our first portrait shoot together. Lena Chavez joined us to contribute her fabulous makeup artist skills and David Reed brought in the extra touch on Whitney’s hair.
The managers at Viracocha in San Francisco were gracious enough to let us rent the space for half a day and were really kind to allowing us the access we needed to get the shots we wanted. If you’re an antique shop buff and are ever in the Mission in SF I highly recommend a visit to Viracocha. Though the shop has been there only a little over a year, you’d think it has been there since the late 20’s and the era of the speakeasy. The place is just so dramatically adorned. Most everything in the shop is for sale and there’s probably not a person alive who wouldn’t find something they wanted there. I’m not a huge shopper, but every time we go there, I’m completely amazed at how well setup and maintained the decor of the shop is. You really feel like you’re taking a step back in time in a wonderful way.
It was great having both Lena Chavez and David Reed on hand for makeup and hair. They’re both fantastic at what they do, and it really helped to have them there to keep extra eyes on the scene to fix any things out of place and for last minute touch ups. They were both fantastic to work with!
Graphic design and artwork for the album was done by Mark Sackett, Timo Nagel and the team at Reflectur. It was a great pleasure to have such an experienced graphic design team working on the concept for Whitney’s album. We picked our favorite snapshots from the last two years, and with their amazing talent and keen eyes for fantastic layouts, they covered every inch of the digipack case, booklet and CD with my images from the photoshoot, recording studio and her live performances, so it’s truly 100% Whitney.
You’ll probably recognize this one, it’s the one chosen for the cover of the album (click on the image see the full gallery from the shoot):
You can listen to more of Whitney’s beautiful music at whitneynichole.com. If you’re in San Francisco tomorrow night, January 27, come on down to Cafe Du Nord, where you can help us celebrate the Record Release alongside performers Keeley Valentino, Kindness and Lies, and Pebble Theory. Each of the four acts has offered up a free download of one of their songs you can grab here: http://whitneynichole.bandcamp.com/album/cafe-du-nord-show-sampler. Purchase tickets ahead of the show online on Cafe Du Nord’s Ticketweb.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with this crew lately and was completely taken aback by how much this group commanded the big stage. Excitingly K&L’s first time performing at Slim’s, and my first all access media pass experience at the club, it was one of life’s true pleasures to document this adventure. Special thanks to Ash Scheiding for inviting me to photograph the event. I’m honored to have been a part of this momentous occasion for one of the the Bay Area’s most excellent bands.