Jihae @ Chez Andre

April 23rd, 2014

The multifaceted musician Jihae put on a free show yesterday for those with the foresight to RSVP quickly.  I was probably one of the first to get my name on the list. 
I've been a fan of hers since her last album, 2010's "Fire Burning Rain".  It proved her an artist capable of exploring a mix of genres while delivering consistently mesmerizing vocals.  This year she's set to release a new album, "Illusion of You".  Here's the new video for the title track. 

Joining me at Chez Andre, the subterranean lounge in the basement of the East Village's Standard Hotel, were a hip crowd of fashion industry folks and European tourists.  When Jihae finally took the stage after a short delay, she didn't disappoint. Joined by a full band, including a violinist, her set lasted a little over an hour and covered a lot of ground.  She did it all from belting out while the band wailed to strumming a guitar alone and singing the first song she ever wrote.  Eavesdropping, I overheard many around me proclaiming, "She's amazing!"  Couldn't agree more.  Be on the lookout for "Illusion of You".  

Scroll down for some photos and 
listen to her last album on the bottom.