ORLY- Sydney, Australia/ New York

Photos by Marvin Joseph
Hair & Make Up by Rhonda May 
Artwork by Galya Kay

Seamlessly blending the essence of soul with the sophistication of blues, Australian songstress ORLY burst onto the scene with the debut of her self­-titled EP in 2009. Armed with a transcendent voice, relateable lyrics, and a profound passion for music, ORLY quickly established herself as an emerging young voice in soul, touring throughout the world winning over fans with her impassioned performances.

Distraction latest Album by ORLY Available HERE

1. Home is where your story begins, can you tell us a bit about yours?

I grew up in the most beautiful city in the world, Sydney, Australia, with the greatest family ever. 

2. How did Music find you?

My sister is 9 years older than me. She played piano as a kid. She would sit for what I remember to be hours, playing Billy Joel songs on the piano and sing along. I’d hide behind her and watch her practice and was completely mesmerised. Once she walked away, I’d sit on the piano stool and pretend to be as good as her. By the time I was 4 or 5, I begged my parents to get me a piano teacher. That’s where it started… 

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ANA FREE- Portugal, London, LA

“Ana Free’s true zest for life and sympathetic heart, light the night to a new found soul with style and sass.”– Fresh Independence

Hailing from Portugal, finding roots in London, and currently exploring Los Angeles, Ana Free brought herself to life through the universal sensation YouTube.

It is apparent that songwriting runs through Ana Free’s veins, “I’m a songwriter at heart. The fact that I can sing is just an added bonus for what I love doing which is writing and coming up with ways to say what I feel and get it out. It’s a real therapy for me. I feel like no important chapter of my life is ever really closed or understood until I’ve “written” it out of my system.” She will fill you up and keep you real so come on and take a Free ride:

Learn more about Ana Free as we played twenty questions with her from one of our favorite places: Playa Del Carmen, MEXICO.

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Jacob McCaslin – Boston

“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” ~ Anthony Robins

We caught up with Seattle native Jacob McCaslin in the last moments before he set off on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. An amazing kid filled with ambitions to study his craft and ready to engrave his mark in music history. Jacob is a multi instrumentalist, composer, singer, & producer whom has never had a music lesson. Just the beginning for this old soul and we are excited to watch him do great things.

To discover more about this little firecracker check out his web site below and read his Q&A to see what we learned about him.

Watch for his live session with Fresh Independence coming next week!

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L U R A Y // Ethereal indie-banjo from camp Bon Iver

Hence upon the passing of one season to another Washington D.C./’s  L u r a y evolves the soul to a place of calm and sweetness. Somehow it just sounds right. Fresh Independence is proud to Debut Luray’s The Wilder LIVE and off the floor.

Keep it in the family. Luray is the indie-banjo creation of Shannon Carey. With production help from brother Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver), Luray\’s unique sound creates strange and lovely bedfellows of different genres. Banjos, vibes, pedal steel, and ambient vocals make up this bluegrass-trained songwriter\’s new and vibrant approach to making music. The end result is somewhere between Iron & Wine and Emmylou Harris. Luray live includes Shannon Carey on banjo and vocals, Sarah Gilberg on keyboard and backing vocals, Gabriel Wisniewski on electric guitar, C.J. Wolfe on drums, and Brian Cruse on bass.

Luray is releasing their debut album, The Wilder on 8/27 and touring the east coast and midwest in September.

*Recently F R E S H  I N D E P E N D E N C E  caught up with L U R A Y to learn about the Debut Album and so much more…

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