Lexus Comes To The Chicago Auto Show With Music

LEXUS LISTENING LOUNGE BRINGS RIVETING PERFORMANCES BY CHICAGO NATIVES & FAVORITES TO THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW 
Special Edition of Lexus Verses and Flow Will Feature Bridget Kelly, Todd Kessler and More


(CHICAGO) Feb. 9, 2016 – Leading luxury automotive brand Lexus announces a special edition of its hit R&B/Soul music property, Verses and Flow, at the Chicago Auto Show in the Lexus Listening Lounge from Saturday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 21. Auto show attendees will have the opportunity to view the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe, as well as the full line-up offered by Lexus and be treated to amazing live performances and meet-and-greets with top talent. Many of the featured performers have strong connections to the Chicago area and include: Hanna Ashbrook, Bridget Kelly, Todd Kessler, James Davis, Julia Huff, Angie Fisher, The Moe Fitz Project, and P.J. Morton.
Lexus Verses and Flow capitalizes on the resurgence of spoken word and is known for pairing dynamic performances by prominent R&B artists with the luxury experience synonymous with Lexus. The show was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Variety Series or Special,” after the success of the broadcast program on TV One, and eventually grew to include a live national music tour.
The schedule for the Lexus Listening Lounge at the Chicago Auto Show includes:
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016  

Hanna Ashbrook
Performance: 2 –2:30 P.M. & Meet & Greet 2:45-3:00 P.M. 


As a singer/songwriter with indie rock influences, Hanna Ashbrook "…crafts sophisticated songs that belie her youth.” Ashbrook grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and discovered a love of music after receiving a guitar for Christmas when she was 15 and teaching herself to play. She cites Thom Yorke as an early vocal influence, and she later discovered Jeff Buckley and Amy Winehouse. After struggling with nodules and vocal surgeries in 2013, she has since recovered and has opened for acts including BOY and Lily & Madeline, and was most recently a contestant on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice”. In addition, Ashbrook writes jingles for television and commercials.

Angie Fisher 
Performance: 7 –7:30P.M. & Meet & Greet 7:45-8:00 P.M. 

Active as a performer since her early teenage years, Angela Fisher -- who has also gone by Angie Fisher – is a Grammy-nominated performer who has toured and recorded as a background vocalist for dozens of artists. Among the higher-profile artists Fisher has worked with include: Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, and Rod Stewart. 
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 

Bridget Kelly
Performance: 2 –2:30 P.M. & M beet & Greet 2:45-3:00 P.M. 


For Bridget Kelly, it started at Madison Square Garden, as a Roc Nation artist, singing her hometown’s newest anthem “Empire State of Mind,” alongside Jay Z. After collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Kelly Clarkson, Kelly took center stage with her solo projects, “Every Girl”, Cut to…Bridget Kelly”, “Summer of 17” and the forthcoming, “All of Nothing”. Whether through painful struggle, breakthrough triumph, or naturally high on life, Bridget Kelly continues to captivate audiences with her vocal flexibility.

Julia Huff
Performance: 7-7:30 P.M. & Meet & Greet 7:45 – 8:15 P.M. 


Singing began for Chicago-born Julia Huff when she belted out The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” at her kindergarten graduation. Huff has been steadily and faithfully working what’s left of the fabled Chicago nightclub circuit three to four nights a week gigging the old-fashioned way with her group, Julia Huff & The Company Band. With music produced, arranged and largely composed by the legendary Jerry Peters (Phyllis Hyman, Earth Wind & Fire), her debut album “Meet…Julia Huff” will introduce listeners to a five-star talent as comfortable with cabaret jazz as she is with high-gloss soul-pop.
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

The Moe Fitz Project
Performance: 7 – 7:30 P.M. & Meet & Greet: 7:45 – 8:00 P.M. 

Maurice “Moe Fitz” Fitzgerald began his love affair with the bass at a very young age, learning to play from his uncle. Since then, he has collaborated and performed globally with gospel, pop and R&B legends such as Beyoncé Knowles, CeCe Winans, Jennifer Hudson, and R. Kelly. Fitzgerald has performed on Grammy-winning albums with The Clark Sisters and is currently the bassist for the legendary Isley Brothers.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Todd Kessler
Performance: 2 – 2:30 P.M.  &Meet & Greet: 2:45 – 3:00 P.M. 


Northbrook, Ill. native Todd Kessler has been singing and performing for most of his life. His singing talent was introduced to millions when he was selected as a member of “Team Cee-lo” on season three of NBC’s popular singing competition, “The Voice.”


James Davis 
Performance: 7 –7:30P.M. & Meet & Greet 7:45-8:00 P.M. 

James Davis is a band composed of three musician siblings who released their self-titled debut EP on Motown Records in the spring of 2015. The trio made the EP in the home they share, making it an intimate collection that yearns for a connection with others, fitting for a group who describe themselves as out-going introverts. They’ve held on tightly to their songs until recently, but are now excited to reveal their masterpieces to the masses.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

P.J. Morton
Performance: 2 – 2:30 P.M. & Meet & Greet: 2:45 – 3:00 P.M. 


Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Wonder and Donny Hathaway, the New Orleans native is the son of gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His formal foray into the industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation, which debuted in the early 2000s. But it was as a songwriter/producer that Morton left his first indelible impression. He won a Grammy Award for his songwriting/production of India.Arie’s “Interested” from her 2002 album, “Voyage to India”. He has worked with an array of artists, including Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J and Maroon 5.

The Lexus Listening Lounge takes place at the Lexus exhibit of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. Information about admission tickets, directions and parking is available at www.chicagoautoshow.com.

About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance.  With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers seven F SPORT models and two F performance models.  In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
 


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