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It may suprise you upon first listening to Justin Nozuka's soulful and soft-spoken reflection, that he is only 21 years old. The amount of maturity in his work can be deceiving, but considering that the Toronto based musicain has been writing songs since his early teens, it only seems natural that his neo-soul and folk style suits him. After compiling some of his best written works between ages 15 and 17, Nozuka released his first album "Holly." Named after his supportive mother, the debut album embodied incredibly soulful and fluid vocals matched by powerful and introspective songwritng. His winning combination of soul, folk guitar, blues and pop often grants him comparisons to artists across the board, from Ray LaMontagne and Jeff Buckley to Lauren Hill. Without a doubt, it is his all encompasing style and passion for music that explains why he fits so well performing with a variety of acts such as Ziggy Marley, John Cale and Sam Roberts.
By the time he was 19 years old, Nozuka was already being featured on VH1,late night talk shows,and receiving Juno Award nominations for New Artist of the Year. 2010 seems to hold just as much promise with the release of his sophomore album, "You I Wind Land Sea." His approach to the album focuses on highlighting a bit more soul while infusing a lot more warmth, and as the title suggests, the album sounds every bit natural, especially with is warmer and rounded production. As Nozuka states, the album has "more of a vision" and holds true to what comes natural to him as a musician.
Playing tunes off of his new album YIWLS, check out what Justin Nozuka has to offer at this Friday's Free at Noon concert.
Free At Noon Setlist
1. My Heart Is Yours
3. Mr. Therapy Man
4. Woman Put Your Weapon Down
5. Carried You
7. After Tonight
8. Soulless Man
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Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.
Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.
When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!
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WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!