Grammy-nominated as part of Heritage Blues Orchestra, Chaney Sims is a home-grown musician who has delighted audiences around the world, and now debuts her new, eclectic program of songs at Joe’s Pub. Drawing on the traditions of old school soul, blues, folk, and work songs, and incorporating a sprinkling of her own compositions, Chaney interprets them all through her lens as a queer woman of color and unequivocally proves that her artistry and experiences are deeply entwined. Communing with the incomparable talents of special guests singer/songwriter and guitarist Ganessa James, multi-instrumentalist Yako 440, and a trio of string musicians including violinist and composer Juliette Jones, Sims will kick off a new chapter of performing with the tapestry of her sultry voice, inspiring verses and passionate spoken word found in HEART STRINGS. The group will perform together for the first time on works such as Miles Davis’s “In a Silent Way” and the inspirational Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Produced by GrumpyFILMS & Productions.
“Second-generation blues diva with a truly heart-melting voice. She is not to be missed.” - GetOut! Magazine
"Chaney Sims...brings to the Heritage Blues Orchestra a depth of feeling for and knowledge of African American folklore in addition to her commanding contra-alto pipes.” - Living Blues Magazine
“Mystified and intrigued by the beautiful, haunting voice of Chaney Sims.” - Blues Rock Review
About Chaney Sims
Ms. Sims is from Queens, NYC and was raised listening to R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, and Worksongs. Steeped in these musical traditions, Chaney is dedicated to sharing their significance and revamping classics to tell her story. In 2013, Chaney was nominated for a GRAMMY award, as well as two Blues Music Awards, with the Heritage Blues Orchestra for their debut album, And Still I Rise, an international collaboration that honors African-American roots music. She has also received an Award of Distinction from the Fresh Fruit Festival for her performance in tribute to LGBTQ Jazz greats at Joe’s Pub. Chaney is honored to perform at venues around the world and to share the stage with amazing artists who incite and inspire, including Staceyann Chin, Phylicia Rashad, Keb' Mo', Selah Sue, Ruthie Foster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, recording legend Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Guy Davis, and the late Odetta. Currently, Chaney is working on an EP based on her daily haiku project #haiku365. You can find out more about her travels, performances, and inspiring verses on Facebook and Twitter.
About Grumpy Productions
Operating out of modest accommodations in Brooklyn, Grumpy Productions, and its sister company, GrumpyFILMS, is a production and development company dedicated to creating tailor-made content for our digital age. Their work integrates a strong influence from the proven styles of entertainment that have come before with a contemporary ethos. In 2009, they began a five-year project to release 100+ digital comedy videos, and this successful “Short Shorts” series has gained them a die-hard fan base and many successful partnerships. In 2016, as part of their 10th Anniversary, they began to focus on live events and performances including their modern variety experience, Brooklyn Loft Party. Regardless of the medium, they continue to combine a Yankee sensibility with a Midwestern “can-do” ethos when tackling any endeavor. Plus, they look good in tuxes and can be rented out for a nominal fee.