DEER ISLE – The officers of the Gray‚Äôs Hill Cemetery Corporation announce a concert by award-winning singer/songwriter Adrien Rej√ļ to benefit the cemetery‚Äôs annual fund. Local talent Dave Taylor will open the concert. Monies raised in this event will support the perpetual care of this landmark early settlers cemetery on Eggemoggin Road, Little Deer Isle. One of the cemetery‚Äôs earliest graves is that of Captain John Gray, 1795‚Äď1872, who was the original property owner of the site as well as owner of the saltwater farm now owned by the Bicknell Family. John and Evangeline Bicknell, whose ashes are interred in this cemetery, were Adrien Rej√ļ‚Äôs maternal grandparents, so Rej√ļ has more than a passing interest in the preservation of the cemetery grounds. In the past, perpetual care has been funded solely by the interest earned on the cemetery‚Äôs capital accounts, which, in today‚Äôs economy, is insufficient to pay the expense of simply mowing in the spring and summer months.
The concert will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 18th¬† at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, Rt. 15/North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle. All are welcome to attend for a suggested donation of $10.00.
‚ÄúAdrien Rej√ļ is not just another self-taught aspiring singer-songwriter toting her mom‚Äôs old guitar. This pixie-cut, homemade scarf sporting songbird, with a degree in classical guitar from Ithaca College, will make you take notice with her unrestricted vocal capabilities and jaunty musical accompaniment, including rootsy guitar flourishes, muted ‚Äėmouth‚Äô trumpet, and swinging piano chords.‚ÄĚ ~Katie Bennett, the deli online magazine
Upon graduating from college, Rej√ļ took to the music circuit of Philadelphia, toured throughout the nation with the rootsy trio Angel Band with David Bromberg, and was a creative force behind the Philadelphia-based bluegrass outfit The Lowlands.
Her debut solo release, A Million Hearts, features Rej√ļ’s songwriting as well as writing collaborations with the album’s producer Pete Donnelly and Philadelphia-music-scene luminaries Chris Kasper and Andrew Chalfen (The Trolleyvox). The album’s highlights include a fun cover of Melanie’s classic “Brand New Key” and a vocal duet with pop prodigy Jim Boggia. Tara Murtha of the Philadelphia Weekly depicts the songs as holding “a jaunty walk-along vibe where the living is breezy and hearts rise like little hot air balloons on the first day of spring.”
Her song “When the Curtain Falls” earned 1st place in the Pop/Adult Contemporary category and 2nd Place Overall in the 2009 100% Music Songwriting Contest, and earned top-12 finalist status in the 2009 NY Songwriters’ Circle Competition.
‚ÄúAdrien was one of the most impressive artists that made the top 12 finalists of the New York Songwriter’s Circle contest. She was a joy to behold…, with a strong, sweet voice and a smile to match‚ÄĒhow she managed to elude top honors is a complete mystery to me.‚ÄĚ ~BJ Barratt, B-Line Entertainment.
Two songs from the album, “Heartless” and “The Waiting Room,” were placed prominently in the Hallmark movie Flower Girl, which first aired in November 2009. The songs “Fire Away” and “Brand New Key” receive regular airplay on WXPN Public Radio (Philadelphia).
These days, having landed back in her hometown of New York, Rej√ļ has been frequenting the city’s most notable listening rooms including The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bitter End. Her upcoming performance schedule includes appearances at Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. and the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass.
To sample her music online, go to: www.myspace.com/adrienreju
Contact Name: Edith Bicknell
Telephone Number: (207)348-6818