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Park Arts Playlist: Girl Power

Get ready for this week's powerhouse playlist full of phenomenal female vocals! This playlist features a variety of musical genres from our GDPI program partners and local musicians. This is a soulful playlist with incredible vocals that you will soon be listening to on repeat!

In 2020, our Programs Department was forced to cancel over 50 FREE concerts due to the public health crisis surrounding Covid-19, along with the cancellation of the other 400+ programs we had planned for the community this year. We are hopeful that in Spring 2021, Greensboro Downtown Parks will be able to return to in-person programming. In the meantime, we're bringing you this new blog series - Park Arts Playlists - a new playlist every week, featuring music from artists that either have performed at the downtown parks before or who would have performed this year.

If you're interested in helping us do more to support artists and creative engagement in our community, please consider becoming a donor and contributing to our $10K in 10 Weeks Campaign.

1. Desire by Abigail Dowd: Abigail Dowd is a Greensboro-based singer/songwriter/guitarist, known for her soulful voice and storytelling lyrics.

2. Prove Me Wrong by Casey Noel: Young singer/songwriter, Casey Noel captivates listeners with her heartfelt music that 'beautifies sadness and gives wings to something tender.' Take a listen to this Americana-tinged song from Noel's debut album, Not Just Pretty Words.

3. Can't Stop by Jasmé Kelly: Jasmé Kelly is a talented singer/songwriter from Durham, NC. This R&B song features Jasmé Kelly's smooth, soulful voice, which is sure to get you grooving this Sunday.

4. Cheap Romantics by Dropping Julia: Lead singer Emily Kresky exudes soulful sass through her storytelling songs. Combined with Sean Bracken (drums), Sam Passe (guitar), Alex Bragg (guitar) and Sebastian Nikischer (bass), Dropping Julia's style is a mixture of mellow and dreamy yet upbeat and funky music.

5. Really? by Reliably Bad: Reliably Bad is an 8-member Funk Pop band based in Greensboro. Really? features soulful vocals and a big brass tunes that will make you want to tap your foot and sing along.

6. Forever (Never Happened for Me) by Blue Cactus: Blue Cactus is a country duo based in Chapel Hill, NC. Led by Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez, Blue Cactus creates songs ranging from 'gritty honky-tonk to heartbreaking balladry.' Blue Cactus is known for their impressive vocal harmonies and dynamic twang which characterize the band's unique sound.

7. Just Us by SunQueen Kelcey: SunQueen Kelcey describes her musical style as soul-rock, which is a genre-bending combination of hip-hop, soul, rock, and contemporary R&B. Just Us is another sultry song from the SunQueen that you are sure to love!

8. Can't Let You by Vanessa Ferguson: Local artist, Vanessa Ferguson was a contestant on NBC's The Voice, and she also sang at the Greensboro Strong benefit concert for tornado relief.

9. Leavin' You by DownTown Abby and the Echoes: With powerful vocals and hard-driving rock 'n' soul rhythms, DownTown Abby and the Echoes first came on to the music scene in Asheville, North Carolina. Leavin' You is the title song from their 2017 debut album.

10. I Put a Spell on You by Anne Elise Hastings and Her Revolving Cast of Characters: Anne Elise Hastings and Her Revolving Cast of Characters are a New Orleans based folk rock band, whose music is inspired by the sounds of their Appalachian roots. Anne Elise leads the group with her powerful vocal range and lyrically driven music, accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo and violin.

Happy listening! Don't forget to check back next Sunday for more songs by local artists and GDPI partners!

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