Event Details


Minglewood Hall Presents


Gibbz, Kirby

Fri, February 2, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

1884 Lounge

Memphis, TN

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

ROLLING STONE dubbed him “An Artist You Need To Know,” called him “a buzzing R&B star on the rise” and described him as “a singer-songwriter armored to compete in a world dominated by trap and EDM.” NPR MUSIC singled him out as “a fast-rising, pop-friendly R&B singer whose falsetto is no joke,” the NEW YORK TIMES spotlighted him on “The Playlist,” he was the face of SPOTIFY’s “Alt R&B” Playlist for 6 months, twice hit No. 1 on SIRIUS XM’s “The Heat” and was featured in a VEVO DSCVR campaign. BILLBOARD said his sound “is simply too grandeur to confine to one genre,” COMPLEX praised his “powerful ballads” and VIBE gave in to what they described as “the sort of woozy music that triggers free-falls into feelings” (they also wrote this: “the way he hoists his mid-range singing voice to the upper rungs of notes without notice, leveled and piercing, is a treasure”). DJ BOOTH described his EP, AFTERIMAGE (PRMD) as “Gallant meets Frank Ocean on ‘Nikes’” and said that he “redefines vulnerability.”

And then he backed it all up by going on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and delivering a killer performance, which you can watch HERE.

This is an artist whose music has a sense of warmth and an undeniable soul that instantly connects with listeners. And as the stunning success of his hugely impactful lead single “Frustrated” portends, there’s much more to come. At the moment, “Frustrated” has racked up 20 million-plus Spotify streams and growing, with total streams exceeding 30 million thanks to additionally stellar tracks like “Be Honest” and “Show Me”).

We’re talking, of course, about Reggie Williams, but you can call him R.LUM.R.

Bradenton, Florida-bred and currently Nashville-based, the man has a background and set of skills like few others. He’s extremely well-grounded in old school R&B and jazz since birth, largely because he was only allowed to listen to the music his mother liked when growing up (think Sade, Anita Baker and George Benson). There was that one time when his sister tried playing Tupac in the house. That didn’t go over so well.

And despite the previous R&B mentions, don’t make the mistake of limiting him to just that genre because there’s much more to him: he’s a classically trained acoustic guitarist who grew up with the likes of Julian Bream and Christopher Parkening as potential role models. He was completely enamored with anime classics like Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist and Outlaw Star and studied Japanese as a second language at Florida State University. He and his school friends listened to Dark Side Of The Moon on repeat play as they slept, and he spent his youth listening to an eclectic mix of Prince, Debussy, the Sneaker Pimps, Ravel, Maxwell and Massive Attack, among many others.

“I'm a big fan of the song and of songwriting,” he says of his music. “Obviously it isn’t in the traditional sense of what people think of when they think of a singer-songwriter's music—but that’s where I started, and that’s the same process I go through writing songs.”

How would he best describe his music in terms of genre?

“If I had to label it, I’d say it’s ‘R&B/Singer-Songwriter/Soul/Electronic.’ But,” he smiles, “I don’t want to limit myself.”

His arrival was not sudden: With just an acoustic guitar, his voice, and growing number of original songs, young Reggie Williams put together some early recordings in Florida, began performing live and began to develop a following. As he tells it, those early days taught him some valuable eye-opening lessons.

“I think that honed my lyrical and songwriting process, and my process of listening to myself and what I think is real and important for me to write about.”

Over the course of the past couple of years, his approach to songwriting—and overall sound—began to evolve with the inclusion of electronics and with it came the transformation from Reggie to R.LUM.R and eventually, a move to Nashville.

“I could’ve gone to L.A., I could’ve gone to New York, I could’ve gone to Chicago, or Atlanta,” he says. “But as much as I respect those scenes, L.A. has a sound, New York has a sound, so does Chicago, so does Atlanta. Nashville was the only place that had two things: One, I couldn’t find anybody in Nashville that was already doing something like what I wanted to do. And two, Nashville has a deep tradition of the song--the storytelling and the lyric--and I take that very seriously and personally.”

About his EP, the Nashville-based R.LUM.R says, “I feel like it’s an exploration of all the things that R.LUM.R can be.” On it are low-tempo, piano driven tracks like “Learn,” the punchy and rebellious “Bleed Into The Water,” and “Love Less”—a unique track which Reggie calls “an investigation into how does one love another person? What if I pull away from this person? What if I love less?”

“I just wanted to get more things out there, get people listening, get people educated,” he says. “There’s versatility, there’s range and I feel like I have a lot of things to say. They’re not always going to be in the same format, and I want to challenge listeners to be open to that.”

“I went through some rough times,” he says. “But things have, thankfully, turned out ok. People like my songs, I can pay my rent, I don’t have to take shitty day jobs. I want to let people know that they can be more than their circumstances. You can overcome these things. I want to be an example of that.”
GiBBZ is a Singer/Producer/Alter ego of Mike Gibney. After receiving a "degree" from The Berklee School of Music, Mike Gibney began working full time in and out of the studio for such artists as Soulive, Lettuce, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monch, Consequence, and others. After 4 years of working in a professional music environment as an engineer, he realized being an engineer is a thankless, miserable existence. Soon after, he met members of what is now the Lowtemp label, including Gramatik and Exmag. They convinced him that it's OK to drink copious amounts of alcohol and make everyone within a 30 ft radius uncomfortable. Out of this drunken, obnoxious, perverted, glutinous, offensive mess of a man, GiBBZ was born.
There's something special about Kirby Lauryen. Born in Memphis, Tn and bred upon
Missisippi soil, Kirby quickly found her niche in the sounds of Otis Redding, Gladys
Knight, and Isaac Hayes. Like many Soul singers the stage often known, as the choir
stand was her first encounter with glory. Yes, she’s been singing since the age of 0 and
yes she hopes to one day be your vocalist of choice. But neither of these things
differentiates her from the typical “soul singer,” So what’s so special about Kirby?
Like religion, genres, language, & law words separate the genius from the average, the
Christian from the Muslim, and law from opinion; and in this case the singer from singersongwriter.
Kirby Lauryen is an artist, but most importantly, a storyteller.
The Berklee College of Music self- declared graduate, traded her college dreams for
broomsticks & minimum wage jobs and moved to Atlanta for a year to pursue bright
lights, and a record deal; only to find light bills, and not-so friendly notes from collegebuddy
Sallie Mae. “It was a struggle, I came back home with no record deal, a few
connections and a lot of lessons. I realized I knew everything about dreams and nothing
about life."
A pity party and wake up call later, doors began to open up for Miss Lauryen. She won
Budweiser’s’ Battle for the Crown contest and opened up for Anthony Hamilton KEM
and more. Soon after she was crowned Memphis’ Next Great Soul Singer by legendary
radio station WDIA Memphis. She even gathered praise from Academy award winner
Jennifer Hudson on her first YouTube cover video, "Where You At."
Currently embarking upon “A Song A Day” journey, where she writes a new song daily
and posts via YouTube, Kirby Lauryen has branded her own unique sound. “It’s Soul
meets country,” she says. “It’s Soultry. My goal is to make Soul Music cool again, 13
year olds & 17 year olds singing stories instead of fragments. I want to be heard at the
baby shower, at your grandparents 50th anniversary, and on the radio! You can’t put a
time or color on a good storyline, and that’s what I plan to deliver.”
Venue Information:
1884 Lounge
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104