Rita Wilson – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – October 7th, 2018

Rita Wilson

True West Presents

Rita Wilson

Haley Johnsen

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$25.00

This event is all ages

Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, a recurring role in CBS’s The Good Wife, HBO’s award-winning series, Girls and, most recently on Broadway in Larry David’s smash hit, Fish in the Dark), and as a film producer (Mamma Mia! and its sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, My Big Fat Greek Weddingand its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, for which she co-wrote and performed “Even More Mine”), her first love is music. In May 2012, Wilson realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album AM/FM. The album, released by Decca/Verve Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of covers of her favorite songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Since the release of AM/FM, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. In March 2016, she released her self-titled second album, showcasing her skill for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop music that is etched with stunning honesty. For two years prior to the release, Wilson worked with a host of the finest award-winning and best-selling songwriters and producers in both Los Angeles and Nashville. This new material was prominently featured in her two-week residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City. “Ms. Wilson has a catch in her voice that conveys yearning and potential heartbreak behind a façade of cheer. As a stage performer, she is gregarious and forthright; a natural entertainer,” said The New York Times. In June 2016, Wilson toured with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Chicago, one of the bestselling bands of all time, with over 100 million albums sold.
Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen is a singer songwriter best characterized by her powerhouse vocals and unique lyrical perspective. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bonnie Raitt and Grace Potter, and Brandi Carlile, Haley writes and sings with a determination that is willful, playful, but never forced.

Haley recently finished touring as lead support for The Wind and The Wave all across the United States. Her second EP, When You Lit The Sky, was released in the spring of 2017. Tracks like "When I Loved You" and "Weekend" showcase Haley's blues-rock style and ability to belt a sultry anthem, while tracks like "Let's Go To The Moon" and "Carry On" carry both the strength and femininity of her full vocal range.

Born in Oregon to musical parents, Haley grew up around everything from pop, classic rock, country, and gospel, an appreciable quality that is easily recognized in her original songs. As a student, she began to learn the guitar, quickly shifting her focus from choral and a cappella ensembles to her solo work. Her first national attention came from a strong run on a reality music competition, and has since maintained a strong following that stretches well beyond her hometown of Portland.

She is currently back in the recording studio, having just released her two new singles "Lift Me Up" and "Close to You", two songs that represent her duality as a rock performer as well as emotive and powerful pop singer.

"Lift Me Up" is a instantly hooky, big chorus, big appeal roots rocker. Haley Johnsen shows great growth and evolution as a writer and performer, and should now be on your radar; she is going places fast!