Before I first met Talia Keys at Electric Forest 2015, I was told I needed to listen to her music and connect with her because she’s a righteous rebel-rocker who's not afraid to speak the truth. We bonded over a post-show interview at The Observatory and decided it would be a great idea to bring her to Detroit in 2016. Following an even more personal interview and performance at The Forest Stage in 2016, Talia and Melan (love of life/manager) came to fabulous Ferndale (Detroit) and threw down at New Way Bar with forest alum Bobby McManus and Holly Bernt.
She had never experienced a more gracious and populated visit to a city she was playing the first time. The performance concluded in super-jam (incident) fashion with close to 10 musicians on stage giving everyone who stayed something to write Ma’ about. The next day I took her to church… Assemble Sound in Corktown of course, where they restored the second oldest church in Detroit to create a studio and space where artists connect, collaborate, and produce. She was inspired by the restoration effort and it helped give her faith in the place of fear for great cities rehabilitating ruin. Talia key is now my sister; her lyrics tell a story, and the story has a message: we are in this together and it’s time to stand up for who and what we believe in. Watch our brief conversation at Electric Forest 2016 above.