SOUL R&B FREEDOM SINGER SONGWRITER
SOUL R&B FREEDOM SINGER SONGWRITER
Champion Feel- Fran-P Featuring Aisling Peartree
Drifting Away- Retrospek Featuring Aisling Peartree
Leave With Me- Stu Cat Featuring Aisling Peartree
The Way It Goes- Al J Featuring Aisling Peartree
Futuristik Boyz NuMass- Lift Off Featuring Aisling Peartree & YV
Look In My Eyes- Jimmy Marsh Featuring Ms. Aquarius & Aisling Peartree
Wally's Jazz Club, Boston MA
Wonder Bar, Allston MA (multiple including Mind Spray)
Stepping Out- Dimock Fundraiser 2014, Westin Copley Place, Boston MA
Ryle's Jazz Club, Cambridge MA (multiple)
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen, Boston MA (Weekly Residency April through December 2014, 5 Year Anniversary Party September 2015, multiple shows Fall 2015)
Brighton Music Hall (Mind Spray), Brighton MA
Moksa, Cambridge MA (Weekly Residency April through September 2014)
Savvor, Boston MA (Weekly Residency April through July 2014)
Union Station, Worcester MA
The Atlantic, Martha's Vineyard MA
Slade's Bar & Grill, Boston MA (multiple)
Urban League Young Professionals Network Fundraiser, The Boston Winery, Boston MA
Brighton Beer Garden, Brighton MA
Phoenix Landing, Cambridge MA (multiple)
The Continental, Saugus MA
Black Indian Inn, Dorchester, Boston MA
Dorchester Open Studios, Black Box Theater Codman Academy, Dorchester, Boston MA
Benefit Show for Families for Justice as Healing, Democracy Center, Cambridge MA
Lilypad, Cambridge MA
Some Ting Nice, Somerville MA
Arts in the Park, Malcolm X Park, Roxbury, Boston MA
Strand Theater, Dorchester, Boston MA (background vocals)
Great Scott, Allston MA (background vocals)
OFATS Album Release Party, Church Boston, Boston MA
Antoine Album Release Party, Middle East, Cambridge MA
Troy Elektrik KidD Durden Release Party, Church Boston, Boston MA
"Quality & Soul- Poetic Justice" at The Grand Canal, Boston MA
Motivate Monday, Church Boston, Boston MA (multiple)
The Authentic Lounge at The Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
Suffolk University Law School Black Students Brunch, Boston MA
Suffolk University Black History Month Showcase, Boston MA
Suffolk University Black Student Union's Love Slam, Boston MA
Northeastern University African American Institute, Boston MA
Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA (multiple)
Church Boston, Boston MA (multiple)
Love is a Grenade, Church Boston, Boston MA
District Lounge, Boston MA
Hard Rock Cafe, Boston MA
Opus Underground, Salem MA (multiple)
Streetlight Artist Expose at The Butterfly Cafe, Boston MA
Community Music Center Fundraiser at the Modern Theater, Boston MA
First Thursday, JP Centre/South Main Streets After-Party, Q Salon & Spa, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
Spotlight Tavern, Beverly MA
Centro, Lawrence MA
The Charlie Horse, West Bridgewater MA
Green Door Entertainment's Art a la Carte Soiree, Felt, Boston MA
Flat Iron Tapas & Lounge, Bulfinch Hotel, Boston MA
Black All Year, Freedom House, Dorchester, Boston MA
The Middle East, Cambridge MA (multiple)
Think Tank, Cambridge MA
Western Front, Cambridge MA (multiple)
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston's National Mentoring Celebration 2012, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston MA
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston's National Mentoring Month Celebration 2013, TD Garden, Boston MA
Winter Farmers Market at The Great Hall, Codman Square, Dorchester, Boston MA
Paul's Pub, Methuen MA
Precinct, Somerville MA
The Boston Foundation's Community Leaders Celebration, Boston MA
Fashion 4 Peace, Bulfinch Hotel, Boston MA
The Gallery at The Piano Factory, Boston MA
St. Mark's VFW, Dorchester, Boston MA
Mount Auburn VFW, Cambridge MA
The Woodbine, Roxbury, Boston MA (multiple)
Tree House Jam, Converse Store, Boston MA
Eastside Club, Worcester MA
The Greatest Bar, Boston MA
South County Country Club, Hingham MA
The Milky Way, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA (multiple)
Dorchester Open Studios, Black Box Theater, Dorchester, Boston MA
Wareham 275th Anniversary Town Celebration, Wareham MA
Wareham Town Summer Celebration, Wareham MA
Smokin' Joes, Brighton MA (multiple)
Joco's, Waltham MA (multiple)
Sonny Walkers, Roxbury, Boston MA (multiple)
Harpers Ferry, Boston MA
Copley Square Public Library, Boston MA
The Blue Rose Healing Through Art Showcase, Middle East, Cambridge MA
Club 58, Quincy MA
Dublin House, Dorchester, Boston MA
Yaz's Place, Quincy MA
Unity Day, Cooper Center, Boston MA
LightSpeed Community Day, Boston MA
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop Summer Party, Boston MA
Storyville, Boston MA
Foundation Day, Opening for Foundation Movement, Church Boston, Boston MA
Motivate Monday Showcase, Church Boston, Boston MA (multiple)
Futuristic Soul Showcase, Milky Way, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA (multiple)
Boston Talent Showcase, Slade's, Roxbury, Boston MA (multiple)
Soul Sessions and Vox, Verve, Boston MA (multiple)
Sammy's Patio, Revere MA (multiple)
Multiple weddings, private events, functions, etc. in and around Boston MA
Boston Freedom Rally, Boston Common, Boston MA
GreenFest Festival 2012, 2013, 2014: GreenSouleStage, City Hall Plaza, Boston MA
Bridgin G.A.P.S. Festival at Salem Willows, Salem MA
Fitchburg Block Party Festival, Fitchburg MA
Pearl Lounge, Providence RI (multiple)
Groove Lounge at Blue Sky in the Atlantic Hotel, York Beach, York ME
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Atrium Lounge, Mashantucket CT (multiple)
39 West, Cranston RI
Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Portsmouth NH
STUDIO, Portsmouth NH
Dover Brickhouse, Dover NH
Asylum, (Mind Spray Tour) Portland ME
Shaskeen Pub (Mind Spray Tour), Manchester NH
Honey Pot, Seabrook NH (background vocals)
Conquer Entertainment Conference, ME
Will Call Miami, Miami FL
Coco Walk, Coconut Grove, Miami FL
Monty's, Coconut Grove, Miami FL (Weekly Residency Friday through Sunday April 2015)
Saint Benedict Church Festival, Hialeah FL
Hard Rock Cafe, Miami FL
Chez Enzo, Miami FL
Bar 13, Manhattan NYC
Sweet Grapes Wine Bar, Manhattan NYC
Trash Bar, Brooklyn NYC
Bardot Heights, Manhattan NYC
SOBs, Manhattan NYC (with Termanology)
Bitter End, Manhattan NYC (background vocals, multiple)
t.b.d., Greenpoint, Brooklyn NYC
Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn NYC
Kenny's Castaways, Manhattan NYC
Bar Nine, Manhattan NYC
FREE HER Rally (Mass Incarceration and the War on Drugs) Washington Mall Sylvan Theater, Washington D.C.
Music to me is joy, healing, salvation, redemption, escape, fun, fills the voids and helps heal the wounds. One of the ways I connect with God. Music to me is how we can connect with each other, with Spirit. How we can heal our hearts, minds and souls. How we can keep the Revolution going and bring about the Peace God intended for us.
"Healing is one of the steps toward Freedom, and Activism is another. Music has historically been a part of the Revolution. Song lyrics told directions and instructions on the Underground Railroad. Protest songs, spirituals and Gospel have inspired, uplifted and incited people to action. Some of my music is very political, I address police murder of Black people, community violence and the hood, etc. Some of it is very spiritual: depression, suicide, healing, God, prayer. Some of it is love songs, heartbreak, lost love, ballads. I want to help continue that legacy of musical activism, of Spirit, Love, Peace, Freedom. I want us to inspire each other to join the Revolution for Peace and bring about Freedom in this lifetime.”
Aisling (pronounced Ashleen) Peartree grew up in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston MA. Aside from school concerts, her first on-stage experience was in the renowned gospel musical Black Nativity. She fell in love with it- the music, the connection to God, the spirituality, the lights, even the nerves of stage fright. She went on to study classical piano, music theory and performance, and later classical voice, while also singing in school choirs. She began writing songs with the piano at 14 years old. All the while, she was studying on her own without even realizing it, by listening to and loving the greats: Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke. She loved the emotions, the depth and the stories in not only Soul music but also the music of folk singer-songwriters: David Gray, Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant. Music was her first and lasting love.
College brought her to New York, where she received a Bachelors in Political Science and African American Studies from Columbia University. Her dream of being an activist led her to consider a career in civil rights law. She continued singing, performing in Columbia's Black Theater Ensemble and gospel choir, and later around the city with a band she put together.
Back in Boston after seven years in NYC and a year in Miami, Aisling sang wherever she could: showcases, weddings, corporate gigs, weekly restaurant residencies, as a background vocalist, busking downtown, as well as gigs all over New England, in NYC and Miami. She performed with amazing musicians covering the classics of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker and more, collaborated with emcees and was featured on multiple projects, and wrote several albums worth of songs. Aisling's music is Soul R&B with hip hop, blues, jazz, gospel, classical and folk influences. Her songwriting is honest and personal, and focuses on heartbreak, lost love, self-expression, healing, social justice, and revolution.
Aisling met Shalom, a phenomenal female emcee, at a Freedom Cypher in 2014. They bonded over their feminist and activist philosophies and started writing together, featuring each other on their debut albums and working together on a mixtape about freedom and revolution. All three projects are to be released soon.
Aisling always hoped her music would give her the opportunity to be an advocate for social change, especially on issues that affect women, children and people of color, including violence against women, police brutality, and the criminal injustice system. She spoke with student groups about domestic violence and unhealthy relationships. She volunteered, worked at a foster care agency and a public interest law firm, tutored for years... but she often felt that schools, organizations, agencies, groups were either exacerbating existing problems such as the schools' dumbing down of our children, or responding to problems in reactionary ways, seeking to do damage control by putting band aids over bullet holes rather than addressing the root causes.
Her older sister Nikomo, a former public school teacher tired of the education system's abuse and neglect of our children, created an ideology known as the Freedom Movement, and with that Aisling felt she had finally found the path of activism God intended for her. They, along with organizations, artists and individuals across the world, know that 'the system' is inherently and deliberately oppressive, hence the need for a brand new revolutionary way of life. Poverty, violence, abuse, self-harm, can all be alleviated with a revolutionary system of community, love, healing and peace. Community, self-sufficiency, sustainability, harmony with ourselves, each other and the planet, healing, peace, self-directed learning, education as a natural part of life- these are some of the elements of the Movement. Their aim is to connect with people around the world and share these ideas through peace circles, peace concerts, creative arts and music therapy, self-care healing practices such as song healing, meditation, yoga, journaling and songwriting, cooking for and feeding people, pet therapy, group counseling, mentoring, prayer, ritual and ceremony, alternative educational approaches, learning how to live self-sufficiently, and more.
My work as a singer/songwriter goes hand in hand with my role in the Freedom School Movement (FSM): a worldwide network of organizations doing social justice work, a growing collective of schools, and a model for self-sustainable, self-sufficient, self-reliable living/learning communities where everyone is a teacher and a student, where everyone is encouraged to find their unique gifts and passions, and where we live in harmony with each other and the planet.
Please visit our website: freedomschoolmovement.com
Part of the work we do is offer creative arts therapy, mentoring and teacher education in schools, detention centers, student groups, etc. To this end, we offer peace circles, peace concerts, workshops, talks, classes and lessons for people of all ages. The flyers below outline some of the things we do. Our first program entitled Project Urban Earth consists of three sub-categories: Personal Transformation and Healing, Education and Activism, and Green Living Skills.
Get in touch with us if you would like more information on joining a Freedom School, freedomizing an existing school, or starting your own school. In addition to the programming outlined below, we also provide educational and behavioral consulting to address your school's needs: curriculum development, group building, bullying and restorative justice, and much more.
Medicine Wheel Youth Open Mic, Boston MA (Performance & Talk)
The Hip Hop Transformation Project, Cambridge MA (multiple)
Peace Concert at UP Academy, Dorchester, Boston MA
Peace Concert at McCormack School, Dorchester, Boston MA
Mission Hill School, Boston MA (multiple)
The Winsor School, Boston MA (multiple)
Boston Arts Academy, Artists as Activists Class, Boston MA
Start Strong, Domestic Violence Prevention, Boston MA (multiple)
Washington Irving School, Boston MA
Women's Lunch Place, Boston MA
Unity Day, Cooper Center, Boston MA
Unity Day, Earthlands, Petersham MA
LightSpeed Community Day, Boston MA
Our founder Nikomo Peartree was featured on the radio show Sign O' The Times with host Queen Tahiyrah.
Listen to the interview:
[ProU Premiere] Aisling Peartree Drops “Catch Me Lord” Off Unreleased Debut Album
August 27, 2015
"The long-awaited self-titled album by incredibly talented singer Aisling Peartree is slated for this fall and has been building QUITE the anticipation from the Boston music scene already. Industry insiders already have caught wind of her working on the album, and you may have heard one of the hits “End Of Story” that has garnered [over 11,000 plays on 2 Soundcloud links] PRODUCED by Massachusetts legend Termanology. One of my favorite singing tracks to come out of New England, period...
Read the full review HERE.
-Shawn Patel, CEO of Producers United
"Check out Aisling Peartree's first track, Catch Me Lord ft. Shalom off of her new, self-titled album. I can't help but appreciate her powerful, silky vocals and an unobtrusive hook that just pulled me in. Shalom's vocals are gritty and hit hard with a powerful message to make this an excellent presentation of two talented vocalists. The production is well done and utilizes an electric guitar to spice things up and elevate the energy as the song progresses.
Please support this lovely woman and talented artist when her album drops.
Peace & Love"
~*William B, Will Balance Music*~
"Aisling Peartree... a woman with a very talented voice that is destined to do great things... Her songs deliver what is lacking in society today... Passion. That embodies what Aisling brings you in her performances. She is a hard working and driven woman with an even brighter personality. She brings calm to a chaotic industry and a blessing to her new and established fanbase."
-Charles Madison, CEO of Nexxlegacy
"Aisling is one of the most soulful singers I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her passion for music is deep and shines through in every performance."
-Conor Loughman, Owner of The Brain Trust
"As an established music blogger from the New England area, I recognize Aisling Peartree's talent and live performing skills. I've personally had the honor of seeing her perform [several] times and it is always a highlight of the night to see her lay it all out on stage. Her soulful singing and stage presence is rare to see from singers here locally, or artists in general from the Boston area. She really reads the audience and plays to their appeasement.
I am also a manager: And If I had to choose one singer from our area to collaborate with an artist I am managing, it would be Aisling. She just adds an element that makes a song fun and real. She makes you pay attention. You can tell she has fun when singing, and it is clear she will go very far because of her extreme level of passion + work ethic. She is one of those singers that makes you want to learn how to sing yourself, but at the same time you don't dare because you say "How the heck will I ever be as good as her?"
-Shawn Patel, CEO of Producers United
"Aisling Peartree may be one of the hardest working musicians I’ve ever met. When she isn’t regularly traveling between Boston and New York City for shows, the Dorchester native is constantly on the radio performing and promoting her music, sultry R&B that pays tribute to about fifty years’ styles of music. [Her songs] showcase Aisling’s impressive vocal range and flexibility."
"uggghhhh. Wow. This is just what our soul was in need of. The production set the mood, but the vocals made the heart drip blood, sweat and tears. You came correct.... END OF STORY. Thank you for the music." -@Public Wizard, Soundcloud
"Wow... This voice is crumbling my soul." -@KidBeat, Soundcloud
"You are a blessing to hear..... voice is crazy, keep up the hard work." -@Crazy Freddy, Soundcloud
"You have a voice that is original like hell, i hear the pain in it." -@MrBynumsMusic, Soundcloud
"This [End of Story] is amazing you HAVE SOUL!!!!!!! You got the POWER!" -@Subztatron, Soundcloud
WERS 88.9 FM Radio, Secret Spot show, Live Music Week, Boston MA
Women of Substance Radio (every Thursday 2012-13): womenofsubstanceradio.com
KNYO 107.7 FM Radio (weekly show and Top 20 Countdown), Fort Bragg CA
Big City 101.3 FM Radio, Boston MA
Touch 106.1 FM Radio, Soul on Sundayz with Host Erick Lawson, Boston MA
WNYU Radio with Host DJ Petra, New York NY, hiphopandherfamily.com
The AM BUZZ Radio Show on NexxLegacy Radio with Host Branded, Oakland CA
The Late Night Buzz on NexxLegacy Radio- R&B Listening Session, Oakland CA
ALLLegacy Access on NexxLegacy Radio, Oakland CA
The Bigg Nez Show, Unregular Radio with Host Bigg Nez, Boston MA
VENTS Music Radio, indepenDisc Music Club, http://www.independisc.com/vents.htm
SoundOut.com Track of the Day 5/4/13
Gag Order Network Radio, What's Next with Host Evan Audio, gagordernetwork.com
Radio Viva, 1080 AM, Caminos a la Esperanza with Host Jorge Bautista (La Voz del Pueblo), Miami FL, 1080TheAnswer.com
WZBC 90.3 FM, Progressive Black with Host Bob Diesel, Boston MA
Roaring Entertainment Radio, Atlanta GA
DenCity Radio on WEMF Radio, Boston MA
Songwriting Magazine, United Kingdom
The Entertainer's Show, ScaTV, Somerville MA
Road Trip with G. Garvin, Cooking Channel
Live Interview and Performance on WERS 88.9 Radio Secret Spot, Boston MA 3/4/13
Interview on NexxLegacy AM Buzz, Oakland CA 11/21/12
Interview on NexxLegacy ALLLegacy Access, Oakland CA 1/4/16
Interview and Performance on The Entertainer's Show, ScaTV, Somerville MA
Interview with Ten Miles: Aisling Peartree
June 2, 2013
Back in April, I profiled Boston’s Aisling Peartree and her unique brand of R&B and soul. In this week’s interview, she shines some light on her influences, what has happened in her music already, and what is yet to come.
What is your musical background?
This is a fun question for me, because I feel like I can tell the story of my life in musical terms. Each part of my life has its own soundtrack, and to this day certain songs take me right back to a very specific moment in time, and bring along all kinds of great memories. I had phases growing up where I would delve into one or two, sometimes a few, artists at a time and listen to them around the clock. One of my first performing experiences was in a gospel musical called Black Nativity, so I’ve always loved gospel, especially Cece Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Whitney Houston’s gospel songs. Ever since I was a little kid, I always gravitated towards people like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Anita Baker, and Donny Hathaway, so Soul music has always been a huge part of my life. I always say two of my first vocal coaches were Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, I remember being really young and imitating their runs and ad-libs, and repeating them over and over again if I couldn’t do them at first! I also played piano for many years and got a lot of great classical training in ear training, theory, solfege, classical piano and voice, etc. I feel like I’ve gotten a great musical education from a huge variety of styles: gospel, Negro spirituals, classical composers like Schubert and Bach, singer/songwriters Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Gray, etc. and my contemporary R&B favorites Usher and Jazmine Sullivan who are, in my opinion, vocal geniuses. I started writing songs with the piano at around 14 and about ten years later started writing to hip hop and R&B beats. The music I write is a mix of all those different elements, at least that’s what I feel and hear in my music, and my writing is very much influenced by the music I grew up listening to.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Music. Lol. I just love songwriting so much that if I’m not doing it, I’m probably thinking about it. I write songs around the clock, lyrics and melodies are always popping into my head. I have a notebook for lyrics that I keep with me at all times, and a lyric file on my phone and computer. When a new melody comes to me, I’ll sing it over and over again until I know I can remember it. I l love to cook, spend time with friends and family, I’ll use any excuse to throw a party and cook and have people over. I love to read, my favorite author is Toni Morrison and I can read any of her books over and over and still not want it to end and be sad when I’ve finished it. I spend a lot of time organizing for the “project” my sisters and I are creating, more accurately a new way of life, a new civilization, what we call the Freedom School Movement. In a very brief nutshell, a model for peaceful community living that is self-sustainable (energy, agriculture, economy, etc.), productive- always growing to help more people struggling in our current society, and educational- where we all teach, and learn from, each other.
Do you have a favorite out of all your songs?
That’s a tough one! I don’t have one favorite, but I do have a few. “End of Story,” I love the beat, and how old school it feels, and I like that the song has been considered a Blues song and not just R&B, because I have been influenced so much by the Blues, Soul music and older artists. I’ve heard it called a Blues revival, which is awesome. I love “Breathe,” I find it so therapeutic. If I’m in a funky mood, without fail listening to that song, especially in the sun, completely alters my mood. “Face in the Moon” (produced by another friend Ali Kanu, also from Boston), has probably been my number one since I wrote it. The beat is crazy, and the lyrics are very personal. All of the songs I’ve listed so far are very much about my life. Nothing is exaggerated, added or censored. It’s Aisling’s life in the form of a song. Particularly some of the more difficult experiences I’ve had. The song that’s at number 1 for me right now is actually the opposite, it has nothing at all to do with me and my life, but I inject so much emotion to it from other experiences that I have lived, that it makes me cry just to sing the song. It’s called “What Do You Mean?” produced by Smokey from Smoked Out Ent., and it’s all about the person you love telling you they’re not in love withyou anymore, and you just feel so floored and so devastated, and you’re literally like “what the f*** do you mean?!” That story hasn’t happened to me (hope it never does!), but the pain I’m singing about I find very relatable, and I think other people can too.
And lastly, can you tell a story, good or bad, about an experience you had as a musician?
I did a show once, my whole family was in the audience, it was definitely not a big show, it was at a dive bar, but I was doing a lot of the covers I love to do: Etta James, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston. I definitely “caught the Spirit,” as I like to call it, where I’m so moved by what I’m singing that I feel it come over me. It’s a very joyful feeling, and it seems to be transferred to the listeners in the audience as well. I finished the set and looked up and my mother was beaming with pride and my sister was crying. I have a family who not only recognizes that I like to sing, not only supports me, but wholeheartedly believes music is something I need to pursue, that it’s my calling. My mother has told me “Singing is not your hobby, it’s your Soul.” And she’s totally right. It’s in me, it’s who I am. To have a family believing in you and helping you along is a beautiful, incredible blessing, and I’m beyond grateful. I could easily have parents that say “we didn’t help you pay for an Ivy League degree for you to be singing in dive bars.” But I don’t. I have family and friends who genuinely believe this is what I should be doing. I really couldn’t ask for more than that.
Read the full interview HERE.
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Peace & Blessings