Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hope Shorter

I shot the above photo of Hope Shorter several years ago, not long before Hope was heard by Craig Kallman and Jason Flom and ultimately signed to Atlantic Records.

When I shot this, she and her brother were performing her song titled The Rain Don't Last Forever for a crowd of mostly tourists on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. The Promenade is a place where street performers can flourish, but serious talent is like a needle in a haystack. It was refreshing to sit and listen to this girl, whose song was literally bringing people to tears. She was one of those needles in that haystack, for sure. It was apparent at that time that she is one of those artists that has "it".

The song has potential to be one of those timeless ballads that means something during hard times. It's a song may be as relevent today for those affected by the bad economy, as it was relevant in post Hurricane Katrina times, when the song when it was used for a nationwide Red Cross Public Service Announcement on TV.

Just below is one of my favorite takes that I have heard of The Rain Don't Last Forever