PASSION PROJECTS

“In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.” 
― Flannery O’Connor
Carolina Bluebird Jazz Project
CAROLINA BLUEBIRD JAZZ PROJECT is a live performance collaborative endeavour between Hope’s vocals and a supporting powerhouse combo of UNC-Chapel Hill Jazz Studies professors.  Nodding toward Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney, Hope brings her dynamic charisma home as the carefree locus of Carolina Bluebird’s trad jazz sound. This debut volume tells the story of a love birthed, lost, and found again during a single day.  Produced by Hope Kemp Music, and featuring Grammy nominee Stephen Anderson on Piano, Jason Foureman (Branford Marsalis, René Marie) on Bass, and Dan Davis (Paul Jeffrey, Conrad Herwig) on Drums.  The album showcases their monstrous chops, in styles ranging from Hard Swing to ECM free syle, including a clever mashup of two well loved Blues ballads.  The end result reveals a delightful, intelligent, and reverent selection of Great American Songbook tunes to be enjoyed by Jazz enthusiasts and broad audiences alike.

Album arriving June 11,

in time for Ella Fitzgerald Day!
Check out a sneak preview:

Hoping for Real

HOPING FOR REAL is a song-cycle exploring the longing of becoming, and the unexpected sacrifice of self for transforming love.  Inspired by the well loved book, “The Velveteen Rabbit” (Margery Williams), the album is sensitively produced by Ben Hardesty (The Last Bison) and features his whimsical folkestral style.  Although a beloved children’s book, this series of songs is decidedly grown up in heart and mind, and includes a booklet of quotes to help the listener follow Rabbit’s journey.  Hope also performs a live version supported by her 6 piece band and 2 actors readers called: Hoping for Real: a songwriter’s retelling of “The Velveteen Rabbit” as a Musical Reading.

An additional Musical Theater version is being developed now, and will arrive 2022!