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Brothers Drake Spotlights the Best of Local Music

 Briana Gunter Brothers Drake Spotlights the Best of Local Music
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With a calendar full of social events, as well as an ever-rotating list of local music acts, Brothers Drake Meadery is committed to showcasing the plethora of local talent the central Ohio area has to offer.

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Morgan Treni recently performed at Brothers Drake, and I had the chance to chat with her about her journey to music, her love of Columbus, and what’s next for her.

A Jersey girl by origin, Treni seems to have settled quite comfortably into the central Ohio scene.

“Columbus is a very special city to have begun the journey,” she says. “Many things have been made possible so quickly because of the community.”

Indeed, the love she’s developed for Buckeye city seems to be mutual, as Treni’s debut Columbus performance (prior performances have taken place in Delaware) was warmly received at Brothers Drake with a standing room only crowd. Her performance served not only as the evening’s entertainment, but as Treni’s pre-album release show.

Treni’s voice is an interesting amalgam of sounds. With its sultry, smoky jazziness, her voice easily calls to mind the likes of jazz vocalist Melody Gardot; yet it also displays the bubbly effervescence of Colbie Caillat. Her lyrical styling and phrasings, however, are uniquely her own.

Sometimes theatrical and whimsical, other times subdued, the songwriter draws from her experiences in life and channels them through the way with words she developed as an English major at Ohio Wesleyan University. Treni describes her journey into songwriting as “a wonderful fusion of passions that I haphazardly stumbled into.” After graduation, she decided her words could have much more life being sung aloud rather than simply being written on a page.

“In my roots, I’m a theatre girl,” she explains. “I love musical theatre: performing, story lines, characters. Also, history. This album has really grown me into a place where I’m learning about myself, as a new songwriter for our generation, and as a disciple of old tunes. On stage, I like my songs to showcase their own little world.”

“Music is the most powerful story that we’ve got,” adds Treni.

She hopes to share her story through her debut album, Essays. Her storytelling centers on the transitioning years of a freshly graduated twenty-something finding her way in the world after college, and carving her own space in the world of music.

Essays will be available in early 2014 on iTunes. In the meantime, listeners can catch updates about her performances on Treni’s website, www.MorganTreni.com. Thoughts of a tour have Treni hopeful and starry-eyed, but for now her next move is continuing to perform at local open mic nights and as opening act for others.

She says of Essays, “Lots of enthusiasm has transformed it into something very special. I’m excited to share.”

Brothers Drake has lots on tap in January by way of live performances. Check out their website, www.brothersdrake.com for upcoming live music and more.

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