New Jersey Stage

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shane Cooley and Rosa Wallace to perform at The Saint

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Nationally-touring singer/songwriters Shane Cooley and Rosa Wallace have been on the scene as solo artists for quite some time.  Now, they have decided to join forces.  The Heart on a Suitcase Tour is their first tour as a duo, making stops throughout the Northeast and New England.  The artists will be performing their solo material, as well as their newly co-written work.  Rosa's performance has been described as "physically and emotionally unable to stop listening to," (Jellyfinders Podcast), as Shane has been described as "giving the audience all that we could ask for - short of setting his guitar on fire," (Magazine 33). 

The Heart on a Suitcase Tour will be performing on Tuesday, August 2 at The Saint, located on 601 Main St.  Also on the bill will be Los Angeles singer/songwriter Sharif.

Shane Cooley, who is no stranger to Asbury Park, is particularly excited to return.  "I've fallen in love with it, and I've made it a tour stop ever since I performed at the Wave Gathering in '08," he said.  "I think it's important that touring artists continue to pass through and help in spread the word about Asbury's vibrant music scene."  Cooley recently won 2nd place for "Best Male Artist" in the International Acoustic Music Awards.

Rosa Wallace, a North Carolina native, has been writing and performing music since age twelve in various bands. With a background in musical theatre, she is now pursuing a full-time career as a singer/songwriter.  Both artists have toured the U.S several times.

After a week of writing and performing in Cooley's home state of Virginia, both artists were excited to hit the road as a collaborative act. "The first thing that struck me about Rosa is that she is just as determined as I am," said Cooley.  "We are both very driven artists, and we challenge each other.  We also have a musical chemistry, which is something that cannot be faked."  Their personal chemistry is also evident in their stage banter.

Although Wallace and Cooley's solo material is mostly in the folk rock vein, Motown is also an influence for their duo work.  The Heart on a Suitcase Tour is named after one of the first songs they wrote together, which symbolizes their lifestyles as travelling musicians.