This compilation episode features three standout emerging artists performing in three remarkable locations: R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather at the famed art auction house Sotheby’s in New York City; folk singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan (best known for her work with Damien Rice) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Montclair, New Jersey; and alternative pop songstress A Fine Frenzy at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in the Hamptons.
Australian soul singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather has garnered much acclaim with his debut album, Love and War, already an enormous hit in the UK, where he was nominated for the 2010 Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act. Best known for her multiplatinum collaborations with fellow Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan emerged as a performer in her own right with her debut album, Sea Sew, which Entertainment Weekly dubbed “the perfect album for cozying up by the fire on a winter-chilled Sunday afternoon.” A Fine Frenzy’s debut record, One Cell in the Sea, cracked the Billboard Top 100, earned the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and garnered recognition as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist.
Founded in 1744 by Samuel Baker, Sotheby’s was originally purposed for the sale of rare books. Time saw its collection expand to various forms of art, and eventually it became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York in 1955. The New York office is the site of the most expensive art sale of an American artist at auction in history, where Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, sold to Japanese collector Yusaka Maezawa for $110.5 million.