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Billboard's Industry Nights Series Kicks Off With Performances by Rozes, Salt Cathedrals & More

Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada of Salt Cathedral
Nicole Fara Silver 

Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada of Salt Cathedral photographed on Jan. 23, 2018 during Billboard Industry Nights: Grammy Week Edition at Ludlow House in New York. 

On Tuesday (Jan. 23), Billboard began its multi-night Industry Nights showcase, which features up-and-coming artists in special pre-Grammys performances at Manhattan’s exclusive Ludlow House.

Night one started with independent singer-songwriter Ryan Egan playing songs off of his just-released EP Fever & Bloom — a dreamy pop EP with intimate lyrics.

Egan started off with his synth-infused “Easy To Lose” followed by “Swarm” a D’Angelo-inspired track that Billboard premiered last month. He was accompanied by a synth, backing vocals, drums and guitar, before pulling out his own bass for the last two tracks. 

Next up in the dimly lit club was Salt Cathedral, a New York-based pop duo. The pair performed tracks inspired by their home country of Colombia, with front woman Juli belting out Bjork-style vocals with her infectious energy and animated stage presence. Juli danced around the stage in a flowing peach jumpsuit with undeniable energy- playing a slew of upbeat and inspiration tunes with powerful vocals, accompanied by her guitarist Nico.

They started off with the slow and dreamy “Holy Soul," before switching gears to the infectious “Always There When I Need You” before ending their set with the inspiring “Run For The Money.”

Third on the roster was Wicca Phase Spring Eternal, the project of former Tigers Jaw frontman Adam McIlwee.

The act -- dubbed “emotional trap” by the singer/songwriter -- featured McIlwee spewing raw and vulnerable lyrics over a bass-heavy backing tracks. Part of the 10-member collective GothBoiCollevtive, McIlwee released his full-length Secret Boy underneath the WPSE name in 2016. He finished his set with the dark track “My Heart Won’t STFU,” a personal tale of heartbreak.

The final act of the night was Philadelphia-based singer Rozes, who sent a shout out to her hometown Eagles, who will be playing in Super Bowl LII next week. She performed a number of pop hits written by herself and her collaborator friends -- including a track she has with Logic called “All Of Me,” and of course, her hit “Roses” with The Chainsmokers.

With just her, a drummer and a backing track, Rozes’ upbeat dance music inspired the crowd to move closer to the stage for the first time of the night, resulting in a pop-infused party. She also sang her newest single “Famous” -- a bouncy jam with catchy, simple vocals. By the end of the song, everyone in the room was signing along.

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