Stay With Me… In the Hot Tub
Sam Smith likes a good soak with his opening act. Georgia Nott, 20, of brother-sister duo Broods, tells Overheard that when she and her sib, Caleb, opened for the Grammy winner in Portland, Ore., in the fall, Smith invited them to hang out at hot tubs near the venue. “We all just chilled and jammed and got to know each other,” says Nott. Opening for Smith hasn’t been Broods’ only moment in the spotlight. Last year, Lorde drew attention to the band’s infectious track, “Mother & Father,” when she tweeted: “georgia/caleb/joel once again delivering the power chorus/crying tummy butterfly feels/second verse switchups i love”. Since Lorde and Broods have used the same producer Joel Little, who was also mentioned in Lorde’s tweet, Overheard asked Nott if she and Caleb would consider working with the “Royals” singer. “If the offer came up, we would definitely take it,” she says.
Ryan Cabrera’s Ex Ashlee Simpson Checks Out His New Tunes
It was a family affair at Ryan Cabrera‘s album-release party on March 3 at the No Name Bar in Los Angeles. Among those in the crowd to watch the “On the Way Down” singer perform songs from his new EP, Wake Up Beautiful, was ex-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson (several months pregnant with proud papa and new husband Evan Ross — son of Diana Ross — in tow) and her father, Joe Simpson (now a fashion photographer), along with members of the Keough clan (Cabrera used to date Lisa Marie Presley‘s daughter Riley Keough), proving that all that ended well is … well. Also in the house: Nas, actor Clark Duke and Steve Aoki. —Shirley Halperin
Tori Kelly’s Disney Dream
Singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, whose debut single, “Nobody Love,” is turning heads, wants a Disney gig — as the voice of a future animated princess. The 22-year-old says it was Mandy Moore‘s performance as Rapunzel in Tangled that set the dream into motion for her. Her fascination with medieval times may also have something to do with her princess fantasy. Kelly says she’s “obsessed with the idea of living in a castle in the year 1132, where medicine was scarce but the knights were ballers.”
James Bay: Hair Not Apparent
British singer-songwriter James Bay is taking names and winning awards lately, but one more personal pursuit has eluded him. The 2015 winner of the Brit Awards’ critics’ choice honor (previously given to Adele, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, and Sam Smith), disclosed to Overheard that he’s never successfully been able to grow a beard, saying “I really wish I could” and that he has “maximum beard envy” for those who rock facial hair.
Additional reporting by Shirley Halperin.