A versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. In addition to expressively interpreting traditional harp repertoire, Ms Younger is most recognized for working with Jazz royalty as well as Grammy winning Hip-Hop producers and artists. Her ability to feature the harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent is a testament of her love for the instrument, and her cross-reaching ability as a musician.
A classically trained harpist, Ms. Younger received her undergraduate degrees in Harp Performance and Music Business at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford Connecticut, where she was also mentored by the faculty of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and African American Studies. Her studies at Hartt, coupled by the mentorship of the jazz department would serve as the foundation for her career as an innovative harpist. “My time at Hartt was critical to my growth in becoming the musician I am today. While there, I always wanted to do things differently and constant encouragement from Nat Reeves, Steve Davis and Jackie McLean gave me the confidence to move forward without acknowledging boundaries. They never once said ‘no’ to me, ever.” Upon graduating from Hartt, bassist Nat Reeves introduced her to saxophonist Kenny Garrett, with whom she would learn some valuable lessons in ensemble playing and improvisation. By the time she entered New York University six months later for graduate school, Ms. Younger had built quite a resume having opened for Slide Hampton as a member of the Hartford based collective “The New Jazz Workshop”, developed a working relationship with producer and artist Ryan Leslie and grammy winning producer Omen, and joined the harp faculty at the Hartt School Community Division.
As a classical musician, Ms. Younger has been a featured soloist with The Harlem Chamber Players and was a selected artist for the Impulse Artist Series, a solo music series led by Houston pianist and innovator, Jade Simmons. Ms. Younger has also performed with an array of ensembles including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Soulful Symphony, Ensemble Du Monde, Camerata New York and the Red Bull Artsehcro, a “non-conformist” orchestra.