Red Bull Sound Select​ successfully launched in Sydney last year with monthly, intimate events quickly becoming the go-to showcase for up and coming Australian talent. After rounding out 2016 at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi with the help of Confidence Man, Andras & Oscar and Total Giovanni, today the esteemed live music series announces the first Sydney show for 2017 - and the lineup is truly befitting of its location. Hosted in the divine surrounds of the Paddington Uniting Church​ on January 27, New York’s rising star Kelsey Lu ​headlines, joined by local artists Jack Grace​ and Bec Sandridge​ for a transcending start to the New Year.

This January, Travis Banko​ (Laneway Festival) takes the reigns in what is set to be an immaculate evening. Live music venues have long been a place for spiritual experience and emotional unity, and the church a home for gospel, a cornerstone of modern RnB and one of the first venues to house music’s holy qualities - a match made in heaven.

Cello player, Kelsey Lu’s​ musical upbringing in the church and incorporation of gospel, classical and contemporary R’n’B elements into her solo work is reflected in her prolific rise success. Signed to True Panther Sounds, ​ the 26-year-old released her debut EP Church last year to wide acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, ​Rolling Stone​, The Fader​ and Nylon Magazine​. Recorded in Brooklyn’s Holy Family Roman Catholic church with Chairlift’s​ Patrick Wimberly​ at the production helm, Lu’s rich, ethereal songs are set to soar in Paddington’s unique setting. Appearing on Blood Orange’s​ most recent Freetown Sound LP and Kelela’s Hallucinogen EP, the New York talent now makes her Australian live debut.

A fellow artist of religious upbringings with a deep-rooted connection to music and its place is Jack Grace​. The producer, vocalist and songwriter takes inspiration from 90s echoes of trip-hop, footwork, gospel and post-dubstep, drawing comparisons between Thom Yorke​ and James Blake​. Grace’s latest EP, River, has captured the attention of tastemakers at home and abroad.

Wollongong artist Bec Sandridge​ joins Lu & Grace with her guitar prowess and mesmerising spirit of iconic rock figureheads Debbie Harry, ​ David Byrne​ and Stevie Nicks​. With a recent EP, In The Fog under her belt, Sandridge’s​ anthemic concoctions of pop, punk, late 70s rhythms and fluttering vocals are a holistic experience raved upon by Rolling Stone​, YEN​ and more.

To join in what will be a truly immersive evening with some of the world’s brightest talent, register your RSVP at Capacity is strictly limited. With RSVP tickets are $3, without door entry is $10. Ensure to arrive early for special offerings, including bespoke food and drink.