New York City-based singer, songwriter and activist Aurora Barnes creates fiery music that tellsvivid stories of love, heartbreak, joy, struggle and human resiliency, which are all captured on her debut EP, Fair Game. Aurora uses intricate melodies and harmonies as a vehicle for her lyrics, painting pictures that explore themes of unrequited love and sexism, stand-by-your-man resolve and social uprising, disillusionment and desire. Her vocal performances demonstrate her total connection to the material - unique for a singer nowadays. Aurora has always been fascinated by the ability of musicians to capture complex emotions and the spirit of a particular moment in history. She was raised in uptown Manhattan surrounded by passionate members of the civil rights, women’s rights, labor and anti-war movements, learning early on the importance of a lifelong commitment to political and social activism. Raised on everyone from Bob Dylan to Stephen Sondheim, Nina Simone to Bonnie Raitt, Aurora grew to understand that the words she spoke and the ones she wrote must be deliberate and meaningful. As a young child, Aurora’s natural aptitude for music and acting was apparent when she joined TADA! Youth Theater (for musical theater) and Opus 118 East Harlem Violin Program. As a young violinist, she played alongside legends Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern and was profiled in the Oscar-nominated documentary Small Wonders. She continued to develop as a singer, storyteller and actress, working with coaches Adrienne Angel and Harold Guskin, and performing in NYC venues like The Bitter End, Nuyorican Poet’s Café and The Knitting Factory."Aurora has a beautiful singing voice with wonderful technique and has made a great impression in the acting industry." – Bernadette Peters. Aurora has played at many venues, including Central Park’s SummerStage, the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Bryant Park, Brooklyn Museum, Rockwood Music Hall, The Apollo Theater, and on Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show and VH1's Concert of the Century and Fashion Awards. She played alongside Madonna, Gloria Estefan, N’ Sync and Wyclef Jean and has collaborated with artists including pianist Jonathan Batiste and guitarist Julian Lage. Aurora joined Grammy®-winning composer/violinist Mark O’Connor at his Christmas Review Show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, where she sang her own rendition of “Santa Baby,” rewritten to reflect the views of The Protester, Time magazine’s 2011 “Person of the Year.” Recently she opened for Ziggy Marley at the Belly Up, in San Diego.