On December 9, 2021, Red Bull SoundClash brought a truly epic clash of sounds to Nashville, Tennessee. The musical event pitted the smooth R&B sounds of Bren Joy against the inspirational pop signature of Jake Wesley Rogers in a thrilling live experience unlike any other.
Red Bull SoundClash is a long-running lineup of nationwide concerts that feature two artists on two stages as they compete head-to-head in a music battle. Originally inspired by the culture of competing sound systems originating in Kingston, Jamaica, during the 1950s, Red Bull SoundClash was born to break the mold of traditional dance hall and reggae-focused music battles.
The venue was outfitted with two stages to allow the competitors to face-off while performing. Emcee Noelle Scaggs (Fitz & The Tantrums) set the mood for the friendly yet fierce battle of rhythm, hyping up the excited crowd with the help of DJ Jerry J (Old Crow Medicine Show).
The SoundClash progressed in rounds. After each round, a round winner was decided via an applause meter. First, there was the ‘warm-up’ round. Each artist had a chance to perform covers of some iconic songs in their own unique style.
In the ‘wild card’ round, each artist performed with a surprise special guest. The challenge of the ‘SoundClash’ round was for Bren and Jake to each perform their own original songs but in two different styles or genres.