VENUS was started by Samora Pinderhughes in 2016, after he heard Shakespeare's line "Venus smiles not in the house of tears". The songs on this project seek to ask & answer questions like: How do our personal problems affect our relationships? What are the things we keep most secret, and why? And, how can we love better? VENUS brings together five of the best young musicians from around the country to build a new sound around these songs, spanning indie rock, jazz, soul, & folk music. VENUS is comprised of Samora Pinderhughes (pianist for artists including Branford Marsalis, Jose James & Emily King), Elena Pinderhughes (flutist/vocalist currently touring internationally with Christian Scott, Kenny Barron, & Terri-Lynne Carrington), Gabe Schnider (guitarist with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, & Jon Batiste), Joshua Crumbly (bassist for the Terence Blanchard Quintet & Ravi Coltrane), and Jack DeBoe (drummer & producer for Emily King & Meshell Ndegeocello).