David Ryan Harris

David Ryan Harris

You’ve either got soul or you don’t. David Ryan Harris most definitely does. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has built an impressive catalog of soulful stories that instantly captivate.“Soulfulness comes from telling stories in in the most honest and direct way that you can,” he says. “People relate to what you’re saying when you sing from the heart.”That’s exactly what Harris has done throughout his near three-decade career.Whether itbe in early bands such as Follow For Now, Brand New Immortals or over the course of six full-length solo albums, he tells stories that resonate. He’s carried this same spirit while producing, writing and/or performing with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, India.Arie, Cassandra Wilson and Guy Sebastian—with whom he co-wrote the RIAA platinum-certified “Battle Scars”. Most recently, it drove Harris’2015’s Lightyears, which boasted guest spots from John Mayer, India.Arie, and Nikka Costa. Along the way, he received acclaim from All Music Guide, Glide Magazine, Elmore Magazine, Performer Magazine, AXS, Relix Magazine, and many others in addition to performing on Fox, CBS, and The CW in between packed tours. His next chapter unfolds on his 2017 seventh offering,Songs For Other People. The songs were culled from collaborations with a multitude of co-writers over the course of the last year or so.“I wasn’t really intending to make a record,” he admits. “I had co-written written some songs intending to give them to other artists and there were a few thatjust never found homes. The idea of singing these songs myself was something I’d though about for a little while and slowly I started to get excited at how wide open this project could be. There were no boundaries musically or thematically other than the the fact that these songs are for and about other people.”In order to track Songs For Other People, he tapped the talents of drummer Terrence Clark who he met via a YouTube audition, keyboard player Zac Rae, Cellist Keith Tutt and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Mike Elizondo [Eminem, Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5] on bass. They cut the album’s seven jams in less than three weeks’ time during 2016.On the record, Harrisbrings a pronounced sense of passion and power to pop music. The single “Coldplay” balances delicate clean guitar and airy percussion with his dynamic vocal range, fluctuating from a soft croon to a simmeringand soaringfalsetto.“Basically, the song walks you through the beginning of a relationship until the end, and this girl’s love for Coldplay is the backdrop,” he goes on. “The guy finds the tickets in his drawer, and it immediately brings him back. I think everybody has had one of those ‘Coldplay Moments,’as I like to call them.”Elsewhere, “Kerosene” proves both incendiary and intoxicating all at once as it paints a portrait of “a heartbroken guy who’s drinking kerosene and wants to do some damage.”A clean riff drives the upbeat swing of “Good,” which culminates on the unshakable refrain, “You’re the kind of bad girl that would make a good wife.” With its mellotron hum and narrative lyricism, “Average Joe” tackles longing and regret through a tongue-in-

cheek visual. “It’s this dudehiding in the bushes looking at his ex-girlfriend with her new guy,” he adds. “The protagonist doesn’t realize he’s the one who’s average.”In between returning to the road on guitar duty for John Mayerin 2017, Harris will be performing across North Americaon solo shows. No matter what he does, that sense of soul ultimately defines him.“When anybody listens to Songs For Other People, I’d love for them to experience a feeling of escape,” he leaves off. “These little vignettes are relatable, but they’re also a respite. Everyone can relate to heartbreak and love. It’s real.”

Emily Hackett

Emily Hackett speaks the truth. The singer/songwriter raised in Atlanta, GA pulls these emotions into her music, stirring in an authentic blend of self-deprecation that is both unique and refreshing. What poises her against the rest is the soul of a fiery artist ready to light up the stage, all the while still as honest as her Southern roots.“ I find that speaking the truth, although it should seem simple, is one of the most difficult things to do as you grow up,” explains Emily. “ Even if a negative thought about the choices you’re making crosses your mind, it’s rare to give it more than a few seconds of your time, let alone bring it to fruition in full lyrical form. That’s what I have learned to do as a writer. If I can’t be honest with someone to their face or to myself in a relationship, it’ll always come out in a song. Somehow it’s there that I have the bravery to admit to it.” This heart of lyrical fearlessness for Emily was anchored at an early age. Growing up, there was not the slightest oddity to have a basement wall covered from floor to ceiling with records or to grasp the concept of speaking your mind. Her dad, a seasoned rock and roll critic brought out the musical soul in Emily, while her mom taught her to balance it out with sensible sentiments and a strong work ethic.“ My mom is a boss lady. Always has been. She’s worked at many different companies, getting companies off the ground, turning them around, and living the dream job now out in Malibu. My dad was the stay at home dad and took the job seriously—always making sure we were smiling, but also pushing us to chase things we loved.” The result of Emily’s insatiable passion is undeniable. In the last few years, Emily has made a splash in the music scene releasing two EPs –As It Comes and Fury, Fear and Heartbreak. In 2013, Emily released an acoustic cover with Megan Davies of Lorde’s hit “ Royals.” The response has brought in over half-a-million views on YouTube, was featured on Buzzfeed, won “ Best Coffeehouse Cover of 2013” on Sirius XM and reached the final round of “ Best Royals Covers” on Ryan Seacrest. In 2014 Emily won the national Belk’s Modern Southern Music Showcase where she played tour dates with artists Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts. In the same line, her duet with Parachute frontman Will Anderson, “ Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” reached over 50k streams on Soundcloud in less than two months and peaked at the No. 4 spot on the iTunes® Singer-Songwriter chart. The music video for the single currently sits at over 10 million views.Emily’s new single “ Nostalgia,” written with Steph Jones and husband, Mikey Reaves, unraveled as the three were listening to a wistful guitar loop. “ I couldn’t put a finger on it. It was just the way it sounded, I felt like I was in a scene from high school or something. Then I just thought, what if we personified nostalgia? What if we gave that feeling a life? I said those first few words, “ I’m the red balloon at the carnival” and next thing we knew it was 1:00 am and we had this song we all were obsessed with.”
There’s a compatibility between the novelty and depth found in Emily’s artistry. Her music has the power to transform listeners in a direction where many songwriters fear to tread. With her organic honesty and raw-honey vocals, it’s no wonder that the possibilities continue to unfurl for Emily Hackett.

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