Evan Taylor Jones' "Songs From An Old Soul" Release Party
Ancient Sun, Mckinney Griffin, Luke Davids, DJ Commons
54 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL, 32801
This event is all ages
Evan Taylor Jones
Evan Taylor Jones is a young up and coming artist from Inglewood, CA who is blessed and influenced by the genres of soul, blues, and funk, just to name a few. Jones currently lives in Orlando, FL where he is currently writing songs, mastering guitar, and singing. Evan is currently working on his new album as a solo artist. The album is being recorded at John Blanche Recording Studios in Longwood, Florida and is set to release in July of 2012.
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Ancient Sun was formed in late 2011 in Orlando, FL. Their first full album, which was Self-titled, was released in May 2012 and their newest EP "Number One Rule" was released May 2013. Described best as Electric Funk Rock they are powered by Rick Krasowski (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Colin Fei (Vocals/Keys/Trumpet), Tom Shea (Saxophone), Greg Jungbluth (Bass), and Jason Zane (Drums); their energetic and charismatic presence on and off stage will have you ready to dance and leave you wanting more. Since their formation they have been pushing hard; playing all over Florida, up to Tennessee, and back. They have opened for The Bright Light Social Hour, JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, Afroman, Legendary JC’s, and Beeb's and Her Money Makers just to name a few. They’ve also been featured at many well known Florida festivals including Florida Music Festival, Orange Blossom Jamboree, and B.e Easy Music & Art's Festival. Ancient Sun never disappoints and promises to leave you eagerly waiting for their next show.
McKinney Griffin is one of the most versatile artists to come out of Orlando. His style and showmanship deliver a unique blend of Rock, Blues, Soul and Hip-Hop. He has quickly gained notoriety with his singing, rapping and guitar-playing abilities, all the while staying true to good musicianship with the help of his bandmates. He is humbly dedicated to truth and quality in his art.
A London-born singer songwriter with piano based songs reminiscent of The Beatles and Ben Folds.
At age 6, alternative-pop songwriter Luke Davids attended London’s esteemed music academy The Purcell School. For five years the music prodigy immersed himself in the institution’s rigorous curriculum, studying the mathematics of music to one day unlock the pure expression within. After an epiphanic encounter as a studio musician, Davids learned to compose from the heart. His self-titled debut is a sharp, accessibly sophisticated, and refreshingly sincere pop album.
Luke Davids was working on former Bad Company singer, Brian Howe’s, solo album (Howe is best known for his work on 1990’s Bad Company album Holy Water [ATCO] which sold one million copies and yielded five top-15 singles). “We were out to dinner talking about songwriting. I’ve been the ballad king, and I said to him that I felt I needed to write fast songs. He told me you can’t write what you don’t feel. After that, I convinced myself the only music worth writing is the music I truly feel.”
The London-born artist started writing songs at age 8. “The first song I wrote was called ‘Nobody Cares About Me,’ it was a ballad. I don’t think my parents were too impressed,” he says laughing. His writing grew as his innate abilities on the piano developed. After his formative years at Purcell, his family relocated to Orlando, Florida where Davids continued to grow as a songwriter. “At 17 I would write songs with these elaborate interludes but that got overbearing,” Davids explains. “Ultimately, music theory and technique don’t matter when it comes to songwriting. I learned it gets in the way because it makes you think in a framework that doesn’t apply to songwriting. When you just let yourself play, you stumble upon the best ideas.”
“Luke Davids” is a lush and crisply produced debut from an artist with pop smarts, refined chops, an angelic voice, and a powerfully honest lyric approach. The album is a piano-based collection of nine songs with inventive arrangements that evoke the refined hooks of The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello and Ben Folds Five, while maintaining a contemporary and stately pop flair that’s all Luke Davids.
The breezy charm of “Better Days” unfolds with sweet grace. The track is richly detailed with soaring lead vocals, airy backup vocals, organ, strings, horns, and guitar, but with each instrument and embellishment expertly mixed for nuanced dynamics that bring out the song’s uplifting spirit. The song was part of David’s recent period of creative revelation where he’s learned to be more instinctual and emotional in his writing. Part of this growth was discovering the highly influential but under-the-mainstream-radar 1970s folk-pop songwriter Harry Nilsson. “I felt liberated when it came to format, usually in pop there is a verse, a pre-chorus, and then the chorus. Harry didn’t think like that, it freed me, and I threw out pop conventions. ‘Better Days’ basically has two main parts. I started doing that approach a lot more.”
This feeling of inner freedom, creating and living from an uncontrived place within, also imbues the ebullient “Losing Ground.” The song’s ease, its flowing and silky melodicism perfectly scores the lyric. Davids sings: “You’ve noticed I’m a man of my word/You’ve seen the reaction/So now I plan to be a man of my heart/And put my head out of action.” “That song is written from a real personal perspective. I have a tendency to plan everything out,” Davids admits. “Lyrically the song is about letting go.”
When Davids and co-producer Brooks Paschal tried to write something preconceived, they spent a whole day frustrated on the couch. “Later that evening we took a break. Brooks sat down at the piano and played something that ended up being the first verse of ‘Remarkable Plans.’ I picked up a guitar and started playing the chorus. We finished the song in over an hour,” Davids says. The duo kept the song’s production treatment essential, keeping the four-piece band feel for an elegantly paired down approach.
The album was produced by Brooks Paschal and Luke Davids, with the two playing all of the album’s instruments, a staggering feat considering the layers of refined, detailed, and varied instrumental parts. It was recorded at Mockingbird Studios in Orlando, Florida with an innovative tactic. “We finished each song individually. Usually you do everything in one shot with an album, like all the guitars in one. By focusing and completing one full song at a time, you allow for each track to have its own identity,” Davids explains.
“I used to try to write for a certain genre,” Davids says, assessing his newfound creative wellspring. “The thing that helped me was to forget about that and just write what I feel. These are my most honest songs.”
Chris Commons is originally from London, England, but has resided in the United States for many years. He has loved music for his entire life, listening to the reactions of people, feeling the beat, and seeing all of the smiling faces is what makes him happy and drives him to do what he does best, DJ. He has a great ear for music and has a knack for keeping the party on the dance floor. He is outgoing, easy to work with, and always willing to help out with events to make it as best and musical entertaining as possible.
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