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What happens when you combine traditional acoustic folk instruments and then add guitar influences from the likes of John Butler, Brian May, or Greg Lake? But wait there’s more, now add bass lines inspired by Alex Lifeson and yes even video games; back beats reminiscent of Steely Dan, Traffic, Motown or even YES -all of which create the pallet for the really interesting part…the lyrics! What you get is a very eclectic, rhythmic, groovy, refreshing approach to modern music…they call themselves GREYE and they call their music Progressive Folk!
 
GREYE, a relatively new band from Daytona Beach, FL has been warmly received by all the audiences they’ve played for. They rocked the crowds at the Ocean Deck in Daytona Beach, and the Daytona Beach Band Shell to name just a couple. GREYE is also the Songwriters Association of America’s current “featured artist.” The group is comprised of four members: Hannah Summer (vocals and guitar), Jett Wolfe (guitar and vocals), Josh Reid (bass and vocals), and Ray Grimard (drums and percussion).
 
GREYE formed in the Spring of 2013, the chance meeting of all its members happened almost by accident. Jett, Josh, and Hannah originally formed an acoustic trio called “Locals Only” in order to enter the 2013 Seabreeze High School Battle of the Bands. They played only one song called Greye. The band finished in the runner up position. All three were very pleased with their performance. However, there was one variable they were unaware of when they went home that Thursday evening.
 
In the audience that night was a teacher who also was a musician/studio engineer and studio owner who saw magic in the three musicians on that auditorium stage. The next day he approached the bass player Josh and asked if he would be interested in coming by the studio with his two friends and jamming with a drummer. The next week all four met at Ray’s studio beginning the process to see if the magic could include an additional player.
 


Greye – I Love You

 
Initially, Ray’s approach was to develop a sound then replace the drummer (himself) and he would just assume the role of producer and engineer. However, much to his surprise the band insisted that he stay on as both the producer and the drummer. The combination of different influences and varied years of experience has absolutely exceeded the vision Ray envisioned on that high school stage.
 
For the last 16 months these four members embarked on a very rigorous and disciplined approach to both putting a band together and writing their own music. Rehearsing as much as 20 hours a week has become the norm for this band. Over the last year the band has recorded 28 original songs…enough for two complete albums. They are planning on an August 1, 2014 release of their first album titled Providence.
 
Providence is a very musical collection of 14 songs. Each song paints a different story and allows the listener to become part of the journey. The harmony between the acoustic guitars and the acoustic drums create a solid and musical groove that support each individual song’s lyrics. If you get a chance do yourself a favor and catch GREYE live!
 

Greye – ‘I Love You’ Official Music Video

 

 
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