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With the four members of The Dives hailing from both sides of the country and the middle, it might seem unlikely that these musicians would ever even meet, let alone form a band – until you hear them play. After one listen, it’s nearly impossible to imagine them playing with anyone else. Featuring tight harmonies and infectious hooks, The Dives’ music sounds fresh and familiar at the same time. When explaining how the band was formed, they all vehemently agree that they got together with the common goal of making the kind of music they wish they heard more.
New York-based singer/songwriter Hailey Knox rose to popularity with her acoustic covers of pop hits posted on the Internet. However, the social media star began singing long before, taking on the Beatles as a toddler and performing as a duo with her sister Samantha in her preteen years. It wasn't until 2014 -- when she posted her first cover, a rendition of A Great Big World's "Say Something" -- that she gained a larger audience that included industry vets and even pop singer Meghan Trainor. Her mature guitar-and-loop-pedal meditations on hits by various stars -- ranging from Adele to the Weeknd and Justin Bieber to Hozier -- were posted on YouTube and YouNow. She signed a deal with S-Curve Records by late 2015 and, the following year, she had racked up over two million views and was nominated for YouNower of the Year at the 2016 Shorty Awards. Her debut EP, A Little Awkward, was released that summer. It included a bright mix of guitar-based ditties that highlighted her soulful voice, which drew comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Ingrid Michaelson, Fiona Apple, and KT Tunstall. Produced by Michael Mangini (Joss Stone), Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Vanessa Carlton), and Steve Greenberg (Andy Grammer), A Little Awkward included the single "Geeks," which was co-written with singer Imani Coppola.
Following last year’s Do As People Do EP, Beecher’s Fault are back with a new single, “Life In This Light.” The track is a complex hybrid, adorning the band’s folky rock with soulful, gospel-inspired backing vocals and ambient guitars, all of which get their moment to shine through a sparse arrangement built on the rush and lull of complicated rhythmic patterns. And then just when you’ve caught up with the flow, the song launches into it’s final third, a driving rock beat with some classic rock guitar figures and vocoder vocals
Caleb Hawley is a multifaceted singer and songwriter, currently residing in Harlem of New York City. Citing his two greatest influences as Randy Newman and Prince, he leaves a lot of room for possibility in the genre spectrum.
Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an a capella church, we weren’t allowed to use instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang old hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.”