King Calaway are to release their debut studio album ‘Rivers’ physically via BMG on March 6th 2020. The album follows a fantastic 2019, which saw the band perform on US national television shows The Today Show (October 7th) and The Late Late Show With James Corden (October 8th), and follows a recent special recording for Amazon Original Music of Shania Twain’s ‘You’re Still The One’ – available here: amzn.to/calaway.
Six unique voices. Six top-notch instrumentalists. Three different countries. Featuring a half dozen musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – from the small towns of the American Midwest and the Atlantic Seaboard to Gibraltar and Edinburgh – the band has already accomplished major milestones most young artists can only dream of, including appearing on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the ever-popular Neighbours, performing at iconic US venues, opening for stadium acts and playing main stage at MTV’s Gibraltar Calling 2019 alongside Take That and Rick Astley.
Having recorded the album ‘Rivers’, impressively in single-take, full band recordings, their live shows display the band’s pitch-perfect vocals, exemplary musicianship and charismatic performance. In America the band has been lauded by Rolling Stone for bringing an “exuberance to the stage…each taking solo parts between lushly harmonized chorus parts.” Now, after stunning audiences at their debut mainland UK show at London’s Gibson Show Rooms, King Calaway are being hotly tipped this side of the pond.
Before coming together in 2018, bandmates Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis and Austin Luther all pursued their own solo careers, racking up a long list of milestones — including CMA Awards performances, international tours, session gigs, and BBC TV appearances — along the way. They could all sing. They could all play. And one by one, they all found their way to Nashville, drawn to the city by its rich, diverse music scene.
There’s no lead singer here. No singular star. Instead, Jordan, Chad and Simon all share frontman duties, backed by rich, multi-part harmonies from Chris, Caleb and Austin. The result is a layered vocal sound that nods to the band’s influences, including the Eagles, Keith Urban, and Ed Sheeran. And just like the Eagles, every member of King Calaway is also an adept, well-rounded musician, from the guitar-playing Caleb — who became a professional studio musician at 13 years old — to Austin, a highly trained bassist who toured the world with multiple acts before joining King Calaway. Simon first earned an audience at home in Gibraltar, with his expressive piano playing and pop-oriented songwriting, while Jordan — a Scottish multi-instrumentalist who played drums before becoming one of King Calaway’s main vocalists — played packed shows in London, Edinburgh, and beyond. And then there’s Chad, a lifelong vocalist whose past includes theatre productions and cross-country gigs, as well as Chris, who played drums for performances on the CMA Awards with artists such as Steven Tyler and Jennifer Nettles before keeping time for King Calaway.
Working alongside co-producers Robert Deaton and Ross Copperman (who also penned several of the band’s songs), the band has recorded an album that allows their musicianship and personalities to shine through. The expressed their excitement stating, “Rivers is a milestone in all of our lives and a new chapter in our journey as a band. We could not be more proud of what we have created.”
The most recent single ‘Driver’s Seat’ is a great intro to the King Calaway sound; catchy hooks, perfectly arranged vocal performances, and superb musicianship. The album’s first single ‘World For Two’ continues to grow rapidly across streaming platforms, with 1.5 million listens a week, and 38 million streams to date.
1. No Matter What – (Andy Albert, Paul DiGiovanni, Jordan Schmidt, Mitchell Tenpenny, Devin Dawson)
2. More Than I Do – (Nate Cyphert, Ben West, Laura Veltz)
3. Rivers – (RuthAnne Cunningham, Teddy Geiger, Bruce Fielder, Tom Parker, ØJM)
4. Obvious – (Steven Lee Olsen, Nolan Sipe, Brandon Day)
5. Missing You – (Dave Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
6. Driver’s Seat – (Josh Hoge, David Ryan Harris, David Hodges)
7. Grow Old – (RuthAnne Cunningham, Tom Parker, ØJM)
8. I Do – (Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
9. Picture of the Way You Are – (Barry Dean, William Rinehart, Jimmy Robbins)
10. World For Two – (Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, James Abrahart)
11. Love the One You’re With – (Stephen Stills)
12. I Did – (Logan Turner)