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The Gray Havens
October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Gray Havens
The Gray Havens centers around husband/wife Dave and Licia Radford. Since their beginning in 2013, their projects have been hailed as “an imaginative treatment of faith…[having] a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.” They have a knack for creating a listening experience similar to paging through your favorite book, with richly textured compositions and multi-layered lyrics. Releasing their debut EP on NoiseTrade in 2013, and their first full-length album, Fire and Stone, in 2015, the duo has gained a steady following of listeners nationwide.
Their newest release, Ghost of a King, debuted at #3 on the iTunes singer- songwriter charts, rewarding listeners with immersive soundscapes and lyrical imagination. From poetic – almost Shakespearean – imagery to grand epics fit for a darkened concert halls, to pop music infused with loops and infectious beats, the album possess a remarkable range. In the context of that refreshing variety, the album stays cohesive thanks to its exploration of the human condition of longing.
Today, The Gray Havens are making the most well-cra ed music of their career. Their “Ghost of a King Tour” is a mixture of acoustic duo and full band performances that include string players from colleges across the country.
Colton Venner is an Americana singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Over the past 3 years, Colton has released 2 EPs and 2 stand alone singles. He began writing music his freshman year of college at Dallas Baptist University where he recorded his first EP with friends he met during his years studying. All the while he played shows at houses, venues, and coffee shops all around the DFW metroplex. Now, years later, Colton has started to embark on a musical journey in various venues and cities around the country.
Amidst the melodies and instrumentation, Colton has constantly been recognized and acknowledged for the thoughtfulness of the words in every song. His music seems familiar to the first time listener because often times he is telling the stories that all experienced at one point or another. In an age where people are constantly looking for things to distract them, his songs will push people to think about the things inside of them for better or for worse.
Drawing influence from Ryan Adams, David Ramirez, and many others in the genre, Colton Venner is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to captivating songwriting. His most recent releases, “The Cold Side” and “Before I Knew”, deal with heartbreak, loneliness, and the hope that lies under all the sadness.