From that very first Nashville jam session in 2018, the members of King Calaway quickly discovered how each of their vocal and instrumental talents – as well as their shared love of harmonies, country and ‘70s rock music – complemented each other in perfect unison and formed an instant musical brotherhood for years to come.
By October 2019, King Calaway had recorded and released their debut album, Rivers, on BBR Music Group/Stoney Creek Records. The album amassed an impressive 59 million on-demand streams and featured their hit single “World For Two,” which was the #1 most added song at country radio in its debut week, ultimately garnering 53 million on-demand streams. Building on this momentum, the band earned massive opening performance slots for Garth Brooks & Gabby Barrett as well as national TV performances on The Kelly Clarkson Show, TODAY, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The group’s breakthrough year was abruptly brought to a halt when met with news of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Forced to retreat to their homes, the band used this time to immerse themselves in their songwriting process and hone their craft as musicians. The result was the beginnings of a brand-new project with a fresh modern country sound from members: Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Chad Michael Jervis and Caleb Miller.
“There are some songs that especially represent the past year and a half and what we’ve had to go through as a band, but there are also songs that are relevant for all times,” Dumas says.
In February 2021, the band set out to Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina to record a selection of the myriad of songs they had penned over the past year and a half. On their four-song EP Midnight, released August 27th, the band doubles down on their signature harmonies, this time melding them with their own original compositions.
Midnight soars with up-tempo, California-meets-country grooves; organic, signature harmonies and warm, relatable lyrics that represent their growth as songwriters, musicians, and vocalists.
“We love having a record that is almost entirely our own original music as songwriters,” Miller says.
On the EP, the group revels in a harder rock edge that showcases their musicianship on tracks like “Homegrown,” along with their live performance sensibilities.
“We definitely want people to listen to these songs and know they are listening to a band and not just a collection of studio musicians,” Jervis says.
Elsewhere on Midnight, the band welcomes BBR Music Group labelmate Lainey Wilson on the playful “Good Time To Me.”
“We hadn’t had a collaboration yet,” Deaton says. “We love working with Lainey – She’s one of the most talented singers we’ve ever met.”
Rounding out the project is the sleek, uplifting track “More People,” which further encompasses the group’s mission of making music that is both expertly crafted and wields a positive influence. “We’ve all been exposed to uplifting anthems and seen how music can inspire people to move forward, and we would love our music to have that effect on others too,” Dumas says.
With appreciation for their past and eager eyes toward their future, the release of Midnight – and more to come – King Calaway is back and poised to reach even greater heights.
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