Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear with Sweet Home Symphony
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See Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear in Nashville. The duo will perform with at Exit/In with Sweet Home Symphony
Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear consists of Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward. They are a modern soulful/folk music duo from Independence, Mo. The band’s debut album Skeleton Crew, produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his award-winning work with Arctic Monkeys and Adele, captures Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear in their most natural setting. The two tracked most of the tracks live, sitting across from one another in the recording studio. They didn’t use a click track. With help from a handful of session musicians, the two Wards captured the sound they’d been making since those coffeeshop days.
Sweet Home Symphony
Sweet Home Symphony is a country trio based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Consisting of Wesley King, Zachary Shockley, and Erin McLendon, their three unique voices come together to form harmonies that sound like they were meant for each other. Coming from backgrounds in musical theater, gospel choirs, country, and Americana, Sweet Home Symphony hones their writing styles to create a unique pop country sound that’s easy to listen and dance to!
The idea for Sweet Home Symphony came about in 2013 when Wesley and Zach were working together on Boiler Room Theater’s production of Les Miserables as Fuille and Combfeere. Wesley, coming from a background of choral singing proposed the idea of a trio and so Zach brought in his friend, Kathleen Dunn. The three met at a Cracker Barrel not too long after and thus, Sweet Home Symphony was born!
After a few years of touring, writing, and recording, Kathleen decided to focus on her Master’s Degree in marriage and family counseling. Zach and Wesley decided they still wanted a female voice in the group and were introduced to Erin McLendon through another theater friend. The three got along instantly! They have been singing together ever since.
What’s unique about this band is that all three members have Bachelor’s Degrees in music from different universities. Erin earned her degree from Belmont University after moving to Nashville in 2008 to major in Commercial Voice with a Music Business emphasis. Zach, while also in Nashville, earned his Bachelors of Music degree from Trevecca Nazarene University with an emphasis in Commercial Voice and Songwriting. Wesley, while the oldest, was the last to move to Nashville in 2013 after graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Vocal Music Education. Their knowledge of music not just from a listener’s standpoint but also from an academic point of view is what helps them to have such tight harmonies and arrangements. “I have a background in composition so I try and make our arrangements a little more interesting than just your standard three chords” says King.
With every performance, Sweet Home Symphony is rapidly gaining fans! Every time they post a video on Facebook, they easily gain over 1500 views within the first few hours. Their rapid online success gained them a contest-winning promotion with Indie Nation, a popular Independent Music Blog. They created a name for themselves among other up-and-coming bands in Nashville by creating a showcase called “Three’s Company, Two!” at Douglas Corner where independent duos and trios come to play their own thirty minute sets. “We figured there since there wasn’t already a space for groups to perform, we’d create it, host it, and form relationships along the way!” says McLendon. These relationships gained them other shows at venues such as 3rd & Lindsley, The Basement, and Tennessee Brew Works!
“We’re really not in to gimmicks, we’re just ourselves!” According to Shockley, the band loves being themselves both on and off stage. “You should really see our group texts…” he adds. Their quirky personalities and powerful vocals are easy to fall in love with! With their career only going up from here, it’s easy to see why Sweet Home Symphony is the band to keep your eye on!
Tickets are on sale Friday, April 13th at 10am
2208 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203
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