Molded out of an eclectic energy and eccentric spirit through the fusion of rock, pop, folk, R&B and world rhythms, Little Raven’s jazzy-funky art rock brings a fresh air of finesse to the alternative scene with intricate, infectious grooves, creative original songwriting, and a sincere, interactive presence on stage.
Little Raven was formed in 2014 by singer/songwriter Rafael Green, bassist Keenan-Keaton Payne and drummer Kyle Edmonston. All three are Berklee College of Music alumni ‘13. All coming from different locations — Rafael from Europe and Tuscon, AZ, Keenan from Los Angeles, CA, and Kyle from Atlanta, GA — the three of them wanted to create music in Nashville, TN, that breaks traditional molds in genres and engages active listeners wanting to move. After graduating from Berklee, Rafael moved to Nashville to collaborate on a new project with college friend Keenan and they began practicing material late at night in Keenan’s room between indie horror film marathons and long fire pit talks. They then found Kyle who was hooked after hearing their demos. Within weeks he was ferried down country roads, over the lush green hills and past the galloping horses to Little Raven’s first rehearsal (like poetry), during which Kyle stomped the floor with his Chuck Taylors in lieu of a kick pedal (thus the nickname Thunderfoot…but don’t call him that, he hates that). The three quickly bonded over their shared influences of Radiohead, The Mars Volta, Incubus, Jeff Buckley, and music that induces existential self-reflection.