Midas Whale

Midas Whale

Los Angeles, California, USA

Midas Whale is the popular folk duo who gained national recognition and overwhelming support on NBC's hit show, The Voice. The duo released their debut album, Sugar House, on Feb 11, 2014. The album blends the rough and dirty sounds of early Western music with the pure bright harmonies of folk music. All original songs were written and arranged by Ryan Hayes and Jon Peter Lewis.

Contact: Judy Lieber judylieber@gmail



Musicians Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes met during an open mic in 2009 and immediately began to collaborate. In 2010 Hayes and Lewis launched a folk rock opera, Deep Love. The stage show opened in Idaho to packed theaters and rave reviews.  Looking for more opportunities to perform, Lewis and Hayes went on to form the popular folk duo, Midas Whale.

Influenced by Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers and Van Morrison, Lewis and Hayes auditioned for NBC's hit show The Voice. Auditioning with "Folsom Prison Blues" the duo received the coveted 4-chair turn by Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira. Levine was impressed with Lewis and Hayes saying, "You guys are one of the more charming, talented duos I have ever seen perform. That's the truth." Midas Whale was praised throughout the season for their superb harmonies, energy and humor.

Following the duo's performances on The Voice, Midas Whale began work on their debut album and released their first original music video,"Howling at the Moon" with a live recording. 

On May 5, 2013, Midas Whale launched a successful Kickstarter Campaign to fund their independent record. Thanks to their enthusiastic fans, the campaign funded over 100% in just weeks.

On Feb 3, 2014 Lewis and Hayes released a live recording of their stage show, Deep Love. The twenty-three track album is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Midas Whale released their debut album on February 11, 2014.  Sugar House is a blend of rough and dirty sounds of early Western music with the pure bright harmonies of folk music.  Ryan Hayes describes the album as a "sonic adventure through the American West."  All original songs were written and arranged by Ryan Hayes and Jon Peter Lewis.  The self-released record was produced by Stuart Maxfield and is the first full-length album for Midas Whale.

About Jon Peter Lewis

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska Jon Peter Lewis is a celebrated musician also known as a top ten finalist in season three of American Idol. Following his successful run on Idol and a twenty five city tour, Lewis released three solo albums including Break The Silence, which received the "Critic's Choice" review from Billboard Magazine. 

About Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes, a Colville, Washington native, began writing music in his early teens. Following a career as a professional geologist, he went on to pen Deep Love, A Ghostly Folk Opera with friend and musician, Garrett Sherwood. In 2010, Jon Lewis joined the Deep Love team to help develop and co-produce the stage show. From its humble beginnings in Jon's living room, Deep Love has grown into an multi-city, theatrical production garnering overwhelming support and praise.

Contact: Judy Lieber judylieber@gmail.com