Acacia Sears

Acacia Sears


Singer-songwriter whose influences include Dar Williams, Mazzy Star, Aimee Mann, Ben Gibbard, Lisa Loeb, and Ani Difranco.


Like many urban metropolises, the streets of Baltimore City are lined with smoke-filled bars packed with noisy drunks who are more interested in the drink specials than the band they paid to see. Until Acacia Sears starts her set, they will keep shouting to each other about the new indie dance party in the neighboring city of Washington, D.C., or the latest raspberry stout from the local microbrewery. Once the microphone picks up the hypnotic tones of Acacia's voice, the conversation comes to a grinding halt.

Acacia Sears taught herself to play guitar at the age of 14, and was awing people at open mics and solo gigs by the time she was 16. From local coffee shops to crowded bars, the outcome is always the same. People stop what they're doing to listen to the melodic poetry of her songs.

She sings to universal topics, from frustration with dishonesty of humans to love that can never truly be requited, and her music grabs the listener's attention in all the right ways. Drawing her inspiration from artists like folk legend Ani Difranco and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Acacia tells the first chapter of her story in her debut album, Dialtones.


Dialtones, 2007, Sleepy Records.