Ari Hest

Ari Hest

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Ari Hest, blessed with a rich and weathered baritone voice that can evoke Bruce Springsteen, and a soaring falsetto that brings to mind Jeff Buckley, is an accomplished artist with an exceptional ability to connect to listeners and live audiences in a way that few singer-songwriters can.

Biography

Many singer-songwriters toil for months on their Macs, trying to make a demo that sounds polished enough to score them a record deal with a major label. But Ari Hest has done the exact opposite, as he continues to defy the conventional route of a musician.

Already signed to a major, he opted out of his label deal so that he could have more control over his art. He then embarked on his ambitious ‘52’ project, during which he spent all of last year immersed in an unprecedented effort – to write, record, produce and release one new song per week, for 52 weeks in a row. Now, he will self-release his new studio CD, ‘Twelve Mondays,’ on March 10th. The album features reworked versions of 12 fan-selected songs, culled from the past year’s extraordinary output.

It’s a renegade path that reveals the ‘New Music Industry’ at its best, and allows Hest’s impressive work to find the audience he wants it to find. ‘Twelve Mondays’ showcases the diversity of Hest’s songwriting – from the haunting, minimasterpiece “Broken Voices” to the USA TODAY ‘Listen Up Music Pick’ “The Weight,” which was praised as a “poignant, acoustic reverie…” — From the wistful travelogue “Ride The Brake” to the radio-friendly “Dead End Driving,” it’s a remarkable mix that’s distinguished by the intelligence, nuance and range of Hest’s material. Add to that the fact that these songs were written amid the week-to-week gauntlet of ‘52’, and it’s all the more impressive.

Lyrics

So Slow

Written By: Ari Hest - BusyBackSoon Music (BMI)

Seven years since she drove this road
Seven years to see her life unfold
Only been doing what she’s been told
Little by little it is getting old

So slow, time is ticking when we don’t know
So slow, we’re only as fast as our minds can go

His body’s holding him prisoner
All the past is a cruel blur
Went in search of a familiar cure
Opened his door to a stranger’s voice
Felt he had no other choice

So slow, time is ticking when we don’t know
So slow, we’re only as fast as our minds go
We grow hard and weary as the years show
Blood flows, out of control, I gotta let go

I gotta let go

From here there is no going back

So slow, time is ticking when we don’t know
So slow, we’re only as fast as our minds go
So slow, time is ticking when we don’t know
Blood flows, out of control, I gotta let go
Blood flows out of control I gotta let go
Blood flows out of control I gotta let go

Discography

Twelve Mondays - (2009) independant
52 Peoject- (2008) 1 song per week for 1 year released to fans via subscription model.
The Break-In (2007) - Columbia Records
The Green Room Sessions (EP 2006) - Columbia Records
Guilty Hearts EP (2005) - Project 4 (self-released)
Someone To Tell (2004) - Columbia Records
Story After Story (2003) - Project 4 (self-released)
Come Home (2001) - Project 4 (self-released)
Incomplete EP (1999) - Project 4 (self-released)