Deep 6 Holiday
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Deep 6 Holiday

Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"MUSIC REVIEW; A Libretto via Ginsberg Captures a City's Spirit"

"The singers projected the music and texts ably. ...Tyler Azelton, a soprano, [was] particularly agile." - Allan Kozinn - The New York Times

""Awake at the Funeral" review"

They make a particularly exciting brand of alternative music; ... Azelton's singing is as ever spot on. ... 'Empty Casket' is a classic in the making, a soaring melody held in place by the vocal and a soul-searching lyric. This debut is one of the year's best and it deserves a large audience. - Luna Kafé

"Album review on "Mossip""

If you have a love for music that's haunting and atmospheric you'll find this to your taste. If you don't, give it a listen anyway, Tyler's voice is definitely one worth hearing at least once. - Andrea Guy, Mossip

"Album Review"

'Adventurous' would be a good description. So would 'diverse.' ... However you describe it or dissect it, one thing is certain. The unique creation that Deep 6 Holiday has given us is a winner. - Music Street Journal

"Album Review"

The album is lush with string and woodwind arrangements which build on a strong rock base. That is all topped off by singer Tyler Azelton's lovely and haunting voice. - Snob Music

"Album Review on Wildy's World"

Deep 6 Holiday is the most wonderfully enigmatic band I've had the honor to review in 2008, and Tyler Azelton might just have the best voice in popular music. - Wildy's World


Awake at the Funeral - entire album streaming from our website



"Deep 6 Holiday is the skinned-kneed orphan of the rock community who was raised by a pack of jazz musicians while spending too much time with its best friend's classical music family." Such is the response of singer/pianist/songwriter Tyler Azelton when asked to describe her Los Angeles-based rock band, Deep 6 Holiday. With its ethereal melodies, adventurous harmonies, and confessional lyrics, Deep 6 Holiday's songs chronicle a colorful and rocky journey that is as uplifting as it is terrifying. Upon listening to their debut album, "Awake at the Funeral", it is immediately evident that this is a band that has been to the dark sideÉ and lived to both tell the tale and learn a few lessons along the way.

Comprised primarily of Tyler Azelton on piano and voice, and John Graves on bass, Deep 6 Holiday's music tells the story of how its members fell in love, the immense hurdles they encountered along the way, and, ultimately, how they learned to embrace their imperfections and own their unique gifts as musicians and as people. This married couple had known each other since childhood, but it wasn't until Tyler moved back to Los Angeles in 2003 that they began working together musically. "I was living in a hallway in New York," she recalls. "My life was falling apart, so I moved back in with my parents to clean myself up." Their connection was intense, often finding them lost in conversation at 4 o'clock in the morning, listening to their favorite artists.

A performer since the age of 3, Tyler grew up on a colorful diet of classical music, jazz, musical theater and opera. It may seem peculiar that she would eventually be part of a rock band at all. "I didn't even listen to rock music until I left college," she remembers with a laugh. "As a kid I was secretly checking out Stravinsky and Bill Evans while my friends were making up dance moves to Paula Abdul." Tyler gravitated to musicians who challenged the status quo and asked a lot of their listeners and yet, despite her fascination with them, Tyler found herself strangely void of her own musical ambition by the time she turned 16. "I was depressed," she says. "I just felt that, in spite of everything I was doing musically, something was missing." Tyler began writing her own songs on the piano, and in time she began to feel better. She was finally expressing things in her life that were important to her: the need for self-acceptance, the search for ways to forgive others, the willingness to confront her fears. After years of songwriting, such themes continue to breathe life into her band's music. "I'm learning that loving myself means I have to face what scares me the most," she says. "Writing music is really just a way for me to finally look under the bed and describe the monster beneath... it's actually not that scary after all."

Hailed by The New York Times as a "particularly agile" vocalist, Tyler's vocal prowess has earned her gigs across the U.S., from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall in New York. She also sang on studio albums by Hour of the Shipwreck, Elodie Lauten, and Roy Zimmerman. As a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, she has sung on movie soundtracks including Click (starring Adam Sandler) and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water. You might even recognize her voice in movie trailers such as The Notorious Bettie Page (singing "Fever.")

Producer, arranger, and bassist John Graves also has the type of musical vision that continues to land him various gigs in Los Angeles. As a world-traveling bassist, he has performed in Alaska, South America and the Middle East. As a composer, he has lent his talents to several projects including Emmy award-winning Discovery Channel documentaries. John's work as an arranger and performer involves a staggering number of genres: pop, jazz, classical Arabic, gospel, hip-hop, Western swing, film music, and reggae. This deep well of experience informs both his playing on the album and his intricate, rich arrangements for strings, horns, and winds.

Deep 6 Holiday's kinetic connection is most apparent on their new album, "Awake at the Funeral": a genre-bending collection of songs that blend Tyler's dissonant harmonies and intimate lyrics with John's solid bass playing and lush string and wind arrangements. Joining them on the album are guitarist Ian Hattwick, drummer T.J. Troy, woodwind doubler Carol Chaikin, violist Claire Bergen and violinist Yvette Holzwarth.

The album is meant to mirror the ceremonial process of confronting death: the first and louder half of the album is the musical equivalent of a funeral while the second, softer half of the album signifies the wake. The title "Awake at the Funeral" is a play on words, but its meaning runs a little deeper. Tyler explains: "Like other people out there, I've had my heart broken--I've wrestled with my demons--but I've also had some really frightening experiences that made me wake up to reality in a way I neve