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. Lewis and Hayes went on to form the popular folk duo, Midas Whale in 2012.

Influenced by Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers and Van Morrison, Lewis and Hayes auditioned for NBC's hit show The Voice in 2012. Auditioning with a folk version of "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, infectious 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.

Midas Whale released the debut album. Sugar House, on February 11, 2014.  The record 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 Hayes and Lewis. 

Prior to their success as a folk duo, in 2010 Hayes and Lewis launched a rock opera titled Deep Love. The stage was show opened first in Idaho to rave reviews and has since become a highly anticipated event selling out theaters throughout the country.  On Feb 3, 2014 Lewis and Hayes released a live recording of the rock show's 23 original songs.

In 2015 Deep Love was selected from hundreds of candidates by a grand jury of Tony Award-winning directors and producers to be one of ten featured musicals produced for the News Link Project of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (NMTF).

About Jon Peter Lewis

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska Jon Peter Lewis is a celebrated singer-songwriter who is also known for his successful run on American Idol as a finalist in season three. Before forming the folk duo Midas Whale, Lewis released three solo albums, including Break The Silence, which received the "Critic's Choice" review from Billboard Magazine. In 2010, Lewis joined the team of Deep Love as co-producer and director to help develop and launch the production nationwide. Lewis also stars in the stage show as lead character Old Bones.

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 write the rock opera,  Deep Love, in 2010 with friend and musician, Garrett Sherwood. From its humble beginnings in Jon Peter Lewis' living room, Deep Love has grown into an multi-city, theatrical production garnering overwhelming support and praise. Hayes formed the duo Midas Whale with Jon Peter Lewis in 2013.

Contact: Judy Lieber judylieber@gmail.com