The Timbre of Cedar
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The Timbre of Cedar

Detroit, MI | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Detroit, MI | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Indie


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The best kept secret in music


"The Timbre of Cedar's Journey to Restore the Light"

In a world of seemingly-overwhelming darkness, the key to overcoming this struggle lies in restoring the light. The Timbre of Cedar, an indie-rock group from the Metro Detroit area, works to restore that light through their soul-stirring music.

It all started with a simple love for music and a yearning for a sense of belonging in a lost world. In 2014, now wife and husband Marrissa Parham (lead vox, keys) and Sam Parham (bass, vox) planted the seeds for what would blossom to become The Timbre of Cedar. Along the way, it has grown to include Alex Rahill (guitar, vox), Eric Grzyb (drums), and Andrew Grzyb (guitar, vox), all priceless pieces on this band’s journey toward hope and redemption. Together, these five musicians bring to the stage a mystical force that reignites the soul and enlightens the future, calming any turmoil and reassuring some hope.

Given the opportunity to see them perform at The Ark in Ann Arbor, I can personally attest to the heartwarming sincerity and passion that this band pours into every note. Their faith is transcribed in every word Marrissa belts out with her simultaneously fragile and strong voice. It is this hope that radiates off the stage in the form of instrumental melodies or cinematic rock. Their music is a powerful driving force to get through life, to persevere in the face of fear, to fight and never give up. What comfort these musicians find in producing and performing this music, they successfully convey to their listeners as well. Even for the non-religious, The Timbre of Cedar is bound to inspire a self-reflection that can brighten any future.

So far, they have released a self-titled EP and a full-length album, Restoring the Light. They just finished a string of acoustic shows that, while lacking electric guitars and a drum set, electrified the audience nonetheless. The talent found in The Timbre of Cedar is amazing, but what is more amazing is their warm, kind personalities, their ability to keep their own heads up, and their power to use music to lift others’ heads up as well. Simply put: The Timbre of Cedar is amazing. - downinthepit


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Though its name evokes images of a land with towering trees, winding rivers, and vast lakes, The Timbre of Cedar is rooted in the burgeoning urban forest of Metro Detroit. Cutting through the peripheral noise of sonic and existential monotony, the five-piece musical collective crafts a refreshing brand of anthemic indie-rock, inspired and instilled with a transparency of the soul and a yearning for grace.

The band’s latest release, Restoring the Light, displays a collectively-written and creatively cohesive record with a refined sound, encapsulating the tension between reality and faith under a canopy of hope. Lead vocalist Marrissa Parham sings with stirring conviction and disarming sincerity while flourishing instrumentation swirls in a backdrop of cinematic indie-rock.

Beginning in 2014, The Timbre of Cedar grew organically from a simply-planted seed: a gift of studio time from Sam Parham (bass) to then-girlfriend Marrissa LeClair (lead vocals), now a married couple and the driving force behind the band. The musical project blossomed into tangible reality with the release of a self-titled EP and the addition of Alex Rahill on guitar and twin brothers Eric Grzyb on drums and Andrew Grzyb on guitar. Three years later the band is deep-rooted in their craft, toiling at the hearts of listeners to cultivate a sense of belonging and spread a message of hope.

The Timbre of Cedar has branched out to support acts like Brandon Heath, Aaron Gillespie, House of Heroes, Come Wind, Flint Eastwood, Sanctus Real, Mike Mains and Vesperteen. The band has performed at venues and festivals such as The Ark, The Blind Pig, 20 Front Street, Spring Arbor University, Wayne State University, Arts, Beats & Eats (MI), Riverlights Music Festival (IN), Big Ticket Festival (MI), and Icthus Music Festival (KY). The Timbre of Cedar’s song “Restoring the Light” is in regular rotation on in Spring Arbor and band has been featured on WYCE in Grand Rapids and live on WDIV-TV in Detroit.

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