WAZ

WAZ

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WAZ, Pete Yorn's original guitarist, just released The Secret EP mixed by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams).It debuted #13 on iTunes Folk Charts and his song Ordinary Girl is #3 on iTunes. He's been featured on Grey's Anatomy,Scrubs,Paste,Rolling Stone, The Hills, Men in Trees & is a 2009 SXSW act

Biography

WAZ has arrived at a place where his melodies flow about the room yet hold the listener still. As a confessional singer-songwriter, he writes, sings, and plays with a bellowing honesty. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, WAZ was heavily influenced
by his parent's record collection which included artists such as The Pretenders, ELO, & Neil Young. At the early age of 8, 10cc's song, "The Things We Do For Love" inspired WAZ to pick up his first guitar. After graduating college, WAZ packed up his car and drove west having no idea what the future held. Within a day of arriving in California, he got a call from his college buddy, Pete Yorn, to start a band. After three years of hard work and gigging in Los Angeles, Yorn signed a major deal with Columbia records. The boys picked up and went on road. It was the next three years where WAZ witnessed the emotional impact music had on people. “Playing shows night after night I was always surprised to see the raw and emotional connection people have with heartfelt music & lyrics.” It was this connection that inspired him to start writing his own songs. While struggling to make ends meet, WAZ relentlessly continued writing and developing his solo presence. He found a home at the Hotel Café where many of his contemporaries were also launching their careers. It was there that he was approached by Will Golden & Al Sgro, who mentioned that they were opening a studio in an old house in Hollywood. In between recording acts such as Gary Jules, Joe Purdy, & Meiko, Will & Al slowly started working on what would be WAZ's first full-length album.

On January 28th, 2008, WAZ released his debut full-length album, “The Sweet Bye and Bye”. He’s been featured on Rollingstone.com, MTV’s The Hills, ABC’s Wildfire & Men In Trees, Showtime’s Weeds Compilation, and in Paste Magazine. His song “Mine to Remember” peaked at #14 on iTunes Folk Charts. WAZ also launched an online cooking show called, “Come For the Music…Stay for the Food” where he not only teaches his fans how to cook but premieres his new songs.

Just six months after his debut release, WAZ has found himself with another collection of songs. “The Secret” EP mixed by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams) & produced by Will Golden. The Secret was released exclusively on iTunes on July 28th, 2008 & debuted at #13 on iTunes Folk Charts. "Ordinary Girl" climbed to #3 on iTunes Top Song Folk chart. He was featured on Grey's Anatomy, iTunes Indie Singer-Songwriter compilation, Nikewomen.com, Eliza Magazine, Billboard and will be featured on Scrubs upcoming Season 8.

WAZ is an official 2009 SXSW act.

Discography

The Secret EP (Released on 7/28/08)
The Sweet Bye and Bye (Debut Full Length)

Ordinary Girl, Mine to Remember, Why Can't We, She's Gone, Home & Maria are in circulation on college & online radio stations

Set List

Mine to Remember
Why Can't We
Holding on
She's Gone
Ordinary Girl
Let You In
Maria
Out of Place
Home
Sleep in the Day
Covers:
Echo & the Bunnymen - Killing Moon
U2 - I Will Follow