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Sep
14
Western Avenue @ Port Hope Fall Fair

Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

Sep
07
Western Avenue @ Private Function

Cold Springs, Ontario, Canada

Cold Springs, Ontario, Canada

Aug
17
Western Avenue @ Havelock Country Jamboree

Havelock, Ontario, Canada

Havelock, Ontario, Canada

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Über welch bezaubernde Stimme die WESTERN AVENUE-Sängerin Nikki English verfügt, zeigte sie bereits eindrucksvoll auf der Debütsingle „Highway Headin‘ Out Of Town“. Doch das war nur eine kleine Kostprobe ihres Könnens. Was wirklich in ihr und in den beiden Band-Mitgliedern Matt Williams und Keith Robertson steckt, ist erst auf dem enorm facettenreichen Albumdebüt zu hören. Kanadische Kritiker und Radio-Leute sind der Meinung, dass sich das Country-Trio (English ist übrigens mittlerweile mit Robertson verheiratet) neben bereits so bekannten Gruppen wie Lady A., Little Big Town und The Band Perry behaupten können. Mit der selbstbetitelten CD, die mit perfektem Harmoniegesang und zeitgemäßem Sound besticht, katapultieren sich die Drei jedenfalls gleich in die Topriege der aktuell erfolgreichen Country-Pop-Künstler. - Country Jukebox - Germany


Live Performance on CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario - CHCH-TV


Music creates deep feelings within all of us. It stirs emotions and memories of the past, and stokes the fire of dreams and desires for the future. Sometimes music culminates in creating not just a song, but a story. In the case of Western Avenue, that story is an epic two-sided tale of a talented trio headed for stardom, interwoven with the tale of two people within that trio who have created their own love story through the support and drive of the world of music.

Western Avenue, and the life of this driven new country group, has been the main focus for members Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams, who have been together since 2007. Introduced by fellow Country artist Tara Lyn Hart, Robertson and Williams were hired as back-up musicians for English, and that’s how it all began. “As soon as we started jamming, it was evident we should keep doing it. The way that our voices blended together when we started singing – just the three part harmony – we could tell we were on to something special,” says English.

Now married for two years, English and Robertson enjoy the extra time they get to spend together as a couple, and English adds that the support of her husband as well as trio bandmate Matt Williams has helped her break out of her shell. The initial catalyst in English’s decision to pursue music fully-fledged was the passing of her father in 2001. He had often musically inspired her and encouraged her to pursue her dream.

“That’s what he always wanted me to do, and I wanted to do, but I was such a wimp. It gave me confidence to do it in his memory. It’s been a challenge because I’ve always been shy, but I’ve been developing that over the years – breaking out of my shell.” explains English.

Their Debut Single ‘Highway Heading Out Of Town’ received some extensive local press when its iTunes release garnered them a spot on the top 100 downloads chart for Canada. Its reception at radio was warm; a clear indication that their hard work, dedication and passion for their craft has been paying off! Following up on that success, on January 14th they released their new single, ‘This I Promise You’ and it’s destined to see even more chart action. In fact, their February 1st release party for the new single sold out Victoria Hall in Cobourg (capacity 260) in record time! And if that wasn’t enough buzz, they also embark on a radio tour of Ontario on March 4th. Listen for them on your local station, and watch for their brand new ‘This I Promise You’ video. Western Avenue has smooth harmonies, slick production and a high impact live show. They’re sure to carry your soul right out of town with one of their sweet songs!

Their debut self-titled EP is now available on iTunes, so check out Western Avenue today – you won’t be disappointed! - Country Music Association of Ontario


Atlantic Seabreeze just received a new CD from Deborah Wood Publicity & Management, by Western Avenue (Self-titled), a contemporary country music trio band from Ontario.
Lady Antebellum move over as this new band Western Avenue is heading out on a journey following their dreams. They are winning audiences with their new original music.

They released a single entitled, Highway Headin' out of Town to Canadian radio in July 2012 and the band is riding high ever since. This album with 7 songs was just released in 2013, and wow its just what was expected from the band, awesome says Atlantic Seabreeze.

The trio is made up of; Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams. Nikki and Keith are married and live in Peterborough, Ont. while Matt is from Cobourg. The trio were together since 2007 and gained much experience with other forms of music before they stuck with country music, and it was a great choice.

Their sound and music is well-blended with the group, and they sound much like Lady Antebellum. The single included on the album, Highway Headin' Out of Town, couldn't be more perfectly suited for the band. Here are the 7 song titles:

This I Promise You - Wherever You Are

Highway Headin' Out of Town - Without Saying Bye

Heaven Bound - What My Heart Had In Mind

Wherever You Are (Acoustic)

By going to their website, one can view and hear one of their songs and judge for yourself how good they are. Atlantic Seabreeze gives this album a 5+ star rating out of 5 stars on its rating list.

For more information regarding the trio and their music, check their website, address posted above. - Atlantic Seabreeze


COBOURG - Friday night was a celebration for contemporary country music band Western Avenue and the culmination of months of hard work on their first EP album.

More than 250 fans packed the concert hall at Victoria Hall in Cobourg for a full concert by Western Avenue, which performed the six original songs mixed in with other musical favourites, as part of their self-titled CD release party. The event sold out in three days when the tickets went on sale back in January. The band members are Cobourg’s Matt Williams and Peterborough’s Nikki English and Keith Robertson (a Colborne native).

“Putting this together we decided either between Peterborough or Cobourg and we were like ‘the support down here has been remarkable and why not do it at Victoria Hall?” Williams said.

Those in attendance certainly approved of the new tunes with the greatest reactions received for the first two singles — Highway Headin’ Out of Town, which was released to radio last summer, and the newest, This I Promise You. The other new songs — Wherever You Are, Without Saying Bye, Heaven Bound and What My Heart Had in Mind, also received great applause and are certain to become fan favourites as well.

“We were completely overwhelmed and blown away (by the reaction),” Williams said.

Before Western Avenue took to the stage, the band’s new music video for This I Promise You was shown on a screen set up beside the stage. The video has been sent to CMT for air-play consideration and is also available now on YouTube.

Recorded at Newcomb Studios in Harwood, the seven-song EP (there is a bonus acoustic version of one of the tracks) is now available on iTunes.

“It’s pretty remarkable,” Williams said. “It’s taken a lot of effort and work to get here, but we’re excited.”

“I can’t believe it’s finally here after all that work,” English added

Before deciding to record the six songs, Western Avenue originally headed into the studio just to record Highway Headin’ Out of Town in April. They finished the album in November.

“It’s been a long process, but well worth it,” Williams said. “We made sure we took our time with it.”

As songwriters, narrowing down their material to just six tunes to record was challenging.

“We’ve got a lot of songs so we picked the ones that suit us best,” Robertson said.

Starting in early March, Western Avenue will head out on a radio tour across Ontario with publicist Debbie Wood. The tour will begin in Owen Sound and wind up in Kingston.

“That will be a good way to promote ourselves,” Williams said.

They had great success with country radio picking up their first single and This I Promise You looks to be on a similar track. So far it’s reaching beyond Canada.

“With this new single, it’s been played all over the world, which is pretty cool. I never thought I would be played in Japan,” English said. And in “Australia, the Netherlands, France,” the band members all continued in unison.

Of course, iTunes has helped the band reach a more global audience.

“I think it’s really cool that you can put your songs out there for the whole world,” English added.

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- Jeff Gard, Northumberland Today


COBOURG - Friday night was a celebration for contemporary country music band Western Avenue and the culmination of months of hard work on their first EP album.

More than 250 fans packed the concert hall at Victoria Hall in Cobourg for a full concert by Western Avenue, which performed the six original songs mixed in with other musical favourites, as part of their self-titled CD release party. The event sold out in three days when the tickets went on sale back in January. The band members are Cobourg’s Matt Williams and Peterborough’s Nikki English and Keith Robertson (a Colborne native).

“Putting this together we decided either between Peterborough or Cobourg and we were like ‘the support down here has been remarkable and why not do it at Victoria Hall?” Williams said.

Those in attendance certainly approved of the new tunes with the greatest reactions received for the first two singles — Highway Headin’ Out of Town, which was released to radio last summer, and the newest, This I Promise You. The other new songs — Wherever You Are, Without Saying Bye, Heaven Bound and What My Heart Had in Mind, also received great applause and are certain to become fan favourites as well.

“We were completely overwhelmed and blown away (by the reaction),” Williams said.

Before Western Avenue took to the stage, the band’s new music video for This I Promise You was shown on a screen set up beside the stage. The video has been sent to CMT for air-play consideration and is also available now on YouTube.

Recorded at Newcomb Studios in Harwood, the seven-song EP (there is a bonus acoustic version of one of the tracks) is now available on iTunes.

“It’s pretty remarkable,” Williams said. “It’s taken a lot of effort and work to get here, but we’re excited.”

“I can’t believe it’s finally here after all that work,” English added

Before deciding to record the six songs, Western Avenue originally headed into the studio just to record Highway Headin’ Out of Town in April. They finished the album in November.

“It’s been a long process, but well worth it,” Williams said. “We made sure we took our time with it.”

As songwriters, narrowing down their material to just six tunes to record was challenging.

“We’ve got a lot of songs so we picked the ones that suit us best,” Robertson said.

Starting in early March, Western Avenue will head out on a radio tour across Ontario with publicist Debbie Wood. The tour will begin in Owen Sound and wind up in Kingston.

“That will be a good way to promote ourselves,” Williams said.

They had great success with country radio picking up their first single and This I Promise You looks to be on a similar track. So far it’s reaching beyond Canada.

“With this new single, it’s been played all over the world, which is pretty cool. I never thought I would be played in Japan,” English said. And in “Australia, the Netherlands, France,” the band members all continued in unison.

Of course, iTunes has helped the band reach a more global audience.

“I think it’s really cool that you can put your songs out there for the whole world,” English added.

jeff.gard@sunmedia.ca

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- Jeff Gard, Northumberland Today


Take a little bit of Lady A., add some Little Big Town, stir some well-crafted songs into the mix add a generous amount of rich vocal blend and you have a great sounding band with a real shot at making their mark. Western Avenue, a trio from Central Ontario, has all those elements and more.

The trio, consisting of Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams have released their debut CD to the world and what a fine first effort it is! The six pack, (it has seven tracks but one is an acoustic version of Track #2 so it qualifies as a six pack) is an ear grabber from beginning to end.

Together since 2007, they met when Robertson and Williams were hired to back up English and as Williams says “As soon as we started jamming, it was evident we should keep doing it. The way that our voices blended together when we started singing, just the three-part harmony, we could tell we were on to something special.”

The three part harmonies are a key to the unique sound that is Western Avenue but the material is what will set them apart from the herd. All songs are originals by the three members and three of tracks are co-written with country songwriter Dave Woods.

The title track of the CD, ‘This I Promise You, is a nice mid-tempo positive tune, with an uplifting message, trade off vocals and well placed harmonies. This is followed by the true love proclamation of ‘Wherever You Are’, featuring the band’s signature three part harmonies. Next up, a tune that expresses the dream of small town kids growing up determined to take that ‘Highway Headin’ Out of Town’. Great vocals on this track.

‘Without Saying Bye’ is a deep moving song with some fine guitar work, great vocals and moving lyrics.’Heaven Bound’ is another lyric driven tune about hope and inspiration, again with great vocal performances. ‘What my Heart Had in Mind’ is an ode to true love coming true when the one you fall in love is with the one you picture and felt in your heart.

The closing track is an acoustic reprise of ‘Wherever You Are’, giving the listeners a glimpse of the songwriters version of the song.

Remember the name Western Avenue, I think you’ll be hearing a lot from them in the very near future and for a long time to come. Well done folks. - Cashbox Magazine Canada


COBOURG - As an exciting 2012 comes to a close for Western Avenue, the contemporary country band has a lot to look forward to in 2013 as well.

Western Avenue, which is Cobourg’s Matt Williams and Peterborough’s Nikki and Keith (a Colborne native) Robertson, released its first single, Highway Headin’ Out of Town, this past summer which helped grow their fan base.

“The reaction was overwhelming,” said Williams, noting the song reached No. 94 on the North American country iTunes chart and placed them alongside the likes of Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts.

‘Highway’ reached radio listeners across the country. Forty-eight radio stations picked up the single, not a bad feat for a relatively unknown band outside of local circles. One station in British Columbia placed the song into heavy rotation, meaning it was played 21 teams per week. ‘Highway’ was played in every province/territory other than Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

In addition, the band worked on its first EP album, which was completed in November and contains six songs plus a bonus acoustic track. On Monday they approved the final artwork and sent the album away for distribution.

This past Friday, the Western Avenue members experienced another ‘first’ as they filmed a professional music video for their second single, This I Promise You. The single is scheduled for release Jan. 14 with the video to follow soon after.

Filming of the video took place in Toronto.

“It was pretty amazing,” Williams said. “It was a full day of recording and going through each scene. We spent 45 minutes to an hour on each scene. We played along to the song and sang out loud so that it looked more authentic.”

Western Avenue recently signed with Deborah Wood Publicity and Management. Wood, who is local, has a roster that includes Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Michelle Wright.

Williams said the EP will be released in early February and a release party is expected to be held in Cobourg. In March, the band will embark on a radio tour through Ontario.

Williams said the band is grateful for the support locally, saying that it "feels like a community of support behind us."

jeff.gard@sunmedia.ca

twitter.com/NT_jgard - Northumberland Today


COBOURG - Western Avenue will be performing on Cobourg stages a few times during the next couple of months.

There's the Relay for Life event June 1 at St. Mary Secondary School and then the Canada Day festivities as part of the Cobourg Waterfront Festival.

First, though, Western Avenue will open a new event - Cobourg Music Experience - which runs this Saturday to Monday in town. They will perform Saturday, 1 p.m., at Victoria Park.

Guitarist Matt Williams said there was no hesitation on the part of Western Avenue to volunteer their time when they were asked to be a part of the event.

"Absolutely amazing," Williams said of the CME during an interview earlier this week. "It's going to be good for the town of Cobourg, I believe. It's going to bring people to the downtown businesses and it's supposed to be a nice weekend so having music in the park is going to be great."

Together since 2007, Western Avenue is comprised of Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Williams. English, who has some impressive chops, handles much of the vocals but the band has tremendous three-part harmonies as well, often compared to the likes of country band Lady Antebellum. Robertson and Williams can certainly sing as well.

Williams said the three "had instant chemistry" when they were first introduced. Williams and Robertson worked together at George's Guitars in town and met English through Canadian country music star Tara Lyn Hart, who used to live in this area.

One of the band's strengths, Williams said, is "just our commitment to getting better all the time.

"We're never satisfied with where we're at," he added.

Western Avenue is currently working on an EP album, which is expected to contain six or seven songs and be released by fall.

Their first single, a catchy tune (which Williams played during this interview for a sneak peak) called Highway Headin' Out of Town, is developing nicely in the recording process and could be out by the time the band performs Canada Day at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival.

Although most of their set at CME this Saturday will contain cover tunes, Western Avenue will also be performing some original material, such as Highway. Williams said spectators should expect more of an acoustic set Saturday.

"We try to never do the same set list twice," Williams said.

Not only that, Western Avenue is aiming to become even more diverse. Already performing plenty of country, rock and 80s acoustic material, Williams said the band is adding more Top 40 hits to their repertoire. The EP, for example, will have more of a pop country sound.

They have been recording at Newcomb Studios in Harwood and have also hooked up with world-renowned Nashville Demo Studio.

Already with a three-song demo (recorded in 2008) to their credit, Western Avenue recently re-evaluated their goals.

"We just decided that we really wanted to come out with an album," Williams said. "We do mostly covers (while performing), but we try to sprinkle in our original songs too and they seem to go over extremely well."

While many of their shows are held in the Peterborough area, the band enjoys performing in this region as well. Williams is from Cobourg while his bandmates live in Peterborough, although Robertson is originally from Colborne.

Some hockey fans might already be familiar with Western Avenue as the band performed during a few Cobourg Cougars junior A games this past season.

"That was a new experience, but amazing," Williams said. "We had a lot of fun."

Western Avenue is looking forward to Relay for Life, the popular annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

"That's something that we are very passionate about is giving back," Williams said.

They also enjoy performing private shows, including weddings, as well as festivals.

For the Cobourg Music Experience, in addition to a number of acts playing down at Victoria Park at no cost to spectators, there will also be live music in participating restaurants as part of Savoury Celebrations as well as a ticketed event Saturday night at the Market Building.

That show at the Market Building (located behind Victoria Hall) will be headlined by The Straight Faces, a band that emerged from auditions as the winning entry. The prize for winning included being the feature act at the CME ticketed event, an additional performing slot during the summer, as well as studio time at Newcomb Studios.

Six restaurants - Limestone Steakhouse & Bar, Starlight Restaurant, The Woodland Inn, The Oasis Bar & Grill, The Cat & The Fiddle and Dazies - are participating in Savoury Celebrations from now until May 21, offering a three-course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert) for $35 as well as live music.

Check out www.cobourgtourism.ca for menus and music performer schedules for each restaurant.

"Hopefully everyone comes out and supports local music and businesses," Williams said. "Kudos to the organizers of the event for bringing this to Cobo - Northumberland Today


COBOURG - Western Avenue will be performing on Cobourg stages a few times during the next couple of months.

There's the Relay for Life event June 1 at St. Mary Secondary School and then the Canada Day festivities as part of the Cobourg Waterfront Festival.

First, though, Western Avenue will open a new event - Cobourg Music Experience - which runs this Saturday to Monday in town. They will perform Saturday, 1 p.m., at Victoria Park.

Guitarist Matt Williams said there was no hesitation on the part of Western Avenue to volunteer their time when they were asked to be a part of the event.

"Absolutely amazing," Williams said of the CME during an interview earlier this week. "It's going to be good for the town of Cobourg, I believe. It's going to bring people to the downtown businesses and it's supposed to be a nice weekend so having music in the park is going to be great."

Together since 2007, Western Avenue is comprised of Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Williams. English, who has some impressive chops, handles much of the vocals but the band has tremendous three-part harmonies as well, often compared to the likes of country band Lady Antebellum. Robertson and Williams can certainly sing as well.

Williams said the three "had instant chemistry" when they were first introduced. Williams and Robertson worked together at George's Guitars in town and met English through Canadian country music star Tara Lyn Hart, who used to live in this area.

One of the band's strengths, Williams said, is "just our commitment to getting better all the time.

"We're never satisfied with where we're at," he added.

Western Avenue is currently working on an EP album, which is expected to contain six or seven songs and be released by fall.

Their first single, a catchy tune (which Williams played during this interview for a sneak peak) called Highway Headin' Out of Town, is developing nicely in the recording process and could be out by the time the band performs Canada Day at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival.

Although most of their set at CME this Saturday will contain cover tunes, Western Avenue will also be performing some original material, such as Highway. Williams said spectators should expect more of an acoustic set Saturday.

"We try to never do the same set list twice," Williams said.

Not only that, Western Avenue is aiming to become even more diverse. Already performing plenty of country, rock and 80s acoustic material, Williams said the band is adding more Top 40 hits to their repertoire. The EP, for example, will have more of a pop country sound.

They have been recording at Newcomb Studios in Harwood and have also hooked up with world-renowned Nashville Demo Studio.

Already with a three-song demo (recorded in 2008) to their credit, Western Avenue recently re-evaluated their goals.

"We just decided that we really wanted to come out with an album," Williams said. "We do mostly covers (while performing), but we try to sprinkle in our original songs too and they seem to go over extremely well."

While many of their shows are held in the Peterborough area, the band enjoys performing in this region as well. Williams is from Cobourg while his bandmates live in Peterborough, although Robertson is originally from Colborne.

Some hockey fans might already be familiar with Western Avenue as the band performed during a few Cobourg Cougars junior A games this past season.

"That was a new experience, but amazing," Williams said. "We had a lot of fun."

Western Avenue is looking forward to Relay for Life, the popular annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

"That's something that we are very passionate about is giving back," Williams said.

They also enjoy performing private shows, including weddings, as well as festivals.

For the Cobourg Music Experience, in addition to a number of acts playing down at Victoria Park at no cost to spectators, there will also be live music in participating restaurants as part of Savoury Celebrations as well as a ticketed event Saturday night at the Market Building.

That show at the Market Building (located behind Victoria Hall) will be headlined by The Straight Faces, a band that emerged from auditions as the winning entry. The prize for winning included being the feature act at the CME ticketed event, an additional performing slot during the summer, as well as studio time at Newcomb Studios.

Six restaurants - Limestone Steakhouse & Bar, Starlight Restaurant, The Woodland Inn, The Oasis Bar & Grill, The Cat & The Fiddle and Dazies - are participating in Savoury Celebrations from now until May 21, offering a three-course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert) for $35 as well as live music.

Check out www.cobourgtourism.ca for menus and music performer schedules for each restaurant.

"Hopefully everyone comes out and supports local music and businesses," Williams said. "Kudos to the organizers of the event for bringing this to Cobo - Northumberland Today


“Springdale LEA makes music breakthrough Western Avenue song to be played on radio stations nationwide today July 3, 2012 -- Deron Hamel Springdale Country Manor life enrichment aide Nikki English and her musical partner and husband Keith Robertson, who are in the country-western trio Western Avenue, are getting ready to have their new single played on country stations nationwide, and the team at the Peterborough County long-term care home couldn’t be happier. Western Avenue, which also features guitarist Matt Williams, perform for Springdale residents at the home’s monthly birthday parties. They have been playing together since 2007. When word got out that their single, “Highway Headin’ Out of Town,” had made a breakthrough, life enrichment co-ordinator Candice Stewart called the OMNIway to help spread the word. The song made its debut on 131 country radio stations starting yesterday (July 2). Western Avenue will also be releasing their debut album in September. ” - Omni News - Deron Hamel


Discography

1st Single: Highway Headin' Out Of Town

Current Single: This I Promise You

EP Released: February 5th 2013

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Bio

Music creates deep feelings within all of us. It stirs emotions and memories of the past, and stokes the fire of dreams and desires for the future. Sometimes music culminates in creating not just a song, but a story. In the case of Western Avenue, that story is an epic two-sided tale of a talented trio headed for stardom, interwoven with the tale of two people within that trio who have created their own love story through the support and drive of the world of music.

Western Avenue, and the life of this driven new country group, has been the main focus for members Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams, who have been together since 2007. Introduced by fellow Country artist Tara Lyn Hart, Robertson and Williams were hired as back-up musicians for English, and that’s how it all began. “As soon as we started jamming, it was evident we should keep doing it. The way that our voices blended together when we started singing – just the three part harmony – we could tell we were on to something special,” says English.

Now married for two years, English and Robertson enjoy the extra time they get to spend together as a couple, and English adds that the support of her husband as well as trio bandmate Matt Williams has helped her break out of her shell. The initial catalyst in English’s decision to pursue music fully-fledged was the passing of her father in 2001. He had often musically inspired her and encouraged her to pursue her dream.

“That’s what he always wanted me to do, and I wanted to do, but I was such a wimp. It gave me confidence to do it in his memory. It’s been a challenge because I’ve always been shy, but I’ve been developing that over the years – breaking out of my shell.” explains English.

Their Debut Single ‘Highway Heading Out Of Town’ received some extensive local press when its iTunes release garnered them a spot on the top 100 downloads chart for Canada. Its reception at radio was warm; a clear indication that their hard work, dedication and passion for their craft has been paying off! Following up on that success, on January 14th they released their new single, ‘This I Promise You’ and it’s destined to see even more chart action. In fact, their February 1st release party for the new single sold out Victoria Hall in Cobourg (capacity 260) in record time! And if that wasn’t enough buzz, they also embark on a radio tour of Ontario on March 4th. Listen for them on your local station, and watch for their brand new ‘This I Promise You’ video. Western Avenue has smooth harmonies, slick production and a high impact live show. They’re sure to carry your soul right out of town with one of their sweet songs!

Their debut self-titled EP is now available on iTunes, so check out Western Avenue today – you won’t be disappointed!

Author: Cadence Grace