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Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric Guitar). The group hails from Nashville, mashing soul, rock & roll, and jam into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head... and feet.
From the East Coast to the West Coast, each member moved to Nashville to join Bader and Kelly one by one. The band originally began under the name Koa with bassist Ryan Ladd and saxophonist Alex Matthews. Percussionist Ryan McClanahan quickly joined adding a unique sound to the music. Finally, the band found drummer Dave Czuba to fuse Koa into Waker. Two years later, Waker welcomed Bobby Steinfeld to join to the band on keyboards as the 7th member of Waker.
The intention has always been clear, to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time, the band has already conquered festival stages at Bonnaroo, ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly, and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic, the Wailers, recorded a session for Audiotree Live, and headlined shows across the country.
Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring & writing. Before the summer of 2017, Waker released two singles, "Wake Me Up" & "Pike", both of which will be featured on their debut album due early in 2019.
Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.
Nashville-via-Boston-via-Richmond belter Emma Hern is taking her Nashville-approved blend of Americana, soul, pop, and a touch of glam wide with her self-titled debut EP. Taking cues from legends like Aretha and Bonnie Raitt and placing them in the age of Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift, Emma Hern is bridging the time gap with her retro rock-soul sound and on-stage electricity. After graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Emma moved to Nashville looking to expand her musicality. Her first months were spent absorbing all that Music City has to offer and bringing life to her creative vision. She wasted no time integrating herself into the local music scene. Within the first year, Emma played a long list of prestigious Nashville venues and showcases, capping it off with a slot at Pilgrimage Music Festival, which Rolling Stone named The “Festival to Watch.”
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