The Indiana-based pop group Attaboy have been around since 2004 and over the years have recorded six albums. But it's only now, since signing with Radiate Music, that they're beginning to find an international fan base. Ryan Payne, lead singer of Attaboy says, "We wanted to create a record that would speak to a wide spectrum of human experiences. Some songs celebrate the joy, beauty and wonder of life. Others wrestle with loneliness and breaking away from the negativity and lies that can cripple our lives. Still others evoke determination and a call to trust God in everything, especially the things that are beyond our control. God has called us to an abundant life and one that is not for the faint of heart. It's full of highs and lows, joys and sorrows, love and loss. Life isn't meant to be lived in the confines of a risk-free existence striving for the absence of difficulty. To borrow a thought from C S Lewis, God is not safe, but he is good. Likewise, the abundant life is not tame, but it's also good."
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jon Hayes is a proudly Kalamazoo based singer-songwriter pulling heavily from beloved artists such as John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, and Jon Foreman. Jon started learning the guitar at 11 years old at an after school class and instinctively started writing his own songs as soon as he got a few chords underneath his fingers. He’s continued to grow and mature as a writer, singer, guitar player, and performer throughout his 16 year musical journey playing for churches, bands, college and finally his own self titled solo project. The project began in 2018 with his first single “Temporary” which pulled heavily from John Mayer’s “Continuum” style. A year later he released “Rest”, a song sharing the pain and hope birthed from his childhood sexual abuse and moving him closer to the acoustic-indie genre. Fast forward to 2021 and the first single of his upcoming record was released: “Nursery Lie”. This song became a fan and friend favorite earning 10,000 streams in its first 6 months and cementing Jon’s foundation as a tender singer-songwriter with intimate lyrics that inspire a sense of connection and familiarity with his listeners. Two more singles “Till This is Right” and “Nothing to Find” have released since then further exploring Jon’s various influences in the primary acoustic singer songwriter genre. Jon’s musical journey and his most recent releases are about to culminate with his first album: “Between You and Me,” releasing February, 2023 through direct distribution as well as Kalamazoo’s own Satellite Records store. This record was crafted recording wherever the artist could find opportunity: basements, offices, bedrooms and pulling together a team of talented friends to play the roles of session players, mixers and designers. A truly communal record, this album’s end process was funded by Jon’s friends, family, and supporters preordering nearly 50 copies of the record to see it finished. Jon invites you to enjoy these honest, near confessional songs and discover all the things that often need saying after that surrendered phrase: “Between you and me,”.
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