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Meet Reece Lyons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reece Lyons.

Reece, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I picked up the guitar at a young age in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. I fell in love immediately and realized the stories I had to tell came to me through music. As the years past and my love for music continued to grow, I had no doubt in my mind that music was exactly what I wanted to pursue. I was accepted into the conservatory college, the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in Los Angeles to obtain my bachelor’s degree and never looked back.

My first acoustic show playing at a dive bar for a group of 6 with nothing but my guitar and mic was both terrifying and exhilarating but I knew I was hooked. After getting the “first show jitters” out of the way, I started booking small acoustic shows around the valley until I could piece together a full band. After the band was formed, everything changed. The music completely grew outside its limited shell to what it is now. We started to play places on the Sunset strip such as The Roxy, The Viper Room, House of Blues, The Whisky A Go Go, The Study and more.

After playing plenty of shows on the strip we decided it was time to hit the road and we ended up booking our very own West Coast tour!

Today, the music, the lyrics and all-around art come so much easier and natural as music is not only a part of me but my life as a whole.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to success is rarely easy, especially in the music world yet the challenge and passion is what keeps me driven to succeed even further.

I think one of the biggest struggles is my need to be a perfectionist even though I know that music rarely calls for perfection but more expression. Finding the balance between the two can certainly be a struggle.

Another thing Ive come to learn about the struggles of an artist in L.A is that nobody is going to hold your hand. The amount of success you wish to obtain can only be made from the amount of work you put in. Rarely is luck a factor but hard work and dedication will take you as far as you take it.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
We are an Americana band. I am the singer/songwriter and I try to specialize in playing various styles while still staying true to the music. I am most proud of how far the band has come from the effort I have put into booking multiple shows myself to now being invited to play shows all around L.A. Another proud moment was when I received the confirmation email that my music had been accepted on all streaming platforms. That was one of my biggest goals and to have reached that in such a short amount of time was very exciting. I think one of the biggest things that set the band apart from others is the variety in the sets. I have written songs that range from Americana pop to indie acoustic, to blues rock and even a little bit of funk thrown in!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people that had shown their love and support throughout the years.

Shaun Greene, my best buddy and active manager took on the role without hesitation. He truly keeps me grounded, focused, goal orientated and is the perfect person to bounce ideas off of.

Ricardo Rosas has been my bass player since day 1. He is equally as passionate about the music as I am and is one of the greatest musicians I’ve been blessed to share the stage with.

Chelsea Kupitz is the female vocalist that joined my band a while ago and the very moment she joined in with her harmonies, the music completely blossomed and opened up for so many more opportunities to showcase what the music has to offer. Chelsea is also a big influence for where the melodies are placed in each and every song.

Andrew Grossman is a phenomenal sound engineer who has also helped develop and create some of our best work through his sheer dedication as a friend and incredible amount of talent.

Maire O’Connor is a very large reason for every bit of success I have come across. She knows more about the business aspect and marketing than I ever could. Her sheer dedication and determination to the success of the music is truly a blessing because I can then be able to focus on the writing and the art, while she takes the reins for every little thing behind the scenes that is equally important to the success.

My Mom and Dad are most definitely my biggest fans. The biggest reason I was given the opportunity to chase a dream whom very few do, has been from their unending support and undying dedication into my success. I truly owe it all to them.

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