16 Feb Levon Signs With Sony Music’s Columbia Nashville & Epic Records
Sony Music’s Columbia Nashville and Epic Records have dually signed new country group Levon to a long-term recording agreement. Simultaneously, both label teams became aware of the band’s compelling song craft and harmonies, as well as their genre-transcending performance style and sound.
Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Illinois, native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a soaring five-octave range); Sumter, South Carolina’s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass, and percussion); and Camden, Tennessee, native Ryan Holladay (on guitar, mandolin, harmonies, and background vocals).
A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by their name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song, “Levon.” All in their twenties, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s “Laurel Canyon Sound” generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts.
Playing such Music City-area venues as Puckett’s in nearby Leiper’s Fork and gigging for tips outside Nashville fave, the Pancake Pantry, contributed to the early buzz on Levon. To date, the band has expanded its résumé to include festival dates and opening slots for such artists as Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Kelsea Ballerini, Alabama and many others.
Today on social media, the trio captured the excitement of their signing by sharing this performance.
Look for Levon to begin an extensive country radio promotional tour this spring in advance of the release of their debut single.
Visit Levon’s official website here.
Top Photo (L-R) are: (Front seated) Jim Catino, Levon members Ryan Holladay, Michael David Hall and Jake Singleton; and Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville; (back standing) Manager Randy Cohen, Cohen Entertainment; John Zarling, EVP, Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville; producer Jamie Houston, GB Productions; Paul Pontis, EVP, A&R, Epic Records; Shane Allen, Sr. VP, Promotion, Columbia Nashville; and, Ken Robold, EVP/COO, Sony Music Nashville. Photo credit: Alan Poizner