Saints of Valory announced as opening act for Phillip Phillips

Updated 4 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

Marshall University Student Affairs and The Campus Activity Board presents singer-songwriter and American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, who will rock the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 7:30 PM.  Saints of Valory have just been added to the date as the supporting act.

Saints of Valory are a diverse bunch, with the four band members, Gavin Jasper (lead vocals, bass), Godfrey Thomson (guitar, vocals), Kenny Bozich (drums), Stephen Buckle (keyboards, vocals), growing up in three different continents — South America, Asia, and the U.S. — though they now call Austin, Texas, their home.

In November 2010, Saints of Valory self-released their first EP The Bright Lights, featuring an early version of “Providence,” which entered the Top 50 at Triple A radio, making them the only unsigned band in the upper reaches of the chart. In March 2012, they were chosen as one of Billboard’s top six unsigned bands nationwide. In May, they self-released their second EP, Kids, which broke into iTunes’ Top Rock Albums chart.

Saints of Valory are the type of band that craft dramatic, sweeping, arena-ready rock filled with elegant pop hooks, shimmering guitars, and emotionally genuine lyrics. Songs like the rhythmically charged “Kids,” “Long Time Coming,” and “Neon Eyes” (all of which appear on the band’s current EP Possibilities) are widescreen in scope, announcing the considerable ambition of these self-assured newcomers as they gear up for the release of Into The Deep, their debut album for F Stop/Atlantic Records.

In 2012, Phillip Phillips was crowned winner of the eleventh season of American Idol. His breakthrough single "Home" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and it was certified quintuple-platinum in the United States. His follow-up single "Gone, Gone, Gone" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for multiple weeks, and it was certified platinum. Phillips’s recently released sophomore album “Behind The Light” finds the 23-year-old Georgia native offering up songs marked by a more ambitious and refined sensibility, but still powered by the earthy authenticity that’s long shaped his sound. Lead single “Raging Fire,” is an epic and urgent love song that debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly earned raves for Phillips’s stirring vocal delivery and thrilling guitar work. The show is also sponsored City National Bank, Frontier Communications, WV Lottery, River Cities Anesthesia, Dr. Jeff and Mrs. Brooke Leaberry, M.L. Nichols, Inc., David & Kim Robinson, Oldies 97.1, KEE 100, WSAZ, HERALD-DISPATCH, and Marshall University. Ticket prices are $78.00/ $60.00.
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