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     Sometimes you hear a song that causes you to stand still and let it wash over you… This is most certainly one of them. I’m lucky enough to hear some great music and when this song was delivered to me I grabbed my headphones, only to find myself enveloped by what began as a gentle instrumental melody of guitar and Ty Nordstrom’s bass. Soft, almost sad. When the vocals began the first thing that came to my mind was that it sounded like I was listening to a hymnal. They were clear, full of feeling, caressing my heart if I’m honest. The beat of the drum, provided by Walter Lee, being introduced brought it up another notch. Each time I thought I grasped the feeling of the music, it changed and became something more than it had been until I was left with my eyes closed and a smile on my face. What began soft and sad became painfully beautiful. It wasn’t until the third time listening that I focused on the lyrics. “Most likely unwanted… Likely unwanted.. Tossed and discarded.. I will stay” This touches a place in me from times before. Times when love burned so bright for me but not for another. Of course, that’s my take. I never asked vocalist and guitarist, Micah Martin, his take because this song hit me so personally, I admit I wanted to keep my feeling of it separate from any reality. This is one of the very best songs I have heard in the last year and everyone I know that has heard it agrees. If this is just a sample of what The Crowning is doing, this is a band you must watch because they will be breaking out in the music scene like a flood! 


    Micah surprised me on this. I have heard their music and it was good, but this was mind blowing. So much that I asked permission to share it with some others I felt needed to hear it. This song has such a build to it. I can only imagine that the audience at their shows will stop moving as it plays and raise their eyes to the stage like masses at a pulpit. There is amazing stuff happening in Stroudsburg, Pa. if this is any indication. Even more amazing is that they only formed this past summer and these guys had only known each other for a month before they joined forces! They obviously knew what a good thing they had going on from the beginning. They have already hit the studio to have a self titled EP release coming out this year. The single, “Stay”, is the first of three releases I know of and I can’t wait to hear the others!


    The Crowning states some of their influences are Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zepplin, and the music certainly has a throwback feel to a time when music meant so much in the hearts of their fans. It touches something deep and meaningful. The extremely cool thing is that you are catching them from the start. In fact, their first live show is Saturday, September 9th for Bush Stock at Petrizzo’s in their hometown. This starts at 9 p.m. and you will be heading there once you hear this song. Stop by their page and hit that like button so you can watch these guys take the music scene by storm – https://www.facebook.com/crowningmusic/. The event listing for their first live show is https://www.facebook.com/events/769384223236414.


Most importantly… I leave you with the song… Enjoy.





Jana Lee Macheca

Jana Lee Macheca (aka Lady Jaye) is the owner and editor of First Angel Media as well as professional photographer and writer. Having worked in national and local levels of music media her goal is to provide professional coverage for bands of all levels.

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