Bearing Torches, a family band formed in late 2013, is comprised of Jon Ellison (vocals, guitar), his wife Jennifer Ellison (drums), his brother Joseph Ellison (guitar) & Ash Caywood (accordian).
Their energetic and emotional wall of sound that references the Phil Specter soul era quickly established them as a Kansas City fan favorite.
After only seven shows, Bearing Torches released a three song single featuring C'mon, Headlights and RadioMan and were well received by local and regional radio stations. They spent the summer of 2014 opening for regional and national acts before being persuaded by a major Nashville record executive to move south and make a full length record due out in 2015.
Critically well received and fiercely independent they are poised to be a fresh new voice in rock & roll's bright future.
“Bearing Torches is a brand-new band out of Kansas City, but it certainly doesn't sound that way. On the band's songs, lead singer Jon Ellison pushes his powerful, jagged-edged vocals to soaring heights, aided by the good company of driving guitar riffs and enthralling crescendos. There's something endearing and nostalgic about tracks like "Headlights" and "Radio Man," in which Ellison sounds every inch like the seen-better-days rock stars who undoubtedly inspired him. But there's quite a bit more to Bearing Torches than tribute chords and Bon Jovi-like swagger. Listening to the group's demos, you would never guess that the 29-year-old Ellison didn't hear his first rock song until he was 16, or that his past life included a long stint as a minister. Raised in a small town outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, as part of a strict sect of Baptists, Ellison never quite imagined that he'd get as far as being the ringleader in a rock-and roll-band, playing late shows at boozy clubs.” — Natalie Gallagher, The Pitch Kansas City, March 2014
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