Ivory Circle is an indie-alternative band from Denver, Colorado, started by singer-songwriter Connie Hong and producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Beeble. They are joined by Rob Spradling on drums/ percussion.
A former middle school choir teacher in a suburb of Aurora, Colorado, Hong used to write songs during her lunch breaks and play them for her students. She would eventually realize her passion was in creating and performing and left the public teaching field behind. Beeble, a longtime friend, joined the project after several song-writing and recording sessions and a mutually found musical vision.
With formal musical training in multiple genres under both of their belts, Hong and Beeble released the acoustic EP, “Entropy” in 2013 to positive reviews, leading to a featured song on a promotional spot for Showtime Network's The Affair, a featured song on VH1’s Couples Therapy, a spot in The Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase, as well as opening slots for acclaimed national acts such as Copeland, San Fermin, Son Lux, and Caroline Smith. Most recently, Ivory Circle made KTCL's Hometown For the Holidays top 11 in 2014, for their song "Faces and Colors."
Hong’s ability to translate personal experiences (like heartache, death, or exploration of faith) into relatable musical stories is accomplished with the help of Beeble in their full band arrangements. Spradling brings a unique technological element to Ivory Circle as a videographer and additional in-studio producer, and has designed and developed the light show programs for Ivory Circle’s live performances. Recognizing the relevance of maintaining a strong online and social media presence, Ivory Circle creates an intimate experience with their listeners around the world through their blog and social media outlets.
Ivory Circle creates a sound as unique as it is precise, electrifying and passionate, complete with lush strings, harmonic layers, and pulsing drumbeats, interwoven between the piano and vocal lines that give them their trademark sound. The combination of their intricate compositions juxtaposed with Hong’s vocal prowess make them comparable to notable musicians such as Florence+the Machine, Regina Spektor, and Kimbra. The first two EPs in their Triangle series, “Equilateral” and “Isosceles” are available on iTunes and Bandcamp. The third and final installement, “Scalene,” is due in 2016.
“Musically he felt like a long lost friend. We were always going to do a project together. We just needed time to know it.”
Falling in love with each other musically came first for the perfectly paired Dave Preston and Rachel James. Admiring each other’s musical works from afar, the two built very successful musical careers separately. After getting married, nothing made more sense than to try creating together. The two had already paired up, performing together in Rachel and the Kings. But when they started writing together they found a niche all their own somewhere between powerful vocal dynamics, orchestral guitar arrangements and lyrical detail. The two purposefully put on heartfelt and memorable shows and have incorporated that feeling into their new recordings.
Dave Preston’s musical background is as varied and impressive as his skill with a guitar. He has played with: Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris, Charlie Sexton, Kelly Clarkson, Ingrid Michaelson, Emerson Hart, Keaton Simons, Tony Lucca, One Eskimo, Trace Bundy, Tab Benoit, Gregory Alan Isakov. In addition he has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS Morning Show, Lopez Tonight, as well as a live performance/recording on “HOPE FOR HAITI NOW” with Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris. He has also been recognized internationally for his ambient guitar work through radio and other media outlets.
Rachel James has written songs for Tyler Ward, Jess Moskaluke, and other accomplished artists. She has won industry accolades as a songwriter, winning the Durango Songwriting Conference Country Song Category. Her band, Rachel and the Kings opened for Third Eye Blind, The Fray, ZZ Ward and many others. They worked with the award-winning, Don Was, after beating out 2500 other bands to win Ford’s Gimme the Gig II followed up by being named one of Clear Channel’s KTCL Top Bands in Colorado during the Hometown for the Holidays contest in 2012.
Dave and Rachel along with Noah Matthews (bass) and Joel Matthews (drums) have created music meant to take the listener on a journey, lyrically and musically. With no lack of experience under their belts, Dearling is ready to make a lasting impression on their fans in 2015. “Whether it’s an intimate show or an arena, our highest intention is to connect with our audience and to make an impact.”