Take a little John Mayer, mix in a little John Legend and you have singer/songwriter Aryk Crowder. Based out of Chicago, Aryk injects soul into pop rock melodies and pours himself into every song. He can be available as a solo, duo, or full band.
Whether you want to keep it relaxing for your small, private event, or turn up the energy for your big party, Aryk has you covered with a set list of favorites that everyone loves to groove to.
What to Expect
Aryk presents a multi layered performance when playing solo. He can accompany himself by looping beats, bass lines and melodies (see the video for "What You Want" to see it in action). Crowds love the full sound presented by his solo performances.
When playing with his full band, Aryk and his crew bring a chemistry to the stage that keeps the crowd engaged and wanting more.
Long before the first volume of his 2x4 EP series, everything about Chicago R&B/soul sensation Aryk Crowder has been about building a sturdy, tangible structure on which his unique vision can thrive. From his early four-track recordings in a studio apartment to recent grass-roots efforts in crowd-sourcing and charity work to the hand-stamped artwork and distribution of 2x4, it's all innovative, creative and certainly DIY, but Crowder's ethic also hearkens back to a time before DIY was hip or underground. With his own two hands, Crowder isn't building walls in order to stand-out, so much as bridges.
After months of perfecting his demo in the late 00's, Crowder began his quest for success in the heart of Chicago. The city’s local music scene eagerly opened its arms to its newest musician. Soon after arriving, he had booked live performances at some of the city’s most prominent venues, many of which he continues to be requested back to, such as the House of Blues, Reggie's, Hard Rock Cafe, Subterranean, Martyrs' and Uncommon Ground. Whether solo or joined by his infections live band, Crowder has wow'd audiences as an opener for New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight and singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, as well as at a sold-out, debut appearance at Angels & Kings (owned by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz). Crowder has also racked up several stunning live on-air performances on WGN 720AM, WBEZ 91.5FM, Vocalo 90.7FM and Fearless Radio, reaching worldwide audiences listening over the internet.
Through a slew of engaging, independent releases (including 2010's Ready, Set... EP and 2012's Over Getting Over), Crowder has once again topped himself with the 2x4 series, with Volume II expected late 2015. Accompanied by lush strings, pristine finger snaps and subtle, heartbeat-like percussion, Crowder is at home on Volume I, keeping things at a mild boil musically, while letting his romantic side genuinely runneth over. Though comparisons to Jeff Buckley, John Mayer or Ben Harper aren't unwarranted, Crowder sports more love for true soul music than any of the above, as evidenced through the rustic tones of acoustic plucks. Though the focus is on Crowder's expert vocals and masterful guitar work, this project is rounded out by hefty contributions from Sidewalk Chalk members Charlie Coffeen and Tyler Berg (co-production/keys and drums, respectively), mixer Chris Harden of IV Lab Studios (who has worked with Plain White T's and Hard Working Americans) and Boiler Room master person Colin Jordan, responsible for assisting a who's who of Chicago hip-hop talent over the years, such as Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Twista.
Crowder's connections to his fans and his city are far from done when the final note is sung or the last instrument cable is wrapped up for the night. He's bringing human emotion (and handmade keepsakes in which to collect them) back in an age of a point-and-click music industry.
Additional Booking Notes
Aryk can provide sound equipment to cover himself or a small acoustic trio for up to 150 people.
For full band performances, please inquire.
Aryk's Set can include, but isn't not limited to
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Contact High - Allen Stone
Best of Me - Anthony Hamilton
XO - Beyonce
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
No Diggitty - Blackstreet
Brown Sugar - D'Angelo
Hold on We're Going Home - Drake
Don't Let Go - EnVogue
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Pumped up Kicks - Foster the People
Killing Me Softly - Fugees
Lifting Me Higher - Jackie Wilson
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Real Good Thing - Marc Broussard
Sex & Candy - Marcy Playground
Let Me Love You - Mario
What's Goin On - Marvin Gaye
The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne
Human Nature - Michael Jackson
Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
PYT - Michael Jackson
Sexy Love - NeYo
Sweetest Drug - NeYO
Sitting On The Dock - Otis Redding
I could never take the place - Prince
rasberry beret - Prince
how come you don't call me - Prince
little red corvette - Prince
I wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
1999 - Prince
Ignition - R.Kelly
Beast of Burden - Roling Stones
Crazy - Seal
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Last Dance w/Maryjane - Tom Petty
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
No Such Thing - John Mayer
If You Ever Wanna Be in Love - James Bay
Sara Smile - Hall & Oates
Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
Influences & Inspiration
John Mayer, John Legend, Maxwell, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, Van Hunt, Anthony Hamilton, Prince, Mayer Hawthorne, Bill Withers, 90's soul/r&b
Aryk can provide sound equipment ample for a solo performance of 50-100 people. Please note that other equipment needed can differ based on the logistics of the performance. Please inquire