Monte Pride is a folk singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, born and based in Lansing, Michigan. "Monte Pride is a Lansing-born, Lansing-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate & stirring vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. His new album "Hawthorne Morning Sound" was met with a sold-out release show at the Robin Theatre and much acclaim from local press. While he performs original material often, he also has a deep catalog of folk, pop, and rock covers from the 50's, 60's, and 70's, along with contemporary songs.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, French
Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based folk singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist. His rich tenor voice and accomplished fingerpicking make him sound older than his years, but the enthusiasm he brings to the music and performance is all youthful, impassioned energy. That energy and appreciation shine through in his writing, every phrase weaving and winding to form a complex array of song. Monte draws inspiration from long-time trailblazing musicians such as Paul Simon, Nick Drake, and Bob Dylan, as well as contemporary folk genre-benders like The Tallest Man On Earth, Bon Iver, and Frontier Ruckus.
After releasing two well-received EPs, Monte felt it was time to record his first full-length album. Working with engineer and producer Elan Dantus in his Ann Arbor studio, Monte chose twelve original songs to showcase his evolving songwriting talents and musical direction. Focusing on honest storytelling and vivid lyricism, his new release “Hawthorne Morning Sound” blends swelling cello, shimmering electric guitar, wistful lap steel riffs, lively banjo lines, and mellow acoustics with delicate, stirring vocals to bring songs of love, loss, and longing to life.
Monte has been performing in Michigan for the past four years, since he was a senior in high-school, growing a solid local and regional following. He has provided support for notable touring acts including The Cactus Blossoms, Rocky Votolato, Mutual Benefit, The Bones of JR Jones, and Florist, along with Michigan favorites like The Ragbirds, Watching for Foxes, The Soil & the Sun, Less is More, and The Rupple Brothers. Monte has performed frequently at Lansing venues like The Robin Theatre, The Loft, Mac’s Bar, and The Old Town General Store, among others, and has recently begun to venture outside of his local scene and grow within it, booking performances at The Ten Pound Fiddle (3/29/18, Lansing), Long Road Distillers (Grand Rapids), Plymouth Coffee Bean, and The Venue at 219 (Owosso). He has also played local and regional festivals including Farmfest, The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Pumpstock, Capital City Film Festival, Stoopfest, EastXEast Lansing, and Gypsy Goddess Festival (Chesaning).
In the fall of 2014 Monte recorded and released his first EP, “Hollows On High”, with John Beltran of Delsin Records. He followed this release with his second self-released EP, “The Soul Sender”, in the fall of 2015. November 2016 marked the release of his first full length album, “Hawthorne Morning Sound”. It was met with a sold out show at The Robin Theatre in Lansing (11/18/16). This performance also introduced cellist Benjy Joung as a part of Monte's live sound, adding a rich layer and creating a transcendent sonic atmosphere.
Additional Booking Notes
I have ample gear, and am prepared for all performance situations.
Original music, 60s / 70s folk, contemporary folk.
Simon & Garfunkel
The Tallest Man On Earth
The Avett Brothers
The Beach Boys
The Grateful Dead
Influences & Inspiration
Paul Simon, Nick Drake, The Tallest Man On Earth, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, 60s / 70s folk.