Born in Illinois and raised in Indiana, IVORY BLUE's journey truly began when they were given up for adoption at the tender age of four. After going through multiple foster homes, they were finally adopted into a family five years later but were unable to settle. Feeling forced to run away, IVORY BLUE left home at the age of fifteen and has been travelling ever since.
A free spirit and confessed vagabond, IVORY BLUE started writing music at the age of fourteen, creating a passionate fusion of full-bodied rock with a dash of pop hooks and a healthy dose of swagger, started performances in coffee shops and small venues. They immediately captured the hearts of young and old with ingeniously composed songs and powerful lyrics that are driven by painful life stories that relate to so many.
An Alternative Rock/Pop/singer/songwriter and producer, best known for their multi-genre style, IVORY BLUE began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics.
By 2013, Ivory was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP “Ready Get Set” was released in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017, when entering NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search to find fresh and promising rock artists. Over 1800 national bands entered to win. Ivory was among the top 5 local bands and won regional to move on to the top 5 national bands who battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room. Ivory Blue won over the judges, and became the grand prize winner! landing a one year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song 'Ready Get Set' from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s re-release of their 2018 'Ready Get Set' undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks.
For their new album, the highly anticipated ‘Compound Love’, IVORY BLUE has brought together all of their most affecting life stories and experiences, creating a brave, biographical release that tackles pain, anxiety, and rejection. Alongside familiar singles such as ‘Heavy’ and ‘Good Changes’, the new album shines a light on several original compositions, delivering a heartfelt, emotive sound that calls out to you with effortless acoustic tones and synth-laden pop hooks. On ‘Compound Heart’ and ‘It Must’ve Been Me’, IVORY BLUE delivers some of their most poetic and expressive lines, while elsewhere on ‘Bad Weather’ and ‘Tidal Waves’, there is a joyous, triumphant sound that rises from the ashes, proving that through all the hardships, there is new life to be found.
Speaking candidly of the new album, IVORY BLUE explained, “The songs on my album ‘Compound Love’ summarize life stories of what I’ve experienced throughout my life up until now. Living with the pain of anxiety caused by rejection, constant judgment from family and people I’ve met, but finding an inner peace of knowing these things don’t define me and that I’m stronger for standing tall in the light of all that’s happened.”
Set for release on the 25th of February 2022, ‘Compound Love’ promises to be one of the most pivotal and poignant releases of the year, delving deep into a world of human emotions and inner turmoil to create something of true power and promise.
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WHAT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SAYS
Desmond Child: “I love everything about you, you sing what you live, you’re fantastic” ... Musician, Songwriter and Producer.
Chris Lord-Alge: “Giving us the diamond in the rough we can only dream of, the foundation that’s built underneath it, that’s what music is made from. ... Engineer/Mixer.
”Steve Jones: “You got a lot of potential” ... Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on Cumulus rock KLOS (95.5) Los Angeles, CA, USA
Scott Borchetta: “You exude artistry from the minute you step on that stage” ... Big Machine Label Group president and CEO.
John Varvatos: “You’re a true artist” ... Fashion Designer and Record Label Head