Drew Martin & the Limelights

Richmond, VA
For fans of:Parachute, Matt Wertz, Matt Nathanson, Steve Moakler, Ben Rector
“I’m tiger wild and blossom young,” belts singer, Drew Martin, in a soaring falsetto. The same words can be used to describe the acoustic-driven, pop rock sounds of Drew Martin & the Limelights. Formed in Richmond, Virginia in 2010, the band features longtime friends Drew Martin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jim Ivins (lead guitar, vocals), Stephen Stites (bass), and David Young (drums). The group’s first release is already making a splash on the East Coast. Written over a two-year period, the EP’s five-song collection covers a broad spectrum of emotions, telling stories of deceit, nostalgia, and hope. Martin’s sometimes sweet, sometimes gravelly voice adds a touch of raw, blue-eyed soul to an otherwise clean and polished sound. Standout tracks include the charming narrative of “Hit & Run” and the up-tempo anthem of “Calling Your Bluff." In short, Drew Martin & the Limelights employ a keen pop sensibility to put an intelligent spin on radio friendly music.