Graffiti Vibe Recommends 'IVORY BLUE'
A singer songwriter whose music is a passionate fusion of full-bodied rock with a dash of pop hooks and a healthy dose of swagger, IVORY BLUE, formerly known as IVORY BLACK until a name change in 2018, is an artist dedicated to breaking down barriers and defying staid conventions. Ivory lived a nomadic existence until settling in Kansas City MO and becoming part of the local musical community. After winning a nationwide talent contest in 2017, Ivory was championed as grand prize winner and was dealt a one-year recording contract with BMLG and mega international radio play.
Ivory experienced a great deal of emotional turmoil as a child. Was put up for adoption at the age of 4 and lived with several foster families until adopted at the age of 9. At a very young age, picked up the guitar and began writing songs by use of a tape player to layer sounds that added to an acoustic song production. At the age of 15, and after experiencing much turmoil in life, Ivory ran away from home and traveled across the country, playing acoustic shows in coffee shops or wherever the opportunity presented itself.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory 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, Scott Borchetta, John Varvatos, Chris Lord-Alge, Desmond Child, Steve Jones and Gavin Rossdale and became the grand prize winner! landing a year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of Ready Get Set undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks.
In February and after years studying the craft of recording and self-producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with soaring vocals, passionate love for everyone struggling through, released “Elite Dreamland”. There are no words to describe the incredible artistry behind this song. The harmonies and lyrics ar
Scott Borchetta: “You exude artistry from the minute you step on that stage”
John Varvatos: “You’re a true artist”
Desmond Child: “I love everything about you, you sing what you live, you’re fantastic”
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”
Steve Jones: “You got a lot of potential”