Saturday, March 14, 2015
North of Nine caught the attention of Randy Jackson
“We Ride” is a bold musical statement, given that it shows a softer side of North of Nine, a five-piece rock band that is rounded out by drummer Rob Ketchum, guitarist Michael O’Grady, bassist Edison Lo, and keyboardist Nolan Frank, each of whom hail from different parts of the United States. Guthy formed the band in the spring and the guys have been in the studio ever since working on songs for their upcoming independently released debut EP "Alive".
Guthy’s raw talent impressed industry veterans from the get-go. At age 11, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Glen Ballard heard Guthy sing and accompany himself on piano. He helped Guthy record two songs and a music career was sparked. Over the next several years, Guthy’s journey took many twists and turns. At 15, he was invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time. He was signed briefly to Universal Music, which attempted to turn him into a teen-pop act. (It did not take.) Relieved not to be going down that path, Guthy began writing more sophisticated songs that reflected his true nature as an artist, including “Roll,” which caught the attention of musician/producer and American Idol Judge Randy Jackson.
Stream the EP on Spotify here: