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2016 NERFA Official DJ Showcase Artist
2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist

 

       Savannah lives for the song in the journey. A fast moving, adventure seeking life on the road in her 1987 Ford Coachman camper van provides just the inspiration. The road brings the stories and the music showcases the wisdom only experience can provide. By honing her live sound, Savannah brings her alternative folk sound at its very best to every performance. In addition to headlining her own shows, Savannah has opened the show for many artists such as Emmylou Harris, 10,000 Maniacs, Harpeth Rising, Sera Cahoone, Field Report, and award-winning Canadian country music singer-songwriter Ryan Cook, as well as performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Savannah has released three EP’s of all original music: Throwing Stones (2010), She Sends Her Love (2012), and The Acoustic Collection (2013). By 2014 Savannah had formed her first band, Savannah & The Kings – Mark Bamann (lead guitar), Loren Metzger (drums), and Scott Gergelis (bass). Their first full length studio album "Bold & Unsteady", was released in April 2015. The album was met with glowing reviews from critics: 


"Great voice and very cool album production . . .more important, the songs are really great. King sings, 'Don't come back, I'll just mess it up again'  in The Gambler - I like that."

-Ron Altbach, The Beach Boys

 

""Bold & Unsteady," which marries King's stellar alt-pop songcraft - think Sarah McLachlan with more of an edge - to supple, subtle and beautifully orchestrated contributions from her new band..."

   -Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News
 

"Touches of Jazz (courtesy of Gergelis' outstanding upright bass playing), pop, folk and indie rock meld together for a cohesive sound. No self-indulgent doodling, no gimmicks, no unnecessary window dressings among the arrangements."

-Bob Silvestri, BestOfWNY.com
 

  Savannah had the honor of becoming a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition Finalist in May 2014 where she flew to Kerrville, TX to perform. By fall of the same year she started touring with two time platinum selling artists The 10,000 Maniacs as an opening act, harmony vocalist, and rhythm guitarist. Savannah  finished 2014 by graduating from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in the Music Industry. During her time at SUNY Fredonia, Savannah joined Badfinger's Joey Molland and 10,000 Maniacs' Mary Ramsey to record a new take on Badfinger's 1972 hit, "Sweet Tuesday Morning" for Hail! Fredonia Records. In November of 2017, Savannah was honored as a featured speaker and performer for the Coffeyville Humanitarian Program in Coffeyville, Kansas. She gave lectures on building a "do it yourself" career in the arts to college and high school students as well as performing in various assisted living fascilities. 

Since purchasing and renovating a 1987 Ford Coachman camper van in May 2016, Savannah has completed two 7 month long tours of the United States. In September of 2018, Savannah successfully raised $8,400 in under 30 days through her first Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign, which was backed by 70 donors, will fund the making of her 4th album in Nashville, TN this fall. Her record is set for release in February of 2019.  




Other Media:

"When Buffalo native and SUNY Fredonia State grad Savannah King opened for Emmylou Harris last September in  Kleinhans, she gave locals a taste of what she could do with just a stool, microphone and an acoustic guitar. Varied tempos on emotive originals. Vocals reminiscent of nearby Canadian songstresses like Basia Bulat, and the courage and skill to pull off a moving cover of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face” inside a beautiful concert hall.

Now with a full band to back her already seasoned live presence—and the new album “Bold and Unsteady”—the crimson-locked singer/songwriter is ready to take her next sonic steps . . ."
- Michael Farrell, The Buffalo News