Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans.
He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.
After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Day moved to Los Angeles and returned to the studio. His next release, Sound the Alarm, built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. Its lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.
After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. New songs began to emerge and evolve at shows across North America and Australia. In 2015, Day released his 4th studio album, “Lanterns”, and embarked on an international tour.
Griffin is three parts Welsh, one part German, and 90% Native American, the math doesn’t quite make sense, but that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
Born in Springfield Ohio at Community Hospital and currently residing in East Nashville TN. He spends most of his time hanging out with his daughter Emma Bee, washing dishes after dinner for his wife Jane, and going out most nights just before the sun goes down to walk the hills of Shelby Golf Course and hit golf balls around to sharpen his mind, stretch his muscles and center his soul…
When he’s not at home with his family Griffin is traveling around the country playing guitar and singing his songs for crowds all over the US. He prefers to drive his own car and sell his own shirts and CDs so he can get to know the people who come to see him play.
His music is a blend of folk, rock, pop and even a little punk which captures a depth of emotion and intelligence, while at the same time maintaining accessibility. His best known previous albums “Lost and Found” and “Flying Upside Down” garnered national attention and praise. He’s been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show, Late Night Television with Craig Ferguson, and Esquire Magazine to name a few.