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When words fail, LYRIC sings.
With an enlightened mixture of pop, soul, funk, and bowties; LYRIC awakens an undiscovered spirit within their audience. Described by many as the best band in Asheville, LYRIC delights crowds across the region.
“Whew, lordy people, if you haven’t heard of or heard Lyric, you simply must give yourself the gift."
Primarily influenced by Tracy Chapman, India Arie, and George Clinton, Leeda "Lyric" Jones has a voice all her own. As the frontwoman, Leeda enlivens her followers with her melodic poetry and soulful voice.
“Lyric is a group made up of natural talents that will take you to a place you can’t forget, a group that uses music as an expression of pain, joys, and hope."
~Ben Scales, Montford Festival Co-Director
LYRIC formed in 2009 as a combination of the musical talents of Leeda Jones, Dave Matthews, Derrick Graves, and Mike Berlin. From humble beginnings as street musicians, LYRIC quickly brought large crowds together to form a following. The streets are where they thrive. LYRIC believes it has made them better musicians by teaching them to constantly adapt to various crowds. Leeda; lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist plays a funky rhythm guitar with sizzling leads accompanied by her soul gripping lead vocals. Her father, Dave Matthews, has roots in 70's funk style slap bass and holds down the foundation with a playful flare on stage. Derrick Graves has traveled the Southeast playing in reggae/jam bands, but was recruited home by LYRIC. Musically, Derrick is the "bling" of the band. He plays a mean classic Afro-Cuban conga with a modern twist on percussion. Mike Berlin locks down the beat on drums, with influences from his hometown of South Baton Rouge, New Orleans. He plays with lock-tight precision along with Dave on bass and brings a saucy Louisiana backbeat to the mix.
"I love going to LYRIC's shows! There is always a good mix of people and the music is so rejuvenating. I love dancing to the fusion of pop and funk and I can't say enough good things about this band!"
-Kaley Fry, Devoted Fan
Currently, The band is shooting a music video and is in the studio re-recording their original single, Camera Shy. This year they plan to record a new album, and schedule an East coast tour for 2015. LYRIC is excited about continuing to pursue the festival circuit. To find out more about upcoming shows, follow LYRIC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lyricfans), and check out their website at www.reverbnation.com/lyricfans.
"I am so honored, yet humbled that people really do appreciate what we do. We pride ourselves on always remaining human and are thankful for the opportunity to do what we love to do."
~Leeda "Lyric" Jones
Most Recent Accomplishments
Best of WNC 2014 first place for best Soul and first place for best R&B/ Blues
Best of WNC 2013 Tied Second for Pop
Second for R&B and Blue
Second for Soul
Third for Busker/street performer
#1 On reverbnation for over a year in the pop genre
Opened for and sang with Lizz Wright October 8, 2011
First place in Blue ridge roller girls 2012 Battle of the Bands