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No Way North was founded by Brandon Miller, Emily Dykes, and Matthew "P-Touch" Scoggins in Los Angeles, CA. Miller and Dykes began collaborating with producer Rudy Guess in early 2010. A few months later, Miller and Scoggins met while working with James Taylor and Carole King on the Troubadour Reunion tour. Shortly after, No Way North was formed.
Emily Dykes (lead vocals) is a multi-talented actor, vocalist, and pianist from Edmonton, Canada. She has starred in many feature films, TV shows, commercials and stage productions throughout Canada, the US and the UK, including a long run in the world tour of the musical “Mamma Mia!” as the lead role of Sophie. (Because of Emily's ties to Canada, No Way North's music meets the MAPL criteria for Canadian Content.)
Brandon Miller (bass, guitars) and Matthew “P-Touch” Scoggins (guitars, drums) bring a wealth of experience touring the world with many well-known recording artists. Miller is a studio engineer and backline tech who has toured with artists like Carole King and Kenny Loggins. Scoggins is a studio, FOH and monitor engineer who has toured with Roger Waters, Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert, and Idina Menzel.
In 2010 the band brought their musical and technical talents together and entered the studio to work on their first album. It would be an incredibly rewarding process, despite the tragic circumstances the group would face. They were very fortunate to have Miller’s uncle, Rudy Guess, as a collaborator. Guess was Carole King’s long-time guitarist, producer, and musical director, and an inspiration to the band with his consummate musicality, production expertise, and unfailingly positive outlook. Tragically, Guess lost his four-year battle with cancer in late 2010 while they were working on the record. With Guess’s illness as a strong undercurrent in the band’s formative days, the album’s opening song, “The One I’ve Won”, was written from the point of view of Guess’s wife, and “Carve it Out” was inspired by his incredible spirit. Guess played guitar on both of those songs, as well as several others. It was the last work Guess appeared on before he passed away.
No Way North’s debut album, "The Sum of All You’ve Seen…", was released in June 2012, with all thirteen songs written, produced, and performed by Dykes, Miller, and Scoggins. The album was engineered and mixed by Scoggins and Miller, and features guest appearances by legends such as organist Teddy "Zig-Zag" Andreadis (Alice Cooper, Guns n’ Roses, Billy Bob Thornton, Bo Diddley), drummer Russ Kunkel (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Miller’s uncle Rudy Guess (Carole King, El Surfador, The Rudy Guess Orchestra) on guitar. The record also features violinist Michelle Sabourin, Emily’s sister Jenna Dykes-Busby on backing vocals, Gordon Bash (Bash and Alice) on cello and stand-up bass, and Tim Conroy (Blvd Park) on trumpet.
With the album released, the band welcomed actress and singer Celina Dean (from Edmonton, Canada) on backing vocals, Steve Fisher (recent Musicians Institute GIT graduate) on guitar, and Eyal Dahan (newly relocated session player from Kfar Saba, Israel) on drums in late 2012.
For more information, visit http://nowaynorth.com