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24-year-old Kyle Hancharick has been hailed as a truly gifted performer and a promising songwriter and storyteller, as shown in part through his 2012 debut, “EP.” From a dying man who has everything to live for (What’s Left?) to two long-distance lovers pining for each other (Beyond the Soil and Stone), Kyle’s songwriting and story-crafting has been compared to that of David Wilcox and Richard Shindell.
His upcoming full-length project, due out in late 2015, promises the same unique storytelling, but with an undeniable increase in depth. The new project, which is currently being recorded, will feature a bigger production, with deeper and more mature songwriting and storytelling.
Kyle’s story began at a young age. Kyle was raised on the music of prominent singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s, such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne. His first live performance was at the age of 8 in front of a crowd of about 100 people, and he hasn’t left the stage since. Over the next few years, Kyle performed consistently, but it wasn’t until the age of 12 that Kyle had truly discovered his own unique style. Punctuated by intricate guitar playing and a James Taylor-resemblant vocal style, Kyle soon began to see music as a calling.
In High School, Kyle joined Full Armor Band, a rock group based in Middletown, NY. He spent nine years singing and playing guitar with the band, before leaving in February 2015. It was during this time that Kyle began writing original music, including several song that made it onto Full Armor’s four studio albums.
But now, Kyle’s focus has shifted back to his solo roots. Kyle now regularly performs throughout upstate New York and New Jersey as a solo artist. In 2012, Kyle released his 5-song debut, EP. With only subtle background instrumentation, the acoustic guitar-driven EP offers an intimate, yet attention-grabbing listening experience, thanks to Kyle’s skilled writing and storytelling.