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The Gray Havens / Bio

Hey there friends! Thanks for caring enough about the quirky people behind the music to bother reading this. We are Dave and Licia Radford, a.k.a. The Gray Havens.

Okay, let’s start with the obvious, we’re married. Yes, that does make working together hard. Quite hard. But also so much better (we think anyway). Our home is in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a community oriented little city, with a charming downtown a few blocks from our house, a much visited Starbucks, and yes, a beloved lake. We work from our at-home music studio every day- writing, creating videos, and doing scratch recordings. We love our house and spend a lot of time decorating it and creating an atmosphere that inspires us.

Dave grew up in a musical home (Mom Radford is a voice/piano/guitar instructor). In high school he was heavily involved in his school’s music department. And though he doesn’t like to be the one to bring it up, Dave was the young, fun, and charming crooner on season 5 of American Idol. After Idol, Dave studied Music Education at the University of Illinois. It was there that he really started writing his own music, influenced by Jazz, but clearly something of his own, something hard to describe. But everyone loved it.

I (Licia) literally never sang outside my bedroom until 2010, when my brother and a friend talked me into singing with their band at church. Not sure how they did it, but I joined them on stage and I loved it. That was it for a while, but then Dave’s mom offered to give me guitar lessons (that was before we were dating, but she knew he was interested... sneaky, wonderful lady). That really got me going. Since then, I’ve just been trying to jump into everything as it comes. I often feel intimidated, but Dave encourages and helps me along.

We started recording our album in June of 2012. It really began because we were in the right place at the right time (though we know it was more than coincidence). At the concert of a good friend, John Cox, his band for the evening who also happen to run their own recording label called ZodLounge. After the show we were talking with them, when someone shoved a guitar in Dave’s hands and urged him to play. Dave performed “Gray Flowers” and the guys invited us out to the studio. We had a great first experience there with them in Nashville and decided to go for it. We funded our project through Kickstarter in the spring and a few months later began. Our album officially released on January 25th. We couldn’t be more excited.

General Info

Artist Name
The Gray Havens
Home Page
Singer Songwriter

Contact Info

Crystal Lake, IL