Todd Wells has arrived. Hailing from the musical city of Atlanta, this up and coming singer/songwriter is in it for the long haul, as is evidenced by his new album Lullaby for the Lonely: A collection of country-tinged, introspective, emotional rock 'n' roll tunes that reflect his tumultuous upbringing and his belief in music as a comforting and healing entity - and love as the driving force.
Wells was adopted at a young age. His father died of cancer when Todd was only 13, and by 17 he had left home and was living on the street for a time, always keeping the close relationship to music instilled by his late dad. By 19, he had skipped college and was already making a living, albeit barely, as a full time musician. Times were tough, but he knew he would have to pay his dues.
To date, Wells has worked with acts like Matthew Perryman Jones (he has a co-write on his last record) and has shared the stage with Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland, and Angie Aparo. The list continues to grow as he establishes himself as an anchor in the Atlanta/Nashville music scenes and beyond.
His musical choices and sounds are influenced by guys like Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Nick Drake, and Pearl Jam, though he doesn't dare compare himself to any of them.
"It's a little singer-songwriterish with a twist of pop and poetic lyrics,"
he says, matter-of-factly.
"Lullaby for the Lonely" was recorded and produced by Brian Fechino (who also co-wrote and performed on the record) at Sunset Goose Studios in New Haven, Connecticut, and released on Soundwave Records (co-founded by Ken Block of Sister Hazel) alongside bands like The Alternate Routes and Seth Adam. The first single "Love Song" demonstrates Wells' strong voice, romantic lyrics and his melodic sensibilities that permeate the entire album.
Conceptually, he plans to follow the Ryan Adams model of putting out records consistently, without getting too caught up with the pursuit of perfection.
Either a long term underground presence or overnight success would be both be equally welcome, as long as the music is out there and is being heard.
"One of my favorite quotes is from Rufus Wainwright who said the best thing a writer can do is not write," says Wells. "I feel like sometimes you have to live to have stories to tell that people can relate to."
And from the compelling stories he's told so far, Todd Wells has never been afraid of living for all it's worth.
"My goal and ultimate goal in music is to be a respected artist utmost. If that is on a 30 year underground level that is fine or if its main stream radio in 6 months I just want to be seen as a good writer... and to be heard!
I feel like I best suited as a song writer though I feel I have a voice I believe that people feel and have lived my songs. I'm most comfortable in my basement on my guitar just working out stories to tell of myself and peoples' lives..."