I'm With Her is the brainchild of two Midwestern-born artists, Angie Stevens and Haley E Rydell. Both have been performing with multiple projects over the past twelve years, but have found a rare gem in their new partnership. Neither knew just what to expect when they first decided to collaborate in March of 2011- especially considering Haley lived in North Dakota and Angie was already a well-established musician in Colorado.
“I had always wanted to work with Angie, but I had no idea what to expect,” Haley says “which in retrospect, I think was a good thing, because it left a totally blank canvas for us to work with.” Angie echoes, “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have always been intrigued by Haley’s writing style and musical abilities.”
So Haley hopped a plane to Denver and the band “I’m With Her” was born.
“I was surprised because it came together so easily. It felt natural and perfect,” says Haley. This should come as no surprise as both musicians bring a wealth of writing, recording and performing experience to the table. Angie has released a live DVD and five CDs throughout her solo career and with her band “The Beautiful Wreck.” Haley has two recordings with “Haley E. & the Rydells” and another two with “the Johnson Family Band”. During the initial stage of I'm With Her, Angie and Haley worked up favorites from their individual catalogs, pulled in a few select covers and quickly began developing new songs. Haley notes, “A lot of the music we worked on was new material, which was really fun, because even we didn't know exactly what we wanted to do with it yet. Over time, parts came together and it all made sense.”
Both have a tremendous respect for the other and appreciate the uniqueness they bring. Angie says of Haley, “She has a musical interpretation I only dream of having. She can hear parts that I can’t. She pushes me to be better musically.” While Haley says of her counterpart, “Angie brings a different vocal approach to our music. She's taught me a ton about songwriting. It's not just verses and choruses. It's building, it's dynamics, it's telling a story- and all the emotions that go along with that story.”
Since Haley's relocation to Denver in November of 2011, the two have been busy writing, recording and performing all over the Midwest. I'm With Her just released their second EP 'songs we said goodbye to' which was completely fan-financed through the fundraising website, Kickstarter.com. Their first self-titled EP was released in June of 2011.
“I'm With Her is absolutely gorgeous, like Patty Griffin sitting in with the Weepies.”- Dave Herrera, Westword Magazine
More about Angie - Melding the influences of alt-country, indie-rock, contemporary folk and pop, Angie Stevens has settled comfortably into the shoes of an Americana artist with soul-bearing, live performances that have captured audiences all over the map. Stevens has gained national attention over the last few years following the releases of her first three albums. Her song, "Sleepwalking," was featured on HBO's "Big Love" and her video for "Stand Up Girl" was a pick of the week on CMT's "Top 20 Video Countdown." Most recently, Eddie Bauer selected “Give It on Back” to accompany in-store video in First Ascent locations.
More about Haley - Born and raised in the flatlands of Fargo, Haley began playing the violin at the age of three and picked up her first guitar at thirteen. She taught herself to play and dreamed of someday playing in a band. She spent many years as a member of The Johnson Family Band as well as her own band Haley E. & the Rydells and now as an official Colorado resident is focusing on I'm With Her.