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Youngstown Parade, Christiana (FKA Lawrence) and Tyler Youngs the previously known duo excitedly joins forces with Cris Palma on Bass and Steven Hawkes as drummer to form a full band!!! Steve Price may still make guest appearances! The Youngs', both locals of New Albany, Indiana, began playing together in 2011. Both have an extensive musical history.
Christiana Youngs (FKA Lawrence) was raised by her grandparents to believe that hard work pays off and to always do her best. Later, that would be the basis of some of her songs. But as a child, she pretended to be a movie star. Her great grandfather called her “Hollywood”, as she danced in front of the camera in home movies. He always said she was born to be a performer. When she began showcasing her ability with singing, around the age of sixteen, her influence shifted from Dwight Yoakum to bands like The Dixie Chicks and Hanson. That transition won her many awards, like National Country Music Association award for “Video of the year”, “Song Writer of the year”, and “Future Star of Tomorrow”.
Shortly after, Christiana was picked up by her first agent, O’Neil Carmen, who sent her to Nashville to train vocally with Phoebe Binkley, a well-known teacher in Nashville who has taught several famous artists like Kathy Mattea, Marty Roe, and Reese Witherspoon. Carmen also sent her to Entertainment coaching with “All my Children’ s” star Alan Dysert.
In her early twenties, Lawrence began working on her first album. Her father’s death inspired her to write the album’s title track, “The River”, in reference to the Ohio River, just outside the doorstep where Christiana grew up.
Boston. Queen. The Beatles. These are some of the bands that influenced Tyler Youngs, and it shows with his performance. His guitar is an extension of himself, as he plays classic and modern riffs with his own style. Above his guitar, his voice can be heard. Mixing the classic rock band guitar with a voice akin to Michael Buble creates an exciting and exhilarating atmosphere. Tyler was raised in New Albany, IN, just outside of Louisville Kentucky.
He grew up playing the saxophone, but his secret wish was to play Eric Clapton/Jimi Hendrix style solo’s on guitar, something he only dreamt of for years. It took him ten years of playing, but now, in his mid-twenties he is able to do just that and more.
Tyler and Christiana, now married, are co-singer-songwriter's. The two make up the front men for YoungsTown parade. YTP is an original band from Kentuckiana. Since YTP' birth, they have been featured on Crescent Hill Radio, Front Porch Pickin’s TV show as well as performed at many local Kentuckiana hot spots. YTP, the duo, was recently featured on the Arts Councils holiday album, “Deck the falls of the Ohio,” with Christiana's original “The Woods.” YTP will be releasing their first album in 2015.