, a quartet from Orangeburg, a sleepy southern town tucked away in central South Carolina, are remarkably on the verge of authoring another chapter in this country's musical heritage. The group is made up of charismatic lead singer, Carmen Keigans
, Bryan Gibson
(lead guitar, cello), Matt Heath
(bass) and Brian Whitman
After numerous performances in South Carolina, the foursome decided to move to Atlanta, living in, what Keigans
describes, "as a one-bedroom dump that was home to the best and worst times of our lives.
" It was in Atlanta, over the last three years, where the majority of the songs on their debut were written and recorded. Together the four members carry influences of traditional rock 'n roll, emotive singer-songwriters, and, of course, southern rock. However, there's a dichotomy to the songs of I Nine that veers between pop and more artsy, moody tunes - the result of having four people in a band who are all gifted songwriters.
Their debut album, Heavy Weighs the King
, is a testament to the idea that talent will find a way to be heard.
"Seven Days of Lonely
," the group's first single from Heavy Weighs the King
, will quickly open people's ears up to the enchanting, melodic sound of the band. "It's a song that's open to interpretation,
" says Keigans
. "I realized that everyone goes through different emotional trials and this is a song about releasing those feelings.
" Producer Brian Howe
(Hinder, Daughtry) worked with the band on the lead single.
's debut album, Heavy Weighs the King, will be released in 2008. Listen to the single, Seven Days of Lonely
"Seven days of Lonely
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