Spencer’s Own returns to Evening Shade Friday by popular demand
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Evening Shade

BAD TATTOO opened for The Collins Brothers at Friday night’s Evening Shade concert series. Their set included a variety of covers ranging from Kenny Chesney to Jimmy Buffet, which were impressively performed, especially for a duet.  Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
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Returning to Evening Shade this Friday, May 16, by popular demand is one of the most exciting groups to appear on the country music scene in years.

The five brothers, known as Spencer’s Own, deliver a rare, one-of-a-kind family harmony, mixed with an edgy vocal sound that is sure to inspire a whole new generation of music fans.

In fact, in appearances at six schools last year, they used their talents to inspire students at E.L. Ross, Mayfield, George R. Stuart and Arnold Elementary Schools, Yates Primary School and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School.

The Arts in Education Committee of the Allied Arts Council sponsored the visiting artists. Spencer’s Own will visit several Bradley County Schools prior to taking the stage in Johnston Park for week three of the 20th Anniversary of the Evening Shade concerts in the park.

“We had an enthusiastic crowd at last year’s Spencer’s Own concert, even though rain forced us to the downtown location of the former First Baptist Church,” event organizer Kyle Elrod explained.

“With an outdoor concert preceded by visits to our local schools, we anticipate another great audience for this week’s concert.”

The free, family-friendly concert series is made possible each year by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. It is funded in part by local sponsors and under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The presenting sponsor this week is the Arts in Education Committee of the Chamber’s Allied Arts Council.

Spencer’s Own is comprised of Nathan, Morgan, Jordon, Nic and Quinn, sons of Spencer Williams. Their name, “Spencer’s Own,” carries a special meaning to the five brothers that originates from their dad, who has been such an inspiration in their lives.

The quintet began their musical journey growing up in the small farming town of Twin Falls, Idaho. As in most small towns, they grew up with the core values that family and friends are essential to life. They echoed these messages as a band of brothers playing anywhere from schools to festivals just for a chance to share their music.

Today with sold-out crowds, packed events and a loyal fan base online, they challenge many of the accepted rules of country music by crossing the lines of genre stigmas, delivering a new approach to an all-vocal band. The group has quickly gained praise for their pure modern approach, steering away from trends, but most importantly cutting a pathway with their own sound.

Together each member of the band brings his very own unique set of skills and style to the group. The rock inspired high tenor voice of Jordon, low bass of Nic with his amazing cutting-edge beats, soulful voice and blazing infectious harmonica of Morgan, smooth warm tenor of Quinn, and the edgy pop influenced baritone lead of Nathan serve as the foundation of this next-generation country sound. Critics have praised them as a real game-changer for country music scene sighting — it’s like having five all-star country artists in one group.

The evolution of Spencer’s Own began as the group broke ranks, leaving behind the spotlight of local stardom, and moved to Nashville to pursue the next chapter of their career. This was a brave move for five brothers who refused to be molded by popular music trends. Nevertheless, it was necessary for this modern country ensemble as they began to tap into the heart of who they are as artists. While performing original songs with messages of everyday life experiences, love, friendship, heartache, hope and pain, they quickly found their audience.

They are set to release their first EP Inside Out this month.

“We feel like we have been writing our life story, experiences and, most important, pouring our heart and soul into our songs for this new album,” says Nate Williams of the group. “We are looking forward to sharing this new music with everyone.”

For a sample of their talent, watch the Spencer’s Own Live Concert trailer at http://vimeo.com/user1006510/spencersownlive or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ spencersown.

“Pack a light supper or purchase dinner from one of our downtown restaurants, a folding chair or two, or a blanket and come on down,” he said. “These free concerts are a great way to experience a variety of styles of music and to celebrate the arts in our community.”

In the event of inclement weather, the Evening Shade concert will take place in the auditorium at Arnold Memorial Elementary School.