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Zack Ely's first full-length album
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Grips is my best representation of my early life and young adulthood. I’ve always loved to write songs. I penned my first lyrics when I was 7––my two school friends and I started a rock band we called The Unknowns. I learned to play guitar when I was 11 and haven’t let one leave my sight yet. Growing up I used guitar and singing to learn songs my mom loves, ask girls to prom, and most importantly explore my identity. Songwriting is my way to channel manifestations of my most intense self and mold it into a concise message I can share with people.

My EP Too As I released last year is the first of such messages. At 4 tracks, this project was a small sampler of my sound, a sneak peek at what’s to come. Check it out on Spotify!

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2N012funnmwx0fldUFDK4M?si=zWOZ4MUBSbOwZP2vPNsGmA

Grips stands at 10 tracks and grows sonically, lyrically, and substantively over my debut. I’ve gigged heavily over the past year, performing each these tracks at solo gigs or with my band in the Lexington/Charlottesville, VA area. Specifically, I want to thank Bennett Newman, Joe Wen, and Colin Berger for helping me spread the word on Grips through our performances. With help from my band and my school’s student-run label––Friday Underground Records––I’ve been able to spend the last 10 months recording, producing, engineering, and mixing Grips. The release date is set for April 25 and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ve got 2 singles releasing ahead of the album release date: “Watch Me Run” will be hitting stores March 1, “Treat” on March 29. The 10-track album is nearly done, and I’m immensely proud of the progress we’ve made thus far.

I’ve launched this Kickstarter with FUDG Records to help engaged listeners get involved with Grips. Operating on a tiny school grant, FUDG is still looking to finance mastering fees, advertisements, and other promotional expenses for Grips. Every dollar counts, and we appreciate all of your support.

Check out my or FUDG Records’ Instagram to follow our progress through the Grips release season:

https://www.instagram.com/wzely22/ https://www.instagram.com/fudgrecords/

I can’t wait for you to listen and thanks so much for your support.

Z

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    Digital download of Grips as well as a poster and one acoustic bonus track

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    Digital download of Grips, a signed poster, stickers, and multiple acoustic tracks from the album.

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    Get a one hour acoustic concert in your living room within a 200-mile radius of Lexington, VA as well as the Bonus Pack.

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