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New York City-based quartet Morningsiders craft melodic, narrative indie folk alternately tinged with country, bluegrass, and the mellower side of jazz-rock. Their first EP, Unfocus, was self-released in 2015 without the viral streaming hit "Empress," also from that year.
Magnus Ferguson (lead vocals, guitar) and Reid Jenkins (fiddle, vocals) formed Morningsiders as students at Columbia University in 2012, adding Cody Gibson (bass, vocals) and David Su (drums, vocals). Their bubbly, irregular-metered single "Empress" was featured in a Starbucks commercial in 2014 before they released their mercurial debut EP, Unfocus, in early 2015. "Empress" became a viral streaming hit later in 2015. Joined by Luther Wong on piano and trumpet, the group released an Audiotree Live session in 2016.
In November 2017, Morningsiders returned with "Somewhere in Between," the first in a yearlong series of monthly song releases. Their December offering, "Honey Hold Me," was featured on a high-profile streaming playlist curated by Taylor Swift.
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