Howie Day with Anna Rose at the Shalin Liu

Hailing from Bangor, Maine, singer-songwriter Howie Day helped lead the surge of male-centric folk pop that dominated the airwaves in the early to mid 2000’s. Alongside peers like John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, Day rocketed up the pop charts with hits like ‘Collide’ and ‘She Says.’

Day’s career started quietly, the teenaged Day cutting his teeth in tiny venues in and around central Maine. After putting out several self-produced EP’s and touring the New England coffeehouse scene, Day broke out into the public consciousness with his debut album Australia. By sheer word of mouth, the album started to take off, buoyed by Day’s relentless touring schedule and his impressive performance style. He popularized the use of looping pedals in live shows, Day creating a dynamic full band sound despite just being on his own with a single guitar. Many singer-songwriters followed Day’s lead in the use of this technique. Eventually the record was bought by Sony who gave it a proper release in 2002, buttressed by the college radio-dominating single ‘Ghost.’

Day’s follow-up record Stop All the World Now came out in 2003 and its lead single (and popular MTV video) ‘Collide’ soon made him a household name and staple on all the major music festivals. Stop All the World would eventually be certified gold.

After an extensive tour following his breakout record, Day took some time off to refuel creatively. He returned in 2009 with Sound the Alarm on Epic Records. Though not as commercially successful as his previous album, Sound the Alarm still managed to crack the Billboard Charts, with the single ‘Be There’ finding its way on modern rock stations around the country.

Day is currently readying the release of his first record since 2009. It is being crowd-funded (fans helping to finance the record) by Pledge Music with a release date set for the late spring.

Opening Act: Anna Rose