Atlanta, GA based Americana duo The Ormewoods are Don McCollister and Claire Pearson. Don and Claire bring dynamic individual musical histories to their remarkable partnership. Don’s 25 year career includes work with Sister Hazel, Shawn Mullins and Third Day. He also produced tracks for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush before they formed the superstar duo Sugarland. Artists that Don McCollister has worked with have collectively sold over 15 million albums, been nominated for 85 major music awards, of which they have won 47, had 34 #1 billboard hits and charted singles. Often dubbed “the artist’s” producer because he himself is a multi-instrumentalist who continues to perform live. Claire Pearson (previously performed as Pearson Perry but dropped the Perry moniker after divorce) is an Atlanta based singer-songwriter whose song “Love is a Mountain” (co-written with Heidi Higgins) charted #37 on on the top 100 list of most played singles on independent radio in 2014. She was also one of the top 5 most played pop artists on independent radio in 2014 according to Roots Music Report. She founded Atlanta Intown Songwriters in 2011 to build the Atlanta artist network for aspiring songwriters. In 2016, they quickly built a base of fans as they toured the Southeast and Mid-West promoting their debut album “The Bedroom Sessions”. The album continues to receive strong Americana radio support across the country thanks to their #1 single “HeyBabe” (RootsMusicReport) which has been on the folk charts for over 30 consecutive weeks. With Claire (the duo’s chief songwriter) drawing lyrics directly from entries in her diary detailing the first 90 days of the duo’s re-connection after many years and unexpected resulting relationship, the duo decided the best way to capture the intimate nature of the songs was to turn her bedroom into a recording studio. Don set up his gear, and the album was recorded in a series of literal bedroom sessions. While recording and gearing up for the official roll-out of their album, The Ormewoods scored a unique coup, with the key track “Year of Mercy” being named runner up for Best Folk Song 2016 by Song of the Year Songwriting Competition and nominated as Best Folk Song of 2016 by the American Songwriting Awards. The dynamic of the what some have called “the happy Civil Wars” is further reflected on songs like the sly and soulful “Hey Babe,” about the tension between not wanting to be tied up again and those feelings of falling in love; the playful, high energy “Back To You,” about finishing what they started so many years ago; and “Sleep Like Strangers,” about those occasional moments of doubt and distance. The duo kicked off 2018 by playing at the prestigious #30ASongwritersFestival and is finishing up their sophomore album Not Your Mama’s Folk in Atlanta, GA in time for festival/touring season spring/summer 2018!
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