Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Black Deer Festival Thomas Wynn & the Believers

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

So who, and what, are the Believers? They’re musicians united by a common belief in the power of their remarkable songs. Olivia Wynn works meticulously to make her vocal harmonies so hauntingly correct that they’re startling to hear. Colin Daniel Fei plays that vintage Hammond organ that can take you to church or send you straight to hell. Chris Bell Antemesaris wails wildly on blues harmonica. David Wagner and Ryan Miranda hold down the deep grooves on bass and drums, respectively.
The band came together naturally. All of the Believers are regulars in the Orlando music scene who admired Wynn’s work and wanted to help him take it farther. From Antemesaris, who just kept on showing up at Wynn’s gigs and asking, Can I sit in on a few? to Wagner, who started out as a fan of the Believers, declaring I want to be involved in this somehow or other, Wynn has earned the band he has now.
With two previous albums and several tours already under their belt, Thomas Wynn & The Believers have shared the stage with the likes of Cheap Trick, Govt Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, SIMO, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Many have already taken notice of the emotional energy and power of Thomas Wynn & The Believers live show. ‘Maybe the best band we’ve ever had on that stage’, says the Albany Herald. ‘One of the newest, brightest, tightest, smoothest, most energetic bands to come through’, says Georgia Music Hall of Famer Alan Walden. ‘One of the most exciting new bands in Florida’, says WMNF 88.5 FM. ‘Folks stood, jaws dropped…shook their heads, and said, Damn. Can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a band I knew nothing about.’
As for Wynn, he’s ready to convert us all to believers. But maybe not in the way you’d expect. ‘I don’t care how many people know my name,’ he says, ‘as long as when they hear my music, it makes them feel something.’ For Wynn, that’s the victory that’s sweeter than no other.

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