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Being a semi-finalist on Idol is a huge accomplishment but where does an
artist go from there? For many, post-idol fame hasn’t been much of a
reality. So how does an artist bounce back after all the fame and
attention? For some, like the gifted Charly Lowry, you must continue to
have faith in your abilities and be willing to start from scratch and grind
your way back to the top. Being a successful artist/band in this business
is no easy task. Not only do you need to be talented musically, you also
need the motivation and mindset.
Today, Charly Lowry is the lead singer in the band Dark Water Rising, a
band she helped form back in 2008. The band has certainly come a long way
from their humble beginnings. “Humble” in this sense isn’t an
understatement. The other members in the band basically picked up and
learned how to play their chosen instruments as soon as the idea of forming
a band became a reality. And just a few short years later they all now play
multiple instruments and have become even more confident in their abilities
as musicians. There is always more room to improve as a band. It’s what
motivates you to become better as an artist.
Dark Water Rising [Charly Lowry (lead singer/rhythm guitar), Aaron Locklear
(keys/guitar/bass), Corey Locklear (lead guitar), Tony Murnahan (bass), and
Emily Musolino (Vocals/Guitar)] continues to grow and amaze each time they
perform. They are constantly developing their sound, song writing, and
instrumentation. This is a band that possesses the talent, motivation and
mindsets to be major players in a business oversaturated with wanna-be
Lyrically, Dark Water Rising explores all themes of life, whether it is
love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair, or pain; all the while
expressing their sentiment on issues affecting Native American communities.
Dark Water Rising coined the genre of their music as “Rocky Soul”, which is
about as original as the songs that they create.
DWR’s most recent album, “Grace & Grit: Chapter I” is just as engaging and
intimate as watching one of their live performances. Dark Water Rising has
garnered considerable radio air play on college radio and stations
throughout Indian country, appeared on NPR’s “The Story with Dick Gordon”
and “The State of Things”, and has earned a Native American Music Award for
“Debut Duo or Group of the Year”(2010).
“A fan of strong, heartfelt lyrics will find much to chew on”
– J. Evan Wade- Home Grown Music Network
“Native Americans who piece together Southern rock full of gospel
harmonies, hip-hop inflections and Motown soul with a journeyman work
ethic. With bold songwriting and bewitching arrangements, DWR breaks rules
– Sylvia Pfeiffenberger – Indy Week