AM is an American songwriter, musician, composer and producer born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in New Orleans, and currently residing in the Los Angeles Echo Park neighborhood in California. AM or A.M. refers to his band and is also the moniker for this artist. Known for his seamless fusing of pop, soul, funk and world music, recording artist AM has released several critically acclaimed albums and toured the world. His newest collaboration with London artist/producer Shawn Lee, has been described by Rolling Stone as "hypnotic" and by Daytrotter as "intricate, groove-filled dreamscapes that are every bit organic and every bit mad genius."
AM has toured with bands such as the French band AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thievery Corporation, Caetano Veloso, Shawn Lee, and Josh Rouse.
AM DJ's under the moniker George Ben Sun.
AM's side project creatively entitled "AM & Shawn Lee" is a collaboration with London based producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. After AM heard Lee's "Music and Rhythm" album on the radio in Los Angeles he decided to reach out to Lee on Myspace. The two became quick friends sharing a common love for 60's psychedelia and 70's Italian soundtracks. The first single from the debut album "Celestial Electric" is entitled "Dark Into Light"and was released on gold colored, limited edition 12" vinyl on the Ubiquity label in honor of Record Store Day and the full album came out on Thievery Corporation's label ESL Music (ADA Distribution/ Beggars Canada/ Naive in France.)
La Musique Numerique (Park The Van Records) is the second LP from AM & Shawn Lee (Park The Van Records).
After selling 25,000 albums on his own, AM's critically acclaimed debut album Troubled Times (released on Defend Music in the USA and Luna Records in Europe) went on to have all 10 songs featured in films and television shows which had not been done since Moby's album Play. When Gary Jules brought his PA into a little coffee shop and began booking songwriter nights, he invited AM to come up and play and this was the beginning of what is now known as one of the most established singer/songwriter venues in the country, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, California. AM credits KCRW's Nic Harcourt who started playing AM's demos for being the first to play his music on the radio show "Morning Becomes Eclectic".
Future Sons & Daughters was released on Filter US Recordings in the USA and in the UK on the high fidelity label Naim. "Side By Side- Duets Vol. 1" was a duets project he conceived of as a way to work with songwriter friends including: Tina Dico, Meiko, Rick Garcia, Buddy, Susie Suh, and Julianna Raye. "Side By Side- Duets Vol.2" is in the works.
AM has been featured many times in the "Indie Spotlight" under Alternative and Singer/Songwriter in the iTunes Store.
AM won the "Best singer/Songwriter of the Year"award at the LA Weekly Music Awards where Brian Wilson also accepted the award for Lifetime Achievement. iTunes named AM's debut album "Troubled Times" "Best Singer/Songwriters Album of the Year" on iTunes.
AM is an alumnus of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy.
In addition to the above, his music has also been featured in pivotal scenes on shows such as MTV's The Hills, and HBO's Big Love, ABC's Men In Trees, and he has been given reference in the music publications Billboard (magazine) and Performing Songwriter Magazine.
AM performed on the main stage at the 2009 and 2011 Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans with Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, and Muse. AM performed on the main stage at Dfest in Tulsa, Oklahoma with The Roots, All American Rejects, and Paramore. He has been compared to Wilco, Beck, Jackson Browne, John Lennon, Coldplay, Nada Surf, Pete Yorn, Phoenix, The Fruit Bats, and the late Elliott Smith.
AM has cited The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Ben, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, McCoy Tyner, and Lou Reed among his influences.
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