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Our Story

2016 NERFA Official DJ Showcase Artist
2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist

 

       Savannah lives for the song in the journey. A fast moving, adventure seeking life on the road in her 1987 Ford Coachman camper van provides just the inspiration. The road brings the stories and the music showcases the wisdom only experience can provide. By honing her live sound, Savannah brings her alternative folk sound at its very best to every performance. In addition to headlining her own shows, Savannah has opened the show for many artists such as Emmylou Harris, 10,000 Maniacs, Harpeth Rising, Sera Cahoone, Field Report, and award-winning Canadian country music singer-songwriter Ryan Cook, as well as performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Savannah has released three EP’s of all original music: Throwing Stones (2010), She Sends Her Love (2012), and The Acoustic Collection (2013). By 2014 Savannah had formed her first band, Savannah & The Kings – Mark Bamann (lead guitar), Loren Metzger (drums), and Scott Gergelis (bass). Their first full length studio album "Bold & Unsteady", was released in April 2015. The album was met with glowing reviews from critics: 


"Great voice and very cool album production . . .more important, the songs are really great. King sings, 'Don't come back, I'll just mess it up again'  in The Gambler - I like that."

-Ron Altbach, The Beach Boys

 

""Bold & Unsteady," which marries King's stellar alt-pop songcraft - think Sarah McLachlan with more of an edge - to supple, subtle and beautifully orchestrated contributions from her new band..."

   -Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News
 

"Touches of Jazz (courtesy of Gergelis' outstanding upright bass playing), pop, folk and indie rock meld together for a cohesive sound. No self-indulgent doodling, no gimmicks, no unnecessary window dressings among the arrangements."

-Bob Silvestri, BestOfWNY.com
 

  Savannah had the honor of becoming a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition Finalist in May 2014 where she flew to Kerrville, TX to perform. By fall of the same year she started touring with two time platinum selling artists The 10,000 Maniacs as an opening act, harmony vocalist, and rhythm guitarist. Savannah  finished 2014 by graduating from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in the Music Industry. During her time at SUNY Fredonia, Savannah joined Badfinger's Joey Molland and 10,000 Maniacs' Mary Ramsey to record a new take on Badfinger's 1972 hit, "Sweet Tuesday Morning" for Hail! Fredonia Records. In November of 2017, Savannah was honored as a featured speaker and performer for the Coffeyville Humanitarian Program in Coffeyville, Kansas. She gave lectures on building a "do it yourself" career in the arts to college and high school students as well as performing in various assisted living facilites. 

Since purchasing and renovating a 1987 Ford Coachman camper van in May 2016, Savannah has completed two 7 month long tours of the United States. Her next album is set for release in fall of 2018.  




Other Media:

"When Buffalo native and SUNY Fredonia State grad Savannah King opened for Emmylou Harris last September in  Kleinhans, she gave locals a taste of what she could do with just a stool, microphone and an acoustic guitar. Varied tempos on emotive originals. Vocals reminiscent of nearby Canadian songstresses like Basia Bulat, and the courage and skill to pull off a moving cover of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face” inside a beautiful concert hall.

Now with a full band to back her already seasoned live presence—and the new album “Bold and Unsteady”—the crimson-locked singer/songwriter is ready to take her next sonic steps . . ."
- Michael Farrell, The Buffalo News



Savannah's Band:

 
Mark Bamann - Lead Guitar

Mark Bamann, a Rochester native, began teaching himself guitar at the age of 16. He joined a band during high school, which made him realize he wanted to play music professionally. He then chose to pursue a career in music by enrolling into the music program at Finger Lakes Community College. He started studying music theory and began his focus on jazz guitar by taking lessons with guitar masters Craig Snyder and Leo Medler. Throughout his time at Finger Lakes, Mark was playing in small jazz combo groups and a guitar ensemble, which were both actively performing groups. He then went on to attend SUNY Fredonia where he is now focusing on a Bachelor’s in Music Business. While focusing on the business side of music, he is staying active in jazz guitar by playing with the Fredonia jazz big bands, and with music students in a small jazz funk band. Though jazz is his musical focus, mark enjoys playing many different styles of music from rock to blues to even folk and country, and aims to be a versatile musician. He is currently playing shows with Savannah King and has accompanied her on her two previous tours.

Mark Bamann - Lead Guitar

Mark Bamann, a Rochester native, began teaching himself guitar at the age of 16. He joined a band during high school, which made him realize he wanted to play music professionally. He then chose to pursue a career in music by enrolling into the music program at Finger Lakes Community College. He started studying music theory and began his focus on jazz guitar by taking lessons with guitar masters Craig Snyder and Leo Medler. Throughout his time at Finger Lakes, Mark was playing in small jazz combo groups and a guitar ensemble, which were both actively performing groups. He then went on to attend SUNY Fredonia where he is now focusing on a Bachelor’s in Music Business. While focusing on the business side of music, he is staying active in jazz guitar by playing with the Fredonia jazz big bands, and with music students in a small jazz funk band. Though jazz is his musical focus, mark enjoys playing many different styles of music from rock to blues to even folk and country, and aims to be a versatile musician. He is currently playing shows with Savannah King and has accompanied her on her two previous tours.

Loren Metzger - Drums

Loren Metzger began her percussive career at the age of 3, when her parents agreed to let her take karate classes so she could be a Ninja Turtle when she got older. It soon became evident that her original aspiration was implausible, and Loren chose to apply her striking to a more musical outlet by taking up concert percussion in fifth grade, specializing in snare drum. She studied snare for seven years, and began teaching herself drum set on the side. She transfers the technical foundation she obtained through snare lessons to her drum-set style today. Loren is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where she studied both Philosophy and Music Business. She played drums for the Gospel Choir club on campus, and made a name for herself on the Track and Field team, where she threw hammer, weight, and javelin. At a staggering 5’ 2”, she has been described as “a sarcastic spitfire whose intimidation lies only in her personality and leather jackets”.

Loren Metzger - Drums

Loren Metzger began her percussive career at the age of 3, when her parents agreed to let her take karate classes so she could be a Ninja Turtle when she got older. It soon became evident that her original aspiration was implausible, and Loren chose to apply her striking to a more musical outlet by taking up concert percussion in fifth grade, specializing in snare drum. She studied snare for seven years, and began teaching herself drum set on the side. She transfers the technical foundation she obtained through snare lessons to her drum-set style today. Loren is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where she studied both Philosophy and Music Business. She played drums for the Gospel Choir club on campus, and made a name for herself on the Track and Field team, where she threw hammer, weight, and javelin. At a staggering 5’ 2”, she has been described as “a sarcastic spitfire whose intimidation lies only in her personality and leather jackets”.

Scott Gergelis - Bass

Scott Gergelis began his musical pursuit at age 10 with the saxophone. However it seemed he could only manage to create an irritating cacophony of noise. Scott was then introduced to the bass - never looking back. He began by teaching himself classic rock songs in tandem with receiving formal lessons and studying under bass expert James Marone.  After learning the “bass-ics”, Scott played in a multitude of bands spanning numerous musical styles including jazz, metal, and folk. Scott is currently enrolled at SUNY Fredonia as a Biology major with aspirations of entering the medical field. He enjoys being a part of the curricular jazz ensemble, as well as playing bass guitar in psychedelic rock band Mooses and Savannah and the Kings.

Scott Gergelis - Bass

Scott Gergelis began his musical pursuit at age 10 with the saxophone. However it seemed he could only manage to create an irritating cacophony of noise. Scott was then introduced to the bass - never looking back. He began by teaching himself classic rock songs in tandem with receiving formal lessons and studying under bass expert James Marone. After learning the “bass-ics”, Scott played in a multitude of bands spanning numerous musical styles including jazz, metal, and folk. Scott is currently enrolled at SUNY Fredonia as a Biology major with aspirations of entering the medical field. He enjoys being a part of the curricular jazz ensemble, as well as playing bass guitar in psychedelic rock band Mooses and Savannah and the Kings.