Philadelphia rocker Greg Sover is about to emerge as Philadelphia’s next big thing. The singer, songwriter and guitarist will be releasing his long-awaited debut CD Songs of a Renegade (S.O.A.R.) in the summer of 2016.
The title of the album and its acronym embody the spirit that Sover conveys through his music.
“The album really expresses the underdog,” said Sover. “It's really for the person who says ‘I know what you want me to be but I'm going to be myself.’ And I think that's a renegade.”
Sover describes his music as "blues and rock with a dash of everything else.” He and his bandmates have been influenced by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, and Jimi Hendrix. Songwriting has been an outlet for him to express his struggles, as well as his passions in life, and his songs have resonated with his fans.
He won the 2015 Hard Rock Rising competition at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe in 2015, giving notice that he is truly something special. His live performances have been limited while he and his band completed recording the CD.
Though Sover is relatively new on the scene, his band is comprised of three Philly veterans – Garry Lee (bass), Allen James (guitar) and Tom Walling (drums). Lee, along with Pete Tramo at Lorelei Studio and Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia. Sover credits his bandmates with taking his music to the next level.
“I needed pro-level musicians,” said Sover. “They definitely added the Philly touch that I wanted. They brought my edge down a little bit. I'm not as edgy. I definitely learned control more than anything. I used to play with no dimensions, no dynamics. It was always straight up, straight loud guitar. With these guys I learned dynamics.” Sover
Sover has several performances scheduled for this summer and he looks forward to doing many more live shows.