Shayliff Rocks Hopkins Icehouse Friday Night
The Indie rock band Shaylif will be at Hopkins Icehouse Friday night bringing their brand of rock to the stage.Many famous musical artists have touted the church as their first
performance venue, especially those born and bred in the Bible Belt of the
deep south. From Stonewall, Louisiana the indie rock band, Shayliff
credits the pulpit for giving them a platform to not only develop their talents,
but for bringing them together as a band.
Lead vocalist guitarist Shay Bailiff and twin brother,drummer, Grayson, lead guitarist,vocalist, Micheal Brown and bass player,vocalist, Jacob McGarry, all lead teen worship at the same church. Years later, through chance encounters, the band Shayliff was born.
A couple of years before the band formed, lead singer, Shay Bailiff made his
professional debut in Seoul, Korea. After learning to speak fluent Korean
from friends in the foreign exchange program, he posted a Korean cover
song on the Internet. The song caught the attention of Korean record
producer, KooPD. In 2009, under the Korean label, Digipop, the two
collaborated on a soulful modern rock project called, “Odyssey.” Shay’s
success from this project landed him on regular TV and radio spots
including MTV Korea.
Fueled by following his passion in Korea, Shay wasted no time putting a
band together after returning to Shreveport in 2010. A prolific writer, he
merged melodies and lyrics with his fellow band members, Grayson, Jacob
and Micheal, to come up with the tracks for their first CD, ‘Here We Are’,
self-released in December 2011. Like the album title, the songs expose the
internal and external struggles of a group of rural Generation Y musicians
with a dream. Emotional, poetic and passionate, the album leans more into
the progressive rock realm with twists reminiscent of Pearl Jam and Sting -
taking the listener on a journey that speaks to the heart, the mind and the
spirit…a true depiction of who the band members are from the inside and
Unlike so many small town artists, Shayliff embraces their rural upbringing -
unafraid to admit their love for their families, their church and the
community that supports their dream. It’s what propels them artistically and
keeps them grounded and focused on their goal. They’re currently touring
throughout the deep south, writing new songs, evolving their own sound and
opening for headliner bands like The Fray, 3OH!3, The Red Jumpsuit
Apparatus, and Dia Frampton.