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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Female President premiere “Elegy To My Father” music video

An energized modern rock trio inspired by the early roots of rock n roll; Female President uses heartfelt grit and simplistic riffs to create a sound all their own. A family of musicians whose individual styles build dynamics and groove to a fever pitch.

The trio has just release the music video of “Elegy To My Father”. The track is part of the band’s new album “Our Year To Grieve”, released in september on all streaming platforms.

Dréa Atkins says:

“I wrote Elegy To My Father on an acoustic guitar at my parent’s kitchen table, the day after my dad died. I helped arrange for him to be able to die at home instead of the hospital, it was his last wish. As we were getting everything ready, I had to go back to North Carolina for a couple of days, and while I was on the drive back to their home in South Carolina, he passed away at 9:19 pm. Johnny was driving the car when we got the call and as we were turning down the Coosawhatchie highway in the darkness so much music came pouring into my head. I got to sit vigil with my father before they took him, and in those moments, more music, emotion, and memories flooded my mind like ocean waves. It was that song that gave me the courage to finish the writing of the EP. “

Dréa Atkins (of Farewell Albatross), Johnny Moss (of DSR), and Jasper Cunningham (of Vacant Lights) formed the band during the summer of 2020. Dréa’s vocals may be the center piece of each song but Johnny’s fluidly grounding bass lines and Jasper’s expressive drumming create a journey of sounds and emotion in this first album. Singles like “Saints Of Heartache” and “Sacred Voyage” continue to gain recognition on streaming platforms and while they seem like uniquely different feels, they have a common thread that binds them.

Female President created “Our Year To Grieve” with several guest musicians in order to breathe details into each song and the album as a whole is dedicated to the passing of Drea’s father (Jasper’s grandfather). After one year of composing, rehearsing, and recording, the trio of Female President is ecstatic to finally release this extremely personal album to the world.

They are already writing and recording a second EP with plans to release it in the late spring of 2023.