SIMON PETTY is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles whose husky vocals and confessional lyrics rise from a stylistic foundation of American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of literature.
Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar , Petty went on to tour the country extensively and eventually joined Pete Yorn’s band for several years. His years on the road gave him time and space to hone his unique brand of world-weary optimism and musical eclecticism that colors his own songs. With a distinctive voice somewhere between Nick Drake and Tom Waits, Petty takes audiences for an evocative, emotional journey.
The Sea, The Sea — his first record beyond the band sound and released under the name Solomon’s Seal unveiled a deliciously dreamy, acoustic and noticeably folkier departure. The Sad Carousel, his second full-length album, was released under his own name in 2015. Musically, it shifts to an electric mix of influences drawn from life as a musician on both sides of the Atlantic: Americana, British folk rock and a smattering of the blues. The songs “Dead To the World” and “Paris, My Love” are in current rotation on Los Angeles tastemaker station KCRW and helped earn Petty a spot in the School Night showcase hosted by DJ Chris Douridas.
Simon is currently recording a new collection of songs that return to the minimalist intimacy of Solomon’s Seal. These, and songs from his previous records, are showcased in his current shows.