Erika Van Pelt and Ryan Faraday came together in 2013, searching for a new outlet to explore their passion for Blues, Rock and Soul. Faraday hails from the great city of Boston, Massachusetts, where he became a force in the blues vein at the tender age of 13. His hard work, dedication and undeniable talent brought him to the very top of the Boston club scene. His songwriting is compelling, using unique chord progressions and melodies to tell his stories. His skills as a guitarist only make this versatile musician a greater force to be reckoned with. While hailed as being reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, his virtuosity captures the sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton, Slash, B.B. King, Jimmy Page and Prince, combined with the vocal stylings of Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon), Ray Lamontagne and Paolo Nutini, all the while remaining faithful to a style that is as unique as he is. Van Pelt hails from South Kingstown, a small town in Rhode Island. While the town may be small, her sound certainly is not. Erika honed her skills as a vocalist in her teens and earned many accolades for vocal and improvisational skills in classical, jazz and contemporary music. She was a Top 10 Finalist on Season 11 of American Idol, where she earned a spot on the immensely popular 46-city worldwide tour. When Erika Van Pelt released her debut album “My Independence” in the fall of 2013, it began another chapter in her solo career. Drawing influence from a myriad of different artists, Van Pelt has done what many artists are afraid of doing, creating a record that breaks down the boundaries of genre-specific songs and allowing herself to express her deep appreciation of soul, rock, blues, funk, pop, indie, and even hip-hop. Together, Erika and Ryan make a one-of-a-kind, world-class duo. Their chemistry onstage is electric, and a must-see for Live music lovers all over the world.