WHO SAYS AN ACTIVIST SINGER-SONGWRITER CAN’T BE FUNNY?
Seth Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded his new album, Birds, (release summer 2017) in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. “I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the birds,” he says “I’d check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.”
Birds is steeped in conflict and contradiction; there’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. The album began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. The songs range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place.
Birds is Glier’s latest album in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and touring with artists such as Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 150 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. Performing with 62-year old veteran musician Joe Nerney on harmonica, saxophone and harmony vocals, Glier’s live show places his melodic AAA-contemporary pop under a blanket of roots & blues. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” His first Daytrotter session, was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt Magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”.
More than just a musician, Seth is an avid activist. In 2016, he was chosen as a 2016 ChildFund Ambassador and traveled to Guatemala bringing music to remote areas and schools. He took home Best Social Action Song for his track “The Next Right Thing” at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, and is a National Spokesperson for Autism Speaks.
“…this young blood wields an old-soul air…Discover a new generation of great.” – Huffington Post
“..this material sound like nothing if not classics in waiting …it’s the essence of perfection” – Blurt Magazine
“Glier sings with a quiet strength reminiscent of Damien Rice and Jeff Buckley roped with an altogether refreshing candidness rarely heard these days.” – Glide Magazine
“ An adept song craftsman elegantly emotional vocalist…harkening back to early pop/rock tradition of Billy Joes and early Springsteen.” – iTunes Editorial
“Being the festival director this year, I didn’t get to spend much time actually enjoying the music, however- spending 30 minutes listening to Seth was one of the best moments of my weekend! I’m continually amazed at this level of talent and emotion during performance. We were so thrilled to host him this year, and look forward to having him back to our area very soon!” -Tracy Johnson, Blue Plum Festival, TN