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“A sparkling debut . . . I love this songwriter!”
—No Depression
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“Yearning Americana for you . . . courtesy of US songwriter Miles East. Comparisons for this one include Dawes, Jason Isbell and Ray LaMontagne. [We’re] delighted….”
—Songwriting Magazine
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“A turning point in this artist’s career from being a drummer on national tours, to committing solely to his passion for singing and songwriting. His sound completely his own….”
—Dan’s Papers
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“This record is serious business.”
—One Track Mine
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“[Ghosts Of Hope] is tender, touching . . . The powerful vocals pull double duty here, as they are able to keep listeners firmly on the edges of their seats while contributing to the overall harmonies of the song.”
—NeuFutur Magazine
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“[Miles East] loves music for the same great reason we do—a tune can change your outlook in a matter of moments—dissolving despair, raising spirits. Speaking of good vibes, that’s exactly what we’re getting from Miles East’s debut record, Ghosts Of Hope.”
—Pen’s Eye View
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“A lot of people tend to see their lives in terms of journeys, but I’ve always seen mine in terms of destinations—emotionally, romantically, musically—what have you. There are ones I’m trying to get to or leave, ones I’ve hung out too long in, or maybe departed too quickly. I think somehow, my songs reflect that.”

On this debut from Miles East, Ghosts Of Hope, the quiet push and pull of human transformation is set against the volatile backdrop of the east coast seascape where he grew up and still resides (“I’ve come a long way to be with you / I’ve survived a storm of sacrifice,” “You Win”). Songs roil with hopeful hellos, conflicted goodbyes, hard exits, and harder entrances. His characters move cautiously and thoughtfully, torn by the unsettling truth that actions can be both a positive and a negative force, even simultaneously.

Like Dawes, Jason Isbell, or Ray LaMontagne, the ghosts of the great singer-songwriters are present—and even evoked—in a modern way that seems to stretch the very definition of the term. It’s no surprise, then, how this debut gained its title.

When asked what brought multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jonathan Ellinghaus to this latest destination—and the name Miles East—after having spent over a decade as an A-list New York City studio musician and elite drummer, his answer is a succinct one. “Oh, I’ve always been here. It’s just time now to invite everybody in.” He elaborates further, “It’s interesting, because I believe it’s the songwriting that’s afforded me the success I’ve achieved as a drummer—especially in the studio. I always arrived at drum parts as a songwriter first and as a drummer second. My parts need to serve the song every bit as much as the guitars, or vocal, or even lyrics for that matter.”

Then there’s the question of the moniker Miles East. Ask Ellinghaus whether it’s a band name or a pseudonym and his answer is, “Yes! And call me Miles if it feels right. As an artist, it does to me. It represents the one destination that’s helped me navigate all the others I’ve mentioned, and there’s only one way to get there.”

Ghosts Of Hope, the debut from Miles East, was produced and recorded by New York indie-music luminary Blake Morgan and will be released worldwide June 24th, 2016 on ECR Music Group.

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Miles East - ECR Music Group
Miles East - ECR Music Group
Miles East - ECR Music Group
Miles East - ECR Music Group
Miles East - ECR Music Group
Miles East - ECR Music Group

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Beatrice Kimmel | HyPR Media
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