Joie Frye - vocals & keyboard
Michael was born in Manchester, NH U.S.A. His mother was a singer and his grandmother a published songwriter. Traveling all over America and Europe with his military Dad formed Michael's eclectic spirit.
Early-on he liked the surfing sounds of The Ventures and Dwayne Eddie. Later his tastes expanded to the finger-styles of Chet Atkins and Jose Feliciano. "Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen inspired me to express myself with words, and my Dad's jazz collection had some influence on the harmonic structure of my compositions."
Joie, born in Stamford, CT U.S.A., had parents who were choral singers. She began playing piano at seven and honed her harmony skills singing with her sisters. Hearing the voice and piano of Laura Nyro inspired Joie to become a singer-songwriter.
Michael and Joie, after their first time working together on a recording project, decided to form Average Soul. They had a common love for writing and singing original music. In '03, they left West Virginia together in search of their audience.
Their songs are reflections and descriptive stories driven by thoughtfulness, humor, and emotion. Some of the themes that frame these songs are loss and gain, self-deception, freedom, and true love.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Woodstock '69
2. Holy Donuts
3. Not Now or Ever
4. Lay It Down
5. Living in the San Joaquin
6. Raised Me From the Dead
7. Do What You Gotta Do
8. Blissful Note
9. All I Need to See is You
10. Turn the Tide