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Interview:
Thirdstory at the Shelter, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The members of Thirdstory got together during early 2014, and the story has only been a happy once since then.

The harmony-heavy trio put itself on the map opening for Tori Kelly during 2016 and touring as part of Chance the Rapper’s group the following year. The group’s 2016 EP, “Searching,” caught a few years, while its debut album, “Cold Heart,” has pushed the needle forward thanks to singles such as “G Train” (with Pusha T) and “Still In Love.”

Now the group is busy telling its story on the road, starting small but with big plans for the future...

• Thirdstory’s Richard Saunders and Bermuda-born Ben Lusher met during high school in Connecticut, and they joined forces with Texas native Elliott Skinner after they moved to New York. “I think Elliott and I in particular grew up with a lot of chorale singing, a little bit of church gospel type of music,” Saunders, 27, says by phone. “I met him at a showcase on the lower east side of New York; We just really liked the vibe of each other’s sets and decided to start singing together. Then we decided maybe it would sound better with a third person to do three-part harmonies, so I called up Ben and he came to New York, and the rest is history.”

• Thirdstory had a firm idea in mind when it began scoping out the “Cold Heart” album with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay. “We basically set out to make an album of songs that was completely co-written by the three of us and combined all our individual tastes to create something different from what each of us would do on our own,” Saunders explains. “We settled on (singing) about love and heartbreak because those were topics all three of us could easily relate to. It took awhile to figure out the production of the album, but when we eventually met Malay it kind of instantly clicked with him. It was a very slow but organic process to come to the final version.”

• The connection with Chance The Rapper -- which came through singer Eryn Allen Kayne and Chance’s musical director Peter Cottontail -- was invaluable in helping Thirdstory establish its presence in the pop scene. “We were recording a song, ‘Still In Love,’ with Erin and Peter came to the studio, and that led into opportunities to sing with Chance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and eventually doing his tour,” Saunders recalls. “It was absolutely amazing -- just massive arenas, massive festivals, bigger audiences than we had ever performed for. A lot of people got to hear us that way, so we’re grateful.”



If You Go:

• Thirdstory and Grace Weber

• Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 6 p.m.

• The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $20.

• Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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