Earth Radio is a future soul group based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band formed in 2017 when bass player Justin Avdek brought these unique West Michigan musicians together for a spontaneous recording collaboration, which turned into a progressive project that takes neo-soul to a new level. Their sound combines the unexpected creativity of Hiatus Kaiyote, coupled with the soulful vocals reminiscent of Erkah Badu to create a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before. You’ll hear elements of funk, rock, soul, and progressive jazz melded together into a sound that is uniquely, Earth Radio.
Earth Radio has shared the stage with The Accidentals, Joe Hertler, Last Gasp Collective, Jackie Venson, Minor Element, Afro Zuma, Outer Vibe, Lipstick Jodi, Desmond Jones, and more nationally touring artists. Their ability to collaborate as multi-instrumentalists leaves room for infinite possibility.
Since the release of their self-titled album, Earth Radio, in March 2018, their music has been well received by musical lovers from all genres, hitting the top of the charts as WYCE’s most played album. The excitement continues and the band was awarded “Emerging Artist of The Year” and “Best Jazz Album of 2018” at the 20th WYCE Jammie Awards. In 2019, Earth Radio released their sophomore record, “Mother’s Breath”, which earned them the Critics Choice Award and “Best Jazz Album of 2019” at the 21st WYCE Jammie Awards.
The current members of Earth Radio are Justin Avdek (bass and effects), Travis Swanson (guitar), Hannah Laine (vocals and piano), Dutcher Snedeker (keyboards and synth), and Madison George (drums and percussion).
Earth Radio is currently recording their next record at Third Coast Recording Co., set for release in summer 2020.
Justin Avdek is a widely known musician in West Michigan. He has played bass in many local groups including the Tommy Foster Band, the Mark Lavengood Band, The Underground Circus, Winnow, The War & Treaty, and with Eric Engblade. Justin has released several albums as Justin Avdek and the Underground Circus, the most recent titled You Are What You Sleep. He loves to make sounds.
Dutcher Snedeker is a Masters graduate from WMU and an active performer around West Michigan. He has performed with many West Michigan musicians and bands including Brad Fritcher, Benjaman James, The Underground Circus, the WMU Symphonic Band, Blushing Monk, and The War & Treaty. He is also one of the directors behind Art Music For All (AMFA), an arts organization dedicated to New Music.
Hannah Laine is a soulful vocalist, songwriter, and pianist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her musical journey began at a young age, as she sang and performed with her father. Much of Hannah's inspiration in songwriting comes from various spiritual leaders and artists; including Ram Dass, Erykah Badu, Nai Palm, Stevie Wonder, Queen Afua, Zap Mama, and Mother Earth. Shortly prior to the birth of Earth Radio, Hannah released her debut solo EP titled Cut Your Strings. In addition to her ventures with Earth Radio and her solo performances, Hannah Laine practices yoga, meditation, and sound healing.
MADISON GEORGE// drums
Madison George is a former jazz studies student at Western Michigan University. He has appeared in various West Michigan groups including Lushh, Hip Pocket, Michigander, and The War & Treaty. Madison joined Earth Radio in October 2018, succeeding Hayaman Mana Tzach, who still makes occasional appearances. Madison has recently been invited to go on tour with The War & Treaty, starting in March 2020! Stay tuned for updates on Madison's journey and a new Earth Radio lineup.
TRAVIS SWANSON// guitar (not pictured)
Travis Swanson has come a long way from tiny Palmer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a very short time. Accepted at Berklee, he decided that self-study and hard time on the bandstand would produce better results, and played swing, roots, funk, and jazz, but mainly blues, with a variety of groups. In 2019, Travis left Earth Radio to pursue a Masters degree at University of Michigan in Jazz Improvisation. Travis has recently returned to the group with a pocketful of new songs for their next album. He expects to finish his Masters within the year.