Sparkman is an acoustic guitar-based alternative rock band from Charlotte, NC, with a twist on the genre that you’ve never heard before. Known for their musicality and captivating live performances, the band has emerged as a must-see up-and-coming act. Newest single "Fireworks" is no exception to their engaging approach. Off their upcoming first full-length album Searching for the Dawn to be released early September, "Fireworks" gives listeners their first taste of Sparkman's new sound as a full band with electric guitar picking and clean drum beats.
Beginning as a one-man act, Sparkman started with Charlotte native Chris Vercauteren, his Taylor acoustic and a dream. Setting out to narrate life's moments of sunshine, Vercauteren uses the grace and calming rhythms of the acoustic guitar to complement his drifting soft, yet strong vocal talent in Sparkman's debut EP Fail Forward. Top singles "Mountain Girl" and "We All Wake Up" off Fail Forward are both peaceful lullabies and upbeat coffeeshop tracks, expressing Vercauteren lyrical versatility. Adding heavily distorted guitar and synth sounds on the album creates a new signature sound theme: the complexity of the acoustic guitar.
With Charlotte's music scene bubbling with local showcases and artist networking opportunities, Vercauteren met the two newest members of Sparkman: Brandon Clayton (drums) and Taylor West (bass), creating a full-band version of Sparkman that brings a magical live experience at each show they play. While each track Sparkman delivers has simple structure and instrumentation, each member contributes their individual and refreshing style, placing the band into a perfect genre of their own. Taking advantage of Charlotte's live music appreciation, Sparkman draws an enthusiastic crowd full of cheers after each song at venues such as the the Visulite Theatre, The Evening Muse, and Sofar Charlotte and continues to rise as Charlotte’s favorite acoustic-based alternative rock band.