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About Briston Maroney

A rootsy singer/songwriter, Nashville-based Briston Maroney mixes an earnest folkiness with a '90s-style indie rock melodicism. Following a handful of singles, he gained acclaim for his debut 2018 EP Carnival.
Born in Kennesaw, Georgia and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Maroney began writing music in his teens, listening to a mix of classic rock, folk, and indie rock including John Prine, Jim Croce, and John Mayer, as well as the White Stripes and Kings of Leon. While still in his teens, he successfully auditioned for American Idol and made it as far at the Top 30 before getting cut. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued to develop his sound. He ultimately landed in Nashville, where he drew early fans in 2017 with songs like "Hangin' Around," "Virginia," and "It's Not My Fault. These singles laid the groundwork for the release of his 2018 Carnival EP. The album gained critical buzz and helped build interest in Maroney. However, he subsequently found himself in rehab in 2019 and lived with his mother in Florida for a time while reevaluating his career. He eventually moved back to Nashville and in May of 2019, issued his second EP, Indiana, which included the song "Caroline." ~ Matt Collar