combination of earth and air, soulful female vocals
call to your Spirit while the American feel of the
pedal steel brings you back to earth, speaking to
every dream you have ever had of exploring the wild
unknown. The spacious electric guitar is carried
by a deep rhythm section and you notice that both
your soul and your body are being invoked, being
Every harmony answering your call, and every beat
posing a question.
The Wild Hymns truly belong to the wild.”
The music of The Wild Hymns is
a mix of melodically-enchanting Modern folk and
Americana with touches of Gypsy Jazz, world, gospel,
rock and ambient/improvisational music. Their music
is often described as beautifully mellow and laid-back,
though the sound of "the hymns" (as some
fans have called the band) can have a high-spirited
and wild side, especially in a live setting.
lyrics and musical compositions / improvisations
are greatly influenced by personal and universal
love, nature, mysticism and the exploration of
emotion and what it means to be human.
They are reclaiming the word “hymn”,
releasing it from the sometimes limiting beliefs
of the church and letting it loose into the wild
to mean anything and everything sacred.
The Wild Hymns debut, self-titled album started
out as a solo album of the music of songstress
Megan Woodland Donley with guitarist Jeff Hewitt
and drummer Steve Witmer. With the addition of
Clem Foust on pedal steel guitar, bassist Chris
Towson, and vocalist/lyricist Krystle Seitz adding
harmony, as well as a few guest artists (bassist
Donna Volles and breathtaking violinist Helena
Protopapas), the album blossomed in scope and
sound and led to the formation of the band, The
Wild Hymns. Though Donley fronts the band with
her vocals and provides songs and lyrics, all
material is expanded upon by the entire group;
collaboration and creative exploration has been
fundamental to the band since its conception.
The Wild Hymns offer songs that are ethereal,
haunting and familiar, comforting and inspiring,
invoking the deepest of longings, the most elusive
of emotions, and the raw, wild spirit that lies
within each and every one of us.