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Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


AJR to Release Debut Album “Living Room” March 3

Indie pop trio AJR are excited to announce the release of their eagerly anticipated full-length debut album, Living Room, for March 3 via AJR Productions/Warner Bros. Records. The 13-track album, which was written, recorded and produced by the band in the living room of their New York City apartment, will feature Gold Certified hit “I’m Ready,” as well as new single “Infinity,” lauded by Idolator as “a stripped-back, folk-tinged pop song with a powerful sing-a-long chorus.” After a 2014 that saw them perform everywhere from The Today Show and Live! With Kelly and Michael to The X-Factor in Australia (where “I’m Ready” is also certified double platinum), AJR is now poised to be the breakout act of 2015.

The NYC-bred Met brothers – Adam (bass/vocals), a 24-year old Columbia graduate, Ryan (guitar/piano/vocals), a bespectacled 20-year old Columbia student who serves as the band’s main songwriter, and Jack (vocals/guitar), the 17-year old force-de-nature who splits time between lead vocals and attending high school in NYC – experienced a meteoric rise in the past year, following the self-release of a 5-song EP and fall 2014’s release of Infinity E


P. Their full-length debut combines the exciting elements of their earlier releases alongside brand new material, reflecting the band’s continued creative development.

AJR has been favorably compared by Billboard to the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel (for the harmonies) and Fun. and Imagine Dragons (for the electro-pop influences), and got love from the New York Post for their “sticky-sweet pop melodies with vintage barber shop vocals [and] edgier electronic samples and ‘spokestep’ [aka dubstep breakdowns derived from vocals].” The viral success of “I’m Ready” also won over early champions from SiriusXM and iHeartRadio to VH1 “Big Morning Buzz” and NBC, who featured the song in their Olympic promos. In the past two years AJR has toured with the likes of The Wanted, Demi Lovato, Lindsey Stirling, and Train, and even performed a cover of “Wagon Wheel” alongside Meghan Trainor.

AJR got their musical start as kids busking in Central Park and Washington Square, singing Jackson 5 covers, and, later, their own material. They used their earnings to buy musical equipment which they set up in their parents’ living room, where they write, record and produce all of their own music to this day.

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