Midas Whale rides the wave from ‘The Voice’ to St. George; quirky folk-rock duo on STGnews Videocast exclusive

ST. GEORGE – Engaging musical duo Midas Whale, fresh off an appearance on NBC’s “The Voice” that broadened their exposure and jump-started their career, will soon grace Southern Utah with their one-of-a-kind talent.

Along with Ryan Innes and Amy Whitcomb of “The Voice” and Atlantic Records-signed band Fictionist, Midas Whale will appear at the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie State University campus June 28 at 7 p.m. The concert promises an eclectic mix of soul, funk and R&B from Innes, rock and pop from Whitcomb and folk-rock from the duo.

On Thursday, Midas Whale sat down for an exclusive video interview with concert sponsor St. George News | STGnews.com to shed light on their background, share little-known facts about their “Voice” experience and entice Dixie music lovers to attend their upcoming performance with their easygoing personalities and quirky humor.

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Videocast by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

Midas Whale are Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes, who met at an open mic night in 2010 in their native Rexburg, Idaho. Lewis, a lifelong musician who was previously a contestant on season three of “American Idol” and Hayes, a geologist and hobbyist singer-songwriter, formed a nearly instant friendship that blossomed into a musical collaboration when Lewis promised an “adventure.” The duo’s name is a play on the phrase “might as well;” ironically, both admit they are afraid of whales.

“I think we’re truly different,” Lewis said. “There’s no one like us.”

In addition to a collection of original songs, Lewis and Hayes composed “Deep Love,” a rock opera that gained popularity in their home state before auditioning for season four of “The Voice” and earning a spot on judge Adam Levine’s team. Though they were eliminated in the knockout rounds, the exposure to a nationwide audience has put their burgeoning career on the fast track. They have raised enough money to record and release a debut album, which they will begin later this summer.

They describe their style as Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles-esque folk-rock with a modern twist and unique melodies that set them apart from anything music fans can hear on radio today.

“This concert offers a little something for everyone,” Hayes said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

Concert tickets are still available but selling rapidly. Premium seats cost $20, all others $15 and can be purchased by calling the DSU Box Office at 435-652-7800 or online.

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