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Sons of Sylvia Share Revelation Sunday

Written by Rich Lohman
Thursday, 07 October 2010 20:55

Quartet to open for Carrie Underwood

Sunday night those attending the Carrie Underwood concert at the amazing BOK Center will be treated to an opening act on the rise. Comprised of brothers Adam, Ashley and Austin Clark, they are known as Sons of Sylvia.

The band was originally The Clark Family Experience and included three more Clark brothers. The sextet notched a Billboard top 20 hit on the country singles chart in 2002 “Meanwhile Back At the Ranch” before disbanding due to financial troubles.

The trio entered the Fox Networks competition The Next Great American Band as The Clark Brothers and quickly rose into the top 5 bands. Thanks to fan votes, not only did they make it past the top 5, The Clark Brothers went on to win the 2007 competition, beating out 10,000 contenders for the title and scoring a recording contract with 19 Recordings/Interscope Records in the process.

Over time, the brothers had ostensibly gone their separate ways, at least professionally, until Ashley orchestrated the basement reunion that would lead to the formation of Sons of Sylvia, the name change (inspired by their mother) signifying “a clean, fresh start,” according to Ashley Clark.

An association with their headliner, Carrie Underwood, began after the brothers performed on the song “What Can I Say” from the singer’s third album. A performance of the same song on Underwood’s holiday special in December 2009 followed. Several months of writing followed that resulted in their first album, “Revelation”.

“Love Left to Lose,” which Ashley co-wrote with their cousin, hit maker and OneRepublic frontman, Ryan Tedder, that these Sons wear their hearts on their sleeves, while making the audience’s melt. Or at least that’s been the case as nightly sing-alongs have sprung up on Carrie Underwood’s tour, which S.O.S. is opening.

“‘Love Left to Lose’ is a special song because Ashley and Ryan have a really cool history of living and traveling together before Ryan made it big,” says Adam. “And now we’re on the same label! It’s so weird how our lives are a series of strange events like that—impossible situations over and over again, becoming possible.”

Sons of Sylvia and Billy Currington will be the opening acts for Carrie Underwood as she supports her Play On album. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available at the BOK Center box office, and online at bokcenter.com.