From the East Coast to the West Coast, each member found their way to Nashville, TN to join songwriting duo Chase Bader and Conor Kelly. While attending Belmont University, the band originally began under the name Koa with bassist Ryan Ladd and saxophonist Al Mathews. Percussionist Ryan McClanahan quickly joined adding a unique element to the music and later took on the role of keyboardist to fill out the sound. Finally, the band found drummer Dave Czuba to fuse Koa into Waker.
Waker’s “full send” mentality has helped the band conquer festival stages at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Hangout, Electric Forest, Summerfest, Summer Camp, and Live on the Green. Headlining shows across the country, Waker’s eclectic live show has earned them the privilege of touring with acts such as Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, JJ Grey and Mofro, Ripe, and The Main Squeeze.
The band’s nonstop regiment of touring and writing as built up their highly anticipated debut album, due at the start of 2020.
Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others. Wake up.