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Glorious Leader is the solo project of American musician, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Woolard. Written and recorded in his home in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the music is an attempt at uncompromising honesty. It is a quest for simplicity. It is a celebration of humanity, of the far north, of the infinite shades between joy and sorrow, of wood stoves and whiteouts. The music is a reflection of the Northeast Kingdom — an aural representation of its slender dirt roads, sparkling lakes, peeling wooden farms, maple sugaring houses, cold wilderness, warm people, and 8 months of snowfall. Originally conceived as a collection of quiet acoustic songs, somewhere along the way Woolard’s debut EP 'My Kingdom' exploded into arrangements of strings, glockenspiels, his grandfather’s 1930s ukulele, synthesizers, and layers of vocal harmonies. At the core of Woolard’s music is his trademark fingerpicking, however — a sound born from his childhood in the Appalachian mountains, morphed by his years spent making music in Iceland and Europe. His next EP, 'Glorious Leader & the Analog Cabin Mystery,' is due out in early 2021.