The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece group of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock’n’roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.
The Sound of Ghosts has welcomed diverse group of musicians on stage and in the studio, but the core of the band is comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Jon Sarna (drums, percussion), and Joey Mackey (guitars). United they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds. Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between.
The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from Leukaemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band ‘Brown Bird’ with his wife, that was named NPR’s folk group of the year. James was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him. Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band ‘The Sound of Ghosts’ which was the title of a Brown Bird album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be a constant reminder of his love for music.
The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Ozomatli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia and in the documentary Virginia 12th on Now This. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival.