The State Theatre Presents: SYML w/ Trent Dabbs
May 19 @ 7:30 pm
SYML is the solo venture of artist Brian Fennell. His forthcoming record, The Day My Father Died, due out February 3, 2023, was recorded by producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, Father John Misty) at the legendary Studio X in their mutual hometown of Seattle. The album features collaborations with Guy Garvey (of Elbow), Lucius, Sara Watkins, Charlotte Lawrence, and is a document of growth and healing, charting Fennell’s journey forward after a fundamental shift in his life.
With over one billion lifetime streams, SYML—Welsh for “simple”—makes music that taps into the instincts that drive us to places of sanctuary, whether that be a place or a person. Born and raised in Seattle, Fennell studied piano and became a self-taught producer, programmer, and guitarist. He released his self-titled debut album in 2019, which includes the platinum-selling song “Where’s My Love,” and the Gold Record fan favorite, “Girl”. In 2021, SYML released an EP DIM, produced by Paul Meany which landed appearances on Late Night with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel alongside a live album Sacred Spaces, which was followed by an extensive sold-out headline tour, performing in beautiful churches around the world.
Trent Dabbs: Grammy award winning songwriter and artist Trent Dabbs is a storyteller, who helps artists
curate and craft their own narratives through the purity of song. Throughout his career,
Dabbs has seamlessly weaved between the often-disparate worlds of writing for artists and
synch. In 2014, he penned Ingrid Michaelson’s platinum-certified single “Girls Chase Boys”,
which peaked at #52 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #6 on the magazine’s Adult Top 40 chart.
More recently, Dabbs co-wrote Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse”, the gold-certified single
from her album Golden Hour that won the 2018 Grammy for Album of the Year. Additionally,
“High Horse” reached #36 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became
Musgraves’ first song to crossover to pop radio, peaking at #39 on the Adult Pop Songs
airplay chart. Dabbs’ songs have also been cut by COIN, Natalie Hemby, NEEDTOBREATHE,
Mat Kearney, Lucius, Joseph, Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars), American Authors, Liza Anne,
and others. In 2021, Dabbs worked closely with Anderson East, co-writing most of his new
album, Maybe We Never Die, including the lead single “Madelyn”, which peaked at #12 on
the Triple A airplay chart. Also this year, Dabbs penned songs with Noah Cyrus, which will be
released on her upcoming album.
Fennell will hit the road in early 2023 to support the release of The Day My Father Died.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.
Doors at 7:30 pm | Music starts at 8:30 pm.