“Ace Stiles downplays the bitterness on his new debut EP, Grudge, which pulls from vocal jazz influences to enrich his city boy alt-pop style. As the title indicates, resentment is at the root of the five songs that comprise the release. However, he finds a way to grow his negative experiences into constructive themes of self-confidence and resilience. He transforms the titular grudge from a potentially destructive mindset into a motivating one.”
Ace Stiles and the Trees started playing together in the spring of 2022, and their dynamic is evident in their performances. Energetic and original, this band puts on a killer live show. The band consists of Ace Stiles as singer, songwriter and ukulele, Adrian Jacob slays on guitar, Finn Bray on drums, Ethan Ulrich on bass and Denver Hanson on keys and percussion.
Ace Stiles came into national focus in February of 2021 when he appeared on American Idol. Fans were incensed when the judges did not promote him to the next stage of the competition, but Ace did not let that stop him. His hard work following AI culminated in the five song EP, “Grudge.” From jazz the infused ballad Mango Tree to the dynamic and danceable Loudmouth, “Grudge” is a favorite on listeners’ playlists.
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