Thriving Ivory

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Thriving Ivory - 'Thriving Ivory'. Photo courtesy Wind-Up.

Thriving Ivory's Origins:

Thriving Ivory are a San Francisco quintet led by singer Clayton Stroope that specializes in swooning, anthemic ballads high in romantic melodrama. Forming the group in the middle of the 2000s in Santa Barbara, California, Stroope teamed up with keyboardist Scott Jason, eventually recruiting bassist Bret Cohune, guitarist Drew Cribley and drummer Paul Niedermier to round out the lineup.

Recording Their Debut:

Moving to San Francisco, Thriving Ivory toured across the American West building their fan base and recording self-released albums. Signing with Wind-Up Records in 2007, the band worked with producers Howard Benson (Seether, Daughtry) and Chris Manning for their debut. Released in 2008, Thriving Ivory contained several songs that had been available on the group’s self-released records. The first single was “Angels on the Moon,” a moony ballad that represented the band's yearning, heartfelt reach. With their delicate string sections and lovelorn lyrics, Thriving Ivory's songs drew comparisons to Coldplay and U2.

Thriving Ivory Quotes:

Clayton Stroope, on his writing partnership with Scott Jason.
"I'm not a songwriter, and Scott doesn't sing. But Scott has this creative force inside him, and I just fit as an outlet for him."

Clayton Stroope, on finally signing to a label.
“There are some things that take an adjustment.

On one hand it’s such a relief to not have to worry about running the website and updating that, not having to borrow money from our parents…but at times you miss the independence of being able to make a call on your own.”

Thriving Ivory Trivia:

  • In college, Stroope studied to become a sociologist, while his band mates took classes in psychology.
  • “Angels on the Moon” was reportedly written as a reaction to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Country singer Lee Ann Womack’s 2008 single “Last Call” features vocals from Stroope.
  • Thriving Ivory have been featured as one of VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artists on the rise, as well as Yahoo!’s “Who’s Next?” series.