Scott Avett

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Scott Avett
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Performing with Avett Brothers in 2008
Background information
Birth name Scott Yancey Avett
Born June 19, 1976 (1976-06-19) (age 41)
Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
Origin Concord, North Carolina
Genres Folk, indie rock, folk rock
Instruments Vocals (tenor/baritone), banjo, guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, harmonica,
Associated acts The Avett Brothers, Nemo (www.nemo1934.com), Timothy Seth Avett as Darling, Oh What A Nightmare, Jim Avett and Family
Website www.ScottAvett.com

Scott Yancey Avett (born June 19, 1976) is one of the lead singers and founding members of the folk-rock band, The Avett Brothers. Avett primarily plays the banjo but also plays harmonica, drums, piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar for the band based out of Concord, North Carolina. In 2008, their album, The Second Gleam, reached the ten spot on Billboard.com's Top Independent Albums Chart.[1] Avett is also an accomplished artist and printmaker. He owns his own gallery in Concord, North Carolina and has had his work displayed in the Envoy Gallery in New York City.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Scott Avett was born in 1976 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Jim Avett and Susan (Gleason) Avett of Concord, North Carolina. [3] Scott's paternal grandparents were Reverend Clegg Avett, a Methodist minister, and Martha (Hogan) Avett, a former concert pianist. [4] Scott is the middle of three children. His sister, Bonnie, the oldest, was born in 1973. His brother Seth, the youngest, was born in 1980. His father owned a welding business in Concord and his mother taught elementary school before both retired.[5] Jim Avett is now a recording artist with Ramseur Records and often sings gospel songs with his daughter Bonnie and with his sons at The Avett Brothers shows. [6] Scott Avett enrolled at East Carolina University with the hopes of majoring in radio broadcasting with an art minor.[7] However, inspired by mentor Leland Wallin, Avett decided to pursue other interests and he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1999 as well as a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting the following year.[8]

The Avett Brothers[edit]

Scott and his brother, Seth Avett, were heavily involved with their respective bands during their college years. During their college years, Scott was playing with Nemo in Greenville and Seth was involved with the Charlotte-based band, Margo (Scott has been quoted classifying Margo’s music as “melodic rock”).[9] The Brothers, along with guitarist/founding member John Twomey, decided to merge the bands while maintaining the name “Nemo” in 1998.[10] The Avett Brothers were formed during the Nemo days with fellow Nemo guitarist/founding member, John Twomey. During that time, the name was changed to The Avett Brothers while Nemo and The Avett Brothers continued touring as separate bands. Bob Crawford later joined that band in 2001 as Twomey quit both bands and Nemo dissolved.[10] Scott has a more baritone voice, compared to his brother.[11] In 2003, The Avett Brothers were introduced to Dolph Ramseur, the owner of Ramseur Records, an independent record label in Concord, NC.[8]

Artwork[edit]

Avett began to paint seriously in 1999 under the direction of professor and mentor Leland Wallin.[12] In 2002, Scott opened an art gallery in Concord, North Carolina.[7] Avett paints many self-portraits that he says reveal and represent “states of emotions in [his] life.” Avett has also developed a unique methodology in his portraits by using a narrative approach. He creates individual characters who, in later works, are the subject of various events involving multiple figure paintings.[7] Avett’s unique portraits are much like a story book. In addition to oil-on-canvas portraits, Avett is also an accomplished printmaker. He returns to ECU as the need arises in order to create special prints in celebration of events relating to his band, The Avett Brothers.[8] Scott specializes in creating relief prints, a skill that he acquired at ECU under the direction of professor Michael Elhbeck.[13] These prints are renowned among the fans of The Avett Brothers both for their sentimental and artistic value. Scott’s artwork was featured at the Envoy Gallery in New York City from July through August in 2008.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Scott Avett married his wife, Sarah, who gave birth to a baby girl, Eleanor, in late October 2008.[14] In April 2011, it was announced that two shows in Texas would be postponed due to the birth of his second child. Avett revealed the sex of his baby in London when he re-wrote the lyrics to his song "Murder In The City" which was originally released in 2007. The original lyrics were "make sure my sister knows I loved her, make sure my mother knows the same" and they were changed to "make sure my daughter knows I loved her, make sure her mother knows the same.".[15] In July 2016 at a show near Seattle, Scott sang "make sure my girls know I love them, make sure my boy knows the same, always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name."

Scott Avett is the grandson of Reverent Clegg W. Avett (1914-1976), a Methodist minister whose sermons influenced Scott's faith.[16][17]

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