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Written by Sandy James
Edited by Farinoush Mostaghimi (Noush)

A compelling talent out of St. Louis, singer/songwriter Tony Crown seems like he’s penning a new line to his burgeoning success story with each week. Crown has been turning heads with the release of his debut solo LP Distant from the Universe, a 10-track delicately textured venture into his flavour of atmospheric indie rock. Since dropping in July, the album has met high praise from industry peers and is receiving prominent television placements left and right. This includes the appearance of his single “In the Now” on Showtime’s The Affair, as well as his song “Killing Machine” on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Among other tracks charted, the latter earned Crown the top spot on Tunefind’s weekly Top TV Music chart. Marking his third and most recent placement off of the album, Crown’s rendition of the Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle” was featured in the latest episode of Showtime’s acclaimed hit series Ray Donovan.

Tony Crown imagines “Fly Like an Eagle” in its rawest form. Crown strips down the original song’s bounding rhythms and steadily streamed funk, leaving only his silky vocals and faint acoustic fingerpicking to carry the track’s sentiment. With nowhere to hide, he delivers each lyric with contemplation and patience, providing a greater sense of introspection to Miller’s grooving classic. Despite the more reflective approach, Crown’s dreamy vocal melodies accentuated by Miller’s themes of time and space make for a breezy listening experience. Underneath any great recording’s layers of production is a great song, and behind any great song is a great performance. With this bare bones cover, Tony Crown reveals the substance at the heart of both Steve Miller’s songwriting, and Crown as a performer himself. While his young music career is quickly on the rise, the release of “Fly Like an Eagle,” and its subsequent appearance in Ray Donovan, surely takes Tony Crown to new heights.

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