The Young Fables are a country music duo composed of Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford, who have worked & performed with The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Randy Houser, The Henningsens, Scotty McCreery, and Joe Nichols.
Laurel Wright, originally from Maryville Tennessee, started singing in church when she was just three years old. At the age of ten, she was inspired to pick up a guitar and write her first song, and during high school, got “really serious about music”. After quitting the high school basketball team and become home-schooled, at age sixteen Laurel became the youngest winner of the Texaco Country Showdown, picked from around 50,000 entrants nationwide. Out of those 50,000, the top five performed their original music on the Ryman Auditorium Stage at an event hosted by LeAnn Rimes. A couple of years later, Laurel moved to Nashville, working as a restaurant hostess while pursuing her dream of a full-time music career, and since then has played shows across the country both as a solo act and since meeting Wesley, as part of the Young Fables.
According to Laurel, “Meeting Wes was a serious game-changer for me, and my music career”. When her former lead guitarist backed out of a gig at the last minute, her drummer said he knew someone and called Wesley, who she describes as one of the most talented and hardworking people she’s ever worked with. When she moved to Nashville, Wesley told her that he wanted to be part of anything and everything that he could be part of, and since then they haven’t played a show without each other in over a year, and all the Young Fables songs have been written together.
Wesley grew up in Tallassee, East Tennessee, in a music-loving family. He started learning piano at nine years old, and picked up the guitar at fourteen when he got his first six-string for Christmas. Influenced at an early age by artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd, Wesley fronted a band for four years as a teenager, until they turned down a record deal offer and split up shortly afterwards. His next move was to earn a bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee.. During, going on to freelance for various bands touring around the east USA. An opportunity to live and play in China for six months with some of his closest friends found Wesley stumbling upon a love of country music, which led him back to Tennessee to play with various artists on a local independent label. It was a friend from that group who called him that night to fill in on guitar with Laurel. In his own words: “I’ve worked with a lot of musicians, but knew from the moment we started working and writing together, that Laurel and I had something very special.”
In their own words: “Before ‘The Young Fables’, it was just ‘Laurel Wright’. ‘Two’ is a fun song that Wesley and I wrote about us becoming a duo and also the title track to our album.” – Laurel. The video, which premiered on The Boot in April, was filmed in a Thai restaurant in Nashville – while it was open – and was directed by Patryk Larney, along with HMUA artist Chrissy Yoder.
The Young Fables are currently touring to promote their debut album Two, and are opening up for Chris Janson in September. www.theyoungfables.com
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