BMI Indie Spotlight: CANNONS

Posted in News on January 26, 2021
Photo: Pooneh Ghana

All at once, CANNONS recall warm memories, the bliss of the moment, and the gaze toward a brighter tomorrow. The LA-based trio–Michelle Joy on vocals, Ryan Clapham on lead guitar, and Paul Davis on drums and keys–co-mingle handcrafted analog production, glossy guitars, and cinematic synth-craft with fluid vocals and songbook lyrics on songs like “Fire for You,” “Evening Star,” and “Holding On.” Originally formed in 2013, CANNONS united lifelong friends and musical partners Clapham and Davis with LA transplant Joy via a Craigslist ad in search of local musicians. The group’s early track, “Body Talk,” received radio support from KCRW and appeared in HBO’s Ballers, while “Evening Star” was used in a Topshop campaign with Kendall and Kylie Jenner. 20 million streams as an independent act was no small feat, and CANNONS’ buzz eventually earned them a deal with Columbia Records and a “Fire for You” sync in the Netflix film, Never Have I Ever. Up next for CANNONS is more music for everyone to vibe with. As Joy says, “we aim to make universal music. There’s no age limit. Your grandmother can listen to us or your baby.”