Atlanta, GA based Americana duo The Ormewoods are Don McCollister and Claire Pearson.
Don and Claire bring dynamic individual musical histories to their remarkable partnership.
Don’s 25 year career includes work with Sister Hazel, Shawn Mullins and Third Day. He also
produced tracks for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush before they formed the superstar duo
Sugarland. Artists that Don McCollister has worked with have collectively sold over 15 million
albums, been nominated for 85 major music awards, of which they have won 47, had 34 #1
billboard hits and charted singles. Often dubbed "the artist's" producer because he himself is a
multi-instrumentalist who continues to perform live.
Claire Pearson (previously performed as Pearson Perry but dropped the Perry moniker after
divorce) is an Atlanta based singer-songwriter whose song "Love is a Mountain" (co-written
with Heidi Higgins) charted #37 on on the top 100 list of most played singles on independent
radio in 2014. She was also one of the top 5 most played pop artists on independent radio in 2014
according to Roots Music Report. She founded Atlanta Intown Songwriters in 2011 to build the
Atlanta artist network for aspiring songwriters.
In 2016, they quickly built a base of fans as they toured the Southeast and Mid-West promoting
their debut album "The Bedroom Sessions". The album continues to receive strong Americana
radio support across the country thanks to their #1 single "HeyBabe" (RootsMusicReport) which
hit #1 in the summer of 2017.
The Bedroom Sessions saw Claire (the duo’s chief songwriter) drawing lyrics directly from
entries in her diary detailing the first 90 days of the duo’s re-connection after many years. The
duo decided the best way to capture the intimate nature of the songs was to turn her bedroom into
a recording studio. Don set up his gear, and the album was recorded in a series of literal bedroom
sessions. While recording and gearing up for the official roll-out of their album, The Ormewoods
scored a unique coup, with the key track “Year of Mercy” being named runner up for Best Folk
Song 2016 by Song of the Year Songwriting Competition and nominated as Best Folk Song of
2016 by the American Songwriting Awards. The dynamic of the what some have called “the
happy Civil Wars” is further reflected on songs like the sly and soulful “Hey Babe,” about the
tension between not wanting to be tied up again and those feelings of falling in love; the playful,
high energy “Back To You,” about finishing what they started so many years ago; and “Sleep
Like Strangers,” about those occasional moments of doubt and distance.
The duo has just released their sophomore album “Not Your Mama’s Folk” which shows them
further defining their modern day folk sound with the addition of Claire on a stompbox Don built
for her and the use of more electric guitar tones. The Ormewoods enjoy nothing more than
loading up gear and hitting the road for live shows where they can share their authentic take on
love and life with all ages and fans of all genres.