Ohio Avenue is a melodic pop rock band from Huntsville, AL. Formed in 2005 the band gained praise and notoriety
quickly before hitting the road full time in 2007. Like many touring bands, Ohio Avenue experienced the
hardship and change that comes with touring. Though this seemed to be a re-occurring theme for the band over the
years, there has been one driving force, one constant factor that has always remained. Meet Ohio Avenue singer,
songwriter, and guitarist Derek Williams.
Derek has always been the heart and soul of Ohio Avenue. From the creation of the band until now, the musical and lyrical direction has been under the guidance of Derek’s hand. He writes songs that relate to real life all while drawing you in with such captivating melodies that you can’t help but sing along. He was inspired by the music he heard as a child to always share both sides of the story. He wants to not only acknowledge the good but also the bad. Derek says, “I’ve always wanted to be honest about life in my music. We all have success with defeat, joy with suffering, and life with death. But, in the middle of all this, I have a hope in something bigger than myself or this life. My hope is eternal.” This is what makes Ohio Avenue’s music special. Derek has found a way to write songs with the melodic approach of Coldplay and the honesty of Switchfoot all while sounding unique and “Ohio Avenue”.
The band has toured extensively over the past eight years. Sharing the stage with bands such as NEEDTOBREATHE, Sister Hazel, Skillet, Kutless, and many more. The band’s album “The Sound”, released in 2010, was featured on iTunes under “New and Noteworthy” albums. Their hit song “Liar, Liar” has also been featured on Pac Sun’s website and in stores.
In August, the band released a follow-up to “The Sound” – a three song EP entitled “What Tomorrow Holds” which is available on iTunes and other digital outlets. It was produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Paul Ebersold (Three Doors Down, Third Day, Skillet), and features two brand new songs along with one re-recording of a fan favorite. The songs and the band have definitely matured and evolved as one would expect from a veteran band. Don’t be fooled though, this is, without a doubt, still Ohio Avenue.