Since the Winter of 2015, The Change have been engaging audiences at concert venues, coffee houses and music festivals all over Michigan. The Grand Rapids-based sextet’s original music is a roots blend of Blues, Rock, Americana and Soul. Lyrically, the band strives to promote social issues that are near and dear to them. Their distinctive sound is showcased on their debut, “Fight or Flight”, which was debuted in the Spring of 2016. The album was greatly received by fans and critics and has been nominated for several WYCE Jammie awards.
“The Change “Fight or Flight” As a songwriter, Ryan Williams isn’t afraid to tackle social issues or his own personal struggles. Hence, The Change is appropriately named – a band informed by the blues, rock and rootsy folk which is committed to making a difference amid global turmoil. As frontman Williams points out in the liner notes: “Be better, be stronger, be active and affect change.” For those that might question Williams’ uber-confessional and direct approach, there’s no denying the passion and sincerity with which this singer and multi-instrumentalist attacks his soulfully fetching music – ably accompanied by bandmates Tony LaJoye, Jamie Kissane and Dakota Culbertson – from the Bob Seger-tinged rock of “Strung Up,” to the striking piano-and violin-propelled beauty of “Sunrise.” – John Sinkevics, Local Spins