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Ayvio ready to soar to new heights with love letter of album

Ashlie "Ayvio" Overby visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to world premiere his latest release, “Hooked” from his new album released this week, “To Her, With Love.” It's got the makings of a summer hit with an infectious Jackie Wilson meets Outkast meets Bruno Mars vibe to make it a killer. 

Overby calls the album "a love letter to my wife,” Stephanie. It’s a love letter long-considered and masterfully crafted. The couple have been in each other's lives since the age of 2. It's a bond that is strong and it comes out in the songwriting and music. When your heart is worn on your sleeve, your art must be at least as open to connect. 

“It tells of ups and downs in a relationship,” he said. “It is loosely based on our relationship.”

The album took over a year to write and record, Overby said. Produced by Andrew “FYU-CHUR” Jackson, it’s a piece of fine-tuned art. With all the instrumentation by FYU-CHUR, Overby tackled all the vocal work. This is a winning combination. 

In taking the name Ayvio (pronounced AYE-vee-oh), it’s a phonetic sounding of Overby’s initials. He says the letter combination “A V O” is reminiscent of flight.

In flight, there is lift, something Overby conveys in his artistic mission. He’s a singer, songwriter, rapper, comedian and actor. All of these are central to the first of his mini-movie videos that companion the album. The first video, produced by Evan Carter, was voted number one in last week's Dallas Vibez Top 10 Underground Video Countdown: •Ayvio — “Are We Done, Love?” — https://youtu.be/yzgB94Nig8Q.

Born and raised in Newport News, Va., Overby moved to Oklahoma after being stationed at Fort Sill by the Army. During his time in the military, he began performing stand-up comedy at local churches and eventually began to travel about the country providing many with the opportunity to laugh with him and his brand of humor. At the same time, he began recording backing vocals and features for recording artists and in 2012, his first song was recorded.

It didn’t take long until he helped form the group, Alpha Team who released one mixtape entitled, “The Project” in 2012 and an EP entitled, “Get Live” in 2014. They made some fiercely powerful original music and were something to see live. When Alpha Team decided to take a break, Overby began to write and record his first solo effort. “To Her, With Love.”

Now available on all digital platforms following Tuesday’s release, its style reflects the artist’s eclectic taste of music, fusing gospel roots with R&B, soul, jazz and hip-hop to bring “a blended vibe with a little something for everyone,” he said.

Overby and his band, The Ayviators will perform the material live Friday, at the Great Plains Coliseum Annex Building, 920 S. Sheridan. There will be performances from Sid Carter and Sean C. Johnson. Doors open at 7 p.m. and advance tickets are $7 for general admission and $15 for VIP. Tickets at the door are $10. Tickets available on Eventbrite. thwl.eventbrite.com.

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Music was found in great places last weekend. From the Go Green Festival at the Great Plains Coliseum, Dani CarsonGaragemahalixPeacewagon and Takeez Meals made the most of time on the stage.

Medicine Park's Rockin' the Park Festival brought the distortion and power of rock to the cobblestone community. You can't really have something so monumental without a nod to Led Zeppelin. Check out a taste of one of the closing night's highlight bands with a performance at Oklahoma City's Voodoo Lounge: •Uncle Zep — "Rain Song" — https://youtu.be/No4qOWrVV0A.

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Ayvio's visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort made for a solid edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. He's a dynamic personality as well as performer and tonight's concert should be something special.

Jokey McJokerson ran "a-fowl" when he went for the trifecta with this week's joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"For dealing quack to an unduckover ducktective.'”

Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Holy Freedom 4th of July Special 1-Hour Mix Tape America!; 6:30 p.m., Ashlie "Ayvio" Overby.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

Visit, “like” (“love”) and follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/.

Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

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