A chance meeting and an impromptu performance at a Los Angeles airport has landed the local duo Acoustic Truth a professional music video.
Made up of Ryan Knott of Huntley, a former baseball star at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, and Sarah Lendy of Chicago, Acoustic Truth has released the video for their song “Time” on YouTube.
It also can be viewed on the duo’s website at www.acoustictruthmusic.com.
It tells the story of a couple united in love for 50 years as they both reflect on and celebrate that love.
“Everything kind of fell into place for this video,” Knott said.
Meeting with a potential label in Hollywood upon the release of their album “Time,” available at iTunes, Knott and Lendy happened to run into Michael Estrella, director and president of the production company Avelane Road Inc. of Los Angeles.
He spotted Knott’s guitar during a gate delay and struck up a conversation.
“They kindly and confidently offered to play for me and the entire airport,” Estrella said in a statement upon release of the video.
“It took moments for people to start buzzing about the impressive and alluring lyrics and voices echoing through the terminal,” he said. “Passengers basically just stopped to hear and see the two perform. It was surreal.”
Estrella then offered to do the video pro-bono.
The three kept in touch for about a year before coming together to film at a 100-year-old home in Huntley, as well as Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.
Friends of Lendy, the couple featured in the video has actually been married 50 years and agreed to volunteer their time for the three-day shoot.
Though their album landed for a few days in iTune’s Top 100 Pop albums and they were invited to take part in the hit television show “America’s Got Talent,” the duo doesn’t want to rush into anything.
They have yet to sign a recording contract and turned down the television show offer because of “contract issues with some of our songs,” Knott said. The duo has been invited to perform next at the House of Blues Chicago in January.
“We really want to enjoy being us and living our lives. We’re still going to really push the music, but we want to stay level-headed,” said Knott, who also works as a district manager for Aldi. “We know it’s a long road. We’re just hoping the right things will fall into place . . .
“It’s crazy to think about how far things have come. It’s been a fun journey, surreal, but we’re still trying to retain that down-to-earth vibe. We want to do good in the world.”
Knott and Lendy first met during an internship at Camp Star, a camp for children with special needs, where both were counselors.
Planning to become a professional baseball player, Knott was injured just before the draft at Duke University, where he graduated.
He began writing songs during his rehabilitation. Upon meeting Lendy, the two started writing and performing together, first for friends and audiences in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
They wrote “Time” over a two-year period, beginning with a Skype conversation.
“We were close friends. We weren’t dating at the time. We came up with an idea for a song about the loss of a loved one, and it just kind of evolved into that storyline,” Knott said.
With most of it complete, they put the song on hold for awhile because they had yet to come up with a bridge in the middle. In the meantime, they became a couple and wrote more songs, finishing “Time” months later.
“It kind of sparked this whole album idea, sparked who we are, and what we wanted to be,” Knott said.
The duo is described as a country/pop duo and compared to artists such as The Civil Wars, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.
When they first formed Acoustic Duo, they began posting videos on YouTube that quickly gained attention and a fan base.
“We’ve had offers, but we’re really trying to take it slow,” Knott said. “The business can be really tricky. ... It’s just a matter of finding the right people that want to go the distance with you.”By JAMI KUNZER – firstname.lastname@example.org