THE SIDLEYS - BIOGRAPHY
Founded by the well-established singer/songwriter duo of Annie and Steve Sidley,
The Sidleys are a high-energy, melodic, soul-influenced indie rock group from the Washington DC area.
Their sound is unique but has a universal appeal that comes from the strength of their songwriting as well
as their powerful and passionate vocals. Having featured many of the DC area's finest musicians
including Sam Marshall, Earl Carter and Andy Hamburger, The Sidleys are now being joined onstage
by their amazingly talented sons: Colin, Ian and Sean. Making it truly a family affair, The Sidleys have been
electrifying audiences at some of the most prestigious venues across the nation including The Hamilton
Live, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Fillmore, Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. Their current award
winning release ''Bittersweet" has received universal acclaim from critics and fans alike, and was nominated
for Pop/Rock album of the year by the Washington Area Music Association. 2014 will be the biggest year yet
for the Sidleys, as their family band will be playing venues and festivals on both the East and West Coasts.
To hear music, read their story and follow their tour schedule, visit thesidleys.com and follow them
on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT BITTERSWEET (2013)
Love can be so bittersweet. What once had started as a friendship and shared interest in music became
a deep, resonant and passionate love. They shared everything: their time, attention, affection, music and all of the many
things that go together to make up a life. They married, bought a house, had a family and resolved to stay close no
matter what came…and their life together was beautiful and uncommon. But over time, the cracks began to show.
They found the places they were unable to give love to each other, because they had been unable to give it to themselves.
Each looked outside of their marriage trying to find that missing love, but instead finding only pain and further isolation.
Despite all of their closeness and good intentions, now all they could do was hurt one another. So they decided to let each
other go…and it was the most painful thing either one of them had ever experienced. They cried, in their now separate houses,
for each other and themselves. And as they let themselves fully feel the pain of being alone and feeling abandoned, they
began to pour this experience into brand new songs. They played them for each other, singing and crying together from the
depths of their hearts. But suddenly, they found that every song they wrote and sang began to bring them a little closer.
As they learned to love and accept themselves, they began to do so for each other. Soon their love had become
stronger than it had ever been and they continued to write and sing and heal…but once again in the same house…together.
Sharing this music so others could understand who they were and where they had been was the final part of their healing
together, and those people, in turn, shared how these songs allowed them to feel and understand themselves too.
And this is the story of how the album came to be.
In love, we are all connected in each and every moment…especially when those moments are bittersweet.