Willow Way are an indie-folk rock/Americana band fronted by sister singer-songwriters, Melanie Schmidt & Jennifer Maynord. Their vocal harmonies and folk-influenced songwriting derive from influences such as First Aid Kit and The Civil Wars. Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, the sisters grew up composing songs & playing at local events within the Edmond/Oklahoma City area. Melanie plays acoustic guitar while Jennifer rotates between keyboard and percussion. Willow Way currently plays as a 5-piece band that includes Dustin Maynord, Kyle Mayfield and James Dixon. Kyle plays the drums, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and began performing regularly with the girls in 2015 along with Dustin who plays acoustic & electric guitar. James joined them on electric bass in late Spring of 2016. The group released their first E.P. Chasing Ghosts in 2015 followed by a single, “Weary,” a few months after. A second single and music video, "Stand Still" was released in June 2016, with their 2017 single, "Circus," making a New Year's Day debut. Willow Way released their latest E.P., "Cold Amber," in April 2017 that was recorded Lunar Manor Recording Studio (OKC).
They have performed at numerous venues and festivals including Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival, The Rise and Shine Show (Freedom 43 TV), Backwoods Music Festival, Living Oklahoma (Fox 25 TV), The Tasting Notes (SPY Radio), Oklahoma Rock Show (SPY Radio), Paseo Arts Festival, West Fest, OKC Festival of the Arts, Edmond Arts Festival, Peace Love and Goodwill Festival and popular OKC music hubs such as VZD's, The Blue Note, Will Rogers' Theatre and more.
These Oklahoma natives are grateful for their opportunities to perform together, and they look forward to growing in their music as a means to connect with themselves & others, while contributing to their much-loved Oklahoma music community.