Arrow & Ember
The intimate setting of people gathered together for a backyard concert is the kind of gig Arrow & Ember loves to perform. On big stages or small, their passion for connecting with the audience through the music shines through. After playing together for thirteen years, the husband & wife duo easily draws audiences into their songs like a familiar embrace. Their upcoming debut EP, Eyes on the Prize, delivers with melodic folk-alternative songs about grace & hope.
Creativity & Real Life
Ben & Marla indeed have a passion for music, but what sets them apart is their resolve to create beautiful and compelling songs while juggling the responsibilities of raising and supporting a family. With children and day jobs—Ben is a teacher and Marla is a certified public accountant—the two still manage to write, record, and produce songs that dig deep lyrically and melodically. Ben & Marla have also led worship at their local church for the past ten years.
It was through playing classical guitar in college that Marla found her voice. Lead vocalist for Arrow & Ember, Marla is also the principal songwriter for the duo. Combining her passion for songwriting with her passion for Christ, she crafts beautiful songs that share her heart & soul.
“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”
Ben references a quote by D.W. Winnicott to describe both the tension & freedom he and Marla find in collaborating as Arrow & Ember. Through many challenging circumstances and life stages they’ve kept their eyes on the prize of writing songs and sharing them together in front of an audience, but it hasn’t been easy. When studio recording didn’t fit in with family and jobs, the couple purchased some audio equipment and Ben discovered a love for recording and mixing. When a hand injury forced Ben to put down his guitar for a time, he discovered a talent for piano and music production. Now, the two often work together at night while the kids are sleeping. But the obstacles they’ve overcome go beyond a hand injury and finding time to record together. “As a couple, we’ve also walked through some painful relational difficulties,” says Ben. “All couples do, of course, but we've slowly persevered through significant financial difficulty, fear, relational isolation, and bouts of depression. God is still bending us toward him through trials, but we always come out on the other side more whole and with a greater intimacy. It's God's grace and promises that have buoyed and supported us beyond these things. We want to share our story and that grace through our art and music.” Symbolizing their commitment to rely on God through hard times, Marla was inspired to create a rendition of the classic spiritual, Eyes on the Prize, featured on their March 2017 EP.
Acoustic instruments, bass, keys, and Ben’s smooth background vocals perfectly complement Marla’s sweetly haunting lead. Arrow & Ember’s touching artistry has the power to stir the hearts of folk, alternative, and inspirational music lovers while on stage at a summer festival or streaming in headphones. Reminiscent of the music of Josh Garrels and the Oh Hello’s, Arrow & Ember combines elements of multiple genres to deliver a musical experience that’s bound to inspire.
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