SOFTSPOKEN is a rock band hailing from Florence, Kentucky made up of Sam Scheuer [vocals], Chris Wethington [guitar], Billy Zimpelman [guitar], and Myka Meeks [drums]. Founded with the idea of being true to themselves, the guys of Softspoken write what they feel, putting their passion straight into every song, and capturing whatever emotion they’re feeling in that moment. Emotive, high-energy, melodic, agrressive… any number of words can describe Softspoken’s music, but they prefer genuine.
“We believe that music belongs to everyone,” says vocalist Sam Scheuer. “We might be writing it and playing it, but the second someone listens and interacts with our art, it belongs to them in a way. They might take another meaning from the lyrics than what I had in my head; the emotions they feel might be calm where I’m energized; and in that way one piece of music can truly be something different and fresh for everyone. We love nothing more than just feeling when we write. We don’t go into it with an idea ‘This song needs to sound like this’. We just play, and vibe, and in the end sometimes we have a song, and sometimes we just feel good about whatever came out. It’s just us being who we are.”
Which is the idea Softspoken originally started with. Returning to the U.S. after several years living abroad, guitarist Chris Wethington had the idea to put together a group that was reflective of the qualities and traits of the members themselves. “I’m a relatively soft-spoken person,” Wethington says, “which is where the idea for the name originally came from. I wanted to make music that had a message and a purpose, saying: Be who you are, and find whatever outlet you can to positively express yourself. I’m soft-spoken, and I like chill, ambient and usually dark music; Billy comes from a heavier background and likes fast, driving music; Myka likes high energy and upbeat music; Sam is really into acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, and just good vibes. We take parts of all of us and put it into what we create.”
But Softspoken’s focus isn’t just on themselves. In 2017 they began a group called The Speakers which is more than a fan club, or a street team – it’s a community brought together by their love of music. Tying in the band with The Speakers is the band’s sharp logo. As guitarist Billy Zimpelman explains: “The purpose of this band is to speak out, and to give a voice to those who are unheard or overlooked. The logo we decided on, which Chris designed, is a stylized speaker with the “s” of Softspoken in front of it. It symbolizes that even soft-spoken, even quiet, you can get your voice out there.”
Put simply, The Speakers is a community – a community of people who have been brought together by music and are there to hear each other out. The four of us in Softspoken are Speakers, and so are you. Our message is to be proud of who you are, and if you care about something, or have something you need to get off your chest: Speak out and let your message be heard. The Speakers have expanded to a few different platforms, and we’d love for you to speak with us!
A community for all of us as individuals. This is a place to share what YOU are passionate about, what you’re working on, struggling with, what you find inpsiring, etc. It’s not about ‘Softspoken’ but about all of us.
Music is what ties us all together, and we want to know what really drives you. The Speakers Playlist on Spotify is a Collaborative Playlist with a new theme every month(ish) where you can contribute music to the playlist.
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The Speakers VIP is a behind-the-scenes area only here on our website where we’ll be sharing Softspoken-specific material; from practice outtakes, demos, behind-the-scenes commentary, interviews, and more!
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