At first glance, Omarr Awake is your typical tattooed, soul patch-wearing musician. But watch him perform and you’ll see there’s nothing typical about his music.
Born in Chicago, Awake always felt music was his creative and positive outlet, especially during hard times. In the 20 years that he has been playing, he’s lived in big cities and small towns; has performed up and down the West Coast and toured nationally from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Internationally Omarr has performed in Costa Rica, France, Spain, England, and Ireland.
Omarr Awake writes heartfelt songs about complex topics—love, life, friends. He writes about broken hearts, hope and new beginnings. But it’s only when you hear his voice sing the words to his music, that you can fully understand where it all comes from. It’s soothing, thrilling, soulful.
Under his previous moniker, Slow Car Crash, his first CD, “Ambivalence,” was released in 1999—a minimalistic, electronica-meets-rock album. The road would never be the same for him.
That smoldering creative flame led him to release “Come Out and Play Tonight” in 2001 and the EP "Hope on the Other Side" in 2003. “Hope on the Other Side” marked a musical evolution in his artistry, featuring a live band.
Touring around the country brought different perspectives and new inspiration for the next album—"The Trip We Planned" (2006). The songs in the CD revealed Awake's genuine journey musically and lyrically.
Alexander Berberich's indie film "Bonne Année" was released in April 2008 and featured his songs "Swan Song" and "The Message." The film was included in the prestigious Raindance Film Festival in London.
Before bringing his music from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, Awake released “Intermission,” a 7-song collection of full band and solo acoustic songs.
2013 brought the release of the "Time Spent In The Machine" EP featuring some of Austin's best musicians including a full horn section, pedal steel, and percussion. The EP featured the single "In Control of Just One Soul".
Preproduction has begun on a new record slated for a Spring 2018 release.
10/7 - Andrew's - Natchez, MS 10/8 - Under The Hill - Natchez, MS 10/10 - Mad Maidens - Ponchatoula, LA (w/Byron Daniel) 10/11 - Steam Press Coffee - Lafayette, LA 10/12 - Daqs - Bossier City, LA 10/13 - Darwin's - Austin, TX (w/Brandon Callies, James Robinson, and Those Nights) 10/19 - Caps and Flasks - Sulphur Springs, TX (w/Matt Dunn) 10/20 - The Patriarch - Edmond, OK 10/22 - Far From Folsom - Prescott, AZ 10/25 - The Wayfarer - Costa Mesa, CA (w/ Jameson Burt) 10/26 - The Lexington - Los Angeles, CA (w/Steve Carson, and The Time Bandits) 10/28 - The Down Lo - Chico, CA (w/ Sunday Iris) 11/05 - Fort George Brewery - Astoria, OR More dates TBD. STAY TUNED!
Live in Miami!
Omarr Awake performs live in concert at Tea & Poets in Miami! 8pm
Performing in Austin Sat Feb 25th!
Omarr Awake performs an acoustic set with special guests Kenneth Simmons and Lynn Tobias! 7pm! No cover!
New shirts available!
New Omarr Awake tshirts available. Send size, gender, and quantity via the contact page to order!
East Coast shows added!
Omarr Awake will be performing in Philadelphia at Ortlieb's Lounge with Rann on 10/28, and in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live hosted by Jimmy Gnecco on 10/29! Check the Shows page for all upcoming dates!!
New T-shirts available for upcoming tour
New shirts will be available at all upcoming shows. Limited edition so get yours!
New Fall 2016 Tour Dates Announced
Click on the shows section for new dates including Lafayette, Nashville, Knoxville, and more!
Preproduction of Music Video for In Control Of Just One Soul Begins!
Music video shot by the amazing Joe Castillo comin soon! Shot in beautiful Austin, TX. Stay tuned!
Fall tour TBA
Omarr Awake will be performing throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, and beyond this Fall 2016. Dates TBA!