Oklahoma City rockers with a rich history…
Kirra was founded in Oklahoma City by Daxton Page, Zach Stafford, Ryne McNeill, and Jesse Williamson in July 2013. After playing some local shows in Oklahoma City trying to establish themselves, they decided to release some music for the first time in a 4-song demo in 2013.
In the spring of 2014, Kirra released a 4-song EP entitled “Sounds from an Empty Room”. Having 8 songs recorded at various times and having new material, Kirra entered the studio to record their first full length LP, “Run Away”. The LP dropped in January of 2015 at a CD release show with Puddle of Mudd. The album featured hits like “Fly”, “Should’ve Been Gone”, and “Tappy Gilmore”. After partnering with Pavement Entertainment in December of 2015, Kirra toured with bands like Saving Abel, Soil, Smile Empty Soul, The Veer Union, and Tantric through the remainder of 2016 and 2017.
During May of 2017, Kirra went into the studio to re-record a track off their first LP, “Downfall”, and release it as a new single under Pavement Records. The track made it all the way #25 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator charts. Later that year Kirra announced that they had entered the studio to record new material for an upcoming EP entitled “Fight or Flight”. The first single from the EP, “My Disease”, made it all the way up to #30 on the same Billboard charts.
In January of 2018, days after announcing a national tour with 3x GRAMMY nominated band, Nothing More, vocalist Jesse Williamson was killed in a car crash in Marion, Ohio. KIRRA went on to complete the tour in Jesse’s honor- with fill in vocalist, Vincent Grey to promote their EP “Fight or Flight”. They have since enlisted Gabriel Parson as their full-time vocalist.
“Jesse was a super infectious person,” says bassist Ryne McNeil. “When he would smile, everyone around him couldn’t help but smile, too. We were friends for years, and he was as much a brother to me as my actual ones. I’m going to miss him deeply every day, and live through our music like he did.”
“Jesse was one of the most talented singers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing,” says lead guitarist Daxton Page. “He was like a brother to me and I’m going to miss him.”
“Jesse was an amazing person and friend to all,” says drummer Zach Stafford. “He was my brother and I’ll never forget the great times we had over the years. He will be missed insurmountably by all who knew him.”