St. Louis native and former Gold Glove boxer Nolan Van Way gave up a career as an engineer for one as an operatic singer.
The fine saxophone player Jay Migliori was born in Pennsylvania and took up the instrument at age 12.
The Fog Lights is a side project (of sorts) of Justin Johnson (Pretty Little Empire) and Jim Peters (Upright Animals and Javier Mendoza), a chance to explore the two St. Louis musicians' love of acoustic music and close harmonies. "Lead the Way" beautifully illustrates the fruits of their musical friendship.
The musical "St. Louis Woman" is remembered for having some of the greatest music written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, and it helped make Pearl Bailey a star.
There was a time, not so long ago, when a band called Union Tree Review was making its mark on the St. Louis indie-music scene. Headed by a forlorn crooner named Tawaine Noah, UTR added furious, gnarled guitar, relaxed viola to hash out Noah's ruminations on loss.