Morningsiders are a NYC-based alt-folk group, consisting of Magnus Ferguson (lead vocals/guitar), Reid Jenkins (fiddle/vocals), Cody Gibson (bass/vocals) and David Su (drums/vocals).
Based in New York City, Magnus and Reid formed the group in 2012 as sophomores at Columbia University. The band's debut live music video, "Empress," quickly went viral around campus, and soon after, Morningsiders performed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Columbia's 2013 spring concert.
In May 2014, the group released their first two singles, "Empress" (studio version) and "Welcome Rain," the first of which was broadcast nationwide in Starbucks' Mother's Day commercial featuring a voice over by Oprah Winfrey.
Their debut project, 'unfocus,' released in February 2015, demonstrates an impressionistic Americana sound derived from their acoustic influences. With an emphasis on story-telling, the group combines lush harmonies, folk instrumentation, and unconventional percussion to create an intimate listening space.
In the summer of 2015 "Empress" was synced in the pilot episode of Amy Poehler's Hulu show, "Difficult People," which propelled the song to #1 and #2 on the U.S. and Global Spotify Viral Charts, respectively.