A new voice

Phil Ayoub. Photo courtesy of Phil Ayoub

By Julian Wise - May 10, 2007

Phil Ayoub is a risk-taker on two fronts, an MBA who gave up a lucrative day job in the proxy legal department at Fidelity Investments to pursue his musical dreams and an artist who dares present thoughtful, mature melodic rock in an era that glorifies slick, overproduced pop music.

Ayoub, a 33-year-old native of Seekonk, served in the Boston band Riverside Train before launching a solo career. His demo recordings attracted the attention of producer Tim Bradshaw, the keyboardist who has played with David Gray and is currently on tour with John Mayer. Along with drummer Ed Toth (Vertical Horizon, The Doobie Brothers), Ayoub and Bradshaw recorded "Schoolbus Window Paper Heart," a collection of melodic pop songs lifted by Ayoub's smooth, confident vocals. Ayoub explores the landscapes of challenging relationships and life's crossroads with introspective and insightful lyrics that have garnered his music the label Grad School Rock. "Lying and Stealing," a track that appeared on the "A Taste of A" CD sampler in 2006 alongside Joan Osborne and Edie Brickell, showcases Ayoub's mellow, expressive voice, while "No Heart Ache" is an uptempo rock number that has appeared in forums as diverse as SAS Scandinavian Airlines' in-flight entertainment network and the Red Gorilla Music Fest in Austin, Texas. While most of Mr. Ayoub's performances are in the New England region, he has performed at the Viper Room in West Hollywood and CBGBs in New York. His debut disc inspired Noise magazine to write, "his songs are as truthful and honest as they come, from the cocky barroom wisdom of Bono, the social commentary and good ole rock 'n' roll punch of Bruce Springsteen and the wordsmith master, Bob Dylan....a definite keeper."

Phil Ayoub, Thursday, May 10, Outerland, Airport Road, Edgartown. For more information, visit or call 508-693-1137.
Also on Thursday, Mr. Ayoub will be live on 92.7 FM, WMVY Radio during the noon hour with Barbara Dacey.