Sydney McMath wears many passionate hats. She came to the upstate several years ago to study Art at Converse College. Although she still paints, she commits the majority of her time to music. However, being a devoted animal lover, she still finds a way to dedicate time to the rescue and rehab of animals. To say she is gifted (and super busy), is simply an understatement. Her voice has been described as "ethereal: a step above heavenly" (Chris Kerley of Big Folk) and "a beautifully refined instrument." She is definitely not your average singer-songwriter. At her studio, located in the West Main Artists Co-Op, she teaches private piano and voice lessons, and is a Contemporary Worship Leader at the United Methodist Church of the Covenant. The artist, presently known as Reverend Syd, plays piano and sings in her own band, Rev. Syd and the Homewreckers.
"Me and Syd have been playing music for about a year now. She is a very talented artist, a great person and a good friend. Syd is a hardworking, motivating go getter and represents herself like a pro. We've been very successful since we've teamed up together! If you haven't heard her do her thing, you need to. She is one of the most talented musicians I have had the pleasure to play with."Sean Cronin - Friend and band mate
The band plays all over the upstate, performing a wide range of comfortingly familiar covers, adding special touches and making each song their own.
"The band's version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is a piano-driven version of the song that removes the bounce and replaces it with a spacey, haunting quality. The band takes the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post" out of its crazy time signatures and instead slows it down to a blues ballad." Michael Staton with Anderson Independent
In addition to cover songs, Sydney also sings some originals. Her latest original, "Gospel for Bryan", was written for friend and band mate, Bryan Teague, who passed away suddenly in December, 2012.
Recently, Sydney toured in New Orleans and has plans to move there, late this summer, to pursue music.
To book Sydney or Rev. Syd and the Homewreckers contact:
Call: (864) 621-1051
Photos courtesy of Mother Shutter
"Gospel for Bryan"