Morgan Erina & Guy Russo began writing and performing together as Broken Fences in 2010, and have developed a sound that suggests a meeting between Bon Iver and Simon & Garfunkel. They’ve taken their two vastly different worldviews (she’s from NYC, he’s from Pittsburgh, PA), and melded them into an honest and powerful style of indie-folk, one that’s as current as it is timeless.
They may look young, but Guy and Morgan have years of musical experience and training behind them. When the group met, Morgan Erina was already an industry veteran, having headlined a national tour and recorded several albums of solo material. Though born and raised in the Bronx, NY, she followed family friend and musical collaborator Justin Sane of Anti-Flag to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2010. Since then she’s shot to the top of the folk scene, landing on the cover of the September, 2010 issue of the City Paper and selling out shows across the city. Guy Russo, in turn, grew up in Forest Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and has sung and led choirs and ensembles since he’s been old enough to perform. He has a unique talent for crafting beautiful, unexpected harmonies, and has acquired a reputation as the go-to arranger for many of Pittsburgh’s top songwriters.
Though they come from different sides of the fence, the musical bond that Guy and Morgan share is indelible and instantly recognizable. They are a markedly prolific pair— the two wrote enough songs to fill several albums before recording a single note. In December of 2011 the duo’s first single, “Wait,” was featured on Ion network’s hit drama Flashpoint, and numerous television placements have followed since.
The duo’s stunning debut LP, Broken Fences, is now available in digital and physical formats. The album has achieved wide critical and fan acclaim. The duo has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe since its release and have followed it up with their sophomore EP, “Stormy Clouds.” Crystal harmonies, intense live performances and tremendous songwriting talent have marked Broken Fences the group to watch out of Pittsburgh.