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The Human Element Debuts ‘Forward Motion’ Album Friday at the Aquarium

We’re always thrilled when our grantees not only meet their goals, but flourish as artists.

One such grantee is local band The Human Element, formed a couple years ago with assistance from a Jade Presents Arts Partnership grant. The Human Element debuts its new album “Forward Motion” this Friday at the Aquarium.

Left to right: Seth Holden (drums/vocals), Kari Marie Steen (keyboard/vocals), Andrew Overby (bass/vocals), Matt Johnson (guitar/vocals). Photo credit: Nels Hunstad.

“The experience has been incredibly life changing, to say the least,” said Matt Johnson, vocalist and guitarist in the band. “Within the creation of this band and album, I have found my musical self. It’s led to some powerful moments both on and off stage that continue to inspire me.”

The Human Element formed as a side project created by Johnson, a former O’Fosho guitarist, under the moniker “Matty J and Friends.” He brought together fellow O’Fosho bassist Andrew Overby and Sovereign Sect drummer Seth Holden to join him for the project. Keyboardist Kari Marie Steen joined later on and the group has vibed ever since.

The Human Element. Photo credit: Nels Hunstad.

The Human Element’s “Forward Motion” album, Johnson said, is about getting better everyday and not worrying about things you cannot change.

“Our music has a blues and funk backbone that combines elements of the American Songbook,” he said. “That includes country, folk, bluegrass and rock ‘n roll. We wear many hats, so we’re never limited to any one genre.”

The Human Element goes on stage at 9 p.m. Friday at the Aquarium, located above Dempsey’s Irish Pub in downtown Fargo. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available at the door, and the first 100 people through the door will receive posters of the album art by Johnson’s sister, Anna Johnson.

Album art by Anna Johnson. Photo courtesy of The Human Element.

“We couldn’t have done this without the incredible support of Tania and Dayna from the Arts Partnership,” Johnson said. “We look forward to teaming with them for years to come!”

Ditto, Matt!

If you want a sneak peak of the album before the concert, you can listen to it here, and give The Human Element a “like” on Facebook while you’re at it.

Left to right: Matt Johnson (guitar/vocals), Seth Holden (drums/vocals), Kari Marie Steen (keyboard/vocals), Andrew Overby (bass/vocals). Photo credit: Nels Hunstad.



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