Everly was an American folk musical duo formed in Battle Ground, Washington in 2008 by friends Bethany Joy Lenz and Amber Sweeney. Their debut EP, Mission Bell, was launched on iTunes.
Everly has already seen success with several projects, beginning with their three song EP titled Mission Bell. Since then, the duo has had continued success with a series of digitally released B Track albums that have been featured on the The CW hit television series, One Tree Hill, on which Lenz is an actor and director. Everly is signed with Hilasterion Records--and is set to record a full length album some time this year.
Lenz has confirmed via her Twitter/WhoSay account that Everly have split and will no longer be making music.
Everly is the result of two friends, Bethany Joy Lenz and Amber Sweeney, deciding to collaborate and share their passion for music and storytelling. Lenz and Sweeney have been writing songs individually for as long as they can remember. In 2008 they created Everly, realizing that two songwriters are better than one. According to Lenz and Sweeney on the release of Mission Bell, "Everly is birthed of a friendship and a sisterhood that's been many years in the making, and we are proud to present this short collection of music as a "teaser" for what is to come."
On November 5, 2008, Everly released a three song, acoustic EP on iTunes entitled Mission Bell. It is an electric mix of country, folk and pop rock sounds. All songs are written and performed by Lenz and Sweeney. The duo released the EP through music outlets, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Mission Bell featuring "Home Is Me - You Are Mine", "Stars", and "Little Children". On November 15, 2008, the duo released three additional tracks added onto Mission Bell titled "Hotel Café", "Mrs. Scott" and "Scheming Star", and a bonus track titled "Karen's Café", which was a specifically altered version of "Hotel Café" for an episode of Lenz's television series One Tree Hill.
Mission Bell reached the No. 1 spot on CD Baby, an online music store specializing in the sale of physical compact discs and digital music downloads from independent musicians directly to consumers. The duo also digitally released an acoustic Christmas album in 2009 titled, Fireside.
On September 19, 2008 at the Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina Bethany Joy Lenz and musical acts Angels & Airwaves, and occasional One Tree Hill guest star and fellow musician Kate Voegele teamed up with the USO for a live concert event for military personnel. The event also included Lenz's ex-husband Michael Galeotti's band Enation, and ex-music partner Amber Sweeney who accompanied Lenz on stage to perform a song entitled "The Sweetest Thing" and their song dedicated for their troops overseas; "Home is Me - You are Mine". Lenz also sang her hit single "Feel This" which featured on One Tree Hill.
Everly on One Tree Hill:
Lenz has performed a string of original tracks on One Tree Hill due to her character's ambitions to reestablish her music career. Everly had continued to use One Tree Hill as an avenue to promote their latest music.
In the episode titled Even Fairy Tale Characters Would Be Jealous Lenz's character Haley James Scott's friend Peyton Sawyer produces a massive USO concert at the military base where her brother is stationed. After its airing, Everly's single Feel This instantly rose to No. 14 on the iTunes folk charts and allowed them to maintain the No. 1 top seller spot on CD Baby for several weeks. In the episode titled We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me), Karen's Café is transformed into a glamorous nightclub with Lucas as its proprietor and Haley as the cabaret singer which allowed Lenz the opportunity to premiere more songs featured in Everly's EP.
In the seventh season of One Tree Hill, Lenz re-released Quicksand, a song originally written and performed by Lenz for her album with Epic. This performance kicked Haley James Scott's music journey and was immediately followed by her first solo tour Flying Machine. In the fictional tour, songs written and performed by Everly were featured on the show while concurrently being released through iTunes and CD Baby.