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This is M. 

heir ap•par•ent – An heir apparent or heiress apparent is a person who is first in a line of succession and cannot be displaced from inheriting by the birth of another person. […] The term is also used metaphorically to indicate an "anointed" successor to any position of power. [Source: Wikipedia]

In 2015, Berkeley, California songwriter Kyle Terrizzi, who had been writing and performing music in the Bay Area as The Plastic Arts since 2009, immersed himself in the I Ching -- an ancient Chinese book of divination and philosophy -- after stumbling across it in an unfamiliar, used bookstore, and was inspired by that experience to abandon all of his previous work and launch an entirely new creative life as M. the Heir Apparent.

“It was like a key turning in my brain,” says Terrizzi. “Finding that book felt like encountering my true self for the first time.”

In the few years since, Terrizzi has been on a journey, and he’d like to take you on one too…

With the release of his debut EP as M. the Heir Apparent, Be Free, in 2016, Terrizzi began making the music and videos he felt compelled to create by something the songwriter can’t quite name. Call it mysticism, call it fate. Terrizzi knows this much: the calling is an urgent one, and -- not unlike an ancient touchstone of Eastern philosophy -- it’s much, much bigger than him.

On his most recent EP, Save Yourself, released in 2017, Terrizzi reflected this renewed sense of purpose through another age-old, sacred object: the pop song. Recorded and produced by frequent collaborator Gawain Mathews, Save Yourself is a self-revelatory record, packed with confessional lyrics; bright, plaintive vocals; and melodies that curl up inside your head and stay for days. But it’s also a manifesto of sorts -- both a look at where Terrizzi has been, and a clear-eyed glimpse into the future.

“It may sound grandiose,” says Terrizzi, “but what I’m honestly striving to do is take the pop song and raise it to the level of high art.”

Armed with only his voice and guitar, Terrizzi has shared the stage with artists as dynamic and diverse as Matt Nathanson, Jon Bellion, Cody Simpson, Tennis, Laura Gibson, Matt Pond PA, Holly Miranda, David Ryan Harris, Gracie & Rachel, and many, many, many more.

Starting in 2019, Terrizzi plans to release new, original music every month. His most recent singles “Time of War,” “The Fall of Rome,” “I Need This,” “Falling in Love,” and “Working on a Plan,” are available now everywhere good digital music is sold and streamed.


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