The Rivals got their start in 2017 when local musicians Jordan Lewis and Kelly Pray teamed up to start playing their unique brand of music at all of Bakersfield's most popular spots. Not long after, they recruited longtime friend Travis McNinch to play drums, and the esteemed Mr. Todd Bentley to play bass.
Kelly's delicate vocals and affinity for country music coupled with Jordan's love of all things blues and grunge gave rise to their attitude, and name, The Rivals. Since their beginning, The Rivals have leaned heavily into their varied influences creating a style all their own.
Over the last five years, The Rivals have been featured in line-ups with CMA, ACM, and Grammy Award-winning country icon, Suzy Bogguss, CMA nominee Easton Corbin, up and coming superstar Jimmie Allen, and the soon to be household name, Tiera Kennedy - each holding a special place in their heart.
Recently, the four-piece has begun to stretch their creative energy and incorporate into their live sets the originals, and crowd favorites, Country Song, Let Me Feel You Breathe, Firestorm, and Won't Give In. Be sure to catch The Rivals playing all over California, having the time of their lives, doing what they love.