Growing up, Jessica Kirk and Zack Harold's families both had southern gospel groups that traveled across West Virginia and its surrounding states. When they started playing music together in 2014, they quickly realized they not only shared similar backgrounds, but also had similar ideas about how to approach faith-based music.
Zack and Jessica started writing songs together, combining traditional themes of Christian music with the sounds of country, bluegrass, folk, and rock music. They added guitarist Amber Mooney and multi-instrumentalist Josh Holstein to the mix and dubbed their group The Sycomores.
The band will soon release their debut album, Traveling Mercy. The album—recorded at Peachfork Studios in Pomeroy, Ohio with engineer Bernie Nau—will contain nine original songs, along with one reimagining of a classic hymn.
Recording wrapped up in late September 2017, with an expected release date of late November 2017.