Born in the tiny town of Centralia, WA—about midway between Portland and Seattle— Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo and with the band The Courage. He’s already placed songs on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries and One Tree Hill.
His latest album, Ledges, self-produced and recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, represents the latest stop in a journey which began in his strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where he was strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman and Rich Mullins. “I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music,” Noah explains.