The Odyssey is an Alternative Rock/Blues Rock band. The current members of the band are Cobey Brown, Derek Johnson, and Elijah Avery. We create original music and perform local shows in Tulsa and surrounding areas.
Formed in 2014 without any talk of what style of music to write, a bunch of skinny dudes assembled in a room together and started creating loud rythmic sounds. The influences of every dude came together and resulted in a varitable cacophony of original music. Some of those dudes came and went... and much like removing atoms from silver, resulted in a bar of gold.
The band was originated as a high school band from Bixby, Oklahoma in summer of 2014 by Jackson Gillett under the name Manta Rays.
In January of 2015, Manta Rays released a garage band demo called 'I Don't Want To', which received a very good response eventually releasing Manta Ray's first EP, Bad Faith in May the following year. After some changes in the bands line up, and playing around with a stage name, Jackson was a solo artist. and this time Britton, Parker, and Ronnie had a band that went by Anti-Gravity that had ended due to differences, and had just been jamming out and bugging neighbors in Parker's garage. Then in the summer of 2016, Britton, Parker, and Ronnie were spontaneously in the band after jamming out in the garage one day. And Manta Rays got another accidental start playing house shows Parker's garage, inviting friends to come and listen for an hour of their time. and suddenly this started a following of people, and with each house show, more and more people showed up. With time and connections the band had with one another, they looked at it as an opportunity to share good music with people. Jackson, Britton, Parker, and Ronnie released their first single as a band calling it 'Look At It Out Here' in July 2016. and releasing 2 follow up singles. Doing everything on their own and having full creative input.