The world music duo Aomusic includes singer/guitarist Ric Gannaway and keyboard player Jay Oliver. Both had been born and elevated in St. Louis, though they didn’t understand one another until later on. Gannaway was an associate from the bluegrass music group Homegrown for six years before shifting to LA. Oliver performed in the rings of jazz music artists Maynard Ferguson and Dave Weckl, and later on spent 3 years as an associate of Jimmy Buffett’s back-up music group, co-writing songs for the albums Off to Start to see the Lizard and Barometer Soup. Gannaway and Oliver started living and operating together in LA in the past due ’80s. With guitarist Andy Georges and drummer Mike Lawrence, they shaped Tiger & the Helix, which released the recording Peace Encounter. They shaped Aomusic, self-releasing their debut recording Grow Crazy in 2000.