Rev. Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife, Monique, style the Welcome Wagon’s cross types of modern folk, gospel, and indie pop. Delivered and elevated in Michigan, Vito experienced a religious awakening at age 20 and therefore relocated to NJ, where he enrolled on the Princeton Theological Seminary. In the meantime, fellow Michigan indigenous Monique still left her hometown after senior high school, ultimately settling in NY to study artwork. After marrying and relocating to Brooklyn, both Midwestern expats started performing hymns around family members. Too little formal schooling didn’t hinder them from composing several original tunes, the to begin which was presented with an Asthmatic Kitty compilation, To Soul Back again the Mews, in 2001. Following that, the Aiutos continuing to create their own materials, with fellow songwriter Sufjan Stevens financing his help the reason. Stevens offered the duo’s homespun music a ornamental increase, attaching horns and strings towards the acoustic materials, and the producing Welcome towards the Welcome Wagon designated the band’s full-length debut in Dec 2008.