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To call Michael Behm a music industry renaissance man is actually something of an understatement. As an artist, he’s equally comfortable working under the spotlight or behind the scenes or in a studio, while he has found significant success as an entrepreneur in many different facets of the music business.
Twelve years of touring through North America have established Behm as a compelling live performer. To a rapidly growing number of fans around the globe, he is best known as a singer/songwriter of real melodic and lyrical intelligence. His versatile take on pop-rock has been showcased on seven albums, including 2008’s acclaimed Saving America.
I started as a wee lass of 5 yrs learning paradiddles from Dad on his old 50’s drum kit. During school years, whilst musical friends were busy perfecting other people’s compositions, I was busy writing my own on guitar, saxophone, bass, and piano, but all the time thinking I would be the drummer in a band. Eventually I realized I should be performing my own songs, and it was just a natural progression from there that led to “Love Sun”.
Claude Debussy, Charlie Watts, and Henry Mancini broke into a Starbucks, ate all the chocolate covered coffee beans, and were taken to a recording studio in a music store with an 80-piece orchestra at the ready, dressed in tux and tails.
Full album, better sound quality at: http://tenpennyorchestra.bandcamp.com
“As if Suede and Pulp collaborated on a Bacharach/David song but with a time machine into the present day” - Said by a fan. Atmospheric and melodic, with a strong hookline. Doyle & The Fourfathers hope to take classic songcraft of bygone eras and fuse them with arrangements fit for the listenership of today.
More info here: www.myspace.com/doyleandthefourfathers
A slow atmospheric song celebrating the inevitability and beauty of decay and death in the setting of the Autumnal Season.
Roches Point Automatic are a new band from Dublin, Ireland.
Rhythm Child is not just a band, it’s a movement. Formed in 2003 by husband and wife team Norman and Heather Jones, Rhythm Child’s mission is to encourage children to create soulful music and percussion, while also building their self confidence. “Eat a Bowl of Cherries” the group’s latest release, proves that not all children’s music needs to be hyperactive and saccharin sweet. In fact, it can be naturally, genuinely sweet—just like a real life bowl of cherries. Style-wise, Rhythm Child sounds more like Otis Redding than Alvin and the Chipmunks, an innovation that will delight children and parents alike.
Luke Parkin is one of the most accomplished, conversant, and captivating assets, of the younger generation’s artists emerging to prominence. He has amassed upwards of 70 Albums, which amounts to over forty-five hours of music with a breathtaking oeuvre that spans many genres.
Indianapolis, Indiana’s prog-funk ensemble, The Twin Cats, have been on the path to creating their own distinctive approach to fusion music since their line up was finalized in 2004 by blending influences from funk to prog rock, jazz and electronica.
Vitamin-D offers fetching soundscapes and musical nuances based around vibraphonettes, tremolo guitars, and looping trumpets. Dennis Cronin, the trumpet-wielding composer at the center of Brooklyn’s Vitamin-D, prefers musical nuances to oversized statements. Among others, Cronin and his trumpet have collaborated with alternative darlings Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt and performed with Yo La Tengo and Camera Obscura.
“Ones to watch for 2010” Northern Ireland’s Strait Laces have been making noise since 2008. “Chunky, ballsy and a little bit sinister” their music nods to Biffy Clyro and At The Drive In whilst still maintaining a fresh sound.
When we wake up to a beautiful day with the sun shining, it’s easier to focus on the positive things in our lives. “You have the option to look at your life and see the good,” says Sara Haze, explaining the title to her new album My Personal Sky. The line comes from her song “Beautiful Day” in which she states she’s “already been through the rain” and now there’s “not a cloud” in her “personal sky.” While that’s where she may have ended up, this sun-bleached blonde Southern California girl explores the whole journey through her music.
“When I started to write my own songs, I tried to just take in everything I heard and learn from it,” says Shawn Fisher. “It wasn’t until a few years later that I really began to figure out my own way of saying things.” And these days, judging by the rabid reactions of the crowds that buy Shawn’s music and pack the shows by him and his back-up band the Jukebox Gypsies, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s way of saying things is one that a lot of people are crazy about.
Former English teacher Mark Radcliffe grew up in Maine & Vermont and spent years as a writer before turning his wordsmithing to music. Having now played venues all over the country, Mark is steadily winning over new fans with his just-released album “The Sea Before Us, produced in Hollywood by Rob Giles of The Rescues and mastered by Grammy-winner Gavin Lurssen.
“If you have not had a chance to check out the correctness known as Farrad, then take a peek…he is definitely one to watch and if you don’t find yourself busting a move while listening to this you must have a giant stick shoved sideways up you’re a**. TRUST.” (Walt Cessna, contributor to BlackBook & A Shaded View On Fashion)
Debbie Cunningham, vocalist, is known as a powerful and engaging entertainer. Her musical styling of jazz is soulful and sultry, yet elegant and sophisticated. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Pennsylvania’s Temple University. Most recently, Cunningham was featured in the independent film- SWAY, due to be released in 2010. She lives in Franklin, TN with her husband and 2 children.
CHAMBER OF ECHOES – NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF ONE
With a name like “Chamber of Echoes,” one might expect a large band with room filling sound. Well, in this case, the room filling sound is obtained through the music of a one person phenom named Klaryssa Korol, who virtually single-handedly provides the vocals, programming, drum machines, synthesizer, samples and loops that make up her sound.
Chad Hollister has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty, and in the fall of 2009 he released Chad Hollister, his fourth CD. The self-titled disc was produced by Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins). Hollister’s musical style shines original with his percussive background. His personal lyrics are appreciative of a life on Mother Earth and his music is “pure sonic alchemy,” according to Resta.