Born in New Jersey, raised in New York City, went to college in Wisconsin and is currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and NYC when heâ€™s not on the road, Matt White has done and seen quite a bit. His first love was the piano, which he started to play at just three years old. Initially focusing on classical music and opera until he was a teenager, he then moved toward finding his voice and more mainstream influences. Like a boy leaving his high school sweetheart behind, he went away to college and cheated on the piano with the guitar, only because a piano was not readily available. Moving back to NYC, he continued his affair with the guitar, busking on street corners and in Washington Square Park to make ends meet. Eventually, the NYC music scene provided him a place for both his lovers at venues such as Joeâ€™s Pub and The Living Room, where he watched his audience grow significantly with each performance. Read More »
Peter Verdell started his career as an A&R rep for Drive-Thru Records during the pop-punk revolution of the early-mid 2000â€™s, an era which saw the label propel bands like Something Corporate and New Found Glory to mainstream success. Verdell decided to leave the label and begin recording his own music, and in May 2010 he released his debut LP 'Thereâ€™s a Light' under the name Act As If. Read More »
At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade. Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence exploring the thousand-acre property, and when the sun when down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them.
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There are approximately 2,000 miles between Nashville and Los Angeles. Both cities are home to JOHNNYSWIM. However, the duo's music far transcends that distance. It's easy to understand why A Prairie Home Companion declared that Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez are "21st century troubadours." As JOHNNYSWIM, they embody the tradition of the well-traveled singer-songwriter while cultivating a modern style that's uniquely their own. Read More »
Ane Brun is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, daughter of jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll, and the older sister of vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll and younger sister of photographer BjĂ¸rn Brunvoll. Since 2003 she has recorded eight albums, six of which are studio albums (including a collection of duets) and one live DVD. She has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 2001, where she writes, records and runs her own label. Read More »
Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and... Read More »
"This time, I really wanted to do something different," says Darius Rucker. "I went straight from my first album into my second, and it really just picked up where the other one left off. So when we went into the studio on this one, we really wanted to take our time and not even start worrying about a record until we had songs that we felt were the right ones. And when I heard what would become... Read More »
Kate Earl has found herself.
Not long ago this remarkable young singer was living in tiny Chugiak, Alaska, nursing the dream to lead a musician's life in between shifts at her parent’s small- town gas station. That dream became a reality when Kate moved to Los Angeles, where her talent was promptly recognized and led to a record deal; soon she would make a couple of albums that... Read More »
Itâ€™s widely known that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at anything. Andy Grammer logged his 10,000 hours of practice on the streets of Los Angeles. With his car battery-powered amplifier and acoustic guitar in tow, Grammer managed to sing his way from the streets to the center of the music industry. Read More »
It has been quite a year for Sleeping At Last. The release of the September EP concludes the ambitious Yearbook project (October 2010-September 2011), defined most simply as â€ś3 brand-new songs, every month, for 1 year.â€ť Yearbook originated from songwriter Ryan Oâ€™Nealâ€™s desire to devote himself more comprehensively to his creative process. The subscription model offered by Yearbook introduced a revolutionary approach to the modern listenerâ€™s voracious appetite. Read More »