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Afterglow is Canadian pop rock band from Vancouver Island BC. Consisting of brothers Adam Ryan and Aron Shane. The group formed in 2005 when Aron was asked by brother Adam to drum and co-produce the EP “Yellow Brick Drive” with Juno Nominated producer/engineer Rick Salt. With Rick Salt as the performing Bassist for the E.P. the group released Yellow Brick Drive in 2007, leading to an array of achievement such as,
• Being featured on CFOX's Indie Night in Canada
• Landing their single “Brightside” in the top 30 on collage radio CFBX 92.5 FM
• Receiving spins on some of Canada’s top college radio stations and Internet radio.
• Receiving interest from some of the countries top indie labels
Interest came quick and the group began performing many packed venues across BC as opening acts for many known groups and selling out performance in their home town.
Although, the momentum caused an ever-changing line up of live performs, the original two members remained consistent.
Feb 14, 2012 the group released their second E.P “Get Up and Go”. A suitable title as the record came after an extensive break following the loss of their father in 2008. The record was one of growth and personal struggle, a landmark record for songwriter Adam Ryan.
Afterglow was ready to “get up and go” and was soon back to live performances again with a range of bassist and keyboard players.
The release of Get Up and Go has created growing array of achievement such as;
• Radio support from world wide Internet based radio stations
• Radio support from major radio stations: 106.9 The wolf, 98.9 Jet Fm, and Todd
Hancock’s Indie night in Canada on 99.3 The fox.
• The single Shine received over 500 views in less than 3 months on Youtube.
• The video for Shine has been featured on a growing list of music websites
• The EP received a complete feature and interview on the BS and Bennie podcast
• Resulting in over 400 dedicated Twitter Followers due to the Free Downloads
offered on their website
The writing of a new EP is in the process and the brothers plan on recording new music in the summer of 2013, focusing on the release of singles. Afterglow’s social media campaigns have showed steady growth and the future looks promising for Afterglow. Visit Afterglow’s website too view the most recent news, performances, and social media links.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Afterglow on May 22nd
The passion and talent of singer-songwriter Trevor Davis are not to be missed. He seamlessly combines pop, rock, and soul to deliver well-constructed songs that are highly original. Using rich metaphors and clever play on words, he communicates to his listeners with music that is both thought provoking and meaningful. Trevor captivates his audience with a strong, soulful voice that can reach to a cutting falsetto with ease, while engaging them with witty banter and dance moves as entertaining as his music. Trevor loves abstract thoughts and double meanings. He doesn’t like to state the obvious. He loves music that makes you think but is also emotional. He says, “Honesty influences me the most."
The seeds for Trevor's music were planted early. His life led him on an uneasy road. He didn't have a father and his single mother struggled to provide for his needs. His grandmother helped in raising him because his mother struggled with drugs. When he was young his mother and him attended a gospel church. This is where he would soak in the music that would come to influence him so much. He says, “Music has to have conviction. I need to believe that people actually experience what they are singing about.” Because of this, Trevor is thankful for his hard and hurtful past. He can mix his past with hope, which gives him a larger spectrum to work with in his songwriting.
Since Trevor started playing the independent music scene ten years ago, his fan base has grown immensely. Less than two years from writing his first song, he routinely played packed out shows in San Diego. He has received radio airplay and has started touring the west coast as often as he can. All the time spent on the road and playing shows has allowed Trevor to craft his abilities and truly create his own sound.
Take 2 Radio Music and special guest co-host Laurie Beebe Lewis chatted with Trevor on May 20th!
TREL MACK: Ready to take the game by
storm after a brief hiatus, music artist Trel
Mack is back. For those that might remember
Trel Mack, was an artist that built a solid
following back in 07-08 being featured all
over major outlets in the industry. With the
release of fan favorite projects such as “The
Mack of The Year” and “The New Dynasty”,
Trel Mack’s support in the industry was highly
cosigned by industry professionals and music
Trel’s past music/projects was featured in
top publications such as HIPHOPDX, YORAPS,
ALLHIPHOP, DJBooth, & and even played
on Philadelphia’s commercial radio station
Power 99. Falling back from music, after
some personal life situations, Trel Mack
knows his talent is destined to be heard
and to be the next music superstar. “I’m so
hungry now to get back into the game after
this break, my music has evolved on such a higher level”.
Trel Mack has co-founded his own label
SKE records as well with popular journalist/
publicist Quinton Hatfield, Q The Question.
The two formed their partnership back in 2006
and with the great feedback gained from the
past music, things this time around are ready
to move. “Me and Q, have some big things
coming and we have a very huge movement in
store. Brand new videos, chart-topping music
and a movement with SKE records, what we
going to bring will be unstoppable.”
As far as the music, Trel Mack has been
working on a new project which excites many
fans and industry pros who are fired up to see
him back. Great feedback has been shown
from the music business with records such as
“Dreams of a Winner” ft. Shaun Chrisjohn, also
“I’m Still Here” ft. R&B singer Kenji Morris.
“Those records show my real life story which
in order to be a top stellar artist your music
has to connect to the fans. Trel continues that
is the huge difference with the new music
coming compared to the past ones.”
With a new project coming in
store, untitled as of now, Trel
Mack and SKE RECORDS are
next to make a run in the music
business, with hit records as
Trel Mack says “Inspired by
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Trel on May 17th
Bekah Eden is a nationally featured musician, singer, songwriter, and performing artist. Eden has built an industry reputation for her inspirational and positive composition work and song writing abilities, while maintaining a small town girl feel to her presence and performances resonating listeners of all ages. Eden's upcoming cause related EP, Dream Again is a follow up to her freshman CD Unexpected, and has garnered attention from acclaimed producers throughout the country.
Eden has proved to be a compelling inspirational voice for many unspoken emotions of the human spirit, touching the lives of all those she is able to speak for. Eden's gift for producing insightful compositions, have led to opportunities within her local community and across state borders, for collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations supporting individuals challenged with cancer, adoption, post combat, and bullying.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Bekah on May 12th
The timing couldn’t be better for a multi-talented artist like Antoine Dunn to arrive on the music scene. While the music business is continually changing, fans maintain a desire for music expressed from the heart, something they can feel. R&B music is especially in need of a jolt of freshness and excitement. An incredible vocalist, accomplished songwriter and producer, and self-taught musician, Dunn delivers an easy and timeless style; accompanied by a remarkable ability to translate the truth and passion of each story he shares.
As a newer face on the music scene, you may find yourself asking, “Who is Antoine Dunn?” “Well, I would say I’m a passionate individual—a loving person,” he says reflectively; “I’m always looking to inspire people and see progress.” A native of Cleveland, Ohio, 23-year-old Dunn is a creative spirit who draws and paints; but music is the one thing throughout his life that has brought his creativity to the surface. Dunn is a product of Cleveland’s lively musical legacy. Soul legend Bobby Womack and hip-hop veterans Bone Thugs N Harmony hail from Cleveland, as well as the huge R&B tradition created by the Leverts—legendary lead singer Eddie Levert and his decades-long, hit-making group The O’Jays; Levert, the successful R&B trio that included two of Eddie’s sons, Gerald and Sean; and the later emergence of Gerald Levert as a solo star.
As a child growing up in a Baptist household, Dunn was captivated not only by the music he heard in church, but also by his mother’s extensive collection of classic and modern R&B. Having other musical artists in the family helped as well: his aunt, Veronica Dunn, is a professional gospel singer; his brother, Adrian Dunn, a professional opera singer. During high school, Antoine would cut classes and hang out in the school auditorium, where he was drawn to the grand piano. By age 17, he had become the Music Director at the Cuyahoga Community Church, a post he held for three years.“I first saw writing [music] as an ability to express myself and wind down,” Dunn said in a recent interview. As he continued to emerge as an accomplished singer and musician, Dunn was able to take his songwriting to the next level. He eventually worked as a songwriter for Dallas-based, custom-song service Love Songs for Sale. He also received vocal production credits on the debut album from LaKisha Jones, a 2007 finalist on “American Idol.” After touring in Thailand and in the U.S.—with artists such as Musiq Soulchild and Avant—Dunn signed with the independent record label Elite Music Group, Inc.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Antoine on May 10th
Cupla is an up and coming band from Vancouver B.C. with hard hitting blues/rock riffs that will leave you wanting more. The band prides itself with catchy riffs to please even the hardest rocker without hindering it's bluesy roots. Over the past year Cupla has been involved in the Anti-Bullying movement,, releasing a Single called My Stand ( See Link at bottom ) which they recorded with Grammy Award Winning Producer/Artist Eric Tingstad in his Studio in Seattle. Since the Release last year Cupla has been very involved in the cause with most recently playing for The Boys and Girls Club of Vancouver on National Pink Shirt Day here in Canada. They have been in local Papers such as The Georgia Straight as well as The Global T.V. website . Make sure to check back regularly for news and upcoming shows, as well as sign up for our fan club and be the first to get news and access on upcoming things Cupla !
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Cupla on May 3rd
Bud Rogers interest in music started at a very early age, he was singing and writing tunes by the age of 7 yrs old with his brother. As he got older he started a rock band, Sphynx, with a friend, started writing more music, and playing gigs around London. The band had some change up of players and eventually changed the band name to Big Brother with a new sound. After a year of struggling the band broke up.
Bud missed the music and contacted one of his bandmates from Big Brother and they formed The Cut. They recorded the album "Emotional Suicide" and the opening track "Keep Your Demon Down" on Radio One. Eventually Bud needed to learn more about music so he went back to school. After completing his music degree he went on to teach music and helped to open a Rock School in England.
Fast forward Bud has done quite a bit in many different bands and decided to venture out as a solo artist. He released "Whiteout" which garnered him a few internet radio awards, a Twirl Radio Award for "Male Vocalist of the Year" and from Take 2 Radio Indie Awards, voted by the listeners, he won for "Album of the Year" and "Acoustic Artist of the Year" for his acoustic videos.
Recently Bud released an EP "Setting Sun" which crosses a spectrum of genres, showcasing Bud's versatility! Bud plays all instruments, wrote all the songs, and produced the EP himself! EP will be available on May 10th!
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Bud on May 1st
Howlin' Bends formed in 2000, Howlin' Bends has 13 years of experience as a unit. Alex, Andrew, Daniel, and M.J. met each other in elementary school and decided to form a band in their freshman year of high school. After winning their high school talent show, the guys realized that they wanted to get serious about their music. These four have been growing together as musicians ever since. A 2007 stint in Nashville, TN, solidified their live sound and infused their tunes with a level of southern, blues rock, that they had not previously incorporated. Since 2010, the band has returned to Northern VA where they have rocked the DC-area music scene, expanded their songwriting, and just recently recorded a 3 song EP at Blue Room Studios in Bethesda, MD.
The band uses songwriting, recording, and live performance as an escape from the shackles of the 9-5 grind. They describe their style as alternative pop rock with a dash of the blues thrown in. M.J.'s rangy vocals and reflective lyrics combine with Andrew's wailing guitar, Alex's infectious drum beats, Daniel's relentless, impromptu bass lines, and the band's four-part, smooth, soulful harmonies to generate a collaborative, musically complex sound that is raw and authentic, yet exceptionally accessible.
The band's potential is astounding and their goals are well on their way to being met. These guys are sincerely passionate about making music and don't plan on stopping any time soon. Check them out and find out what it means to catch the Howlin' Bends.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Howlin' Bends on April 26th
JOHNNY SOLINGER OF SKID ROW
From every corner of the world, stadiums, arenas, theaters, and nightclubs, Johnny Solinger has brought the sound of Texas thunder to the masses. As lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band SKID ROW, he has been just about everywhere and seen just about everything…
Things have changed a bit for the rock aficionado: he has added “Country Recording Artist” to his SKID ROW frontman duties. Don’t be confused, for this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows the versatile singer. Growing up in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, Johnny was exposed in equal doses to Hard Rock and Country music. He fell in love with both, and has been two timin’ the two of them ever since. He formed the rock band SOLINGER in Dallas, recording four independent records and enjoying live performance and radio success throughout the Southwest.
Don't forget to pick up Skid Row's new EP United World Rebellion Chapter One
Johnny's new country song is also available for purchase:
"Rock n Roll Cowboy Man" available on iTunes, Amazon, Googleplay, and emusic!
Take 2 Radio Music & special guest cohost Michael Ricucci spoke with Johnny on April 24th
One of the most loved American Idol winners, Taylor Hicks will join Take 2 Radio Music to chat about his career, his shows at the Paris and Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas, and his new album he's working on!
Take 2 Radio Music & special guest cohost Michael Ricucci spoke with Taylor on April 12th
Rebecca Perl is a singer/songwriter from the exotic tropical paradise we call Long Island, New York. Her music falls within the acoustic/light rock genre, with a blues twang. Rebecca brings a brand new feel and an original vibe to the female acoustic music scene.
Rebecca grew up in a very musical environment where music had become such a deep rooted part of who she was and is today. Rebecca began playing the guitar, singing and songwriting at age 13. She put her first band together in 2010,
where her simple acoustic songs transformed into rock music. Shortly after, Rebecca began exploring new ways to evolve her acoustic songs with the integration of sax and bass guitar. She released her self-titled ep in february
of 2011 . As an acoustic artist, she has conquered performing all over the New York City and Long Island area and bringing the music complexity from the past into the popular music of today. She was recently honored to sing the national anthem for her hometown team, the NY Islanders. Now we look forward to her debut album called 'Rendezvous' to release on april 27th, 2013
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Rebecca on April 17th
When its five members joined forces in 2009, THE HUSH shot out like a canon onto the Hollywood rock scene. A lethal combination poised to pack houses and rock venue after venue, the band quickly gained notoriety for its fusion of contemporary edge with all the right elements of classic rock.
Fronted by a femme fatale vocalist and lyricist, Jazmine Giovanni, and backed by powerhouse guitarists Lee Landrum and Greg Pajer, drummer Blake Paulson and bass player Andrew James, THE HUSH released their debut EP “Scene of the Crime” on iTunes in 2010. Since then, THE HUSH has recorded three new singles for their next album: “Tip of the Tongue” (released Jan 2012) followed by “Hold You Down” (released April 2012) which also included their first music video. The upcoming April 2013 release of “Hanging by a Thread” confirms THE HUSH is only getting louder by the minute.
THE HUSH is currently writing their next album while they continue playing at such acclaimed Los Angeles venues as The Viper Room, Troubadour, House of Blues and more. Visit the band’s web site at THEHUSHrockband.com for upcoming live appearances and more.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with The Hush on April 12th
LAURIE BEEBE LEWIS
Vocalist and song writer Laurie Beebe Lewis frequently toured with Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and Ted Neugent in the early 1970's with her band “Pitche Blende”. Her earliest years in Chicago include live performances with Big Band leader Les Elgart, ex-husband Jim Beebe’s Chicago Jazz, B.B. King and a featured guest vocalist with The Spinners on their hit song “Then Came You”. She also recorded with rock guitar legend Harvey Mandel; all which caught the attention of the Chicago based group “The Buckinghams”. Laurie joined the band in 1983 as a key vocalist and backing keyboards. They recorded their first album since the 60’s, “A Matter of Time” in 1985 with national distribution on Columbia Records.
Laurie moved to San Diego, CA. in 1986 and joined the San Diego based group “The Monroes. She also co-arranged vocals for several years while working extensively in the recording studio with Wayne Nelson, lead vocalist of "The Little River Band”. Laurie also recorded with Gary Puckett in 1998 on his first debut album since the 70’s “Is This Love” which sold over one million copies abroad.
Papa John Phillips asked Laurie to join “The New Mamas and the Papas” in 1986 and toured with them both nationally and internationally as a replacement for his daughter Mackenzie Phillips for more than a year. The folk rock vocals of John Phillips,Denny Doherty, Spanky McFarlane and Laurie Beebe Lewis toured the United Kingdom, Europe, the Pacific Rim and extensively throughout the United States and CanadaIn 1999, Laurie accepted the position of music teacher at Horizon Elementary School in San Diego, CA. teaching, writing and producing musicals and taking on students of all ages until 2005. When she decided to pursue an active career after a long absence from the music scene. Her versitile vocals allow her to expand to all genres of music from Traditional Jazz with "The New Reformation Band" to R&B rap with "Elizabeth Langham" to rockin out with "Roni Lee" which she also co-wrote and recorded keyboards & vocals on Roni's 2012 new release "One More Chance".
Presently, Laurie performs in various Southern California venues and produces & records her original music in their home studio in San Diego, CA. with her husband Chuck Lewis. Aside from her personal projects Laurie performs with her band “The Queen Divas of the Universe” featuring rock guitarist Roni Lee and vocalist/bassist Shaaron Schuemaker and "Harmony Road" with long time friend Gene Warren. Laurie continues to contribute vocal production on numerous projects in the recording industry.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Laurie on April 10th
Michael Lee is an up and coming UK solo artist ...
By the age of 11 his taste leaned more towards indie rock. It was his love for the band Oasis that inspired Michael to repeatedly ask for a guitar on every occasion he possibly could. Eventually his prayers were answered when his dad brought home a classical guitar.
After a few weeks of being puzzled by the instrument he eventually thought lessons would be a good idea. Ever since then he has been constantly improving his skills on the guitar, as well as picking up a whole range of other instruments along the way. Aside from learning instruments, Michael maintained a strong desire to write and sing his own songs. This desire led Michael to purchase a tape multi-track recorder. With the machine Michael began recording his songs, playing all the instruments himself.
At the start of 2008 Michael began work on an album titled ‘Face Forward’. The album is made up by a selection of Michael’s best songs from over the years. The project was largely handled solely by Michael. This included performing most of the instruments and producing the record by himself. After a year of agonising over every note, the album was finished and released on June 1st 2009. Stylistically the album is very broad. It ranges from intimate acoustic songs to full blown progressive rock. This diverse approach has been received well resulting in Michael winning album of the month in September 2009’s edition of Sound on Sound magazine, which led to the prize of having a 1000 copies pressed for free.
Michael is currently spending every spare moment working on his new album. Details Soon to be Announced.....
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Mike on April 5th
Hip-Hop/poet Charlie Scott, 22, born and raised in Queens, NY. Currently majoring in psychology, with a liberal arts minor. He is a recovering addict, child of two hearing impaired parents, and recently released his first mixtape, Lyrical Therapy. Writing poetry since the age of twelve, during his recovery process at a rehabilitation center, the young artist combined his passion for words with rhythmic beats and discovered hip-hop as an outlet to communicate and encourage. Delivering inspiring messages through his outstanding lyrical capability, the young artist is destined for greatness. He offers a refreshing new genre of positive hip-hop, philosophical words, and raw talent, leading various listeners to say, "I don't particularly like rap, but I listen to Charlie Scott.” He recently headlined twice at the legendary, Nuyorican Poets
Café, and is producing, as well as performing in a show, Heavy Hitters, with two comedians, a poet and another hip-hop artist. He is set to tour local rehabilitation facilities to carry his strong message of experience, strength and hope, incorporated with sentimental music, completely free of charge because he states, "Addicts are my people, it's our job to help each other".
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Charlie on March 30th
Dawin (born Dawin Polanco) is a Dominican-American
Singer/Writer/Musician/Producer. He was born and raised in New York where he
developed an interest for music at a very early age. Over the years Dawin
acquired much expertise in different instruments and styles of music however,
learning how to play the guitar at the age of four was the launch pad for
Dawin's artistic career. He also plays piano and uses his knowledge of music to
create his original songs.
Some of his music is available on popular sites
such as YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunes, Etc
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Dawin on March 29th
Following graduation Vicki Vann became a kindergarten teacher briefly but her music career would pull her in a different direction. In June of 1998 Vicki set her sights on recording her demo & headed to Nashville. She has since recorded 2 full song CDs, 2 Christmas CDs, played with some of the greatest musicians she considers "friends" along with garnering fans across 32 countries. She was featured on a CMT Documentary, several articles in print & online. Of her most recent accomplishments, being nominated for 4 GRAMMY Awards! Vicki is always in the studio working on new music.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Vicki on March 15th
Amiena’s love for music and variations of styles developed at a young age. Growing up in a home without television, Amiena spent most of her time listening to a wide variety of music. They all quickly became her favorites and would later foster her own soulful style of popular eclectic sounds.
In 2006, her first album was released, November of 2006, “Never Know” aired on the popular FOX TV show ‘Bones‘, and In November 2006, that musical connection was recognized to the fullest when Amiena walked away from the LA Music Awards with R&B Album of the Year and Nu-Jazz Vocalist of the Year for the song “Fourth Floor”.
Fast forward to 2012 … “It’s been a long time coming…” – Amiena released her second project. A self-titled EP. This project combined the talent of her co-writer,Chris Mann (Season 2 on NBC’s “The Voice” aka the Opera Guy) and, multiple Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producer, Adrian Bradford on three of the songs.
Amiena also teamed up for one song with former SonicFLOOd artist turned producer, Dwayne Larring and, the musical talent and arrangement of Kenneth Crouch to create ‘The Medley’ which, merges two of her all-time favorite songs, ‘The Nearness of You’ and, ‘When I Fall In Love.’
Presently, Amiena has teamed up again with her favourite producer, Adrian Bradford on a new CD release.
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Amiena on March 22nd
Alexis Babini is more than just your average singer-songwriter. With an ever-growing catalogue of hook-filled, ready-for-radio songs, a unique voice and a seemingly endless supply of youthful energy and optimism, he’s currently positioned to make a major impact on both the Northeast and national music scenes. And he’s determined to do it in a way that’s fresh, exciting and uplifting.
In the past year, as an independent artist, Babini toured from Vegas to Nashville, held a residency in Singapore, of all places, and played seven showcases at South by Southwest. And that’s in addition to finding song placements on shows like “The Real World”, “I Used to Be Fat” and on Xbox Live. To date, he’s released two EPs: 2008′s Breaking It In and 2010′s Paint & Paper, and an eagerly-anticipated debut full-length is brewing on the horizon.
With the help of Soundwave Management, he’ll continue to write, tour and record, reaching new listeners and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself in the coming years. His influences range from classic acts like the Beatles, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello to modern hit-makers like The Script and Sara Barielles.
“My grandfather Italo Babini is a world renowned cellist,” says Babini. “He has played Carnegie Hall, was principal cellist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and on the side he did session work for Motown Records. His cello can be heard in the background of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and numerous other artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and the Four Tops.”
He’s toured as the opening act for Ryan Cabrera and is currently touring as the opening act for Aaron Carter. We will chat with Alexis about his music & upcoming projects!
Take 2 Radio Music spoke with Alexis on March 27th