Chris Pureka: Chris Pureka is a breath of fresh air in an age of fleeting success and temporary notions. She is an artist of substance, armed with a sharp eye for oft-missed details and an emotional intelligence that can switch from withering to compelling with a subtle inflection. On her third release, How I Learned To See In The Dark set to hit via Sad Rabbit Music /ADA on April 13, Pureka expands on her distinct and beautiful melodies exploring broader musical soundscapes all the while maintaining the stunning vocals and distinct guitar work she is known for.
With her 2004 debut LP, Driving North, Pureka started a career as a touring troubadour and began building an impressive fan base from the ground up: a cult following that started in her native New England and steadily grew to a national level. Fans and critics alike were drawn to the signature voice that somehow makes heartbreak sound desirable and her acute attention to lyrical detail, while others lauded her aptitude for crafting guitar parts that speak for themselves. The Boston Globe raved that “[she] is such a gifted guitar player and singer that you have to listen to each song twice, once for her guitar playing and again for her passionate lyrics about love, loss and hope.” With her 2006 follow-up, Dryland, Pureka further expanded on the emotional topography she charted earlier in her career by continuing to tour extensively playing 200+ shows a year and gathering supporters city by city, show by show and fan by fan. This year Chris will take touring to the next level by adding a full backing band to her incredible live show.
While maintaining the unique alchemy of longing, loss and hope this virtuoso sets to music, there is a sonic adventurism on How I Learned to See in the Dark that marks a new stage in Pureka’s musical evolution. This is aided by Pureka’s choice of co-producer and longtime friend, Merrill Garbus (4Ad’s tUnE-YaRds). In addition to enjoying the comfort that comes with working with someone you’ve known since middle school, Garbus brought to the table her signature quirky recording techniques and alternative instrumentation, helping Pureka shift her sound into as-yet uncharted territory. This record boasts a newfound edginess, coupled with a more abstract sound and a musical depth and complexity that shines through each track, all the while maintaining the space and creative instrumentation Pureka is known for.
The Radio Project: THE RADIO PROJECT formed in a small rehearsal studio in Los Angeles, California. LJ had been determined to get Justin and Lance into the same room, and that evening it happened. It all happened. Song after song took shape, and this trio realized their lives would never be the same. Justin Avery, LJ Holifield, and Lance Tolbert had established themselves individually as first-call backing musicians for an A-list roster of recording artists. While grateful for those opportunities, the trio wanted to offer themselves to music fans in a more personal fashion. As a band, their approach was simple: Create an authentic music experience to speak to the world. The band threw to the wind conventional ideas of what pop music should be and just played what felt good. The Radio Project’s unique style of Pop Soul was born. Inspired by great artists of the past and present, The Radio Project bridges it all and steps into the future. The band is a fan of such musicians as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Adele, Maroon 5, Prince, and The John Mayer Trio. The Radio Project brings fresh pop material, sincere emotion, and impeccable musicianship all while paying tribute to those who have shaped the world’s music as we know it. Telling their own personal story of life, love, and heartbreak, The Radio Project speaks to the iPod generation as well as the record player generation. The band appeals to 21st century music fans and their parents. Their music spans genres and generations. It outlasts trends while setting them. Regardless of age, culture, or background, everyone must experience THE RADIO PROJECT.
Anielle : Annielle is a Swedish guitarplayer and songwriter with an unique soothing voice. She lives in Stockholm, where she develops her music consisting of pop influenced by folk and country. In March 2012 Annielle was the winner of the Alternatetive Song Contest held by Swedish Radio P4. In 2011 Annielle and her band performed live at the Radio House, Stockholm and won the contest "Svensktoppen Nästa Stockholm" hosted by Swedish National Radio. She came to national attention with her single "Summer Love" that became a contender on the most famous swedish chart "Svensk Toppen" in July 2010. Annielle recently wrote the music for a Norwegian Drama that will be premiered fall 2012 and now she's currently on her first US tour.