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Phil Collins

Phil Collins (Philip David Charles Collins LVO, born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwrite...

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{"key":"19384","name":"Phil Collins","bio":"Phil Collins (Philip David Charles Collins LVO, born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for the English progressive rock group Genesis and as well as being a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist.Collins sang the lead vocals on eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989, seven of those as a solo artist and one with Genesis. His singles, often dealing with lost love, have ranged from the atmospheric \"In the Air Tonight\" to the dance pop of \"Sussudio\" to the political statements of his most successful song \"Another Day in Paradise\". His latest (and possibly his last) album, the cover album 'Going Back' that came out in 2010, particularly shows the massive influence of 60s American soul music on Collins' career. His international popularity transformed Genesis from a cult favourite rock group to a regular on the pop charts and an early MTV mainstay. According to britishhitsongwriters.com, he is the forty-eighth most successful songwriter in U.K. singles chart history based on weeks that his compositions have spent on the chart.Collins' professional career began as a drummer, starting first with the obscure space rock group Flaming Youth. Then, working with the avant-garde band Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for frontman Peter Gabriel and provided drumming that was a key part of their sound. Collins sung lead on only two songs: \"For Absent Friends\" from 1971's 'Nursery Cryme' album and \"More Fool Me\" from 'Selling England by the Pound', which was released in 1973. Upon Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer after much soul-searching in the band's line-up. While keeping a similar art rock and progressive music based sound for several years, the band evolved into more of a melodic pop rock direction. As the decade closed, Genesis' first international hit, \"Follow You, Follow Me\", demonstrated a drastic change from the band's early years.His concurrent solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both Collins and Genesis commercial success. His songwriting has often drawn from American rnb artists of the 60s, 70s, and 80s while his singing has taken inspiration from his predecessor in Genesis, Peter Gabriel. According to Atlantic Records, Collins' total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2002, were 150 million.Collins announced in March 2011 that he is retiring from the music business. \"I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis,\" he wrote on his website. His statement refers to his two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, with his third wife Orianne Cevey, whom he divorced in 2008.Website: http:\/\/www.philcollins.co.uk\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/19384_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Rod Stewart

Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer-songwriter born and raised in London, Engl...

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{"key":"23209","name":"Rod Stewart","bio":"Roderick David \"Rod\" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer-songwriter born and raised in London, England and currently residing in Epping. He is of Scottish and English lineage.With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Rod Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group (1967-1969) and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his d\u00e9but album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces proved to be influential on the formation of the heavy metal and punk rock genres, respectively. Both bands were also pioneers of blues-rock.With his career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved numerous solo hit singles worldwide, most notably in the UK, where he has garnered six consecutive number one albums and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the USA, with four of these reaching number one. He has sold over 130 million records worldwide, and is one of the best selling British singers of all time. He was voted at #33 in Q Magazine's list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23209_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Matt Hires

On the surface, 22-year-old Florida native Matt Hires seems to be the epitome of the sunshine state: bare-footed, artist...

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{"key":"72572","name":"Matt Hires","bio":"On the surface, 22-year-old Florida native Matt Hires seems to be the epitome of the sunshine state: bare-footed, artistic, and coolly easy-going. But there\u2019s a lot more to him than meets the eye. As a child, Matt was introduced to different musical genres by his father. It was Matt\u2019s father that passed along his old, handmade acoustic guitar from 1977 to Matt when he was sixteen years old - the same guitar that Matt uses today. A homeschooler, Matt taught himself to play the guitar. During high school, Matt gravitated towards the punk\/hardcore scene, which is a far cry from his own introspectively powerful acoustic pop sound. Although he was a hockey player and enjoyed surfing and skateboarding, Matt was self-proclaimed nerd. \u201cI collected tons of Star Wars toys as a young kid, made my own Star Wars movies with them that usually starred my pet hedgehog, Prickles, and wrote my own Star Wars stories - they were pretty bad,\u201d Matt recalls of his early childhood. Though Matt might have outgrown his fascination with Star Wars toys, he never outgrew his love for music. By the time he was seventeen years old, Matt wrote his first song, and began performing in public a year later. Soon thereafter, Matt and a few of his friends decided to start a band, Brer. They recorded two 'chill' albums, The Sun Is Rising EP and Microwavable. \u201cThere were ups and downs, band members came and went, but overall it was a great time, and a great experience. We also evolved a lot musically over our fairly short existence, and I grew a lot as a songwriter and musician,\u201d says Matt. Now, as a solo artist, Matt is poised to captivate audiences with his endearing personality, melodic sound, and undeniable talent.Matt Hires will be coming to Madison, WI.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/72572_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue, a Sarasota, Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of t...

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{"key":"25797","name":"Boyce Avenue","bio":"Boyce Avenue, a Sarasota, Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. The band first came together in 2000, when Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Fabian (guitar, vocals), then 14 and 16 years old, respectively, started playing guitar. Within 3 months, Alejandro and Fabian took to the stage with their older brother Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals), then 20 years old, to perform before an audience of over 350 at a Pine View High School show. This would be the first of many public performances for the band at the school where its members had all been students together throughout their childhoods.In the years that followed, the band was separated geographically, while Fabian pursued an Architecture degree at the University of Florida and Daniel left Florida to attend Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nonetheless, during this period, Boyce Avenue assembled at every available opportunity to collaborate musically. It was not until October of 2004 and the subsequent months, however, that Boyce Avenue would really come into its own. Daniel, who had recently graduated from law school, reconnected with the band in Florida as its full-time bassist, and Alejandro, at the age of 18, launched into writing the band's first original song, \"Find Me.\" In the following months, the band performed locally in its hometown of Sarasota, and in April of 2005, the band hit the stage at Pine View High School for the last time. The band's performance at the Mr. Pine View competition, an event which Alejandro would go on to win, was covered in the local press.Upon Alejandro's graduation from high school, he joined Fabian at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, where the band refined its signature sound playing out in traditional venues like Market Street and Side Bar. In October of 2006 and the months that followed, the band recorded its first three singles at Nickel and Dime Studios near Atlanta, Georgia. The project was engineered by Kris Sampson (Train, the Black Crowes) and produced by Don McCollister (Sister Hazel, Third Day). In 2007 and 2008, Boyce Avenue was honored in several songwriting competitions judged by a host of accomplished and renowned music industry artists, professionals, and executives. The band qualified as a Southeast Semifinalist in the 2007 IMWS competition; \"All The While\" was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition, and as one of twelve Lennon Award Winners in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest; \"Find Me\" was selected as a Finalist in the Pop category for the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition; and \"Hear Me Now (piano acoustic)\" was selected as a finalist in the Best Group\/Duo category for the IAMA songwriting competition, and as a finalist in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition.Focused on the completion of a debut album, Boyce Avenue took a hiatus from its public performance schedule to write, produce, and record additional singles. In July of 2007, the band returned to Atlanta, Georgia, this time to record three songs at the Electron Gardens Studio in the historic Biltmore Hotel. These songs were engineered by Gary Pfaff and Tim Delaney, and were produced by Boyce Avenue. In October of the same year, the band finished tracking for the debut album with the recording of two songs at RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida. The final three songs for the album, \"Dare To Believe,\" \"On My Way,\" and \"Hear Me Now (piano acoustic)\" were engineered at RMP Studios by Veit Renn (Jennifer Hudson) and Adam Barber (Creed, Shinedown, Alterbridge), and were produced by Boyce Avenue.The debut album, titled \u201cAll You\u2019re Meant To Be,\u201d was released by Boyce Avenue on March 25, 2008. All of the songs were mixed by Austin Deptula (Eisley, New Found Glory), and the entire project was mastered by Rodney Mills (Pearl Jam, REM, Sheryl Crow). The physical album is available worldwide exclusively through Storenvy, while the download versions can be found on iTunes\/Amazon.com\/Rhapsody\/Napster\/eMusic. Since the album's release, it has been written about in CNN Money, the Kings of A&R, and in other press, its songs have been featured on various MTV shows, and the band has established itself as one of the top 8 Artists of All-Time on YouTube, with over 90 million hits. Most recently, \"All You're Meant To Be\" has been licensed for sale nationwide in the Philippines through MCA Music, and is on path to Gold status. On the strength of the band's touring success in the United States and the Philippines, the band launched a worldwide tour in 2009.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25797_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, NY.From the 1960s to...

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{"key":"25687","name":"Neil Diamond","bio":"Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, NY.From the 1960s to the 1980s, Diamond was one of the more successful pop music performers, scoring a number of hits. As critic William Ruhlmann writes, \"as of 2001, he claimed worldwide record sales of 115 million copies, and as of 2002 he was ranked third, behind only Elton John and Barbra Streisand, on the list of the most successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard chart.\" As of May 2005 he has sold 120 million records worldwide, including 48 million records in the U.S.Though his record sales declined somewhat after the 1980s, Diamond continues to tour successfully, and maintains a very loyal following. Diamond's songs have been recorded by a vast array of performers from many different musical genres.Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and then in 2000 was given its Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the early part of 2011. In 2008 Neil Diamond scored his first ever Billboard number one album with \"Home Before Dark\", the album also became his first studio album to get to number one in the UK.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25687_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Chris Rea

Christopher Anton Rea (pronounced Ree-ah), born 4 March 1951, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Middlesbrough,...

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{"key":"2371","name":"Chris Rea","bio":"Christopher Anton Rea (pronounced Ree-ah), born 4 March 1951, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Middlesbrough, England. Rea's recording career began in 1978. Although he almost immediately had a US hit single with \"Fool (If You Think It's Over)\", Rea's initial focus was on continental Europe, releasing eight albums in the 1980s. It wasn't until 1985's Shamrock Diaries and the songs \"Stainsby Girls\" and \"Josephine,\" that UK audiences began to take notice of him. Follow up albums On The Beach and Dancing With Strangers became UK hits and then the New Light Through Old Windows compilation album in 1988 cemented his reputation. His next full album was to be his major breakthrough: The Road to Hell (1989) enjoyed massive success and became his first number one album in the UK. These successes could not be mirrored in the U.S., however, where it failed to chart. The follow-up album, Auberge, also enjoyed massive European success, reaching the top spot in the UK.After AubergeAfter 'Auberge' Chris Rea released 'God's Great Banana Skin' which managed to reach Number 4 in the UK. The album returned Rea to the rockier sound of 'Road To Hell' and the single 'Nothing To Fear' gave him another Top 20 hit. A year later 'Espresso Logic' hit the Top 10 and 'Julia', written about his second daughter, gave him his 11th Top 40. A period of ill health meant his next album did not appear until 1998. Despite no singles being released and little promotion, 'The Blue Cafe' still made the UK Top 10. However it proved to be Rea's last. In 1999, 10 years after 'Road To Hell' Rea released 'Road To Hell' Part 2. Many felt Rea had begun to lose his way, the album received no promotion and as a result never made the Top 40. However it didn't get Rea down and in 2000 he released 'King Of The Beach', receiving critical praise and a healthy Top 30 placing.In 2000 a remix of Rea's 1986 On The Beach single by York was released and enjoyed moderate dancefloor success.Fighting cancer and back to the bluesFollowing a severe bout of cancer, and a predicted 50% chance of survival after an operation, Rea promised himself that if he recovered, he would return to his blues roots. This is what he did in 2002, releasing the album Dancing Down The Stony Road following recording sessions in France and the UK. (An abridged version of the album was later released with the title Stony Road.) The album was followed by a DVD of the same name, comprising a \"Making Of\" documentary and footage from a concert in Cologne. Rea set up his own JazzeeBlue label in 2003 to free himself from the pressure of record companies and their expectations. Since then he has released the blues albums Blue Street (Five Guitars) (a jazz-blues album, almost fully instrumental), Hofner Blue Notes (fully instrumental) and the The Blue Jukebox (another jazz-blues influenced album released to critical acclaim). He has recently worked with David Knopfler for two albums, Wishbones (2001) and Ship of Dreams (2004). It is also known that it is Chris Rea who clicks his fingers on Queen's track \"It's a Kind of Magic\". Chris is a supporter of charity organizations and a master painter.Blue GuitarsChris Rea released his final box-set album, \"Blue Guitars\" in 2005. Consisting of 11 CD's and 1 DVD (Dancing Down The Stony Road), the album is Rea's testament to blues. Each album contains specific songs of the blues genre, and all have been newly recorded and released. The box-set includes colourful paintings by Rea. This album closes the final chapter of Chris Rea's solo career and he does not intend to make any further solo records. He has stated that he will continue to make records with some of his favorite players under the name \"The Memphis Fireflies\". However, the plans had changed, obviously. Anyway, the album sold enough copies to have topped the charts in the single CD categoryThe Road to Hell and BackIn 2006, Chris Rea embarked on a full Europe and UK tour, after which a CD\/DVD \"The Road to Hell and Back\" was released, the only live album by Chris Rea up to date.The Return of the Fabulous Hofner BluenotesSeeing that the Blue Guitars ear book sold well enough, Chris Rea released another audio book in 2008, called \"The Return of the Fabulous Honfer Blue Notes\". The story of a late fifties guitar instrumental band (The Delmonts) that evolved into a 60\u2019s blues band (The Hofner Blue Notes). The musical book comprises 80 pages, vinyl records and three CD\u2019s. Chris believes with a passion that the new download market is opening up a new door for more thoughtful and substantial quality product. If you live and breathe music and not necessarily showbiz, track downloading is simply not enough.PlansIn some interviews, Chris said that he's working on two brand new audio books, 'On The Beach' (beach culture) and 'The Last Open Road' (street culture), both will be probably released within the next two or three years.FilmAs can be seen at IMDB Rea has also dabbled seriously in film, playing lead in the 1999 comedy \"Parting Shots\" opposite such notables as John Cleese, Bob Hoskins and Joanna Lumley. Somewhat ironically, Rea plays a man who's told cancer gives him six weeks to live, and decides to kill off the people who've done him wrong in life.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2371_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers are an American rock group, best known for hit singles like Black Water, China Grove, Listen to the ...

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{"key":"23216","name":"The Doobie Brothers","bio":"The Doobie Brothers are an American rock group, best known for hit singles like Black Water, China Grove, Listen to the Music, Long Train Runnin', and What a Fool Believes. They have sold over 22 million albums in the United States from the 1970s to the present. The Doobie Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.In 1969, singer, guitarist and songwriter Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman formed the nucleus of what would become The Doobie Brothers. Skip Spence of Moby Grape (and formerly of Jefferson Airplane) introduced them to one another after Hartman arrived in California determined to meet Spence and join an aborted Grape reunion. New bandmates Johnston and Hartman called their fledgling group Pud and experimented with different lineups (occasionally in the lineups was Spence) and styles as they performed in and around San Jose. They were mostly a power trio (along with bassist Greg Murphy) but briefly worked with a horn section. In 1970, they teamed up with bass player Dave Shogren and singer, guitarist and songwriter Patrick Simmons. Simmons, who had belonged to several area groups (among them was the band \"Scratch\", which was an acoustic trio with future Doobies bassist Tiran Porter) and also performed as a solo artist, was already an accomplished fingerstyle player whose approach to the instrument complemented Johnston's rhythmic R&B strumming. In a recent interview, Tom Johnston attributed the band's eventual name to friend and housemate Keith \"Dyno\" Rosen, who noted the guys' fondness for \"doobies.\" They considered the new moniker an improvement over Pud.The Doobie Brothers honed their chops by performing live all over Northern California in 1970. They attracted a particularly strong following among local chapters of the Hells Angels and scored a recurring gig at one of the bikers' favorite venues, the rustic Chateau Liberte' in the Santa Cruz Mountains. An energetic set of demos (eight of which were briefly and illegally released on Pickwick Records in 1980 under the title Introducing the Doobie Brothers, and have since been bootlegged on CD under that title and On Our Way Up as well, both with expanded song selections), showcased fuzz-toned dual lead electric guitars, three-part harmonies and Hartman's frenetic drumming and earned the rock group a contract at Warner Bros. Records.At this point in their history, the band's image reflected that of their biggest fans - leather jackets and motorcycles. However, the group's 1971 self-titled debut album departed significantly from that image and their live sound of the period. The album, which failed to chart, emphasized acoustic guitars and frequently reflected country influences. The bouncy lead-off song \"Nobody,\" the band's first single, has surfaced in their live set several times over the ensuing decades.The following year's second album, Toulouse Street (which spawned the hits, and classic rock staples, \"Listen to the Music\" and Jesus Is Just Alright), brought the band their breakthrough success. In collaboration with manager Bruce Cohn, producer Ted Templeman and engineer Donn Landee, the band put forward a more polished and eclectic set of songs. They also made a change to the line-up, supplementing Hartman's drumming with that of Navy veteran Michael Hossack while still touring behind their first album, (A concert from June 14, 1971 at the Fillmore West bears this out as it has this short-lived lineup). Also, the band recorded several songs on the second album with Shogren on bass, guitar & background vocals. But during the album's recording, Shogren left after disagreements with producer Templeman. Shogren was replaced with singer, songwriter and bass guitarist Tiran Porter. Porter and Hossack were both stalwarts of the northern California music scene, Porter having previously played in Scratch with Simmons. Porter brought a funkier bass style to the band and added his husky baritone to the voices of Johnston and Simmons, resulting in a rich three part harmonic vocal blend. Pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat contributed keyboards for the first time, beginning a decades-long collaboration that included many recording sessions and even a two-week stint with the touring band in 1974. With an improved rhythm section and the songwriting of Johnston and Simmons, the Doobies' trademark sound - an amalgam of R&B, country, bluegrass, hard rock, roadhouse boogie, and rock and roll - emerged fully formed.A string of hits followed, including Johnston's \"Long Train Runnin'\" and \"China Grove,\" from the 1973 album The Captain and Me. Other noteworthy songs on the album were Simmons' country-ish ode South City Midnight Lady and the explosive, hard rocking raveup, Without You, for which the entire band received songwriting credit. Onstage, the latter song would sometimes stretch into a 15-minute jam with additional lyrics ad-libbed by Johnston. A 1973 appearance on the debut episode of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert featured one such epic performance of the tune.In the midst of recording sessions for their next album, 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, Hossack abruptly departed the band citing burnout from constant touring. Drummer, songwriter and vocalist Keith Knudsen (who previously drummed for Lee Michaels of Do You Know What I Mean fame) was recruited promptly and left with the Doobies on a major tour within days of joining in September of 1973. (Hossack subsequently replaced Knudsen in the band Bonaroo, which served as an opening act for the Doobies shortly thereafter.) Both Hossack's drums and Knudsen's voice are heard on Vices.In 1974, Steely Dan co-lead guitarist Jeff \"Skunk\" Baxter learned that his band was retiring from the road and that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker intended to work almost exclusively with session players in the future. In need of a steady gig, he segued into the Doobie Brothers as third lead guitarist in the middle of their current tour. He had previously worked with the band in the studio, adding pedal steel guitar to both Captain (\"South City Midnight Lady\") and Vices (\"Black Water,\" \"Tell Me What You Want\") and had already been playing with the band as a \"special guest\" during that year's tour.Vices included the band's first #1 single: Simmons' signature tune \"Black Water,\" which featured the memorable refrain, \"I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland, pretty mama come and take me by the hand\"; climbed to the top of the charts in March 1975; and eventually propelled the album to multi-platinum status. Johnston's lyrical Another Park, Another Sunday (as a single, it featured \"Black Water\" as the B-side) and his horn-driven funk song \"Eyes of Silver\" had also charted at #32 & #52, respectively, the previous year.During this period and for several subsequent tours, the Doobies were often supported on-stage by Stax Records legends The Memphis Horns. Live recordings with the horn section have aired on radio on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, though none has been officially released. They also appeared as session players on multiple Doobies albums.By the end of 1974, Johnston's health was suffering from the rigors of the road. He was absent when the band joined The Beach Boys, Chicago and Olivia Newton-John on \"Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve\" that December. By then, the western-themed Stampede had been completed for release in 1975. It featured yet another hit single, Johnston's cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland-written Motown hit Take Me in Your Arms (originally sung by Kim Weston and also covered by Blood, Sweat & Tears). The song included a distinctive Baxter guitar solo. Simmons contributed the atmospheric \"I Cheat the Hangman,\" as well as Neal's Fandango, an ode to Santa Cruz, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Ry Cooder added his slinky slide guitar to Johnston's cowboy song, \"Rainy Day Crossroad Blues\".By the start of the Spring 1975 promotional tour for Stampede, Johnston's condition was so precarious that he required emergency hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer. With Johnston convalescing and the tour already underway, Baxter proposed recruiting a fellow Steely Dan alum to fill the hole: singer, songwriter and keyboardist Michael McDonald. Simmons, Knudsen, Porter and McDonald divvied up and sang Johnston's parts on tour while Simmons and Baxter shared lead guitar chores.Under contract to release another album in 1976, the Doobies were at a crossroads. Their primary songwriter and singer remained unavailable, so they turned to McDonald and Porter for material to supplement that of Simmons. The resulting LP, Takin' It to the Streets, debuted a radical change in their sound. Electric guitar-based rock and roll gave way to blue-eyed soul and soft rock emphasizing keyboards and horns. Baxter contributed jazz-inflected guitar stylings reminiscent of Steely Dan, along with more emphasis on minor chords throughout many of the song's inner melodies. Above all, McDonald's voice became the band's new signature sound. Takin' It to the Streets featured McDonald's title track and It Keeps You Runnin', both hits. (\"It Keeps You Runnin'\" would be covered by Carly Simon appearing on her album Another Passenger, with the Doobies backing her). Bassist Porter wrote and sang a tribute to the absent Johnston, entitled \"For Someone Special.\" A greatest hits compilation, Best of the Doobies, followed before year's end. (In 1996, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Best of the Doobies \"Diamond\" for sales in excess of ten million.)Their new sound was further refined and McDonald's dominant role cemented with 1977's Livin' on the Fault Line. It featured a cover of the Motown classic \"Little Darlin' (I Need You),\" \"Echoes Of Love\" (written for, but not recorded by Al Green, by James Mitchell, then of the Memphis Horns, and Earl Randle, both of whom had worked with Green a good bit, to which Simmons added some music and lyrics, co-writing the finished version with Mitchell and Randle, the song was later covered by the Pointer Sisters), and \"You Belong To Me\" (co-written by McDonald and Carly Simon, who had a hit with her own version of the tune). To help promote Fault Line, the band performed live on the PBS show Soundstage and appeared as themselves in a two-part episode of the television comedy What's Happening!!. This album is a shimmering, nearly seamless masterpiece, perhaps the most musically sophisticated and richest in the Doobies' history. Jeff Baxter used an early type of guitar synthesizer (made by Roland) on many of the tracks (it is heavily featured in his solo on the title track, as well as on \"Chinatown\"). There are also wonderful overall band and vocal arrangements and some absolutely superb horn and string arrangements by David Paich that augment the band's great playing. In addition, it featured even more use of minor chords, as often used in jazz. Unlike many pop\/rock groups that utilize minor chords for their dark and foreboding feel, the Doobies managed to temper that with strong pop hooks, resulting in an album that, though not really jazz, had much of the feel of the \"cool jazz\" era in a pop setting.Both Streets and Fault Line reflected Tom Johnston's diminished role in the group following his illness. Restored to fitness and briefly back in the fold, he contributed one original song to Streets, (\"Turn It Loose\"), and also added a vocal cameo to Simmons' tune \"Wheels of Fortune.\" He also made live appearances with the band in 1976 (documented in a concert filmed that year at the Winterland in San Francisco, excerpts from which appear occasionally on VH1 Classic), but was sidelined once again in the fall due to exhaustion. None of Johnston's songs appeared on Fault Line, though he had written and the band had recorded five of his compositions for the album. Finally, before Fault Line was released, Johnston had his songs removed and he left the band that he co-founded (though he received credit for guitars and vocals and was pictured on the album's inner sleeve band photo). He embarked on a solo career that eventually yielded one modestly successful Warner Brothers album Everything You've Heard is True (1979) and the less successful Still Feels Good (1981).During the period of transition, the band also elevated former roadie Bobby LaKind to onstage vocalist and percussionist. In the studio, LaKind first contributed percussion to Streets. He had joined the road crew in 1974.After almost a decade on the road, and with seven albums under their belts, the Doobies' career unexpectedly soared with the success of their next album, 1978's Minute by Minute. It spent five weeks at the top of the music charts and dominated several radio formats for the better part of two years. McDonald's song What a Fool Believes, written with Kenny Loggins, was the band's second #1 single and earned the songwriting duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The breezy, McDonald-penned title song received the Grammy for Pop Vocal Performance by a Group and the album was honored with an Album of the Year nod. Among the other memorable songs on the album were \"Here to Love You,\" Dependin' On You (co-written by McDonald and Simmons), \"Steamer Lane Breakdown\" (a Simmons bluegrass instrumental) and McDonald's \"How Do the Fools Survive?\" (which featured a lengthy guitar coda improvised by Baxter in a single take, according to a 1980 interview in Guitar Player Magazine). Nicolette Larson (whose best-known hit was Lotta Love) and departed former bandleader Johnston contributed guest vocals on the album.The triumph of Minute by Minute was bittersweet, however, because it coincided with the near-dissolution of the band. The pressure of touring while recording and releasing an album each year had worn the members down. Jeff Baxter and Michael McDonald had been in the midst of a creative conflict for some time. McDonald desired a simple, polished rock\/R&B sound while Baxter insisted on embellishing guitar parts in an increasingly avant garde style. (Both McDonald and Baxter elaborated on the matter in the documentary series Behind the Music, which aired on VH1 in February 2001.) Just as Minute by Minute's monumental success had become apparent, founding drummer Hartman, longtime guitarist Baxter and LaKind exited through the revolving door. A two-song set on the January 27, 1979 broadcast of Saturday Night Live (with guest host Michael Palin ) marked the final television appearance of this lineup, and a brief tour of Japan marked the last live performances of the band in its middle-period configuration. (Hartman subsequently joined Johnston's touring band in 1979 and taped an appearance with Johnston that aired on Soundstage in 1980.)With the surprise smash album embedded in the charts and more money to be earned on the road, the remaining Doobies (Simmons, Knudsen, McDonald and Porter) decided to forge ahead. In 1979, Hartman was replaced by ace session drummer Chet McCracken, and Baxter by multi-instrumental string player John McFee (late of Huey Lewis' early band Clover); Cornelius Bumpus was also recruited to add vocals, keyboards and saxophone to the line-up. This line-up toured throughout 1979, including stops at Madison Square Garden and New York City's Central Park for the No Nukes benefit shows with like-minded artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and John Hall.1980 marked the return of LaKind to the lineup as a full member and the Doobies released their ninth studio album, entitled One Step Closer. The LP featured the hit title track and the Top Ten smash \"Real Love\" (not to be confused with the John Lennon composition) but did not dominate the charts and the radio as Minute by Minute had two years earlier, largely due to an over saturation of the \"McDonald sound\" by many other artists (such as Robbie Dupree's hit Steal Away, which copied the \"McDonald sound\" nearly note for note) heard on the radio at that time(Not to mention McDonald's numerous guest vocal appearances on hits by other artists at that time, such as Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Nicolette Larson and others). The album itself was also musically far weaker than the previous three with the band itself sounding tired and seemingly little more than McDonald's \"backup band\" by then (according to contemporary references at that time). Long frustrated with the realities of relentless touring and yearning for a stable home life, as well as battling self-admitted problems with cocaine, Porter left the band after the recording of Closer. Renowned session bassist Willie Weeks joined up and the Doobies continued touring throughout 1980 and 1981. (Post-Doobies, Weeks has performed with the Gregg Allman Band, Eric Clapton and many others.) Also during this tour, session vet Andy Newmark stepped in briefly for Knudsen, who was in rehab then.By the end of 1981, even Simmons had resigned from the band. Now faced with the prospect of calling themselves \"The Doobie Brothers\" with no remaining original members, a sound that was light years away from their original version and a \"leader\" in McDonald that was ready for a solo career, the group elected instead to disband, and even this wasn't decided upon until after a rehearsal done without Simmons, in a vain attempt to keep the band going, according to an interview with McDonald for \"Listen To The Music,\" the Doobie Brothers official video history\/documentary released in 1989. He went on to say in that interview that at that point they couldn't have gotten further away from the Doobies sound if they had tried to. The reluctant Simmons, already hard at work on his first solo album, rejoined for a 1982 farewell tour on the promise that this truly would be the end. At their last concert at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, they were joined onstage by founder Tom Johnston for what was presumed to be the final rendition of his staple, \"China Grove.\" Former members Porter, Hossack and Hartman subsequently took the stage for an extended version of \"Listen to the Music.\" Knudsen sang while Simmons, Johnston and McFee traded licks on guitar. Of all the members through the years, only Shogren was absent when the group took its \"final\" bow. The live album Farewell Tour followed in 1983.On February 8, 2005, Keith Knudsen, who'd been battling cancer for almost ten years, died of pneumonia at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. Former Vertical Horizon drummer Ed Toth was selected to fill Knudsen's drum seat as the band soldiered on.Johnston was forced to miss several shows in the summer of 2007 following an operation for a throat ailment. Upon his return, he received vocal assistance from Simmons and McFee on certain tunes that he had traditionally sung in their entirety.The Doobies provided the half-time entertainment for the FedEx Orange Bowl football game on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.For their 2010 summer tour they were (as previously in 1999 and 2008) once again paired with the band Chicago.In May 2010, Skylark was forced to sit out due to a stroke. John Cowan returned to substitute in for Skylark. A few months later, Hossack was forced to sit out due to cancer. Tony Pia, a member of the Brian Setzer's Orchestra, came in to substitute for Hossack. On March 12, 2012, Hossack died at his home in Dubois, Wyoming.On July 6, 2010, The Doobie Brothers announced a new album entitled World Gone Crazy, produced with their long-time producer Ted Templeman, which was released on September 28, 2010. The first single from the album, entitled Nobody, can be listened to on their official website. They have also announced plans to release a DVD compilation of live performances and television appearances from throughout the group's long career.The group continues to tour heavily and remains a popular concert draw. From 2005 through 2007 they headlined benefit concerts at manager Cohn's B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen (once again sharing the stage with \"special guest\" McDonald in 2006). They have maintained a continuous and active presence on the Internet through their official website since 1996.As of March 2012, five members of The Doobie Brothers family are deceased: percussionist LaKind in 1992 following his lengthy struggle with terminal cancer; original bassist Shogren of unreported causes in 1999; Bumpus of a heart attack in 2004 while in the air en route to California for a solo tour; drummer and activist Keith Knudsen in 2005 of cancer and chronic pneumonia; and drummer Michael Hossack of cancer on March 12, 2012.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23216_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne (born Clyde Jackson Browne; October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter known for having sold milli...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"23944","name":"Jackson Browne","bio":"Jackson Browne (born Clyde Jackson Browne; October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter known for having sold millions of albums worldwide. First coming to prominence in the 70s, the rock musician has had a long career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany, his father being an American serviceman stationed in the nation, but he moved to the Highland Park district of Los Angeles, California at an early age and soon began singing folk music locally. In 1966, his major career began as a part of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Often mixing catchy melodies with reflective, moody, and sometimes melancholic lyrics, some of his most popular hit singles include \"Doctor My Eyes\", \"Running on Empty\", and \"Somebody's Baby\". Considered a precociously-talented songwriter by many peers, Browne's solo career got its legs when he signed a publishing contract with Nina Music. His work have been performed by several artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Larry Norman, Linda Ronstadt, Nico, and Tom Rush, among many others.After moving to Greenwich Village, New York, Browne worked, for a brief period, in Tim Buckley's back-up band and on Nico's Chelsea Girl. This album includes two of Jackson's songs and the pair were reputedly lovers for awhile. After leaving New York City, Browne formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce.In 1971, Browne signed with Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne (1972), which included \"Doctor My Eyes\", a major hit and later coverec by the Jackson Five . He didn't sustain pop success, though, and his next album, For Everyman (1973), while considered of high quality, was a commercial failure.Late for the Sky (1974) established a significant audience for Browne, and fans and critics often consider this Browne's best album. Highlights include the searching title song, the elegiac \"For a Dancer\" and apocalyptic \"Before the Deluge\", the pure arrangements featuring David Lindley's evocative violin and guitar playing, and the Magritte-inspired cover. The title track was also featured in Martin Scorsese's film, Taxi Driver.Browne released his breakthrough album, The Pretender (1976) soon after the suicide of his wife, Phyllis. Featuring livelier production by Jon Landau, the title song is a vividly described account of trying to maintain one's ideals in the struggle against the realities of day-to-day life.During this time, Browne produced and played on Warren Zevon's first two Asylum albums.Browne began recording his next LP while on tour, and Running on Empty (1977) became his biggest commercial success. Breaking the usual conventions for a live album, it was truly made on the road, including tracks recorded on buses and in hotel rooms, with none of the songs having appeared on any of his prior albums. Running on Empty contains many renowned songs, such as the propulsive title track (Browne's biggest hit single), \"The Road\", \"Rosie\", and \"The Load-Out\/Stay\" (Browne's affectionate and knowing send-off to his concert audiences).In 1979, Browne was a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy.Browne achieved less critical acclaim with Hold Out (1980), although it was commercially successful\u2013his only number 1 record, and with his hit single \"Somebody's Baby\" from the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack. Lawyers in Love followed in 1983 and contained hints of a more political focus, especially in the mysteriously satirical title track.Political protest came out full force in Lives in the Balance (1986), an overt condemnation of Reaganism and American policy in Central America. Flavored with new instrumental textures, it was a huge success with Browne fans, though not with mainstream audiences. World in Motion (1989) was even more politically-oriented and polarizing. Browne frequently played for causes he believed in, including Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour), Farm Aid, and the Christic Institute.After four years of silence and a break-up with his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, Browne returned with I'm Alive, a critically acclaimed album with a more personal perspective that sold respectably, the title track being a modest radio hit. Looking East (1996) was released soon after, but was not as successful critically or commercially. The Naked Ride Home was released in 2002. On 11 May 2003, Jackson Browne made a celebrity guest star debut on the FOX series The Simpsons.As a whole, Browne's work is marked by compelling melodies, simple, honest, and insightful lyrics, and a flair for composition rarely seen in the world of rock and roll. He is often referred to as \"a thinking man's rock star.\"Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also participated in the Vote for Change tour in October 2004, playing a series of concerts in American swing states. These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org with the general goal of mobilizing people to vote in that year's Presidential campaign. Browne's appearances were joint performances with Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo', and in one instance with Bruce Springsteen. Three of Browne's albums were selected by Rolling Stone magazine as among its choices for the 500 best albums of all time.Browne released \"Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1\"in 2005 and \"Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2\" in 2008, both on Inside Recordings. The \"Vol. 1\" album consists of live recordings of eleven previously released tracks and \"The Birds of St. Marks,\" a song that does not appear on any of Browne's studio albums. The \"Vol. 2\" album contains roughly the same mix of twelve songs (popular hits vs. deep cuts). Interestingly, both albums also contain separately tracked \"intros\" to some songs, giving a brief glimpse of the intimacy between artist and audience at the shows where the songs were recorded.\"No one gives a shit but Jackson Browne.\" - Randy Newman in \"A Piece Of The Pie\"Website: www.jacksonbrowne.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23944_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler official: http://www.bonnietyler.comBonnie Tyler Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BonnieTylerFanSite/Bonni...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"25712","name":"Bonnie Tyler","bio":"Bonnie Tyler official: http:\/\/www.bonnietyler.comBonnie Tyler Facebook: http:\/\/www.facebook.com\/BonnieTylerFanSite\/Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins on 8 June 1951- Skewen, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh singer, songwriter and businesswoman.Beginning as a local singer in Swansea, Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1976 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles Lost In France and More Than A Lover. Her 1978 single It's A Heartache was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one in several European countries and breaking the American charts. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival with 1979 single Sitting On The Edge Of The Ocean, Tyler converted from country music to rock music. Her career peaked in the 1980s with her Jim Steinman collaboration, releasing international hits Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Holding Out For A Hero, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man) and Here She Comes.Tyler\u2019s shift from rock to soft pop in the 1990s led to further success in continental Europe with singles Bitterblue and Fools Lullaby. With German producer Dieter Bohlen, Tyler had continued success with three albums before releasing in the UK and America again, and her 1995 single Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All) narrowly missed the UK Top 40.Making a comeback in 2004, Tyler released Si demain... (Turn Around) with Kareen Antonn, which was a number one in France for ten weeks, selling over 700,000 copies. In recent years Tyler has appeared on several UK TV shows, making a cameo appearance on Hollyoaks Later, toured with Robin Gibb in 2010 and Status Quo in 2012. Her latest album Rocks & Honey (released by her own record label, Celtic Swan Recordings) has had modest success in Europe, with her latest single Believe In Me being used as the UK\u2019s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Following the contest, Tyler received two Eurovision Song Contest Radio Awards for Best Song and Best Singer, marking her as the first UK representative to receive the reward.With a career spanning nearly four decades, she has won three Goldene Europa awards, an Echo Award, and has been nominated for three Brit Awards and three Grammy Awards. Her distinctive husky voice as a result of an operation to remove vocal nodules has had her compared her to artists such as Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes, and in combination with her career success, has led to her being recognised as the \"International First Lady of Rock\", with an estimated total of 100 million records sold in her career.Early lifeTyler was born in Skewen, Neath, Wales to a family that included three sisters and two brothers. Her father, Glin Hopkins, worked in a coal mine and her mother, Elsie Hopkins (an opera lover), shared her love for music with her children, and was known to have been part of the local church choir. Tyler grew up listening to Motown music and female artists like Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. She concluded her education in the sixties, leaving school with no qualifications and began working in the local grocery shop, then as a supermarket cashier.In 1970, aged 19, she entered a talent contest, singing the Mary Hopkin hit Those Were The Days, and finished in second place, winning \u00a31. She then was chosen to sing in a band with front man Bobby Wayne, known as Bobby Wayne & The Dixies. Two years later, she formed her own band called Imagination (not related to the 1980s British dance band of the same name) and performed with them in pubs and clubs all over southern Wales. It was then that she decided to adopt the stage name of \"Sherene Davis\", taking the names from her niece's forename and favourite aunt's surname. Despite the two name changes, her family and friends still know her as Gaynor.On 4 July 1973, she married Robert Sullivan, a real estate agent, Swansea night club manager and Olympic judoka. In 1975, she was discovered by Roger Bell who arranged a recording contract for her with RCA Records. Before signing, she was asked to choose a different stage name and settled on Bonnie Tyler.Career1976\u201381: The country albumsIn 1976, Tyler was spotted in \"The Townsman Club\" in Swansea by the songwriting and producing team of Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, who became her managers, songwriters and producers.Tyler first began by recording a track entitled My! My! Honeycomb, which did not receive any chart success, but did gain local airplay in Swansea. The track was later released on the 2002 compilation, \"Total Eclipse Anthology\" and on a re-release of \"The World Starts Tonight\" in 2009, along with the rare track, Baby I Remember You.Following the Top 10 success of her 1976 song Lost In France, Tyler released her first album in 1977 entitled The World Starts Tonight. A further single from the album, More Than A Lover, made the UK Top 30. The single was banned on TV by the BBC for \"unsuitable lyrical content\". The follow-up single, Heaven, reached the Top 30 in Germany.In 1977, Tyler was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal cords that were so severe that she needed to undergo surgery to remove them. After the surgery, she was ordered not to speak for six weeks to aid the healing process, but she accidentally screamed out in frustration one day, causing her voice to take on a raspy quality. At first she believed that her singing career was ruined, but to her surprise her next single, It's A Heartache, made her an international star. The song reached No. 4 in the UK, No. 3 in the US, No. 2 in Germany, and topped the charts in several countries (including France and Australia). Tyler's second album, \"Natural Force\", was also retitled \"It's a Heartache\" for the U.S. market and certified Gold there. Tyler performed in the Long Miles Country Music Festival prior to the release of the new album alongside musicians such as Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. In 1978, Tyler was given a Bravo Otto award in Germany for her success in Europe. Here Am I, the third single from the album (after Heaven and It's a Heartache), made the German Top 20 in spring of 1978.Tyler's next album, \"Diamond Cut\", was released in 1979. The singles What A Way To Treat My Heart and Too Good To Last did not chart, though My Guns Are Loaded peaked at number 3 in France and 10 in Canada. In the same year, Tyler recorded The World Is Full Of Married Men, the theme to the film of the same name. It became a minor UK Top 40 hit in the summer.Tyler's final album with CBS was \"Goodbye To The Island\" in 1981. The track Sitting On The Edge Of The Ocean was the Grand Prix winner of the 1979 Yamaha World Song Festival held in Tokyo. Tyler performed the song live at the festival. The track was re-recorded in Spanish, entitled \"Sola A La Orilla Del Mar\", and was released in Argentina and Spain. Tyler recorded Come On, Give Me Loving as a B-side to the single.In 1981, Tyler released Sayonara Tokyo, a single released only in Japan. The single did not chart.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25712_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon is an American rock band that grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and pea...

100,000 - 200,000
{"key":"23220","name":"REO Speedwagon","bio":"REO Speedwagon is an American rock band that grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s as one of America\u2019s most popular arena rock bands at this time. REO Speedwagon hits include \"Keep On Loving You\" and \"Can't Fight This Feeling\". Both songs are power ballads, the former being prototypical of the genre and appearing on the group's most commercially successful album, \"Hi Infidelity\". That album also included the hit \"Take It on the Run\", a song that peaked at number five on the U.S. charts. The band continues to tour and release albums, their latest being \"Find Your Own Way Home\" with songs such as \"Smilin' in the End\".REO Speedwagon was formed by students attending the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois in the fall of 1967 to play cover songs in campus bars. The band\u2019s name came from Ransom Eli Olds (REO) an early 20th Century truck manufacturer of the Speedwagon model, commonly used for fire engines. The first line up consisted of Alan Gratzer on drums and vocals, Neil Doughty on keyboards, Joe Matt on guitar and vocals and Mike Blair on bass and vocals. In the spring of 1968, Terry Luttrell became lead singer, and Bob Crownover and Gregg Philbin replaced Matt and Blair. Joe McCabe played sax at this time until moving to SIU. Crownover played guitar for the group until the summer of 1969 when Bill Fiorio replaced him. Fiorio then departed in late 1969, eventually assuming the name Duke Tumatoe, and went on to form the All Star Frogs. Another guitarist, Steve Scorfina, came aboard briefly, and was replaced by Gary Richrath in late 1970.Richrath was a Peoria, Illinois-based guitar player and prolific songwriter who brought original material to the band including REO's signature song \"Ridin' the Storm Out\". With Richrath on board, the regional popularity of the band grew tremendously. The Midwestern United States was the original REO Speedwagon fan stronghold and is pivotal in this period of the band's history.The band signed to Epic Records in 1971. Paul Leka, an East Coast record producer, brought the band to his recording studio in Bridgeport, Connecticut where it recorded original material for its first album. The lineup on the first album consisted of Richrath, Gratzer, Doughty, Philbin, and Luttrell.The band toured relentlessly under guidance from early manager Irving Azoff. The band's most successful period featured lead vocalist Kevin Cronin who joined the band briefly for their second album T.W.O in 1972, and left in the middle of recording the Album \"Ridin' The Storm Out\" and returned in 1976, co-producing with Richrath their landmark Live: You Get What You Play For. Ridin' the Storm Out was completed with Michael Bryan Murphy on the microphone. Murphy stayed on for two more albums, \"Lost in a Dream\" and \"This Time We Mean It\", before Cronin returned to the fold in January 1976 and recorded \"R.E.O.\", which was released that same year.They grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the early 1970s and peaked in popularity in the early 1980s. The band's first mid 70s FM hit was the Richrath composed concert fave \"Ridin' The Storm Out\", and their first gold record was a live album, 1977's \"Live: You Get What You Play For\". Their hard rocking live show was so integral to their success, their label released another live album in 1978, \"More Live\".In 1977, Philbin was replaced with Bruce Hall to record the first studio album that reached platinum, \"You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish\", released in 1978 which received FM radio airplay but fell short of the Top 40. In 1979, the band took a turn back to hard rock with the release of Nine Lives.By 1981's \"Hi Infidelity\" they had reached a new peak, and the LP spawned several major radio hits including \"Keep On Loving You\", \"Don't Let Him Go\" and \"Take It on the Run\" which went to #5 on the US charts, and the Cronin composed \"Time For Me To Fly, released on the \"Tuna\" album.REO Speedwagon followed up the \"Hi Infidelity\" LP with the power ballad \"Can't Fight This Feeling\" from Good Trouble in 1982, and dented the charts again with 1984's \"Wheels Are Turning\" album, 1987's \"Life as We Know It\" was the last new release to go gold, before popularity waned, and their long winning streak subsided. Founding members Richrath & Gratzer left the band, essentially ending a 20 year arena rocking run, but the band's collections continued to sell and earn classic rock & retro power pop airplay. Richrath and Gratzer was replaced by Miles Joseph and Graham Lear, Cronin's band members from jazz ensemble called \"The Strolling Dudes\". And soon Lear and Joseph was replaced by Bryan Hitt (formerly of Wang Chung) and Dave Amato.Nowadays Reo Speedwagon remains a U.S concert circuit staple, mostly known as a crowd pleasing classic AOR genre rock band. Still fronted by longtime vocalist Cronin, currently the only original member in the 21st century touring lineup is keyboardist Neil Doughty. The hired guns brought in since have had stints in band's like Ted Nugent and Wang Chung. Spurred on by numerous re-packagings of their back catalog, and successful newer live recordings, in 2007 they released \"Find Your Own Way Home\" the group's first new studio album in more than ten years. Though it did not chart as an album, it produced two singles which appeared on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart.REO Speedwagon continues to tour regularly, performing mostly their classic hits. They are popular on the fair and casino circuits, but still team with other acts to play larger venues.REO Speedwagon's birth place was reportedly a Red Lion Inn, on Green Street near the U of I campus (Champaign-Urbana, IL).Principal Members (1971)Gary Richrath - GuitarAlan Gratzer - Drums Gregg Philbin - BassTerry Luttrell - VocalsMike Murphy - VocalsCurrent LineupKevin Cronin - Lead Vocals, Rhythm GuitarDave Amato - Lead Guitar, VocalsBruce Hall - Bass Guitar, VocalsNeal Doughty - KeyboardsBryan Hitt - Drums, Percussionhttp:\/\/www.speedwagon.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23220_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"100,000 - 200,000"}

Bob Seger

Robert Clark "Bob" Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock musician who achieved his greatest success in the 1970s ...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"5475","name":"Bob Seger","bio":"Robert Clark \"Bob\" Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock musician who achieved his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s and continues to record and perform today. Seger started his musical career in the 1960s in his native Ann Arbor, Michigan, soon after playing in and around Detroit as a singer and as the leader of Bob Seger and the Last Heard, and then later the Bob Seger System. Best known for his work as Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, a group he formed in 1974. Seger was known as a workhorse midwestern roots-rocker who dealt with blue-collar themes and toured constantly in support of his frequent album releases, spanning five decades.In April 1976, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band had an even bigger commercial breakthrough with the album Live Bullet, recorded over two nights in Detroit's Cobo Hall in September 1975. The album stayed on the Billboard charts for 168 weeks, peaking at #34, easily Seger's highest charting album to that time. It also contained Seger's hit rendition of Tina Turner's \"Nutbush City Limits\" (#69 US) as well as Seger's own classic take on life on the road, \"Turn the Page\", from Back in '72. It also harkened back to his late 1960's successes with both \"Heavy Music\" and \"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man\" making appearances.Critic Dave Marsh later wrote that \"Live Bullet is one of the best live albums ever made \u2026 In spots, particularly during the medley of 'Travelin' Man'\/'Beautiful Loser', Seger sounds like a man with one last shot at the top.\" An instant best-seller in Detroit, Live Bullet quickly began to get attention in other parts of the country \u2013 although perhaps not as quickly as Seger would have liked. In June 1976 he was a featured performer at the Pontiac Silverdome outside Detroit in front of nearly 80,000 fans. Yet three nights before in Chicago, Seger had played before 50 people in a bar. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004; close friend and fellow Michigander Kid Rock gave the induction speech during which he called Seger, \"The Hardest Working Man in rock n roll\", and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed that date Bob Seger Day in his honor.With the single exception of Smokin' O.P.'s, re-released on compact disc by Capitol in 2005, all of Seger's albums prior to Beautiful Loser (the pre-Silver Bullet Band releases) have long remained out of print and command extremely high prices if offered for sale.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/5475_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Chris de Burgh

Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on 15 October 1948 - Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Irish / Bri...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"25686","name":"Chris de Burgh","bio":"Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on 15 October 1948 - Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Irish \/ British musician and songwriter. He is the son of a British diplomat and an Irish secretary.Few artists can lay claim to international success spanning three decades but, beginning with his very first release, Chris de Burgh has achieved precisely that.The foundations for a remarkable and durable career were laid back in 1975 with the release of Chris\u2019s debut album, \u2018Far Beyond These Castle Walls\u2019, featuring a single, \u2018Flying\u2019, which spent 17 weeks at No. 1 in Brazil.Subsequent records, almost in turn, continued to steadily draw in audiences around the world; Scandinavia was early to embrace the vivid story-telling that is Chris\u2019s unique talent, South Africa quickly tuned in to his power as a live performer, North America even demanded its own specially compiled \u2018greatest hits\u2019 collection, \u2018Best Moves\u2019. In the United States, meanwhile, relentless touring with his management stablemates Supertramp was beginning to establish Chris as a gritty, charismatic stage presence.Indeed, by 1980, Chris\u2019s global profile had already mushroomed to the point where that year\u2019s album, \u2018Eastern Wind\u2019, became one of the biggest-selling albums of all time in Norway. A year later, its follow-up, \u2018Man On The Line\u2019, was a Top 30 album in the UK, the US and 20 other countries, while producing the single \u2018High On Emotion\u2019, which went to No. 1 in ten European countries.In many respects, it was this album that opened the door to the enormous success which was to follow and scale new heights with the arrival of Chris\u2019s 1986 album \u2018Into The Light\u2019. Chris, by his own estimation, had shrewdly perceived this record to be one which could place him fully centre stage as an artist and, indeed, it featured the song which finally established him as a known singer-songwriter around the world. \u2018The Lady In Red\u2019, now undeniably an evergreen classic, achieved No. 1 status in 25 countries, including the UK, went to No. 2 in America \u2013 and has now sold in excess of 8 million copies. To this day, it remains one of the most played songs on the planet; in America alone, it has subsequently been the recipient of six annual ASCAP (Association of Composers and Publishers) Awards, presented to acknowledge the track as one of the Top 20 most played records in the United States in a period of 12 months.By now, Chris\u2019s stature had reached true superstar status in many territories \u2013 particularly in Germany, where his sell-out tours were grossing more than any other artist on the road.Come 1990, Chris\u2019s German popularity was such that he was the only international artist personally invited by then Chancellor Kohl to perform at the historic public celebrations marking the re-unification of East and West Germany. This momentous privilege immediately followed sell-out tours of Australia and Japan.In the intervening years, and on the eve of the Millennium, Chris continued to add new audiences to his vast fan base \u2013 from Moscow to Malta, from Singapore to Sarajevo \u2013 and, always, to find and embrace new challenges for himself as a musician and a performer.Specifically, his 1995 album, \u2018Beautiful Dreams\u2019, realised a long-held ambition to have his music (both new material and selected highlights from his previous repertoire) recorded in a classical style \u2013 with a full, 32-piece orchestra.Not only did this album breathe new life into Chris artistically, but it also enabled him to embark on a series of open-air shows in some of the UK\u2019s finest palaces and stately homes.His 1999 album \u2018Quiet Revolution\u2019 featured a band for the first time since his \u2018This Way Up\u2019 LP, five years earlier. Road-tested as players via tours of Germany, South Africa, the Eastern Bloc, Middle East and South East Asia, a solid line-up of musicians once again invigorated Chris\u2019s approach to making music in a group scenario, a philosophy still very much in evidence on his next studio album, \u2018Timing Is Everything\u2019, released in 2002.In every sense, the record was a current statement of Chris\u2019s craft, easily placing all of the several trademarks he had made his own \u2013 vivid story-telling, powerful anthems and heartfelt ballads \u2013 against an undeniably contemporary backdrop.\u201cIt was a modern-sounding record, within the parameter of me as a songwriter, because I write in the classic vein. I\u2019m writing in that old-fashioned way, but I think we brought a very new and dynamic sound to it.\u201dMusically and lyrically, his 16th studio album moved with the times, but on his terms; as always, Chris was content to pursue his own, personal and unique path. It has proven to be the successful route to longevity which, across three decades, has won him a devoted, worldwide following.All eleven new songs presented on the album were instantly in tune with this international acclaim, reputation and credibility. Each was written and recorded with uncommon ease and speed, factors which infected both the vocal performance and the overall mood of the album.\u201cI found that writing the songs was not a grind and a chore; they came out very easily. I felt so good about the album that I actually recorded four or five full, finished, vocals in an afternoon. That\u2019s unheard of for me! Another day I recorded vocals for four other songs; I just thought \u2018Well, I\u2019m in the voice for it \u2013 why don\u2019t I just do them?\u2019 It was like I was saying \u2018There\u2019s no big deal about this\u2026\u2019\u201cThe speed with which we recorded reflected the fun we were having. That was a big part of it all. When making records previously, there had always been that slightly freaky thing of saying to myself \u2018Today I\u2019m doing a lead vocal\u2019. In the past, I have been aware of the need to get my singing, my vocal performance, absolutely right in the studio \u2013 because what is recorded there stays with you forever. It\u2019s like taking a penalty in an important football match; you\u2019ve got to get it right.\u201dThere were, and will be, many interpretations concerning the meaning of \u2018The Road To Freedom\u2019, the title given to his 17th album, released in 2004.For Chris, the album name openly identified his enthusiasm about not only producing an intensely individual record but, also, for choosing to be at liberty to make it available on his own, Ferryman Records, label; having been signed to a major record company for almost 30 years, the time had come to do things on his own.For listeners, the album presented a vibrant and emotionally uplifting journey along a path filled with insight, inspiration and, as ever, colourful imagination. And it did so with a lyrical diversity married perfectly against a musical backdrop of truly international appeal; Spanish, Celtic, North American and Eastern European melodies are instantly apparent.Equally, it was a record which tackled a wide spread of subject matter; the bittersweet life of Queen Elizabeth the First (\u2018Rose Of England\u2019), a rallying, heartfelt plea for people to make something of their lives (\u2018Read My Name\u2019), a moving tribute to the late Eva Cassidy (\u2018Songbird\u2019) and \u2013 possibly most intriguingly \u2013 a song called \u2018Five Past Dreams\u2019, the \u2018what happened next?\u2019 follow-up to Chris\u2019s biggest career hit, and one of the most romantic ballads of all time, \u2018The Lady In Red\u2019.Each of the songs, and the other seven original compositions featured on the album, were written with a quite specific aim in mind; the desire within Chris to be able to play them all in the context of solo concert performance, without the need to embellish every track with any accompaniment beyond his guitar or piano. An extensive World Tour, with dates across Europe, the UK and North America, followed to support the album and that intent.\u2018The Road To Freedom\u2019 presented an up-beat, positive and hopeful over-view of the world as Chris de Burgh then saw it, viewed in the cinematic proportions which have become one of his unique abilities.By now recording and releasing albums with more regular frequency than at almost any other point in his career, Chris delivered his next \u2013 and most current \u2013 studio LP, \u2018The Storyman\u2019, in 2006. Its title alone aptly summed up Chris; imaginative story-making has, after all, always been at the very core of his worldwide success. Whether his lyrical \u2013 and musical \u2013 themes have tackled love and loss or been set against imaginative backdrops created from the past, present or future, the telling of tales is his special gift. Across more than three decades by now, Chris\u2019s extensive repertoire of songs has taken his audience on travels through continents, cultures and centuries - in cinematic proportion \u2013 and such was the inspiration behind the concept of \u2018The Storyman\u2019. \u201cFrom the moment the overture music of the album begins, I am inviting the listener to join me on a journey through space and time,\u201d Chris explains, \u201cto faraway lands and places, where the tales and dramas will unfold.\u201d Each one of the new songs was accompanied by stories \u2013 also written by Chris and printed in the CD booklet \u2013 which set the scene and expand upon the lyrics with detail, colour and atmosphere. What is more, many of the featured songs immediately transported themselves to countries around the globe, entwining local music, and musicians, into their fabric. \u201cThese musical textures evoke the special characteristics and sounds of the destinations to where we are travelling,\u201d Chris explains. For example, \u2018Leningrad\u2019 features the London Russian Choir, \u2018My Father\u2019s Eyes\u2019 is a duet with the Egyptian singer Hani Hussein (a runner-up in the Middle Eastern version of 'Star Academy' - similar to the UK\u2019s version of 'Fame Academy') while the three-piece African vocal group The Mahotella Queens sang on \u2018Spirit\u2019. Meanwhile, \u2018Raging Storm\u2019 \u2013 a single from the album \u2013 was a duet with Kristyna Myles, winner of a BBC \u2018Busker Of The Year\u2019 competition and, on \u2018The Mirror Of The Soul\u2019, Chris \u2013 a former pupil himself - is joined by The Marlborough College Chamber Choir. Six of the album's songs were recorded live in session with 90 members of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at London's legendary Abbey Road studios.It all makes for a stirring and evocative trademark musical statement by Chris \u2013 and one which, as always, he quickly brought to life with an extensive world tour \u2013 re-uniting him with his band for the first time in three years \u2013 in support of the album. Almost two years after the release of the record, the tour is still in progress\u2026\u201cMy hope is that each person who listens will let themselves believe that they are in a cinema; the lights go down as the overture of \u2018The Storyman Theme\u2019 starts to play,\u201d says Chris. \u201cI\u2019d like them then to simply drift away into the world of their imagination, where dreams begin - and anything is possible!\"And so the ever-changing musical journey that has been Chris\u2019s career continues to evolve, adapt and develop. It\u2019s all light years away from the 12th Century Irish castle (converted into a hotel by his parents) where Chris first performed to guests and, certainly, more than the young man who gained a degree in French and English at Trinity College, Dublin, could ever have dreamed for.But, at the end of the day, the facts speak for themselves; a career encompassing 17 studio albums, approaching 3,000 concerts worldwide, plaudits and landmarks too numerous to mention \u2013 with LP sales in excess of 46 million\u2026and counting.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25686_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Amaral

Amaral is a Spanish group, from the city of Zaragoza, made up of Eva Amaral - vocals and composer - and Juan Aguirre - g...

10,000 - 30,000
{"key":"18811","name":"Amaral","bio":"Amaral is a Spanish group, from the city of Zaragoza, made up of Eva Amaral - vocals and composer - and Juan Aguirre - guitarist and composer. The group's name is Eva's surname. Their music is pop and rock, with poetic lyrics about feelings. Eva's voice is deep, strong and very melodious.Biography:1993-2000: The group Amaral was created on January 1st 1997 with Eva Amaral, main vocalist and composer, and Juan Aguirre, guitarist and composer, as members. The name of the group is Eva's surname, and it was chosen by Juan.Their story started at the beginning of the 90's, when Eva and Juan met at a recording studio in the city of Zaragoza. At the time, Eva was playing with a group called Bandera Blanca (White Flag) and Juan, with his group D\u00edas de vino y rosas (Days of Wine and Roses) collaborated with Eva's on one song. A close relationship was immediately born between them. In 1997 they moved from Zaragoza to Madrid and signed with EMI\/Virgin. On May 5th 1998, they released their eponymous first album, Amaral, produced by Pancho Varona. They sold around 70,000 copies, in a country with 40 million inhabitants.2000-2002 In the year 2000, after a tour to present their first album, Amaral went to London to record their second album, called Una peque\u00f1a parte del mundo (A Little Part of the World), produced by Cameron Jenkins. It was a more mature record which contained 13 songs. Twelve of them were composed by the group and the thirteenth one was a version of a song by the Spanish singer Cecilia.2002-2004Two years later, Amaral entered the studio again with the same producer and recorded their third album, called Estrella de mar (Starfish). It was named Best National Album in 2002. They won several awards that year, including an MTV Europe Award to best Spanish artist, and five Spanish music awards. They also went international with this version, when their album was released under a new version in America in 2003. They sold 900,000 copies.In 2004, they were supposed to record an album and play with Bob Dylan when he visited Spain, but Juan suffered a wrist injury, so they had to delay the recording and Eva sang alone with Dylan. Finally in November of that year, Eva and Juan recorded their fourth album P\u00e1jaros en la cabeza (\u201cBirds in the Head\u201d, a Spanish expression meaning \u201cdreamer\u201d), again with Cameron Perkins. On March 14th 2004 they released it. It contained 14 songs, in a pop and rock style. They toured all over Spain until October, and later left to play in Mexico and Argentina. At the same time they recorded a concert for a DVD called El comienzo del Big Bang (The Beginning of the Big Bang). It was the best selling album in Spain in 2005, and sold about 600,000 copies worldwide. In May 2008, they released their fifth studio album named Gato negro.Drag\u00f3n rojo (\"Black cat, red dragon\"). This is the first album in which Juan sings, in the track Es s\u00f3lo una canci\u00f3n.Eva has also sung with Moby.Official site: www.amaral.es","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/18811_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Air Supply

Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell H...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"25691","name":"Air Supply","bio":"Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell Hitchcock as lead vocalist. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. They formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers.The two met in May 1975 while performing in the Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber\/Tim Rice musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Later that year, the duo, along with Chrissie Hammond and two others, formed Air Supply as a five-man group. Hammond left the band and was replaced by Jeremy Paul in time for the group's first Australian hit single, \"Love and Other Bruises.\" It was followed by a debut album that reached gold in Australia, which featured keyboardist\/arranger Adrian Scott, drummer Jeff Browne, and guitarist Mark McEntee. Singles during this period included \"Empty Pages\" and \"Do What You Do\". The group was invited to open for Rod Stewart during his tour of Australia; he was so impressed with their performance that he invited them to be the opening act during his tour of the United States. During this tour, Jeremy Paul left the band. (He later played with the original lineup of the Divinyls, led by Chrissie Amphlett and Mark McEntee.)Eager to prove that they could succeed as a duo, Air Supply released the album Love & Other Bruises, which included re-recordings of many of their earlier hits. Although their music met with some success, Graham Russell on the 1995 DVD recalls that he and Hitchcock were so poor that they were reduced to checking the backs of hotel sofas for change so that they could buy bread to make toast.Hitchcock and Russell started out fresh again in 1978, and the band that was to record almost all of the hit records was formed. It featured Frank Esler-Smith (arranger and keyboardist), David Moyse, and Rex Goh (guitars) as well as the rhythm section of David Green (bass) and Ralph Cooper (drums).In 1979, the band released Life Support, a concept album that included a picture disc on its first printing. Produced by Charles Fisher, it was recorded in the tiny Trafalgar Studios in Sydney, Australia where, as Graham recalls on the 2005 DVD, he had half an inch between the end of his guitar and the studio wall. It was on this album that a five-and-a-half minute version of \"Lost in Love\" was introduced to Australian audiences. Written by Russell in fifteen minutes, the song caught the attention of music mogul Clive Davis, and his record label, Arista, remixed the song and released it as a single in the United States.Their 1980 album, Lost in Love, contained three U.S. Top Five singles, including the title track (a U.S. #3), plus \"Every Woman in the World\" (#5) and \"All Out of Love\" (#2). The album sold two million copies in the U.S. The following year they released The One That You Love, and the title song was released as a single and went number #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured two other Top 10 hits, \"Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)\" and \"Sweet Dreams\". A fourth single \"I'll Never Get Enough\", co-written by Jeanne Napoli, Gary Portnoy and Judy Quay, was released in Japan and achieved Top 10 status. Their third album, in 1982, Now And Forever, continued the group's popularity with the Top 10 hit, \"Even the Nights Are Better\" and two top 40 singles \"Young Love\" and \"Two Less Lonely People In The World\". In 1983, they released their \"Greatest Hits\" album with a new single called \"Making Love out of Nothing at All\" written by Jim Steinman. The song was one of their biggest hits ever spending three weeks at number 2, and the album eventually sold 5 million copies.In 1984, their song \"I Can Wait Forever\" was included (although barely audible) in a scene in the blockbuster movie Ghostbusters, and was included on the soundtrack album.Air Supply released their first live video, Air Supply Live in Hawaii. In 1985, they had one semi-major Billboard hit with \"Just As I Am\" and a couple of minor hits. Russell and Hitchcock recorded a 1987 Christmas album before taking a break from studio recordings. During this time, Russell Hitchcock released his self-titled album in 1988 which was not a big seller. However, he did have the single \"Swear To Your Heart\" in 1990 from the movie soundtrack for Arachnophobia which received significant airplay.On August 21, 1989, using their old producer and welcoming the return of drummer Ralph Cooper, the duo decided to enter the studio again to record The Earth Is, which was released in 1991 by Giant Records under Warner Brothers. The recording contains their hit single \"Without You,\" along with singles for \"Stronger Than the Night\" (with a music video announcing that Air Supply was back) and \"Stop the Tears.\" Inside the album is a note about Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell's original Musical Director of their meeting place during Jesus Christ Superstar (and long time Band Member\/Orchestrator): \"This Album is Dedicated to the Memory of Frank Esler-Smith.\"The official fan club released The Earth Is World Tour video, a rare collector's item that contains live footage from the band's global tour in support of the album. Amy from New York City is their biggest fan.The album was followed by The Vanishing Race in 1993, which was supported by the hit single \"Goodbye\" produced by David Foster, (Barbra Streisand, the rock band Chicago, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion), with lyrics written by a former girlfriend of Elvis Presley (David Foster's current wife) Linda Thompson\u2013which, although not popular in the United States, was critically praised and gained a large following outside the country, especially in Asia where in many countries they would reach number #1. This would lead to another world tour in 1993. \"It's Never Too Late\" was another single released from the Vanishing Race. The album itself was dedicated to the plight of the American Indians, the \"Vanishing Race\" of the album's title.Their third album of the decade, News from Nowhere, was released in 1995. It contained the Asian hit singles \"Someone\", \"Always\", and a cover of \"Unchained Melody\", a song made famous by The Righteous Brothers and Amy at karaoke night.Their popularity continued to soar in Southeast Asian countries, culminating in the release of Now and Forever: Greatest Hits Live, a CD and DVD recording of a live concert in Taipei, Taiwan, also in 1995, which stayed at the top of the Taiwanese album charts for 16 weeks.Air Supply at the Subic Convention Center, Philippines on June 12, 2008. Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply at the Max Pavillion in Singapore, June 19, 2009.They continued to tour heavily throughout Asia and in select venues in the U.S. as well as record into the new millennium, releasing the more adult contemporary-titled The Book of Love (1997), Yours Truly (2001), and Across the Concrete Sky (2003). In 2005 they once again released a live CD\/DVD recording; also in 2005 they performed in Havana, Cuba, becoming one of the first foreign bands invited to perform in the country. They were booked to perform two concerts, and played the first show on July 7, the day before Hurricane Dennis hit the country. In high winds their first concert had an audience of 175,000. Due to the hurricane they could not play the second show. Fans staying at the same hotel as Air Supply on July 8 had to be content with Graham performing acoustically for them, as there was no electricity.Their songs were featured in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Wedding Date.In 2006 they released an acoustic album, The Singer and the Song, and are gearing up for the release of their first studio album in three years, Zed. In support of the acoustic album they made their first trip to India in May 2006. December 2, 2006 saw the duo perform to a capacity crowd in Kingston, Jamaica. This was their second visit to Jamaica, having performed at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in January 2006. They also have been seen endorsing Time\u2013Life's Classic Soft-Rock Collection. In 2007, Graham Russell released his first adult contemporary solo album called The Future.Graham Russell recently made an appearance in Believe, a comedy about Multi-Level Marketing.In 2008, Air Supply was named as the number 83 best musical act of all time in the Billboard Hot 100's 50 year anniversary edtion. This was based purely on their performance on the charts.They appeared on the December 19, 2008, edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics.Their latest album \"Mumbo Jumbo\" was released in 2010.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25691_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Richard Marx

Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a singer-songwriter best known for his adult contemp...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"1722","name":"Richard Marx","bio":"Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a singer-songwriter best known for his adult contemporary music. He had a string of successful hit singles in the late 80s and early 90s such as \"Right Here Waiting,\" \"Hazard,\" and \"Hold on to the Nights.\" Although most of his successful songs are slow ballads like these, many of his songs have an upbeat, classic rock style, examples being \"Don't Mean Nothing,\" \"Should've Known Better,\" \"Satisfied,\" and \"Wait for the Sunrise\". Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the top 5 on the U.S. top singles charts.Marx was born to Dick and Ruth Marx. Marx grew up in a mixed faith household where father was Jewish and his mother was a Christian. His father was a jingle writer for commercials for popular products such as 'Chicken of the Sea', which is where Marx got his start writing at the tender age of five. His father also was talented jazz musician, well-known in the Chicago area. At the age of 17, Marx created a demo to showcase his talents, which landed in the hands of soul artist Lionel Richie. Richie invited Marx to Hollywood saying, \"I can't promise you anything, but you should come to L.A.\" Marx would eventually appear as a background singer in Richie's songs \"You Are\" and \"Running With The Night\" as well as on Richie's follow-up album, which included the smash hit \"All Night Long\". *Richard Marx*Marx's first album, a self-titled work, went multi-platinum, selling nearly 4 million copies. He also earned his first #1 single, \"Hold on to the nights\", which he told Songfacts.com was inspired by a friend who had the dilemma of having met the love of his life when both the friend and the girl in question were already in relationships. He also had several other top five hits including \"Don\u2019t Mean Nothing\" (#3), \"Should've Known Better\" (#3) and \"Endless Summer Nights\" (#2). He later revealed in an interview on 'VH-1 Classic' that his favorite song that he performed from his first album was \"Have Mercy.\"*Repeat Offender*Repeat Offender eventually moved into the #1 spot and gave Marx two more #1 hit singles.*Rush Street*Rush Street's \"Hazard\" (#1), which depicted a man's rejection in a fictional version of Hazard, Nebraska. He released Paid Vacation in 1994, Flesh & Bone in 1997, Days in Avalon in 2000 and My Own Best Enemy in 2004.Richard Marx also sang with Donna Lewis, best known for her hit \"I Love You Always Forever\", on the track \"At the Beginning\" of the Anastasia soundtrack. He has sung background vocals for Madonna in her True Blue album.He has served as a writer\/producer for an extensive list of other recording artists, including Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Keith Urban, 98 Degrees, Kenny Loggins, Emerson Drive, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, *NSYNC, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Brightman, SheDaisy, John Farnham and Vince Gill.Marx has been married to Cynthia Rhodes, who starred in the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing and is a former lead singer for 80s pop band Animotion, since 1989. The couple has three sons: Brandon, Lucas, and Jesse. Brandon is the eldest followed by Lucas then Jesse.One of Marx's most recent works is a song titled \"Remember When\", composed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Performed by LeAnn Rimes, the song may be heard on the park's official 50th Anniversary album, as well as selected times in the park.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1722_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

American Authors

Zachary Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Matt Sanchez (drums), and Dave Rublin (bass) started the ba...

100,000 - 200,000
{"key":"25820","name":"American Authors","bio":"Zachary Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar\/banjo), Matt Sanchez (drums), and Dave Rublin (bass) started the band \"American Authors\" Boston, Massachusetts in 2012, but soon moved to Brooklyn, New York. As their band name suggests, this quartet writes stories through their music to share their struggles, high and lows, and changes.Soon after forming, American Authors caught the attention of Island Records, which signed the band to a record deal. Their debut album \"Oh, What a Life\" was released on Mar 04, 2014.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25820_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"100,000 - 200,000"}

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953), is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his soft ro...

125,000 - 250,000
{"key":"25692","name":"Michael Bolton","bio":"Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953), is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his soft rock ballads and powerful vocals, characterized by his wide vocal range and deep, husky vocal tone. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut.His achievements include selling 53 million albums, eight top ten albums, two number one singles on the Billboard charts, and awards from both the American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.Michael Bolton had an extensive, though not very successful, career under his real name, Michael Bolotin, before emerging in the mid-'80s as a major soft rock balladeer. Bolton began recording in 1975. This first album was self-titled using his original surname, Bolotin. Early in his musical career, he focused on hard rock. His band, Blackjack, once toured with heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. He turned up on RCA Records in the mid-'70s singing in a gruff, Joe Cocker-like voice both his own blue-eyed soul songs and cover tunes. Neither record buyers nor critics were much interested by the result. He then became the lead singer in Blackjack, a heavy metal band that made two albums for Polydor at the end of the '70s and the start of the '80s. In 1983, he changed his name to Michael Bolton, signed to Columbia Records as a solo act, and relaunched his career.Michael Bolton was released in April 1983, and made the Top 100 bestsellers, as did its single, \"Fools Game.\" At the same time, \"How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,\" which Bolton had co-written, became a Top 40 hit for Laura Branigan. Nevertheless, Bolton's second Columbia album, Everybody's Crazy (1985), was a commercial flop. His breakthrough came with his third album, The Hunger, released in September 1987. On this album, Bolton abandoned the more hard rock aspects of his style to concentrate on blue-eyed soul singing: both on his own songs, such as \"That's What Love Is All About,\" and on covers like Otis Redding's \"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.\" Those two songs became Top 40 hits.Soul Provider, released in July 1989, turned Bolton into a superstar, reaching the Top Ten, selling four million copies, and spawning five Top 40 singles, including Bolton's number one version of \"How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,\" and the Top Ten hits \"How Can We Be Lovers\" and \"When I'm Back on My Feet Again.\" \"How Am I Supposed to Live Without You\" won Bolton a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Time, Love & Tenderness, released in April 1991, was even more successful, hitting number one, selling six million copies, and featuring four Top 40 hits, including the chart-topping cover of Percy Sledge's \"When a Man Loves a Woman,\" and the Top Ten hits \"Love Is a Wonderful Thing\" (later the subject of a successful plagiarism suit brought against Bolton by the Isley Brothers) and \"Time, Love and Tenderness.\"Bolton won another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for \"When a Man Loves a Woman,\" but he had to put up with abuse from two camps of detractors at the February 1992 ceremony. Just after Bolton had performed, pre-rock songwriter Irving Gordon won the Song of the Year award for \"Unforgettable\" and pointedly attacked songs that \"scream, yell, and have a nervous breakdown\" and singers who \"have a hernia\" when they sing. Then, backstage, Bolton faced a hostile press corps of critics unhappy with his tendency to copy great soul singers like Redding, Ray Charles, and Sledge. Bolton suggested they apply their lips to a certain part of his anatomy. He further responded with Timeless: The Classics in September 1992, an album made up entirely of cover songs. It went to number one, sold three million copies, and featured a Top 40 hit in Bolton's version of the Bee Gees' \"To Love Somebody.\" Bolton's next album of original material, The One Thing, came in November 1993. It hit the Top Ten, sold three million copies, and featured the Top Ten hit \"Said I Loved You\u2026But I Lied.\" Bolton released Greatest Hits 1985-1995 in the fall of 1995, which debuted in the Top Ten. The following year, This Is the Time: Christmas Album appeared.Bolton returned with All That Matters, his first album of new material since 1993's The One Thing, in the fall of 1997. Instead of continuing his success, it was a surprise flop. Not only did it not generate a hit single, it barely cracked the Top 40 and fell out of the charts after 15 weeks. Its lack of success didn't stop Bolton from turning his attention to My Secret Passion, a collection of opera and arias that he released in January 1998. By classical standards, the album was a hit, and the record received a great deal of press and surprisingly good reviews. He supported the two albums with a summer tour which were co-headlined with Wynonna Judd. He voluntarily stepped back for almost four years, disappearing from the public eye until the spring of 2002 when he began promoting Only a Woman Like You, his first album on Jive Records. After a brief sabbatical, he returned with Til the End of Forever, a hybrid new album of seven new recordings and a live greatest-hits concert. In 2006 he released Bolton Swings Sinatra, a 12-song tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes that included a duet with fianc\u00e9e\/actress Nicolette Sheridan.It would be worth mentioning \"Can I Touch You There\" proved to be one of the all-time hit love songs from Micheal Bolton from the album Greatest Hits.www.michaelbolton.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25692_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"125,000 - 250,000"}

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an American pop singer-songwriter, musician, ...

750,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"25696","name":"Barry Manilow","bio":"Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an American pop singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, producer, conductor, and performer, best known for such recordings as \"Could It Be Magic\", \"Mandy\", \"Can't Smile Without You\", and \"Copacabana (At the Copa).\"In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-selling charts simultaneously, a feat equaled only by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Mathis. He has recorded a string of Billboard hit singles and multi-platinum albums that have resulted in his being named Radio & Records number one Adult Contemporary artist and winning three straight American Music Awards for Favorite Pop\/Rock Male Artist. Several well-known entertainers have given Manilow their \"stamp of approval,\" including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s regarding Manilow, \"He's next.\" In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, \"Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you.\"As well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, such as Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. From February 2005 to December 30, 2009, he was the headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, performing hundreds of shows before ending relationship with the hotel. From March 2010, he has headlined at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25696_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"750,000 - 1,000,000"}

Smokie

Smokie is an English pop rock band from Bradford who found success in Europe and the U.S. in the 70s. They formed in 196...

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{"key":"25707","name":"Smokie","bio":"Smokie is an English pop rock band from Bradford who found success in Europe and the U.S. in the 70s. They formed in 1966 in Yorkshire, England and did some early records under the name \"Smokey\". The band broke into the mainstream after teaming up with songwriters Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, artists known for also working with Pat Benatar and Sweet among others. Smokie is perhaps best known for \"Living Next Door to Alice\", one of their top hits that was a U.K. top 5 single.While touring in Ireland, the discovered the audience would cheer back \"Who the Fuck is Alice?\". As it turns out , this was a ritual at a Caf\u00e9 in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) called \"Gompie\". The group decided to \"cover\" this version with comedian Roy Chubby Brown having the honor of yelling \"Alice, Who the Fuck is Alice?\" during the chorus. Thus, Smokie holds the record as the first group to have a top ten song with the word \"fuck\" in it.http:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Smokie_(band)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25707_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Starship

Starship is an American pop/rock band best known for their hits "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and "We Built This City" t...

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{"key":"23279","name":"Starship","bio":"Starship is an American pop\/rock band best known for their hits \"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now\" and \"We Built This City\" that operated from 1985 to 1989, reforming in 1992 although featuring just vocalist Mickey Thomas. In 1984, singer-songwriter Paul Kantner left the San Francisco, California group Jefferson Starship. His former bandmates wanted to continue with that name, but Kantner, as the last founding member of Jefferson Airplane, took legal action over the \"Jefferson\" name. Kantner settled out of court and signed an agreement that neither party would use the names \"Jefferson\" or \"Airplane\" unless all members of Jefferson Airplane, Inc. (made up of Bill Thompson, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady) agreed. The band then took the name \"Starship\". Keyboard player David Freiberg, who had been increasingly marginalized, left as well.In contrast to Paul Kantner's more experimental and progressive rock direction, Starship moved towards a sleek arena rock direction reminiscent of contemporaries Foreigner and Journey. In 1985, the band, based primarily around dual vocalists Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick, released 'Knee Deep in the Hoopla' and immediately scored two #1 hits. The first was \"We Built This City\", written by the team of Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf (producer), which was inspired by Bay Area rock n roll station KSAN-FM.That song was trashed at the time by Kantner and later criticized by co-singer Grace Slick, and it was later declared to be the \"worst song of all time\" by Blender magazine. VH1 also named it the number-one \"Most Awesomely Bad Song\" on a top-50 countdown co-sponsored with Blender. However, it became something like a 'signature song' for Starship and has continued to receive major airplay. The band's second #1 was \"Sara\"; no previous incarnation of Jefferson Airplane\/Starship had had a #1 hit. 'Knee Deep in the Hoopla' itself reached #7, went platinum, and spawned two more singles: \"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight\" (#26), and \"Before I Go\" (#68).In 1987, \"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now\" was featured in the film 'Mannequin' and hit #1, although only Slick and Thomas (plus Craig Chaquico's guitar solo) appeared on it. This song made Slick the oldest female vocalist to sing on a number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit, at the age of 47 (a record that she held until Cher broke it at age 53 in 1999 with \"Believe\".) The following year, with the new members Mark Morgan (keyboard) and Brett Bloomfield (bass) added. the band's song \"Wild Again\" (which reached #78 on the Billboard singles chart) was used in the movie 'Cocktail'.By the time 'No Protection' was released, bassist Pete Sears had left. The album went gold and featured the hits \"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now\" (#1), \"It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)\" (#9), and \"Beat Patrol\" (#46). In addition, the last song on the album, \"Set the Night to Music\", would later become a huge hit when re-recorded as a duet between Roberta Flack and Maxi Priest.Grace Slick left Starship in 1988, having become disillusioned with the band's drift towards a strongly commercial pop image and swearing never to perform with them again. The revamped Starship lineup, featuring Mark Morgan (keyboards) and Brett Bloomfield (bass), released 'Love Among the Cannibals' in 1989. Finding their commercial prospects waning, the group finally disbanded the following year.In 1992, vocalist Mickey Thomas revived the band, originally using the name \"Mickey Thomas' Starship\". Gaining some praise for his live performances, he changed the name to \"Starship featuring Mickey Thomas\". Lately, the band often refers to itself simply as \"Starship\", though with Thomas being its only consistent member. In September 2013, the group released their first new studio material in over two decades, putting out the tune \"It's Not the Same as Love\".Their official website can be found at www.starshipcontrol.com.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23279_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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