Within hours of releasing the self-titled debut album from his new project, Bloody Hammers, singer Anders Manga was offered a record deal. As a career independent artist, Manga was well established and successful on his own terms but decided to take the plunge with SoulSeller, determining that they were the right company at the right time.
As the newest member of rock band Tight, singer/songwriter Kelley Jean also faces the greatest challenge: replacing the group’s original lead vocalist, Monica Mayhem. Tight is a four-piece managed by Bree Olson and consisting of guitarist Layla Labelle, bassist Tuesday Cross, drummer Alicia Andrews and, initially, Monica Mayhem as frontwoman. The women also have backgrounds in adult entertainment, adding yet another twist — and challenge — to launching a band.
When he’s not touring or recording with Sevendust — who are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010’s Cold Day Memory — guitarist Clint Lowery stays busy with several other projects, including Call Me No One, HDMS and, earlier this year, the long-awaited reunion of Dark New Day.
As a renowned voice teacher, Peter Strobl has recently gained notoriety for his work with Wolfgang Van Halen, taking him from teenage vocalist to professional singer through intensive preparation for road and studio. However, Strobl’s longstanding career in the music industry spans an interesting and unique array of skills. In addition to teaching, he also is a musician, luthier and producer, and years ago was studio manager at the legendary Shangri La studio in Malibu, California, where Mark Knopfler recorded his 2004 album of the same name.
An interesting and unique blend of rock, punk and a hint of Brit pop, Seattle band Branden Daniel & The Chics is singer/guitarist/songwriter Branden Daniel, baritone guitarist Aaron Schroeder and drummer Matt Winter.
Ross Hogarth played an integral part in the recording of Van Halen’s A Different Kind Of Truth. His expertise, coupled with an innate understanding of studio dynamics, helped to create the long-awaited album.
Two decades, thousands of touring miles and many albums later, rock band MxPx embarked on their 20th anniversary tour this summer, shortly after the release of their ninth studio album, Plans Within Plans.
Guitarist Rob Balducci released his debut album, Balance, in 1995 and quickly gained national attention for his technique and compositional skills. By the time of his second release, Mantra, he was signed to Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. Since then, he has released two more albums, Color of Light and Violet Horizon.
Geoff Achison’s professional career began at age 13 in Malmsbury, Australia. Within a few years, he was recognized as an accomplished blues guitarist and started his own band, The Souldiggers. Taking full control of his career, Achison launched a label, Jupiter Records, in 1994; to this day, he continues recording independently and recently re-mastered and re-released his last studio project, Little Big Men.