The rising star… continues to rise.
For those who have followed Brendan James from his 2008 major label debut, to his current ranking among today’s top troubadours; the journey has been a pretty remarkable one. Born in New Hampshire, schooled in Chapel Hill, signed by Capitol Records by the age of 25, and road tested with 1,000 shows to date, James’ has certainly lived the troubadour life. His songs have landed spots on over 15 major television shows and feature films, as well as achieving the #1 Singer Songwriter spot on ITunes, multiple times. He has formed relationships with music legends Carly Simon and Cat Stevens, enjoyed on stage experiences with the likes of John Legend, John Mayer, and Paula Cole, and recently been asked to give a TedTalk on gun violence, love songs, and simpler societies.
Now, after 2 years of touring in support of his 2012 release, “Simplify”, James embarks on a new sound all together. His new EP, “The Howl”, set for release in the summer of 2015, is bigger badder and dancier than anything he’s attempted to date. In his words, ‘The Howl’ is “…a reflection of my years on the road, my dreams broken and reformed, and my growing addiction to the upbeat and the feel good..” He chose the name after reading a review of his last album, in which he was described as an artist holding back a howl.
So howling he will do- bigger songs, bigger shows, and bigger goals.
Steven Fiore picked up his first guitar at age 14 for the same reasons as most fellows that age – to become the next Paul Simon and to impress girls. However, when others lost interest, Steven kept at it, pulling inspiration from my love life (or lack there of), old alien movies, stray cats and children’s stories, creating songs that appeal to the imagination and a sense of nostalgia.
Since starting his professional career ten years ago at the ripe age of 18, he’s worked with the likes of Pete Yorn, Jay Clifford (of Jump, Little Children), Howie Day and Art Garfunkel.“Is it early Peter Gabriel or a more articulate Thom Yorke that Charleston-native Steven Fiore conjures on stage? Either way, the force of his expression is vital, passionate, and beyond mimicry. ” – “Poetry in Motion”, Charleston Magazine