SMITHRADIO | FEB 2017 AOM Winner!

Scott Patterson | SMITHRADIO February 2017 By Candice Anne Marshall If any of the Starlight Music Chronicles followers on Twitter were paying attention from January 15th to 22nd, they would have noticed a flurry of activity. This was the seven-day period that will go down in our history books as the Artist of the Month fan voted competition that broke some serious records in terms of ‘fan votes’. It was the first time ever that a band (fan nominated) would achieve the highest ever votes for the social media poll posted.  In fact, SMITHRADIO fans were relentless in their pursuit of  making music history by elevating their favorite Musician, Scott Patterson and his band, to this level of   success by crushing the previous record for number of votes held by The Roxy Suicide in December 2015. Recently. I connected with Scott to talk about the February 2017 Artist of the Month win, his fans (who have now labelled themselves the SMITHRADIO Army), and what that means for the upcoming Artist of the Year competition in June 2017. Here’s what he had to say: – INTERVIEW – SMC – So tell me, what are your thoughts on winning SMC’s February 2017 Artist of the Month (AOM) competition? SP – Well, it’s a terrific honor to get this kind of validation so early in the game. I didn’t expect to get a nomination, was surprised when we got it and was even more surprised we won. Kinda pinching myself on this one, […]

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Joshua Shultz | CEO Bellus Magazine

By Candice Anne Marshall Celebrity Photography: Joshua Shultz Photos in order of appearance top to bottom: Joshua Shultz, David Hasselhoff, Melanie Martinez, Meg MYERS, Edwin Hodge, Katherine-McNamara, and Petite Meller In the fall of 2015, I met multi-talented Artist, Los Angeles based, Joshua Shultz. He had completed collaborative work on a fashion film for a mutual friend of ours Danielle Gumina (Grip Handbags) which included Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale. At the time, I was up to my ears with the design stage of the first issue of Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine yet something about Joshua struck a chord in me. So I began researching and found out that not only did he possess impeccable,dedicated work ethic, the quality of his photography, videos, and film are out of this world. In researching further, I found out that he was a fellow industry peer as CEO of his own high class polished fashion and entertainment magazine: Bellus.  We were practically family! It made sense to observe his art further and in December 2016, noticed he completed a gorgeous photo shoot with singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez. It was time to get him on our Spotlight and celebrate his accomplishments. Here is our Exclusive Interview: Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight Interview | Joshua Shultz January 2 2017 SMC – Hello Joshua! You are our first Spotlight feature for 2017! On our Spotlight we feature many high caliber Musicians, Actors, and Fashion Industry peers. What are your thoughts about us including you in this? JS – I […]

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Wall Of Orange | Series No.1

by CA Marshall Texas based Alternative Rock, Neo-Psychedelia band Wall Of Orange can best be described in one word and one word only: EUPHORIA. About a month ago, my dear friend (and dedicated music guru) David Somerville sent me a song by the band titled ‘Sweetest Blue’ (see video below). I have known David long enough to know that his taste in music and library is exceptional: it would be safe to say that Wall Of Orange’s self-titled debut album is also on this list which would most likely include the likes of Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Johnny Marr, New Order, Gary Numan, and many many more. To have Wall Of Orange included would mean only one thing: they must be exceptional! So, I followed up and had a listen. Moments later, I was on the band’s Facebook page trying to find a connection as soon as possible. They just had to be on our Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight immediately. I connected to frontman of the band Gary Parks within 10 minutes. Bingo! I have listened to the band’s album in it’s entirety over the course of this time, several times, at least 4-6 times per week and there’s one thing I can honestly say: this is music that will never get old as it is most definitely not a one-hit-wonder, this is music that will be played for generations to come. I mean it! Look, when I say the word euphoria, I am not talking about a psychedelic experience, […]

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Shay Esposito | Series No.1 ‘How Does It Feel’

By CA Marshall I had my review written last night right after I heard the new single ‘How Does It Feel’ by Canadian Pop Electronic Singer/Songwriter Shay Esposito. All that I needed to do was add the video to this review…and then I watched it this morning shortly after its launch. I scrapped what I wrote after watching. It simply couldn’t do it justice. Here’s exactly what I wrote on her music page after viewing it: ‘I’m bawling my eyes out over here. I’m speechless! It’s perfect! I can’t wait to post the review! Shay Esposito I love you for this!’ Why? Today, December 13th, 2016, Shay launched her new single and video for ‘How Does It Feel’, a song that focuses on overcoming addictions and the struggles therein. I can honestly say that albeit Shay remains consistent in bringing a strong message to her loyal fans, her lyrical ability has matured into a lilting, sweet, sincere tone that is carried out perfectly in the production of this single. The video is a beautiful kaleidoscope of imagination genuinely reflecting the darkness and light that accompanies addictions. She walks barefoot, cloaked in darkness, seemingly lost through a wintry cold forest searching for something, when she comes across a window with light reflecting through and realizes the search is for herself. This video and song perfectly reflects the struggle many people with addictions face and it is well executed. Allow me to go off the beaten trail of the typical Music Journalist write […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.3 The ‘Barn Burner’

By CA Marshall There is no doubt in my mind that Canadian born Singer/Songwriter Dan Davidson is going to go for the gold with his Country music career. In fact, this is his Starlight Music Chronicles ‘Spotlight’ Series No. 3 (see No. 1 by Randy Wayne Belt of Barley Station, and No. 3) and we see no end in sight as we follow his road to success. Since June 2015, when his debut single (as a solo Country Artist) ‘Unkiss Her’ launched until this moment, Davidson has impressed us with every single he’s released and his fan base grew exponentially when he launched ‘Found’ earlier this year. In fact, many people I played the song for instantly recognized the highly contagious song asking me ‘Who sings that?!’ to which I happily reply, ‘Why it’s Dan Davidson, of course’. Of course! With the release of his latest song ‘Barn Burner’ on October 25th, and the video launch today, there’s no doubt in our mind that the name ‘Dan Davidson’ will be on the lips of every Country music lover internationally. This is a song that is just as highly contagious as ‘Found’. Co-written with The Road Hammers’ Clayton Bellamy, the lyrics talk about the great ‘Small Town’ hoedown – a group of friends looking for a good time and that’s just where the song takes you. The beat is pure Canadian Country at it’s best: catchy, quick, and fun. Davidson’s vocals have always been iconic: there’s no mistaking them as soon […]

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Palaye Royale Series No. 4 | Boom Boom Room

By CA Marshall Photography: Chris Belsito | Vibrant Lifescapes LA Fashion week Video & Photos by Stephanie Rachel “Yesterday Palaye Royale finished just a little bit over a 12-month cycle of living on the road. We have played 225 shows, played a show in every state (besides the Dakotas, Hawaii, & Alaska), drove close to 100,000 miles, blew 2 transmissions, hugged at least 15,000 fans, made some friends and lost some friends. A year of experiences lead to stories that will forever be imbedded into my mind, heart and soul. I am grateful for the Palaye Royale team and family of the Soldiers of the Royal Council – without everyone’s love and respect for us we could not sustain a career of playing music everyday in a new city. Safe to say I am proud and happy, so thank you for being apart of year one. Now currently driving back to Los Angeles from Detroit – will take a week to collect my sanity or completely lose it then, back into the studio to make album two, Boom Room: Side B. Early 2017 Palaye Royale joins Andy Black and William Control on a North American tour to continue another year of caravanning.” The above quote was written by Sebastian Danzig, Guitarist of the Los Angeles based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale on November 16, 2016. Indeed, it goes without saying that true fans of Palaye Royale would know this band has been insanely busy since launching their album ‘Boom […]

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Lia Cole | One To Watch

by CA Marshall Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles Photos submitted by: PlanIt Sound for Lia Cole Occasionally, I will discover a ‘golden nugget’ in my social media newsfeed, and in late summer this year, that came in the form of Edmonton, Alberta-based recording Artist Lia Cole. For me to say that this is one of the best new discoveries locally ranks high for our Starlight Music Chronicles ‘Spotlight’ platform and miss Cole has just what it takes to rank among some of the music industries notably talented peers; her vocal and lyrical ability is second to none. So, let’s have a look at the connection here…. In the summer of 2013, I met the dynamic husband and wife team Rowena and R.J. Cui of PlanIt Sound Inc., an Edmonton-based Branding/Artist Development/Event Coordination company who can accredit the Juno Awards Show in Edmonton to their impressive roster. It is the same company that backs Cole and the progression of her career as an Independent Artist in Canada. Knowing this already tells me that miss Cole has what it takes being that the PlanIt Sound team invests their time in quality Artists and the product they deliver has always been a result of this. I know, I have been privy to many events they have hosted with their Artists and it’s always magnificent! Cole’s new single ‘You Lost Me’ launched on October 18, 2016 and shortly after, we had a chance to catch up with this talented young lady in an exclusive […]

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Little Crow

by CA Marshall Photos Courtesy: Little Crow Being that this is a feature article/interview featuring a brand new indie band on our Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) Spotlight, it was important to ensure that this would be a band that could come in with a bang and leave a lasting impression. That band is Vancouver based ‘Little Crow’, an Alternative Rock duo comprised of Lead vocalist Emily Seal and her partner Kas Baker. I recently had the opportunity of hearing their song ‘Devil In Disguise’ which launched October 6th 2016 to iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and YouTube and I knew immediately we needed to ‘Spotlight’ this dynamic team. The song is an anguish-y love ballad drenched with Seal’s soft, lilting vocals combined with supporting instrumentation that lends power and depth. This is a band whose initial impact in the music community will (and has already) resurrect a personal connection to it’s listeners through it’s haunting and romantic vibe. This is a team whose presentation from first conception earlier this year to final presentation evokes every emotion possible and I believe, is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Here is our exclusive interview with the band: Interview ‘Little Crow’ – October 10th, 2016 SMC – Hello Little Crow! Welcome to the Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) Spotlight. We are very excited to be hosting you on our Spotlight! Can you please let us know a little bit about your background and how ‘Little Crow’ came to be? KB […]

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Nathan Pendlebury

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy: Nathan Pendlebury As a seasoned Music Journalist, doing one’s background research is vital to not only encompass an Artists music but also their social media and marketing campaigns in my reviews/interviews. Recently, in reviewing (Starlight Music Chronicles fave) British Recording Artist Jake Bugg’s newest album ‘On My One’, I felt it necessary to also do some background research behind the brilliant imagery on the album artwork. This is where I discovered fellow Brit Nathan Pendlebury’s treasure cove of dynamic abstract art with an impressive timeline of attendances at art exhibitions and career achievements throughout the United Kingdom dating back to 1992. Giant bursts of complimentary brilliant colors and pleasant shapes complete this Artist’s immaculate website and resonate with my own inner Artist and desire to create. I felt inspired and compelled to find him and was overjoyed when I was able to locate and connect with Nathan on Facebook who (to my delight) was rather receptive to an interview for our Spotlight. As Editor of the website and magazine, I felt it was important to introduce someone entirely unique and dynamic as another component to the SMC website’s fine Artist sector, and Nathan Pendlebury is just that individual. Here is my recent interview with Nathan where we discussed his tenure as one of Britain’s most unique Artists, being contracted out by Jake Bugg, his muse, and his favorite project to date:     -Interview- September 27th, 2016 Artist: Nathan Pendlebury SMC – Hello Nathan! Welcome […]

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Scott Patterson | GORDON Series No.2

GORDON: Full steam ahead with upcoming EP By CA Marshall There’s a storm brewing in Los Angeles and it isn’t the weather related type either. I am speaking about an accumulative combination of exceptional instrumentation, vocal ability, and lyrics that are fresh, intense, loud, and intentional. This storm is called GORDON and in as little as three months (since their inception in June 2016), they have accomplished three live benefit concert performances, launched a dynamic website, and connected with a Producer to begin recording their five song EP (literally within a week!). For a band so young, hurling themselves into the industry with this kind of  energy and determination is virtually unheard of, but they’re doing it. And I haven’t even touched on the music yet. If you are already a fan (or a careful observer like me) you will have already enjoyed seeing snippets of the band’s’ music via short videos of live performances posted by frontman Scott Patterson on social media daily. (see links below to engage/follow GORDON) What I’ve heard to date is just what this industry is missing in terms of a classic ‘Blues/Rock and Roll/Punk Rock’ (yes, Punk Rock!) sound and that is: a true ode to an iconic period in music history. Let’s face it, many of our industry peers have left us this year and have passed the torch to a new generation of musicians and when we speak in terms of ‘filling their shoes’, GORDON fits the bill. Every music icon from […]

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Andrea Nixon Series No.1

By CA Marshall Spotlight Interview | Andrea Nixon August 25th 2016 ‘Diary Of A Housewife’ Photography by: Candice Anne Graphics & Photography *Note: Full photo spread will appear when the Artists’ album is released in November 2016   SMC – Hello Andrea! We feel blessed to have been a part of your musical journey with your upcoming Album, ‘Diary Of A Housewife’. Can you first familiarize our readers with you: tell us a little about your background in music, where you’re from, and how your upcoming album relates to all of this…. Andrea – Hi Candice. So glad to have you on the team! I began singing as a child as a way to connect my love of words to my love of music. Even as a young girl, I had a heart for country music, singing songs like “ The Greatest Man I Never Knew” by Reba McEntire as a ten year old and loving the depth of it and the insight it offered into the human experience. I also began to write poems at age 8 and continued to do so into my adult years. Nine years ago, after the birth of my daughter I began singing in public with my husband encouragement. Singing for a living was a dream I tucked away at the tender age of 11, after my father’s passing. He was my biggest cheerleader and doing it without it seemed impossible. While dabbling in live performance at the Second Cup open stage, I began […]

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Luke Potter Series No. 1

Interview by CA Marshall Artist: Luke Potter  SMC – Luke it’s always an honor to do an interview with you! How have things been? Catch us up to speed… Luke – Well it’s been lots of writing and recording. There are so many songs ready to go and I’m pretty psyched about them. I did get a holiday in Tenerife too, which was amazing! SMC – Let’s get right into it: your new single ‘All The Same‘ sounds like something new for you. It has a really upbeat hip hop sound – what were your influences when you wrote it? Luke – I wrote it with Marcus and Hjalmar, my great friends from Stockholm who I’d already worked with on ‘Storms’ and ‘Ready Or Not’. We composed and produced ‘All The Same’ in my little home studio in Weston-Super-Mare. It originally started off as just as a groove influenced a bit by Twenty One Pilots. We all thought it was awesome and started crafting the melody and the lyrics. I think the song is about living your life and breaking out of the everyday rules that society gives you. It’s a bit tongue in cheek too and, I hope it’ll make people smile and want to dance as there’s so much serious stuff going on in the world at the moment. We went on to write and record 3 songs during their visit and my next single, ‘Something More’ which will be out early September, is one of them. Oh […]

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Olivia Penalva Series No.1

OFFICIAL Starlight Music Chronicles 2016 TEEN Artist of the Year: Olivia Penalva CA Marshall When the lilting and effervescent voice of British Columbia, Canadian, Olivia Penalva first reached my ears was win the fall of 2015 when Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) sponsored a ReverbNation competition with Bongo Boy TV. I was one of the judges and out of thousands of entries, Olivia’s stood out at the top of my ‘YES’ list. Everything she presented in her submission for her single ‘Ferris Wheel’ was light, fun, audibly and visually magic to the senses: She simply had to be one of the winners. She did win, and was aired on Bongo Boy TV across 33+ cable network stations across the USA. In November of last year, Olivia entered the SMC Artist of the Month competition and after losing to The Roxy Suicide, she decided to take another stab at the January 2016 Artist of the Month competition and won! Soon after, she began launching new singles off her new EP ‘Weightless’ which launched recently and which has been receiving RAVE reviews globally. The songs are an ethereal digest of empathy, romance, and life with a storytelling that only Olivia could be capable of carrying out: her vocals are an elixir of all that is beautiful in this world to the ears with a touch of magic behind it. Seriously. One only has to listen to her debut single ‘Outshine the Stars’ to hear the lovely in this young Artists make-up. Olivia Penalva […]

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Scott Patterson | GORDON

A force to be reckoned with GORDON debuts LIVE in West Virginia for Flood Relief by CA Marshall There’s a golden nugget waiting to be discovered in our Music Industry and it comes by the name of GORDON. I speak pretty strongly here when I make this claim so let me back up the bus a little and catch you all up to speed on what’s about to literally explode onto the music scene…… Since early June, 2016 when Los Angeles, California-based world renowned actor Scott Patterson tweeted out ‘The band prepping first two gigs! More info to come! #rockandroll #LAdebut #lovethemusic #RideTheBull’. As Editor of an established Music and Entertainment Website and online Magazine (Starlight Music Chronicles), my antennae immediately went up – this needed to be researched more….. We are always on the lookout for new music and are happy to promote Indie Artists so this definitely had me subscribing to his Twitter account and following his tweets. I wanted to know more, see more, hear more….Here and there and up until this very moment while I am typing this feature, I would see snippets of what was to come. ‘In the Studio Recording’ was one. Then there were some video clips of the band at rehearsals followed by the Band Logo revealed on July 9th which read simply “GORDON (With a backwards `R`)  and the initials ‘R B S P T I D’” attached to the message: “July 29 Tractor Bar, Mt. Nebo, WV! 9-11pm. Flood Benefit. […]

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The Fontaines Series No.2

by CA Marshall Bing! I get this message the other day in my inbox and upon checking, I see that Hank Fontaine, one half of the dynamic ‘du-wop’ duo, The Fontaines, from Los Angeles, California, is inquiring about whether or not I have heard their new album yet. (of COURSE I have, they are The Fontaines!) ‘Do you think you will do a review?’ he asked. I smile to myself and respond, ‘Don’t worry dear, I was already on it!’ It would be amiss if I weren’t to follow up the epic ‘numbered series’ we have posted on several of our top Indie Artists over the last year and The Fontaines have certainly earned this spot simply, well, by being The Fontaines. Sounds like a pretty confident statement doesn’t it? But it isn’t just the hard work (back to back albums have been recorded!) this quartet band impresses upon us (Hank & Charlotte Fontaine – brother and sister, accompanied with Daniel Zuker on bass, and Chrystian Kaplan on drums), it is the fact that the sound on their new four song EP ‘ii’ (released June 24th, 2016) is demonstration of both epic vocal ability (Charlotte can certainly belt out those lovely gravelly-yet-delicate chords!), and instrumentation that is guaranteed to lighten the heart, brighten the mood, and put a soulful swing in your step all while bringing a serious ‘new’ sound to our ears. Based on the last interview I had with Hank (see here – The Fontaines Series No.1) where it was indicated that the ‘new […]

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Gianluca John Attanasio

By CA Marshall Exclusive Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight Interview – May 15th, 2016 SMC  – Hello Gianluca! Welcome to the Spotlight on Starlight Music Chronicles! We often showcase many high profile industry (Music, Film, and Fashion) profiles on this platform and look forward to adding you to this elite roster. How did you first hear about Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC)? GJA – It’s all because of my press office who informed me about Starlight Music Chronicles later I’ve read several sections of that and I’ve immediately fell in love with the magazine. SMC – So let’s first delve into a little bit of your history….tell us a little bit about how you came to be ‘Gianluca John Attanasio’ GJA – I’ve been playing acoustic piano since I was 8 and started writing my early songs at the age of 13; Later I attended -and often won- several musical contests in Italy and France. At the end I was lucky enough to sign my first contract with an Italian label. Subsequently I’ve collaborated with American people, writing music for dance, theatre and independent cinema. SMC – That SOUND! I have always been an avid listener of anything to do with the Doors and that languid, dark, unmistakable sound coming from Jim Morrison. How did you first discover this was a sound you could easily replicate? GJA – I consider The Doors an unrepeatable and incomparable band. If few of my songs have some similarities to theirs, it’s because I’ve always appreciated the […]

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Ari Herstand

By CA Marshall Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles Recent Interview previously posted on Indie Music Bus Q – Hello Ari! Thank you for taking the time for this interview for the Indie Music Bus and Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight platforms. Let’s start at the beginning with your music career. I had a glimpse into your ‘style’ and I have to say it is really unique with the combo of looping, trumpet, keyboard….you are very multi faceted. For first time readers finding out about you via this interview will want to know how you came about with your musical journey….. Ari – My very first shows around the University of Minnesota campus were with my dorm roommate at the time who was a cellist, my floor RA, who was a beat boxer and the girl down the hall who was a singer. This was my initial “band.” We performed a bunch of shows around town like this, but they moved away or moved on and when I performed solo I missed the bigger sound we created. I had seen looping done by someone at an open mic where he looped a 12 bar blues or something and soloed on top of it, so I knew the technology existed. I went to the music store one day and asked if they had something like that. They showed me the Boss RC 20XL loop station (this was 2005). I locked myself in my room for a month and learned it. I remember my […]

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Meghan Patrick

By CA Marshall I am not quite sure where the ‘Meghan Patrick train’ came from but to say ‘out of nowhere’ would be a lie….this young Canadian Country Recording Artist, signed with Warner Music Canada (record label), has been on my radar since she rose to the challenge earlier this year with her version of the Children’s song by Televisions’ ‘Sharon, Lois, and Bram’ titled ‘Skinnamarink’.  I know, I know…..perhaps it should have been the very recent release of her album ‘Grace & Grit’ that would have caught my attention as a music Journalist, (and make no mistake, it did!) however, it was a little more personal of a connection being that Patrick is also friends with Country recording artist Dan Davidson (See our previous Spotlight features I & II on our Spotlight numbered series). Davidson has been a much admired industry peer who has not only made an impact in the Country music community as of late, but also with this brilliant young Artist who has made a significant enough impression even on the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) with an honorable consideration for Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the year (Meghan & Chad Kroeger), Video of the Year (Bow Chicka Wow Wow), and Video Director of the Year (Emma Higgins – Bow Chicka Wow Wow) for fall of 2016. Considering Patrick only signed with Warner in the summer of 2015, this is a huge accomplishment! All of this, among her Warner peers Aaron Goodvin, Brett Kissel, and […]

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The Standstills

By CA Marshall One of the newest bands on our Radar are Toronto, Ontario based The Standstills, a band that has been definitely making a mark on the Canadian Indie Music Scene with their recent recognition as the 2016 Canada’s Best New Radio Charted Rock Group- Winners. In addition to this accomplishment, they have been blacking a trail across the country with the release of their song ‘Orleans’ last fall which lead them straight into the top 10 spot for a 10 week period on the Canadian Radio Scene. May 11th, 2016 the band announced the much anticipated ‘Rise Of The Fall’ video off ‘The Devils Porch’ album will be ‘coming soon’ causing a flurry of shares on social media and sending radio stations into high gear spinning the song non-stop. Recently, we had an interview with the band to talk about their climb to success, summer festival ‘Grizfest’ in Tumbler Ridge, BC later this summer, and all things related to ‘The Devils Porch ‘album. -Interview May 2, 2016- SMC – Hello and welcome to Starlight Music Chronicles! Renee – Thank you for having us! SMC – We found out about you via the Grizfest Music Festival in Tumbler Ridge, BC. We hear you are going to be performing there. Renee – Yeah, Cool! SMC – So let’s just start out with a little bit about your new album ‘The Devils Porch’ and the reception you have gotten from media. I do see that there are quite a few radio […]

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