“All right people/Welcome to the show/Are you ready to rock?/Are you ready to go?/Now we’ve got what you want/And we’ve got what you need/So get your ass down here/And let your ears bleed.” – Stand Up For Rock’N’Roll It’s as clear a statement of intent as you’re ever likely to hear. One verse that says everything you need to know about Melbourne four piece Airbourne and their debut album, Runnin’ Wild: forget your worries, get down to the front of the stage and lose your mind to some ear-bleeding, sweat-soaked rock’n’roll. Or, as the song continues, “Drink your beer/Drink your wine/Let’s have a good time.” Stand up for rock’n’roll indeed. Airbourne vocalist Joel O’Keeffe first realized rock’n’roll was worth defending at the tender age of nine.
Layering memorable pop-driven lyrics over the crisp synths and pounding beats of progressive house, Morgan Page has emerged from under the radar with a unique sound that connects with dance music veterans and newcomers alike. And with one GRAMMY®-nominated song and two IDMA nominations (Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Progressive House/Trance Track) in 2009 alone, Producer, Remixer, and DJ MORGAN PAGE has firmly established himself as one of the top talents of the next generation of dance music producers. Driven, technically savvy, and down-to-earth, the Burlington, Vermont native was already hooked on electronic music by age 15. His early exposure to the genre started with radio, inspired by the sounds of local college radio station WRUV 90.1 FM. Only a few short years later, Morgan found himself a DJ at that very radio station, hosting a weekly mixshow that brought him into the world of house music and club culture.
1981-1993 The band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew (keyboards), Steve Gustafson (bass), Chet Cardinale (drums), Robert Buck (guitar), and Terry Newhouse (Buck's ex-wife and vocalist). Steve Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, who was 17 at the time, to do some vocals. John Lombardo who was in a band called The Mills (along with brother guitarist/vocalists Mark Liuzzo and Paul Liuzzo and drummer Mike Young) and used to play occasionally with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Natalie Merchant became the main singer. Various drummers came and left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs!.
Sinéad O'Connor ranked among the most distinctive and controversial pop music stars of the 1990s, the first and in many ways the most influential of the numerous female performers whose music dominated airwaves throughout the decade. Brash and outspoken -- her shaven head, angry visage, and shapeless wardrobe a direct challenge to the popular culture's long-prevailing notions of femininity and sexuality -- O'Connor irrevocably altered the image of women in rock; railing against long-standing stereotypes simply by asserting herself not as a sex object but as a serious artist, she kick-started a revolt which led the way for performers ranging from Liz Phair to Courtney Love to Alanis Morissette. O'Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland, on December 8, 1966. Her childhood was often traumatic: her parents divorced when she was eight, and she later claimed that her mother, who was killed in a 1985 automobile accident, frequently abused her.
Most recently Simon has been honored with the Beijing Pop Music Ceremony Golden Song Award for his song Half a World Away (Float Subway) with Supergirl winner Li Yuchun. Simon was the singer and writer behind indie band 'Velveteen' and has since become one of the hottest new properties in the U.K. by writing for acts such as Westlife, Echo and the Bunnymen, solo projects for Blue, Busted and U.S Pop Idol. He was part of the team that Developed international sensation, Sandi Thom. His work with John McLaughlin has spawned many top ten hits and continues to create acts signed to major labels. Most recently Simon has been honored with the Beijing Pop Music Ceremony Golden Song of the Year Award for his composition and Production of Half a World Away on Chinese Superstar, Li Yuchun.
As former front woman for Grammy-nominated band Sixpence None the Richer, LEIGH NASH has charmed audiences far and wide with her ethereal voice. Now, NASH steps out on her own for her most personal project yet, her first solo album due out in 2006. The release of the album marks a significant time in Nash’s life. Starting her career as a young 15-year old girl with Sixpence, she has matured into a woman whose wispy vocals and intimate lyrics convey thirteen years of experiences and relationships. With a new addition to her family, her son Henry, to draw inspiration from, the singer/songwriter prepares to release an album that not only shares her voice with the audience, but also her heart. “It’s really wonderful to be able to put your whole self into something,” Nash says. “As a band, creating new material is really a group effort; there is a certain lack of control one has as an artist.