Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg ::


Senior writer Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly writes that “Susan Sandberg hits all the right sweet tart chords with her expertly produced and played album.” Request Magazine, which profiled Minneapolis singer/songwriter Susan in its “Great Unknowns” section, calls her “the strong contender to succeed Liz Phair and Alanis Morissette,” and describes her music as “pretty melodies with gouging power chords resulting in melodic tunes you can’t dislodge from your head.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune commented on her “poetic flair” and “keen sense of pop rhythm that lets her songs cascade or slowly burn.” People Magazine wrote: “A luminous, intelligent movie star,” but they were talking about Susan Sarandon.

New Album News!
‘Down Comes the Night’ is the second release from Minnesota bred Susan Sandberg, who divides her time between the Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Producers Sandberg and Jesse Valenzuela, (ex-Gin Blossoms) co-wrote ‘Money or Your Life’ and ‘One Wrong Girl”, with the Gin Blossoms reuniting for the recording of the latter.

TOMMY KEENE, members of THE GOO GOO DOLLS, GIN BLOSSOMS, AMANDA FOREMAN, OLIVIA d’ABO AND BOB GLAUB. Her debut album, Stripping For Jesus, included the song ‘Hey Batter’, which was featured in There’s Something About Mary, and the Levis’ back to school compilation (50,000 pressings). Another track, Girl with all the Goodbyes, is featured in Dawson’s Creek and the indie filmLate Last Night.

‘Mile High,’ from the new album, will be featured on Pamela Anderson’s TV show, V.I.P. (Columbia-TriStar) 2001-2002 season. Cult Fave and fully clothed musician Tommy Keene plays guitar on the track.

Kicked out of Catholic school for behavior unbecoming to a nice Catholic Girl (her plea “But I’m Lutheran” didn’t help re-instate the young subversive.). She kept the uniform.
· Support act for Dido and Tara MacLean
· Honored with ASCAP Popular Songwriter Award 1997-2001
· Performed at CMJ Musicfest, Sundance Film Festival , Rockrgrl Convention, Big,
Fancy Places in big, fancy Europe, and finally, her cousin’s sweet 16 party in her family’s St.Paul basement last March.



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Ripe ::

Splice Red Hot Chili Peppers with Vanessa Carlton/Coldplay and the sound would be pure Ripe, an NYC-based progressive pop/rock band.

In the words of an industry professional: “You don’t know what to do first at a Ripe show, look at the 3 beauties, listen to the awesome musicians, or get absorbed in the lush vocal harmonies.” Ripe’s sound tapestry derives from sources as diverse as Santana, Dido, Elton John, Paula Cole, Counting Crows and old Guns and Roses. The three voices blend beautifully yet maintain an uncanny independence. The instrumentalists master every single note and occasionally let go in all out solo-bursts.

Ripe provides pure vocal and musical fun, catchy hooks and real substance. Live show highlights include: a haunting 3-part a capella ballad, a driving world/fusion instrumental, and a lush pop/tribal love song with a classical quote worthy of a Carnegie Hall performance.

The quote to sum it all is: “The sheer level of joy and energy gives people the mistaken impression (that Ripe) is a Christian rock band


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Patrice Pike

Patrice Pike ::

Over the last ten years, she has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Austin based Rock Band: Sister Seven. Patrice Pike has performed onstage with the likes of Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, and the Allman Brothers to name a few.

She sang the National anthem to a worldwide audience for the JFK memorial in Dallas as well as for the homecoming celebration for Lance Armstrong after his first victory at the Tour de France.

There’s an excellent description in the Chicago Free Press about Patrice’s beginnings in the music world. Jen Earls writes, “Pike grew up a musical child, influenced early by [artists] such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Elton John, before getting into Motown.” “I listened to Stevie Wonder every day,” Pike says. She also played vilolin, French horn, and sang. In her teen years Pike sang and studied jazz, opera and traditional African-American spirituals at Booker T. Washington High school for the performing and visual Arts in Dallas. “Back then, we were just a bunch of kids trying to stay out of trouble and surviving by being in that godsend of a place. It was my saving grace, I mean, there were people in my class that I was hanging with like Roy Hargrove [Grammy award winning Jazz trumpet player] and younger kids like Peaches [Erykah Badu] just being creative and getting exposed to all these amazing things. I remember getting to watch Gregory Hines teach a class of dance students, and sitting down one on one with Winton Marsaillis telling me…

…that it was all right if I didn’t want to be a jazz singer. He said, “It’s really just about being soulful, Patrice. Just do what you love.” Patrice comments, “ We were all so lucky to have that place. It forever solidified my conviction that I am a musician.”

Earls continues, “ In college she wanted to study jazz, but at the time, the famed University of North Texas music program didn’t offer a full curriculum for vocalists. By then Pike was learning more playing with the band Little Sister [later named Sister Seven] than she was in college classrooms.”

“She traded her textbooks for smoky bars.” “The school of Hard Knocks, that’s it,” Pike says. “The stuff I’ve learned [since I was 15] I wouldn’t trade it for any piece of paper.”

Patrice’s new band, Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion was invited to play their industry debut in March 2001 at the annual South By South West music conference in Austin. The band includes Wayne Sutton on guitar, Michael Hale on drums and Danny Beltran on Bass. Wayne and Patrice were the founding members of Sister Seven and have been a songwriting team since before Sister Seven was formed. Wayne and Patrice wrote the two Billboard hits “Know What You Mean” and “Only Thing That’s Real”, both of which propelled Sister Seven into the strange and fickle world of Pop Radio.

The two along with their bandmates in the Black Box Rebellion and some guest musicians will release an EP, Flat 13, this summer followed by their full-length album, Fencing Under Fire, in the spring of 2002. “We are really excited about the record we are making, because these are songs we have been writing over the last few years that did not fit the Sister Seven spectrum. We formed this band based on what musicianship was best for these songs we have been writing. It all stems from the songwriting, where as Sister Seven stemmed mostly from the wellspring of musicianship and grew into songwriting. One of the coolest things is we chose the engineer we wanted without the input of any other opinions. Jim Watt’s was my first choice and his work as the engineer on the most recent Emmy Lou Harris record Red Dirt Girl is so sonically fine; I had to call him right away. I can’t wait to put this record out!”


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Jana Peri

Jana Peri ::

Influenced by the british Invasion rock of the 1960s as well as the punk and new wave of the 1970s and 1980s, vocalist/songwriter Jana Peri has specialized in hook-laden power pop pop/rock that is aggressive yet melodic. Peri has lived in the New York area her entire life; born in the Bronx, she moved to suburban Long Island at the age of two and stayed there until she turned 18 and moved to Manhattan. Growing up on Long Island, Peri absorbed a variety of rock and pop/rock. As a preteen, she admired Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis and was heavily into British Invasion rockers like the Beatles (a major influence), the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks; and it wasn’t long before she was influenced by Blondie, the Pretenders, and Joan Jett. Peri, who was singing and playing guitar before adolescence, has described John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and the Pretenders’; Chrissie Hynde as “personal icons.” After graduating from high school and leaving Long Island for Manhattan, Peri attended New York University and graduated with a degree in drama. By 1994, she was singing in Manhattan rock clubs, and in 1999, she released a self-titled EP on her own Hot Jupiter label.

— Alex Henderson, All Music Guide



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Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles

Story Of Your Bones is receiving tremendous support; independently selling over 4,000 albums in the first six months and receiving radio play on both college and commercial radio stations in New York City, Cleveland, Memphis, Atlanta, and throughout Georgia and The Carolinas. Among her many other accomplishments, Jennifer was awarded a slot on the 1999 Lilith Fair Tour and played to sold-out crowds at 99x (WNNX-ATL) Big Day Out 2000, 96.1 (WEND-Charlotte) Weenie Roast 2000, and Music Midtown 1999. Recently awarded the Grand Prize in Mars Music’s “Big Deal Contest,” Jennifer also received the Independent Musician of the Year 2000 award (Musician’s Atlas 2000).She has been featured in articles in Jezebel Magazine, Atlanta City Mag, The Album Network, Southeastern Performer, and Performing Songwriter. Jennifer plays to packed houses along the East Coast from Florida to New York City in select venues such as The Variety Playhouse (Atlanta), The 40 Watt (Athens), and The Mercury Lounge (New York City).

Reared on a diet of rock, blues, folk and soul, Jennifer began singing at the age of seven. Her professional career started in 1996 with her arrival on the Atlanta acoustic scene with the now defunct Soul Miners Daughter. Jennifer’s music was the driving force in successfully selling an astonishing 20,000 CD’s of that band’s two independent releases. Her continued market success is supported and promoted by outstanding high-energy live performances that have garnered her both national and regional success.

Jennifer’s new album, Story Of Your Bone, is an exploration in diametric extremes. Musically, there are moments of both haunting sparseness and rich fullness. Thematically, Story explores a vast emotional spectrum, ranging from bitter anguish all the way to fun, in-your-face naughtiness.

Story Of Your Bones promises to satisfy and surprise Jennifer’s large established fan base and capture new audiences. By combining honest songwriting and soul-turning lyrics with a voice that ranges from the power of a freight train to the subtlety of a southern lilt, Jennifer Nettles Band guarantees not only to engage their listeners, but also to enchant them.

Jennifer Nettles, Inc.
P.O. Box 81035
Athens, GA 30606
Phone: 678-644-7669




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