Take 5 with Sarah Reeves

Self-proclaimed lover of hats and hair dye, singer Sarah Reeves is the quintessential teenager…with a record deal. Oozing genuine humility, Sarah’s as sweet as can be, and yet one she starts singing—her inhibitions are let loose on her debut album, Sweet Sweet Sound. The album’s title track has even been endorsed by teen star, SelenaContinue reading “Take 5 with Sarah Reeves”

Take 5 with Abandon

I’ve never heard a band discovery story like Abandon’s so when I interviewed lead singer Josh Engler for The Christian Manifesto (Listen to “Profess Interview with Abandon”), I asked him to retell the story.  Sure enough, it was true.  EMI CMG Director of A&R Chris York heard Abandon rockin’ out while dining at a restaurantContinue reading “Take 5 with Abandon”

Behind the Songs & Free Music Downloads

Information on debut artists, free music downloads, and the like has been flooding my inbox the past few days, and I thought, “Wow!  This is great stuff and the people need to know about it!” Meet debut artist SARAH REEVES, whose stand-out vocals blow me away!  Look for an upcoming “Take 5” with this youngContinue reading “Behind the Songs & Free Music Downloads”

Review:: Concept Album Comeback with The Decemberists and Falling Up

I like the idea of concept albums—tell a story, try something new, develop a “concept.”  However, I have a difficult time “getting” them.  Despite my ability to understand Shakespeare and Bob Dylan, I’m finding I need artists to lay it out for me when it comes to concept albums.  Of course, it doesn’t help thatContinue reading “Review:: Concept Album Comeback with The Decemberists and Falling Up”

Take 5 with Falling Up’s Jessy Ribordy

It’s a story contained in an album brought forth with the fusion of poetic verse and experimental rock.  It’s called Fangs and it’s the latest album from BEC Recording artist Falling Up.  Based on a story written by lead singer Jessy Ribordy, each song on Fangs is an observation of our hero’s journeys on aContinue reading “Take 5 with Falling Up’s Jessy Ribordy”

Matt Bronleewe:: Producer-Turned-Writer

FROM NOW UNTIL NOV. 8, IF YOU LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST, YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF MATT BRONLEEWE’S LATEST NOVEL, HOUSE OF WOLVES.  (Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you comment so we can contact you if you win!) By Jake Chism (The Christian Manifesto)Continue reading “Matt Bronleewe:: Producer-Turned-Writer”

Bebo Norman :: From the Ruins

Talking with Bebo Norman is like chatting with an old friend; except I’ve never met Bebo Norman. However, I’ve closely followed his career.  Easing into our phone interview with a joke, Bebo informed me that he’s running errands while he talks.  Moving into a safe icebreaker, we chat about his family and rearing of hisContinue reading “Bebo Norman :: From the Ruins”

In the Headlights :: The Christian Manifesto

Have I ever told you about the fine folks at The Christian Manifesto?  No, but I should have.  Ever since Cal (that’s what I call C.E. Moore, founder and head honcho over at TCM), left a comment here on Backseat Writer, we became fast friends and decided that collaboration is the way to go.  AsContinue reading “In the Headlights :: The Christian Manifesto”