ERNIE HALTER & SAM GROW
Wednesday, January 16th
8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
General admission: $15
Table of 4 reserved seats: $75
“Influenced by some of the legendary names of pop and soul, such as the Beatles, Elton John, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, Californian ERNIE HALTER first began to make waves for himself with the release of his 2005 collection, Lo-Fidelity. The singer and songwriter got his start playing a small — mostly covers — coffeehouse gig in 1992, and was able to maintain the difficult position of being a working musician (and closet songwriter) by simply paying his dues, working on songs in his spare time, and playing in coffeehouses and smaller gigs to keep active on the scene and to sharpen his skills. Eventually, word of mouth and the Internet community on websites such as MySpace and YouTube worked in Halter’s favor, and by 2007 — and his next release, Congress Hotel (on Rock Ridge Music) — he had built up quite a buzz, and the staunchly indie Halter could be seen touring throughout much of the United States.” (Chris True All Music Guide)
Halter’s subsequent releases, Starting Over (2008) debuted on the iTunes Rock Album Charts at #22, Ernie Halter Live (2009) debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album Charts at #9, and the latest release Franklin & Vermont (2010) debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album Charts at #2. Ernie Halter’s 4U (2010), a free and exclusive sampler, quickly became the #1 Mp3 Album download on Amazon.com. Ernie’s online fanbase has grown to 10,000+ YouTube subscribers and nearly 500,000 followers on social networking site Twitter. Halter has shared the studio and stage with pop icons such as: Neil Young, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Sara Barielles, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Hanson, Eric Hutchinson, Drake Bell, Sister Hazel, Shooter Jennings, Corrine May, and Lady Antebellum. His songs have been heard on General Hospital, Cougar Town, Army Wives, MTV’s The Real World, Disney’s Sonny With A Chance, and more.
“Perfect for driving on a winding road with the windows down.”
“Ernie’s milk-and-honey voice is a sweet serenade.”
Girl’s Life Magazine
“Halter knows how to connect with fans.”
Christopher John Treacy – Boston Herald
“Ernie Halter is going to be a huge star!”
Daily Buzz TV
A musical jack-of-all-trades, pop-rock-soul singer songwriter, SAM GROW, is a skilled guitarist, pianist, bassist, and drummer. Born in southern Maryland, Grow discovered a passion for music by the age of five when his biggest musical influences- his father and sister, would spend their afternoons around the piano, singing and playing as a young Sam would watch on. Throughout his childhood, Sam’s father introduced him to great artists such as The Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Elvis Presley who would influence him throughout his musical career. After sensing his musical enthusiasm, Sam’s family encouraged him to sing in their church choir—where he actively participated for several years.
As Sam grew older he began to attend music festivals and taught himself to play not only the guitar- which would become his instrument of choice, but also educating himself on the piano, bass, and drums. Although he was playing music on the side, Grow attended the College of Southern Maryland for a year pursing a business degree, but soon decided his energies were divided and chose to pursue music full time. His family supported his decision completely. Sam shares, “My family has always believed in doing what you love, and the money will come. They taught me to not settle for anything short of my dreams, goals, and aspirations. To coin a phrase, the general attitude has been, ‘It costs nothing to dream, everything not to.’ I like to go by that.”
Grow headed into the studio in late 2007 to record his debut album with producer Ron Vento [Wakefield, Good Charlotte, and Genuine]. That album, “Ignition,” went on to sell approximately 10,000 copies in Sam’s local market in one year, and was very well received amongst his fans, peers and press.
After the independent success of his second release, a live album entitled “Live at Goose Creek”, Sam returned to Nightsky Studios with Vento to record a series of songs that would later become the “Rainy Day in Paradise” and “Stay The Night” EP’s. These highly anticipated recordings continue to highlight the strength and range in Sam’s voice, complimented with his heartfelt lyrics. Grow released the singles “Lay You Down”, and “Let’s Make Love”, which reached #13 and #7 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Recently, Grow released the singles “Shot of Crown” and “Get Up” which reached #6 and #5 respectively on the same charts. These singles were released from the album “Reveal”. “Reveal”, as a whole record, charted at #11 on the Singer/Songwriter charts.
He sincerely believes in the power of the indie artist, “Artists today can obtain their own distribution, record their own CDs and hire their own promotions team. It is amazing how the music industry has evolved and allowed people whose music you may have never been able to hear, accessible and available,” he shares.
Grow has already toured the U.S., having performed with Boston, Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn), The Wailers, Jeff Scott Soto [Journey], Josh Kelley, Tony Lucca, Sister Hazel, Kanye West, Bill Engvall, Keaton Simons and a number of the industries most well respected singer/songwriters, and continues to perform regularly with a schedule that consists of 250+ shows a year.