To say that GARRISON STARR knows her way around the industry would be an understatement. Hailing from Hernando, MS, she released her major label debut, 18 Over Me, in 1997 for Geffen and the rest is history. Her career has taken her from rooms of 12 people (at which she received a standing ovation) to touring with her idols in amphitheaters and back again. But she’s not just a road dog. Starr is a writer and performer with a knack for “marrying pop smarts and Americana grit with a voice of remarkable power and clarity”(gomemphis.com 2012).
For her seventh full length, Amateur, Garrison decided to do something different. She threw the idea of labels out the window and released this record on her own. Her follow up to 2010’s live effort ReLive was completely fan funded via PledgeMusic.com and contains some of Starr’s most intimate songs to date. Spanning 13 tracks and co-writers such as Kevin Devine and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garrison delves into her personal life to take the listener on a journey of heartbreak, self discovery, and her own vision of perseverance. While Starr is anything but an Amateur, her current effort puts everything in a new perspective for her, including getting her fans involved.
“I was really nervous doing this, putting my art directly in the hands of my fans. But they really came through and it was such an amazing experience. I’m so glad that I can share this experience with my fans and without anyone acting as a go-between. Its just me, and my fans. Connecting. The way music was intended. I’ve lost faith in the business, but not in the music. And not in my fans….. You know, there’s a line in “a beautiful mind” that I always remember… the wife is at the end of her rope with her husband’s disease, his disillusionment, and she says “I have to believe extraordinary things are possible”. That’s how I know I have to keep moving forward.”
P.J. PACIFICO’S ‘Surface’, set for 9/25/2012 release on Viper Records (INgrooves/Fontana-UMG), delivers the biggest, heaviest sound to-date from the accomplished singer/songwriter. With influences including The Smiths and Del Amitri, Pacifico has crafted a confident nine-song collection, using personal experiences as a spark but ultimately crafting universal tales of survival, a belief in hard work, paying your dues and forward motion.
‘Surface’ is Pacifico’s most cohesive album, and his evolution as a songwriter is evident on such standout tracks as the epic ‘Champions & Guardians’, the propulsive first single ‘Half-Wishing’, the reflective, winning title track ‘Surface’, and ‘It’ll Never End’, a song with subtle references to mortality and to Pacifico’s appreciation of life as a cancer survivor. ‘Surface’ also includes one inspired cover, Pacifico’s modern take on Christopher Cross’ seminal ‘Sailing’.
Over the past couple of years, Pacifico has evolved from beloved under-the-radar, Connecticut-based road warrior to an International-profile indie to be reckoned with, praised in such media outlets as M Music & Musicians Magazine, iTunes Editorial, and scores of other print, web and television placements throughout the U.S. Reviewers have repeatedly compared him to Paul Simon, James Taylor, Matthew Sweet and others, while embracing his live performance chops and upbeat, radio-friendly songwriting…