She refused to write her label a "Love Song" and brought the experience to life with her #1 pop single. Sara Bareilles has emerged as one of pop's most soulful singer-songwriters in generations. Her piano driven melodies and powerful vocals have garnered her accolades and chart success. Sara Bareilles tour dates are scheduled nationally throughout 2011 in support of her sophomore release Kaleidoscope Heart.
The Nor-Cal native moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where she majored in communications and participated in an a cappella group. After graduation, she took her show to the local bar scene and developed a loyal following. Bareilles cut a few demos which finally led to her indie label debut album Careful Confessions in 2004. While the album made minimal chart impact, it led to an eventual deal with Epic Records. Sara Bareilles tour dates were scheduled alongside Marc Broussard and his Carencro tour in 2006. The Sara Bareilles concert schedule also included opening stints for James Blunt and Maroon 5 who were on the rise in 2006.
Bareilles would get her chance to shine with her hit single "Love Song", which was inspired by the pressure to write a commercially viable single. Ironically, the song written in protest of manufacturing a commercial song about love reached #1 on the US Pop charts and propelled Little Voice to platinum status in 2007. Sara Bareilles tour dates were scheduled alongside Counting Crows and again with Maroon 5 during Summer, 2008 to promote the album. Additionally, she scheduled her first headlining tour in 2009. The Gravity Tour culminated in the summer and she headed back to the studio to record her follow-up album.
The pressure to record another hit album mounted after the huge success that her major label debut had garnered. The rising star found herself with a #1 single, a platinum record, and two Grammy nominations. Other singer songwriters such as Colbie Callait and Ingrid Michaelson, who came on the scene at the same time, had already released their follow-up albums by the time Bareilles had finished Kaleidoscope Heart. Bareilles stated that she "fell victim to what a lot of artists go through with a second record: the expectations, the pressure, the anxiety of what's to come." With the jitters aside, Bareilles hit the studio with Questlove (of the Roots), Pharrel, and some members of Weezer and created an eclectic pop-rock album. The lead-off single "King of Anything" hit the radio in 2010 and was an instant hit. The album was released in September and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. With her nerves calmed, the singer-songwriter can concentrate on what she does best - Touring. Sara Bareilles concert dates were scheduled nationally throughout the US in support of her sophomore set. Bareilles also teamed up with Ingrid Michaelson for a performance for President Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in December, 2010.
Sara Bareilles has fought label wishes and her own personal insecurities to become one of the brightest singer-songwriters in the industry. Along the way, she has garnered Grammy nods, collected #1 singles and albums, and has generated a loyal fan base which includes the U.S. President! Sara Bareilles tour dates are scheduled nationally throughout 2011. Don't miss out! Use Eventful as your source for the Sara Bareilles concert schedule and tour date information.
Plain White T's:
For almost a decade, the Plain White T’s have been playing to packed audiences craving for that perfect pop-punk punch. Their journey, which began in a small suburban basement playing covers, has taken the band to Warped Tour three times, landed them opening slots for bands like Jimmy Eat World and AFI, and now finds the high-energy five-piece about to kick-off the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour with Hawthorne Heights. The Plain White T’s are road warriors in the truest sense and with their first major label album, Every Second Counts, the band is ready to rock in a big way. Call it hard work or call it destiny, one thing's for sure — the Plain White T’s were put on this earth to entertain you.
PWT’s story started back in high school, when frontman Tom Higgenson first stepped into Chicago's famed rock club the Metro and saw his future on the stage. With the local music scene exploding nationally courtesy of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, he decided the time was ripe for his own dreams to be realized. Armed with paper, pen and guitar, Tom went to task, experimenting with lyrics and melodies on a four-track in his parents' Villa Park, Illinois home. Once he'd reached a level of comfort with his songwriting, he worked up the courage to hand off a tape to Christian Lane, singer of 90s buzz band Loud Lucy, and to his surprise, Christian actually listened to it. "I saw him at a show and he remembered me," Tom recounts. "He told me, 'You should lock yourself in a room with a guitar for a year and you'll be there.' It was very inspirational."
Once he’d recruited a group of school pals — including guitarist Dave Tirio—it was only a matter of a couple years before the Plain White T’s, who’d attracted a loyal following thanks to Tom’s ridiculously melodic tales of teen angst and loveless nights, were playing the Metro themselves. “Anytime we could get in front of a bunch of kids who’d never heard of us, we saw that as a huge opportunity,” he says. “Winning over fans, that’s what it’s all about. And even from when we were 16, we always wanted to be successful and have a wide audience.”
The music industry took notice of that success and after selling thousands of copies of their self-released 2002 debut, Stop, PWT's were picked up by Fearless Records (home to Sugarcult, At The Drive-In and The Aquabats) who re-issued the album along with 2005's All That We Needed. But it was their heartfelt, acoustic-tinged “Hey There Delilah” that cemented their status as potential hitmakers. "We knew “…Delilah” was going to be something people would like,” says Tom, “and it's turned out to be our biggest song yet."
Tom's songwriting evolved after the success of the romantically frank “…Delilah,” which really was a departure for a band known for their energetic power pop. On Hollywood Records debut Every Second Counts, Tom, along with bandmates Mike Retondo (bass and vocals), De'Mar Hamilton (drums), and Tim Lopez (guitar, vocals), continues to turn the personal into the universal. Throughout the album, he sings of hook-ups and break-ups and the emotional rollercoaster in between. A prime example is lead single “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” which Tom says is “kind of vindictive, the story of this girl that I liked who just blew me off, but I couldn’t be that mean, so it’s more like I’m pissed off. That’s what the ‘I Really Don’t Like You’ line is about.”
In a similar vein, the lyrics for “Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk” also showcases Tom’s offbeat take on love and life, while its melody sucks you in with every turn of phrase. “It’s about a girl who would only call me when she was drunk,” says Tom. “Then, when she was sober and we’d hang out, she wanted nothing to do with me.”
Delving slightly deeper into emotional territory are upbeat tracks like “Our Time Now” and “Come Back To Me” as well as one of the album’s quieter numbers, “Write You A Song.” “Love is what everyone wants,” says Tom. “It’s what people think and obsess about and I’m no different. Relationships make you crazy sometimes.” Of course, this all begs the question: what’s up with his love life? “It’s more of a ‘like’ life,” he quips. “As in, the ones I like never like me.”
But don’t cry for the Plain White T’s. Like their album title says, this band is making every second count and thoroughly enjoying the ride. “Things are moving faster than expected and we are proceeding with caution,” says Tom. “But we’re not going to change. Whether we’re playing a small club or an arena, we’re gonna sweat the same. And if it gets really big, maybe we can finally have a light show!”
After nearly a decade of releasing albums independently, Matt Nathanson finally was picked up by a major label, only to be dropped right before the album's promotional tour. He didn't give up; perseverance, hard-work, and above all - Talent, gave him a second chance. After achieving Platinum success, the singer songwriter has released a new hit-filled album. Matt Nathanson tour dates are scheduled to promote his latest disc, Modern Love. Don't miss a date on the Matt Nathanson tour schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Matt Nathanson tour dates and concert schedule information.
Nathanson developed his acoustic-folk sound while a student at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. His musical style was no doubt influenced by the liberal arts college atmosphere and the sun-drenched weather of Southern California. Nathanson toured, performed, and recorded music throughout the '90s to local acclaim. In total, he released four albums on Acrobat Records and was a local on the coffee house scene. He received his big break when he was picked up by Universal Records to release his fifth album, Beneath These Fireworks in 2003. The album, which was his major-label debut, made a short lived appearance on the Billboard Heatseeker's chart. While it marked the first time that Nathanson appeared on any chart, Universal was not so impressed and he was soon dropped from the label, short of being able to launch a label backed tour and promotion junket.
Nathanson persevered and was soon picked up by Vanguard Records which released his breakthrough album, Some Mad Hope, in 2007. The album garnered mainstream attention when several of its songs were licensed out to hit television shows including Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, NCIS, and One Tree Hill. However, it was with the single, "Come on Get Higher", that Nathanson exploded onto radio and the Billboard charts. The single reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and earned Nathanson a Platinum plaque for selling over 1.8 million copies. The album reached #60 on the Billboard 200, marking his highest charting entry ever. Nathanson toured and performed his hit single across the country and booked performances on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Following the massive success of "Come on Get Higher" and a nation-wide tour, Nathanson returned to the studio in 2010 to record his latest album. His seventh LP, Modern Love, was released in June, 2011 and features the hit single "Faster". Matt Nathanson tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote his latest offering. The slow-rise to the top of the charts certainly paid off for Nathanson. The music industry vet is certainly excited to release new material and get his tour underway. Don't miss a date on the Matt Nathanson tour schedule. Use Eventful for Matt Nathanson tour dates and concert schedule 2011 information.
With one of the most recognizable voices of our time, combined with blue eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies and earthy charm; singer, songwriter, and musician Gavin DeGraw, has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” He followed that up with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008 (earning Gavin his first Top 10 album and spawning the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” After releasing 2009’s Free, a gift to die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of his live favorites, Gavin decided it was time to shake things up. “Not only do I love a challenge, but I also wanted something new to sing,” Gavin explains. “I’ve listened to my favorite songs 5,000 times, and I love them, but sometimes it’s hard to go home and put on that album and listen to it for the five thousand and first time. I needed to write something I found interesting both melodically and rhythmically and that meant stepping outside my wheelhouse.”
On Gavin’s new album SWEETER, the New York native experimented with new sounds, thanks, in part, to collaborating with a host of top-notch producers he’d wanted to work with for a while, including fellow groove-minded piano player OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele), Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson). “The creation of every song began with an interview to select the right producer,” Gavin says. “It was like speed-dating. I’d play them the songs I was working on and ask which ones they liked the best, and then ask them to produce those they were most passionate about.”
Gavin took another departure from his usual way of working, enlisting co-writers for the first time, such as Tedder, who co-wrote and produced the album’s vigorous hit single “Not Over You” (about the struggle to let go of an old flame) and its title track “Sweeter,” as well as Andrew Frampton, who has worked with The Script and Natasha Bedingfield. “Co-writing with other people changed everything for me,” Gavin says. “Not only did it open my mind to new ideas, but it changed the way I wrote on my own. Playing all these different styles with other musicians led me to think about things differently when I was working by myself. I was able to tap into things I do live, dabbling with some of that late ’60s, early ’70s R&B stuff, and record all the styles of music that I like and put them on one album. It was great to take the leash off and experiment. Although it doesn’t stray too far from what I’ve done, I think SWEETER is the first album I’ve made that has caught my true sound, and that was the result of taking risks.”
Recorded in several locations, including Tedder’s studio in Denver, Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Walker’s space in Venice, CA (where Bob Dylan recorded some tracks in the ’70s), and the legendary Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, SWEETER finds Gavin in a provocative mood, which infuses several songs with a potent, swaggering strut on sexually charged songs like “Sweeter” (on which he sings about wanting to hook up with another guy’s girl) and one of his favorite tracks, “Radiation” (about knowing a lover is bad for you, but every now and then, you can’t resist making that late-night call). “Those songs are designed to be fun while also being truthful. I think a lot of people can relate to the lyric, ‘If you get an invitation, I’m probably drunk,’” Gavin says with a laugh.
“This is the first album I’ve made where I felt ready to explore the more sexual side of my nature in my music,” he continues. “It’s not only about my feelings of being in love, although I do tap into those elements on this album on songs like ‘Soldier’ and ‘You Know Where I’m At.’ This is the funkiest, sultriest record I’ve ever made. It satisfied a lot of things for me that I wanted to have satisfied musically.”
SWEETER’s racier moments are balanced out by more emotionally transparent moments, like “Run Every Time,” which addresses a reluctance to commit to a relationship, as well as romantic, uplifting songs like “Soldier” and “You Know Where I’m At,” which convey a vulnerability while still managing to feel distinctly masculine. “The question for me became, ‘How do you expose your vulnerability without seeming like somebody who gets kicked around, and, at the same time, describe your ability to get past something without sounding cocky,” Gavin says. “That’s always tricky, because you know you’re being judged on the lyrics and they’re all very personal.”
That willingness to explore what’s meaningful to him and express it in a universal way is what has made Gavin a compelling artist, one who connects with listeners not only through his recordings, but also through his live appearances. Gavin has toured the globe, performing sold-out headlining shows as well as festivals with a variety of artists. Around the release of SWEETER, Gavin hit the road with TRAIN and Maroon 5 for an extensive North American tour, playing these new songs for fans for the very first time. “I want to take people from the beginning to the end of their emotions, for however long they’re with me,” he says. “I want to woo people. I do. I want both women and men to love it, because I feel this album satisfies in a masculine way while still having a feminine touch.”