(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) June 3, 2008 – New Sparrow Records artist Above The Golden State has quickly gained the early attention of radio and industry leaders as they prepare to release their self-titled debut on July 22.
Crafting memorable pop melodies with sing-a-long hooks is only part of Above the Golden State’s aim. “Our first desire is to serve the Lord in everything we do,” says frontman Michael Watson. “We want this music to accomplish in our listeners the same thing that was accomplished in us through our favorite artists – to fix the gaze of our soul on Jesus!”
Above The Golden State is already receiving high marks for their brand of pop-friendly rock, as the first single “Sound of Your Name” is currently impacting at AC/CHR radio. “These songs are meant to be sung in the heart and mind of the listener, like a soundtrack to our lives,” comments Watson. “Every one of us is singing a song to the Lord, whether we know it or not, our lives are ascending to God. How awesome that he would listen, even take notice of us, and what a responsibility to live every second unto him!”
The Portland, Oregon-based artist comprises Watson (vocals/guitars/songwriter), Brook Moser (drums) and Tim Aylward (keys). Fans of all music styles, naming influences from Weezer, Five Iron Frenzy and Delirious to The Beatles and Duke Ellington, Above the Golden State’s members will quickly describe their sound as “West Coast Rock, Pop.” “We’re doing our best not to call it surf-rock,” explains Watson, “But yeah, basically, it’s that with a touch of the rainy Northwest.”
After a busy summer leading worship and concert events, Above The Golden State is scheduled to join Starfield this fall on a 25-plus-city tour across the U.S. For more information, tour dates and music, visit www.myspace.com/abovethegoldenstate.
About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.
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