Though he had been acting since he was five, when he was filmed in his first commercial, Drake Bell (born Jared Drake Bell in Orange County, California) didn’t start playing the guitar until he was cast in the 2001 TV movie Chasing Destiny, also starring the Who’s Roger Daltrey, who gave the young performer his initial lessons. As a teenager, though Drake was focusing on acting, he continued to play music and write songs on the side, and after a program he was in, Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show, was canceled in 2002, and a spinoff, The Drake and Josh Show, was started (it first aired in 2004), Bell was able to finally show off his chops onscreen, writing the theme song, “Found a Way,” and playing an exaggerated version of his guitarist self named Drake Parker.
Heavily influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, Drake released his debut, Telegraph, independently in 2005; soon after he signed to Universal, who put out his sophomore record, It’s Only Time, the following year. The live album, Drake Bell in Concert, appeared in 2008 and it wouldn’t be until 2011 that Drake would release any new material, with the stopgap EP A Reminder.
Returning to the studio some two years later with childhood hero Brian Setzer, Drake released his third album, the rockabilly-inspired Ready Steady Go! on Surfdog Records in 2014. With music being his first love, Drake made the most rockin’ and exciting album of his career – a collection of melodic pop, and at the same time hard-hitting rock n roll.
In 2014 Drake took Mexico by storm when he performed at Exa FM’s “Concierto Exa 2014” in Mexico City for an audience of more than 50,000 people. His song “Bull” remained in the Top 10 on Mexican radio for several weeks.
In 2016, Drake returns to Mexico to perform live again for all his fans, with shows in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara. But that is not all. Many more of his fans from all around the world will have the chance to see Drake this year. Stay tuned!
TRYON is a pop duo consisting of brothers Stephen and Justin Kirk.
Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, both Stephen and Justin Kirk immersed themselves in many musical endeavors. From Gospel choirs and school bands, to backyard parties and music clubs, the Kirks both learned to sing and master multiple instruments. “We’d play and sing
for anyone who would listen,” recalls Justin. “To be honest, that’s something we've never grown out of.”
Having opened for national acts (Carrie Underwood - Blown Away Tour and Safety Suit), and after gaining a strong live and social media following, TRYON believes their time has come. "It's been a ton of work and a lot of time - but we've got
something to say…and we're ready for the world to hear our music!”
TRYON has teamed with Grammy award-winning songwriter Gary Baker. Baker is responsible for hits from Britney, Backstreet, and NSync, along with the classics I SWEAR and I'M ALREADY THERE.
TRYON’S debut single “Somebody To Love Me” is being played now on SiriusXM Hits-1, Radio Disney, and in major retails stores across the country including Apple, Best Buy, Staples, McDonalds, Verizon, and many others. The official impact date at POP Radio is February 29th and look for TRYON on tour this summer in a city near you!
His Dream Of Lions
We're all after something, and it's the thrill of the chase that keeps us on. For the five young alternative rockers in His Dream Of Lions, the thrill they find is in chasing their dreams. Having known one another through the local Fairfax Virginia music scene, guitarist Nick Jones, singer Seth Coggeshall, and bassist Blair Kilner came together during the spring of 2012 to form the band that would eventually become His Dream Of Lions. After a full year of non-stop gigging and writing, the band's lineup was finalized with the addition of drummer Jack Dunigan and keyboardist Colby Witko.
With the new members in place, the group quickly realized they needed a name that would stand to signify the moral intent behind the band. In Ernest Hemingway's novel, "The Old Man and The Sea," the main character experiences reoccurring dreams of lions playing on the beach. Even with the knowledge that they could drown, the lions carry on, representing a sense of adventure the old man once had. By taking the name, His Dream Of Lions, the members hope to be reminded of the ambitious spirit they promised never to lose.
Building off the support of their loyal and rapidly growing fan base, His Dream Of Lions continued onto a string of successes, playing with artists such as Aaron Carter, Jonny Craig, There For Tomorrow, Australia's Got Talent winner Joe Robinson, as well as releasing a critically acclaimed cover of Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem".
By the time June of 2013 rolled around, the band felt they had generated sufficient buzz, both local and national, to warrant the recording of their double EP, a concept record inspired by their love of storytelling. Once hitting the studio with producer Ben Green (Fairweather), the band released their debut record simply titled "Part One" in March of 2014. The opening track, "Novel", has gained significant commercial success, climbing to #7 on the NMW Top 40 Chart, and #7 on the NMW Hot 100 Singles Chart.
Following the success of "Novel," the band decided to partner with Bryan Stars for the release of their "Elsa" music video, the band's second single off of "Part One." With no sign of letting up from the Virginia based quintet, listeners can expect to find the smashing continuation of "Part One", wittily entitled "Part Two," later this fall.