Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances.
With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Jeffrey Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining audiences everywhere he goes.
Raised in Harrisburg, PA by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their son’s room, a teenaged Gaines began singing and playing guitar in several local garage bands. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal, releasing Jeffrey Gaines, the first of his five studio releases. The album garnered four stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer, describing Gaines as “…an ethereal soul…insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge.” Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and Galore followed. Interview Magazine called Gaines’ music “soul-searching” and “refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or cliché.”
Jeffrey Gaines released Always Be (Artemis) to both critical and commercial praise. Featuring his emotional interpretation of “In Your Eyes” and his own soaringly beautiful “Always Be,” the album hit #5 on R&R Callout America CHR/Pop list, also reaching #45 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The New York Post proclaimed Always Be as “a dozen-song mix…that completely illustrates the depth he is capable of.”
Gaines’ impressive catalogue grew with Toward The Sun, produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Crowded House). The Boston Globe declared that “Gaines’ soulful, wounded vocals make a case for his being one of pop’s finest singers…an artist who deserves far more attention than some of his more hyped, yet less talented peers.” Mojo noted, “This established soul-folkie’s sexy growl has an underlying edge, making it a memorable album. Heartfelt unpretentious.”
Throughout his career, Gaines has built a rapport with his fans unlike any other in popular music today. Gaines goes as far as letting his fans influence the songs he performs each night. “When it’s just me playing, I only know the first song I’m going to play, but from there the energy and the vibe tell me what the next song is going to be. Someone may yell a song, and I’m like ‘Exactly! Good call.’ That’s so fun to me, keeping it exciting and spontaneous. I don’t even know what’s around the corner, and the crowd doesn’t either.” Based on that relationship with the audience, Gaines released Jeffrey Gaines Live (CD / DVD) followed by Live In Europe, which was recorded during his 25-city tour with Joe Jackson. JG’s 2016 return to Europe will be accompanied with long-awaited new music, with a release to follow in early 2017.
Cassidy Catanzaro sold over a million records as the lead singer and creative engine of the Lava/Atlantic group Antigone Rising during their most successful years, (2000-2008). She has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allmans and has appeared on the Tonight Show, A&E’s Breakfast With The Arts and on VH1 as a commentator on the popular “I Love…” Series in multiple episodes. Her endorsements, print and TV ads include, The Gap, Seven Jeans, Mustang Automobiles, Motorola and Sure Microphones.
She was voted by ESPN as “One To Watch” along with other notable up and coming celebrities.
As a songwriter, legendary Swedish pop songwriter Max Martin has requested Cassidy’s songs for placement with his mega-star clients. Her composition “For You” was recently featured on the Demi Lovato Confident album. She has composed songs for Shinedown and Dorothy guitarist Nick Perry’s solo projects, Mount Holly and Underground Thieves, as well as enjoyed song placements in film and television.
A graduate of UCB for Improvisational Comedy, her acting credits include stage, film and television. Most recently Cassidy can be seen performing with Symphony Orchestras across North America in the show, Women Rock. Her latest solo album, All Good Things is due out in early 2020. She plans to support the album with a national tour bringing her dynamic performances and powerful voice back to the fans that launched her career.
For decades, Cassidy has used her voice as an advocate of human rights and environmental issues, and is a certified Yogi!
Check out the Shows Page for touring information and upcoming Women Rock dates.