Another fab recording from my students at Brunswick Community College in Southport, NC-our version of the classic “My Sweet Lord”!
Born in Woodstock, NY, and raised on the coast of North Carolina, Elena Rogers is a gifted composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Her musical chops go way beyond her 19 years, both musically and lyrically. Heavily influenced by other creative composers and acts such as Danny Elfman, XTC, Sparks, Klaatu, Frank Zappa and many others, she absorbs everything she hears, yet forges an individual perspective in her own songs quite unlike anyone else. She has “it”. Teamed with producer Jamie Hoover Elena has written, performed, and created her first full-length album “opus one”. “Rarely does one come across a unique talent like Elena Rogers. Her innate sense of melody and sophisticated composition belie her age.” – Gary Velletri/Gilda Music “Elena Rogers turns pop On its head with ‘opus one What happens when imagination meets songwriting chops well beyond their years? The result can be exhilarating. At times her songs may remind you of something Frank Zappamight try. For pure originality, she may remind you of John Flansburghand John Linnellof They Might Be Giants. Other times, she’ll give you a little bit o’ soul. But that’s just the half of it. Her radio friendly voice delivers lyrically intriguing songs that dangle and sway on melodies that stick. It’s infectious stuff. The soulful Elena makes an appearance early with the opening track, ‘I Don’t Feel That Way’. Deft vocals and production a’ la 60’s Motown make it an instant hit. The piano driven ‘Jonesin’ For You’ bounces along thanks to some excellent guitar work and another terrific lead vocal. ‘Summer Sun’ may be the highlight among highlights here. A start to finish hook, it falls somewhere between Ricky Lee Jonesand The Waitresses. The perfect summer song, pop this one into the car device/platform of your choice, roll down the windows and crank it up to 11. Rogers’s ability to spin through genres and straddle the borderline absurd is no accident. Rather, it’s a combination of her unique talent and that of Jamie Hoover.” – Power Pop News EXCELLENT!!
I am so proud to announce the release of the first digital single “Dandelion” from Elena Rogers’ first album ”opus one”, on Loaded Goat Records!! Go ye forth and listen and support! The actual digital album will be available on Aug 20th. Please feel free to share!! Physical cd’s to follow within the month. Yay!!!!!!
Hoover & Martinez – The 3P
Jamie Hoover may very well be the hardest working man in power pop. He’s produced the newly released album from Bob Lind, Something Worse Than Loneliness. And there’s his contribution to the new Kool Kat Ukraine relief CD (more on that later).
Additionally, he’s co-written a couple of new songs with Catesby Jones, the author of Travis Tritt’s hit, “Country Club”. Having partnered with Christine Martinez, a formidable writer herself, Hoover & Martinez have just released a fantastic new EP entitled The 3P – and it’s a must for any fan of melodic pop.
The mini-album (or is it maxi-single?) opens up with “The Scene of the Cryin’”, a melodic gem and a great example of what can happen when two voices blend well together. The alt-country swing of “Tequila” showcases Martinez’s wonderful songwriting and expressive vocals. It’s inevitable – you’ll be singing along to this one.
The final track, “The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants”, is another Jones-Hoover co-write. An undeniably hummable melody and a pseudo Buddy Holly beat makes this one a most pleasurable listen.
Get Hoover & Martinez’s 3P Here
Harmonies, hand claps and hooks-a-plenty. Those are the words that best describe the new one from Hoover & Martinez. Get it NOW at iTunes.