Ian Axel, Greg Holden
$8 advance, $10 door
7pm doors, 8pm show
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Last year Ian Axel released his debut album This is the New Year, the title track of which appeared in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve film, provided the theme song to an MTV documentary show & had an associated video rack up over one million hits on YouTube. As a live proposition, Ian appeared on the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray Show, completed his first national tours and opened club shows for Ingrid Michaelson, Evan Dando and Glee star Matthew Morrison, while receiving critical acclaim from publications including NPR, SPIN, and New York Magazine -- none of which is as notable as his playful live performances which feature his warm, engaging interplay with the audience, and are reminiscent of the intimacy and energy of performers like Regina Spektor, Randy Newman, Ben Folds and Elton John.
So far 2012 has been a pretty good year for Scottish songwriter and New York City resident Greg Holden. At the very beginning of the year his song "The Lost Boy" topped the iTunes Charts in The Netherlands during the nationwide Radio 3FM charity campaign "Serious Request", raising over 50,000 for Red Cross. Following this, Greg's entire Dutch tour sold out three months before it even started, creating a lot of excitement for him in the country when he arrived there in March as part of his two-month European Tour.
Following the very successful tour which included appearances on Holland's three biggest radio stations and live sessions with some of their most influential DJ's, Greg returned home to New York City to some even more impressive news His song "Home" which he had co-written a few months earlier was to be performed in the finale of American Idol by finalist Phillip Phillips. To Greg's astonishment, Phillip's not only took the title of 2012's American Idol, but "Home" smashed Idol records after selling 278,000 copies in it's first week and rocketing to the stop of the US iTunes Charts. It also hit #2 in the Billboard Digital Singles Charts. Shortly after that Greg was interviewed and featured in the prestigious Billboard Magazine as well as being talked about on numerous music blogs including VH1, MTV, American Songwriter & SPIN.
This wasn't Greg's first big achievement however. His eagerly awaited second studio album "I Don't Believe You" (funded almost entirely by his fans after raising a staggering $30,000 in one month on Kickstarter.com), produced by Tony Berg (Bob Dylan, Weezer, Aimee Mann, Phantom Planet) was released in May 2011 and debuted at #6 in the UK & US iTunes Singer/Songwriters Charts. It was then re-released in Holland in March 2012 entering the Dutch Album Charts at #11.
Greg has also done numerous tours in the United States including a month opening for indie starlet Ingrid Michaelson in Fall 2009.
Fremont Abbey Arts Center (View)
4272 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
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