Fort Atlantic, Caroline Brooks
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
In the great American tradition of musical troubadour and documentarians of society, Stephen Kellogg has been furrowing the great American roads with his band the Sixers and their brand of American rock and roll for the past decade. During that time, he has grown successful to the point of recognition of his artistic insights, to be asked to do a TED talk, which are only reserved for respected important artists and innovators. His theme relies on the realization that "it was better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb, than at the top of one you don't".
It is striking that having lived through a challenging and changing moment in life in 2012, including the decision of the band to take a hiatus, the musical result of this tumultuous period is "Blunderstone Rookery" which also coincides with a desire to visit England and plough his musical stories over there.
The title of the album "Blunderstone Rookery" comes from the boyhood home of Kellogg's favorite character in his favorite book, "David Copperfield". The original title of which was "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account". The production of the album was shared with longtime collaborator Kit Karlson and recorded in Bridgeport Connecticut - near home and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) It comprises 11 songs including the epic masterpiece "Thanksgiving" a 10 minute song that sums up the life of a man from birth to death, touching on love, marriage, raising a family, sickness, old age and mortality and underlines the record's overall themes of hope, redemption and forgiveness.
In 2010 Fort Atlantic began as an experiment by Jon Black. After his small Athens, GA label closed their doors in 2009, Jon was left with a question: How can he continue to do what he loves in the current musical climate?
From 2009 to 2011 he recorded over 30 songs and released three EPs under his name. Keeping with the DIY mentality, Black played a wide variety of instruments himself. "The idea of making a record myself wasn't to hire someone for every instrument and then put my guitar and vocals on it. While I did ask friends to play on the record I was more interested in pushing my creative limits. If I didn't know how to play something and had access to it, I would learn."
In November of 2011 Black finished recording and took the record to New York to work with Grammy-winning mixer and producer Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, She & Him, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright). On the record you'll find a blend of analog and digital representing the current state of human existence.
Raised in Tyler, Texas, Caroline Brooks' childhood home was saturated with the folk and pop melodies of artists such as Paul Simon, Lyle Lovett, Elvis, Queen, and The Beatles. Her love of music led her to the University of Texas in Austin where she was a member of the renowned a cappella group, Ransom Notes. After leaving UT, Caroline moved to Los Angeles and began collaborating with songwriters such as Jim Collins (Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," Jason Aldean), Phredley Brown (Musical Director for Bruno Mars), and David Hodges (Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years," Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You," Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life"). She started touring nationwide, developing loyal fan bases in cities as diverse as Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.
With a sound reminiscent of Sara Bareilles and OneRepublic, Caroline digitally released her debut self-titled EP in 2010. The industry took notice of her innate sense of song structure and melody, prompting ASCAP President Paul Williams to say, "[Caroline] is really, really talented. I predict a very successful career." Soon, offers for TV, film, and commercial placements began coming in. This led to her song "Parachute" to being featured in a trailer for the film A Little Bit of Heaven, starring Kate Hudson.
In April 2013, she released her single "Tomorrow, Tonight," which spread rapidly after receiving enthusiastic press from sources including Entertainment Tonight, AOL, Artists on Demand, In Magazine (featured on the cover), and The Huffington Post.
In addition to her work as an artist, Caroline volunteers as a piano and songwriting mentor for The 24 Foundation – a foundation providing art therapy for at-risk youth through various art forms by using "creativity as the catalyst for healing the soul".
She is currently working on new material for her EP to be released this fall.
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