Butch Walker

It is said that "the Bio" was an extended paragraph of information that was once used to describe a little bit about someone, before it was run into dirt-filled pile of obscurity by more interesting things like Wrestling, In Touch Magazine, and Kim Kardashian. some say the Bio was an easy way to inject favorable opinion and fancy wordplay about the subject, in order to make said subject seem more interesting than they probably are/were (i.e. using a phrase like "_________ play with the intensity of a thousand semen-filled bulls, unleashed on the night" or "_________ formed in the fall of '97 and the music industry hasn't ever been the same since"). Most Bios were useful back when radio stations still mattered in breaking an artist, where the DJ would pull up the current Bio on an artist that would be dropping by the station for an interview, just to learn something about them to talk about on the air. (i.e. when a DJ says to an artist in an on-air interview "so Butch Walker... tell us how you got that band name" or "so your from Atlanta... tell us a little bit about that..."). the Bio died a sudden death with the advent of Wikipedia, a website that basically will tell your life story, no matter what you fabricate in a Bio to impress people. R.I.P. to "The Bio" and it will be remembered as a pioneer to many on the information filled highway of the entertainment world.

Marc Scibilia

From arena shows to bar gigs, and major label albums to indie releases, Marc Scibilia has done it all. A road warrior and genre jumping, singer/songwriter for more than a decade, he's hand-built his audience the old-school way: by writing songs that count, playing shows that matter, and rolling with the punches.

Born into a working-class family of Lebanese and Italian heritage in Buffalo, New York, Scibilia left town a month after graduating high school, moving away from the Northeast and resettling in East Nashville. His school guidance counselor had unknowingly set those wheels in motion several years earlier, when she sat down with Scibilia to talk about his future. Frustrated with his lack of conventional plans after graduation, she sarcastically asked him, "What are you going to do? Go to Nashville and write songs?" To the budding musician, that question sounded like a great idea, giving Scibilia the extra motivation he needed to head south. At 18 years old, he became one of the first members of his family — a family that includes several part-time musicians — to leave the Buffalo area.

Nashville — a town rooted not only in country music, but pop, rock, and dance, too — has become an appropriate home base for Scibilia's music. He doesn’t limit his songwriting to one genre. Instead, he writes songs that spread themselves wide, mixing pop hooks, rock & roll energy, and dark storytelling into the same pot. Taking cues from the artists he grew up with — including the Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, and Bob Dylan — he sings about the greatness of ordinary life, filling his songs with regular characters who resembled Scibilia, his family, and his friends. He tours heavily, too, opening for everyone from James Bay to the Zac Brown Band. Every night, the audiences are different but they all respond to Scibilia's music.

Eventually, his growing success earned him a record deal with Capitol/IRS Records. With Butch Walker serving as his producer, he recorded Out of Style, a major-label debut album whose title hinted at the music's broad, multi-genre appeal. "I wanted it to feel like a mix-tape," Scibilia explains, and he succeeded, creating an album that seemed poised to create just as much buzz as his cover of the Woody Guthrie song "This Land Is Your Land," which had appeared in the most Shazam-ed commercial of Super Bowl 2015. Then, one week after the album's release, the label closed and Scibilia was on his own once again.

Fortunately, Scibilia had always thrived on independence. Wholly in charge of his career once again, he began making new music at his own studio, embracing the freedom to record and release songs whenever he wanted. There was nothing standing in his way: no boardroom meetings in Nashville skyscrapers, no focus groups, no record executives weighing in on his marketability. Even better, Scibilia's fans were just as supportive as ever, turning his cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" — recorded as a duet with fellow songwriter and Nashville TV star Lennon Stella — into a viral smash. Released during the 2016 holiday season, the song racked up more than a million Spotify streams during the week before Christmas.

Scibilia kicked off 2017 with another viral hit, "Summer Clothes," a nostalgic single. “I was 18 when I moved from Buffalo to Nashville," he reflects, "and my dad would call me once a week and end every conversation with, 'One more time, what's your address?' But he would never send me any mail. The song is a little bit about my hometown, my family, but mostly just someone looking for an excuse to call someone they miss.” Scibilia released the song as a double-sided single: the first featuring synthesizers, acoustic guitars, and drum loops, and the second fueled by a stripped-down combination of vocals and unplugged guitars. Then, while the song gathered steam on the Spotify and iTunes charts, Scibilia did what he's always done—continued writing and creating from his life experiences out on the road and at home in East Nashville.

NELLY'S ECHO

Nelly’s Echo, formed by Nelson Emokpae (Lead singer) in early 2007, originates from the premise that music is a two way street. “Nelly” refers to the musician/music and “Echo” refers to the audience’s appreciation of the music. Nelly’s Echo is neither a band or a solo musician, but a concept of the musical experience associated with it’s creator Nelson. Nelly’s Echo has self-released two successful albums, performed at over 100 colleges in the past year, entertained the troops in Cuba, and is returning to the studio for the third album to be released in 2012. With Nelly’s Echo, you can “make good music the soundtrack to [your] life.”

In 2012, when Nelly’s Echo returns to the studio to record their third album, it promises to be electrifying and groove infused, while still remaining true to their unique sound. The first Music Video from that album will be recorded sometime in the spring of 2012, so be sure to stay tuned. Following the release of the album, the band will embark on a tour to promote the album, but more details about the tour will be provided as they become available. However, Nelly’s Echo has promised to engage it’s fans throughout the whole recording process of the album by regularly uploading video blogs, mini-blogs, and pictures to make the whole experience more intimate and interactive.

“The show is coming to town, making believers out of critics tonight,” is a line out of one of Nelly’s Echo’s fan favorite songs. Appropriately, it also describes what the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 has in store. Nelly’s Echo will be performing solo/duo at numerous colleges throughout the country to inform college audiences about the next wave of “funky fresh music,” which is guaranteed to capture and inspire their imaginations. Nelly’s Echo is also building a dedicated college following all over the country, which ties into the bigger picture of eventually: spreading the music all over the WORLD. However, the music is the means to a more important end with the ultimate goal of reaching the four corners of the earth while sharing the message of positivity, life, hope, and love to everyone that the music comes in contact with.

Nelly’s Echo is blessed with extremely talented musicians who realize they are much more than a couple of infectious songs. They understand that they can use the gifts they’ve been blessed with to bless someone else’s life or situation. They appreciate that they can be the voice for the soft spoken in a sometimes very noisy world. They recognize that they can be that medicine for the aching heart, and a trumpet for the joyous soul. Cognizant of the fact that good music is a road map in navigating the tricky journey of life, and that music inspires to do great things, it should come as no surprise that once you listen to Nelly’s Echo’s music, it will be an integral track to the soundtrack of your life!

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