Rachel Eckroth

Music writers often find themselves stumped as to quantify an artist's work, seemingly defaulting to the "eclectic trump card" way too often. As to the works of jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, Rachel Eckroth - eclectic is most apropos; however, Rachel's music is obvious - from its pop and jazz roots and influence, to its gracefully bold uniqueness.

In 2011, after a personal epiphany that inspired a move back to the east coast, Rachel settled in Brooklyn in what she describes as an "inspired, productive and cathartic year in New York City" - a year that yielded her second solo album, "Let Go". "Let Go" features Rachel singing on 10 new tracks in what she describes as, "a singer-songwriter outing fused with jazz, pop and R&B sensibilities."Never has a project been so uniquely connected to an artist and in a day and age when critics often find the need to compare newer artists to the established, Rachel Eckroth's "Let Go" can only be described as possessing great lyrical, harmonic and melodic depth with visceral grooves and feel-good quirks.

In the spring of 2013, "Gold," a single from the new project, was released into the world.

"Rachel Eckroth is right in step with current genre-bending trends in jazz and pop music." -- C.Robinson, Downbeat"Gold" contains what I like to call real audio drama. The song opens up with an atmosphere that truly sounds like the beginning as in the melodic and harmonic devices utilized give off an almost ancient vibe. As the song moves along it literally and figuratively picks up steam until the last third of the song unfolds the high speed chase that has been hinted at as the climax. This is music for introspective listening." - Grown Folks Music

"Rachel's "Gold" (is) well produced. Moody. Atmospheric. Takes you on a journey." -Nick Francis (KPLU 88.5 - Seattle)

BRIAN CHARTRAND

Brian has called Phoenix home for 14 years. Currently, he performs as a soloist and has three main projects: The Sweet Remains, The Project, and Live from Laurel Canyon.

The Sweet Remains...
The Sweet Remains is made up of three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contributes to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound; Brian Chartrand (Phoenix, AZ), Rich Price (Burlington, VT), and Greg Naughton (New York, NY).

Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, and John Mayer. However, it is their lush harmonies that distinguish them from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to supergroups of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles; and Simon and Garfunkel.

In 2008, the three musicians met for a chance jam session in a Rhode Island hotel room, and they instantly recognized a musical blend and kinship that would eventually overcome geography to form the Sweet Remains.

After that first jam session in 2008, they began writing and recording together during breaks in each of their solo touring when they could all manage to meet at a small home studio in Los Angeles. The band’s debut CD, Laurel & Sunset, was released several months later, and the band has been winning the praise of audiences and critics across the country ever since. Laurel & Sunset has over 20 million streams on Spotify.

The Project...
Brian’s five-piece original band. They have played some of the best live music venues in the Valley including The MIM Music Theater, Tempe Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Chandler Center for the Arts, Crescent Ballroom, and Valley Bar. The Project sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Steely Dan. Perfect for unique corporate events, cocktail parties, receptions.

Live from Laurel Canyon...
Brian researched and wrote Live from Laurel Canyon in 2013. It’s a 90 minute show that highlights the music and artists who lived in Laurel Canyon (Hollywood, CA) between 1965 and 1975. Performed with the help of his all star backing band and two additional singers (Khani Cole and Kip Fox), this show tells the tale of some of the most influential singer/songwriters of that time and helps show how ‘folk rock’ began in this small canyon community. Artists featured in the show: The Mamas & The Papas, The Doors, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, America, the Eagles, and Carole King.

As an independent artist Brian has released over 15 albums of original music, performed throughout the US and Europe, and placed compositions in advertisements and indie films.

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