Preakness Concert Series
Black-Eyed Susan Day Concert
Counting Crows, The Fray, Annie Bosko
5201 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21215
Black-Eyed Susan Day Concert
Bio/copy: "Adam Duritz (vocals), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass) and Dan Vickrey (guitar) have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993. The band is currently finalizing their seventh studio album scheduled to be released in Fall of 2014. This album will be the band¹s first new material since 2007. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts and consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today, Counting Crows will embark on a world tour beginning in June in North America."
Helios, the fourth album from critically acclaimed foursome The Fray, is out today on Epic Records. The album, produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Isaac Slade (piano, vocals), is receiving early critical acclaim—Billboard named it “one of the most highly anticipated releases of the season,” describing the band as “more aggressive and more optimistic than ever before.”
The band is celebrating Helios’ release with live performances throughout the week including a private concert today for SiriusXM radio listeners at Webster Hall in New York City and an appearance February 26 on “The Today Show.” Additionally, they appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” yesterday.
The single “Love Don’t Die,” produced by Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic), premiered on the “Today Show.” A flurry of television performances followed the premier including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” and a special performance on the outdoor stage at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The video for “Love Don’t Die” is streaming now at Vevo: http://smarturl.it/LDDvid and The Fray recently performed a version of their hit “How to Save a Life” as part of Esquire’s Live Sessions, watch here: http://smarturl.co/CZuuOIA.
Earlier this month The Fray appeared alongside Pussy Riot, and other renowned acts, as part of Amnesty International’s Bring Human Rights Home event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. Guitarist Joe King explained the importance of the evening, “To me, [Pussy Riot] made me realize how apathetic I can get as an American,” King said. “You can get real critical or not do anything about what you think should change and just let things happen. They’re doing the opposite. They’re going public... It’s inspiring to see that. I think that, if anything, it motivates. It should motivate people to do something.”
The Fray is Slade, King (guitar, vocals), Dave Welsh (guitar), and Ben Wysocki (drums). The Denver-based group formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. The Fray achieved national success with their 2005 debut, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The band also earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for their self-titled release.
Two voices – one given, one earned. Singer, songwriter and performer Annie Bosko has married the two, recognizing what so many others fail to see – that a powerful and beautiful vocal instrument is, in isolation, incapable of taking her where she has every intention of going.
Opportunity certainly knocks for talent like hers, as opening or backing vocal slots with Darius Rucker, Adele, Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Josh Turner and more confirm. She has performed the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game, recorded for one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, sang demos for some of the biggest hits on the radio and even did a turn on television's top singing competition. All of those accomplishments fall short, however, for a true music maker with the loftiest ambitions.
As she readies the release of her first EP, her artistry and vision have crystallized in songs including "Crooked Halo" and "Fighter." Themes of strength, empowerment, vulnerability and self-determination run throughout. And they're understandable, given her past, as well as her deep-rooted need to create and perform.
Annie's father is a third-generation farmer and she's the middle of five children, but it was not the classic story of the musical family. " It was like, 'Oh my God, we have this freak singing child. What do we do with it?' They were scared getting into entertainment too early would mess me up."
Her first taste of the business was singing for a Disney soundtrack at the age of 14, but an affinity for songwriting pulled her toward Nashville. "I’d read the liner notes on albums I loved by Deana Carter, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, whoever. They were all in Nashville, so I knew I had to get there at some point."
Moving cross-country, Annie sang demos and tried to work into writing appointments. Seeing so many artists take their shots through TV competitions, she auditioned ... and advanced. "I made it to 'American,' but not 'Idol,'" she jokes, not so subtly brushing aside the harshness of that reality. "It was a strange process and disappointing," she admits.
"I've always run against the grain," she continues. "So I realized I have to get to the public. The artist is the captain of the ship, and taking that wheel was hard. But everything from music to pictures to the band is a representation of me, and so my fingerprints have to be on all of it."
And so it is with her new music, led by the stomping, feisty single "Crooked Halo," which she wrote with Danny Myrick (Jason Aldean's “She’s Country,” Craig Morgan's “International Harvester”) and Danelle Leverett (Big & Rich's "That's Why I Pray," Kelly Clarkson's "The Sun Will Rise"). The ballad "Fighter" may be the song that best expresses her determination.
"It's sort of a ministry to people, because everyone is fighting in their own way," she says. "The idea was to really let this song be a banner that we can all carry in those times when we need it most."
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