Vertical Horizon Headlining with PRS Band and Special Guests

Vertical Horizon Headlining with PRS Band and Special Guests

One Night, One Show, One Cause is the flagship benefit concert of the Paul Reed Smith Guitars and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer's Annual Charity Weekend. Since 2000, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and a committed group of volunteers have raised over $1,000,000 for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon was founded by Matt Scannell and Keith Kane in 1991, while both were attending Georgetown University. Initially a duo, Vertical Horizon recorded and toured extensively and released three albums independently, There And Back Again, Running On Ice, and Live Stages, before signing with RCA in 1999. Their first major release, Everything You Want sold 2 million copies with the title song hitting #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts. The song was the most played single of 2000. In addition to the success with "Everything You Want," the band also garnered continued recognition on radio with "You're A God" (#4 on Billboard's Adult Chart) and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" which in 2005, also became a Top 20 country hit for Gary Allen.

Their follow-up album Go was released in 2003, but the merger of Sony/BMG left the band and the album caught in the proverbial shuffle. At the conclusion of the RCA relationship, the band signed with Hybrid Records and the album was re-released in 2005. Eventually, the band took a self-imposed hiatus to pursue individual interests. In 2007, realizing as Matt says, "there was more to do" and "thinking the timing was just right to start working on a new album," the band began writing and recording, Burning The Days. The album is slated for release on September 22, 2009 with the first single, "Save Me From Myself" recently sent to radio. The single has been extremely well-received and is currently climbing the Hot AC charts with strong airplay in McAllen, Modesto, Monterey-Salinas, El Paso, and New Orleans.

Independent of label constraints, Burning The Days was produced by Scannell and recorded at his studio over the course of the past 2 years. For the band, it was a complete return to their beginnings of working at their own pace and "nurturing those moments of inspiration." According to Matt, the album is "sonically as good as anything we have ever done. I take great pride in this album and feel that our renewed sense of creativity will resonate with our fans." The album also features virtuoso drummer Neil Peart of Rush on "Save Me From Myself," "Even Now" and "Welcome To The Bottom" as well as Richard Marx playing piano on "Here" and producing two of Matt's lead vocal tracks.

"I'm actually in a pretty positive place right now," says Scannell. "Of course I still have that underlying fear of everything falling apart and crumbling to the floor, but it is not the first thing on my mind, like it's been at times in the past." And so one of the main themes of Burning The Days is about finding balance in a journey from hardship to peacefulness – knowing that the up must follow the down, and vice versa. "It's about being okay with things going well, and also finding strength to get through the tough times."

The first single, "Save Me From Myself," is about "the danger of getting so lost in your own struggles and personal demons that you can't help the people you love, and you won't let the people you love help you. You're too far away in your own head to do anything but spin off in self-criticism and doubt. There's a lot of anger and frustration in that song." Conversely, "The Lucky One" is one of the album's most upbeat tracks, a fact that took the song's author a bit of time to get used to. "I'm usually wary of songs that have really upbeat messages, but this song resonated for me because I tend to be the last one to believe when things are really going well. Songs where everything is perfect and everyone's in love make me suspicious, but this song has enough of a gray area to feel real for me."

Other highlights on the album are "Afterglow," "All Is Said And Done" and "The Middle Ground."

PRS Band

Paul Reed Smith (founder of PRS Guitars) and Derek St Holmes (former guitarist for Ted Nugent) spent two years writing these songs with Mike Ault and Gary and Greg Grainger contributing. The CD is centered around Derek's voice, the powerful Grainger Brother's rythym section and Michael and Paul's guitar teamwork. Derek has an international reputation for being one of the best voices in rock. Basic tracks were recorded live at the Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore and mixed at Paul's studio and mastered by Bob Ludwig, owner of Gateway Mastering. A crisp mix of rock and soul.

$20.00 - $60.00


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