How did you start your summer, June 21, 2014, the first official day of the sunshine season? For many, summer means music, the kind you’ll always remember, songs you’ll want to keep as close as the ones you love. Summer means looking for love, finding love, falling in (and out) of love, and loving the music that makes up the soundtrack of your life.
Just a “few” summers ago, three young men were in their early phases of becoming music industry giants. They were unknown, they had dreams and they devoted hours to their craft. But back in the day, they didn’t even know each other personally. Today, all that’s changed. They’re industry giants. You know their work; they’re household names.
If you love the music of The Beach Boys, The Buckinghams, Chicago, Dan Fogelberg, Hall and Oates and Elton John, you know well the work, if not the names, of producer/arranger and songwriter. James William Guercio; music producer/publisher Don Williams; and, songwriter/producer/bass player Kenny Passarelli.
They have Grammys. They have Gold records, by the boxful. You want Platinum-selling albums? They’ve made those, too. Yet they couldn’t care less about what they did yesterday. Guercio, Williams and Passarelli (GWP) are too busy thinking about today, and today they’re thinking about Kevin Miso, a talented singer/songwriter you’ll be hearing more about this summer. Here’s why they’re so excited.
They’ve discovered a new talent in Kevin Miso, a young Southern California man of music, who’s garnered a strong following along the California coastline, from San Diego to Santa Barbara. He could have had a major career in film; he’s GQ handsome and the camera loves him. But acting wasn’t his passion. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, in film and Spanish, Miso thought about law school, noting, “My head was leaning in that direction but not my heart. As soon as I started focusing on and playing music, the universe responded.”
Indeed it did. Miso put law school plans on hold, traveled to Spain, and became inspired by the beauty and music of all he saw. His inspiration led to performing in venues, small to large and generating a tremendous grass roots support of people who, today, will drive six hours to hear him play. What Kevin Miso is playing on his acoustic guitar and singing is what the talented triumvirate of GWP is projecting could be one of the major sounds of Summer 2014 with a tune called “Zombie.”
Now to clarify, “Zombie” is not an anthem to the living dead, just in case you were wondering. It’s a song written for, and targeted to, people who do the same old thing, day after day, no variation…an anthem for those who are stuck in a rut to get up and get on the sand and dance the monotony of life away.
Ultimately, “Zombie” becomes the first release on Guercio’s new label, Caribou Digital, and Don Williams serves as Executive Producer. John Alagia and Kenny Passarelli produced the single, recorded at the House of Blues Recording Studio in Encino, California. Next month Miso will travel to Phoenix for a concert, and back to California for shows in Solana Beach, and Laguna Beach at the Sawdust Festival. In between concerts Kevin will go back into the studio as the GWP team completes recording all the tracks on Miso’s upcoming album.
Although Kevin plays drums, piano, guitar, and sings, to make “Zombie,” Miso invited some of his longtime friends to play with him, specifically Nik Hughes (drums), Mike Bucher (bass), Steve Aguilar (keys), Todd Forman (Horns), and the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir joins in on backing vocals. Catch the tremendous video included her, and feel your mood change from stressed to chilled in just under four minutes.
Even though the song has a cool reggae beat, you know if Jim Guercio’s involved, he’s going to add horns. It works. Guercio shared on June 21, 2014, that Miso is “a big new talent; he’s young, fresh and original.” And did we mention the great horn section?
“Zombie” is starting to get radio play and already shows exciting action in just the short time it’s been out there. Click on “play” and chances are good you’ll find that your shoulders are going to start swaying and you’ll be tapping your foot as you’re driving down the road.
It’s so easy to be a zombie, to be a zombie….oh oh ohh, oh oh oh ohhhh; every day feels like the one before; it’s so easy to not remember, to not remember all those dreams you had the night before.”
Catchy lyrics + Memorable melody = Stress-free sense of peace. You’ll find a link to “Zombie” from iTunes on Miso’s website to start your summer off right. He’s even offering a free song, “Everybody Plays the Fool,” that’s worth the mouse click alone. Miso’s talent is the real deal.
Stay tuned for more news about Kevin Miso—find him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and he’s a star in the making. Just ask Jim Guercio, Don Williams and Kenny Passarelli. They know one when they hear one.